The sun came out for the XDL Championship Series Finals in Portland, Oregon. Riders from around the world completed their season in front of eager Pacific Northwest fans who were happy to see the event come to their corner of the country for the first time.
The usual XDL suspects were in attendance as well as Japanese visitor, Ogawa, and French Triumph rider, Julien "Razerback" Welsch. Julien qualified in first place Friday night making sure the top three riders were on point Saturday.
Under the new 2012 rules and addition of an "aggression" judging category, the top three places were pretty up in the air as the placement changed radically through the first and second round. In the end the constant and stable rider, Luke Duke took first and BMW Teach took second with his wild revlimiter-filled run. Yamaha rider and XDL series champion, Bill Dixon took third.
Hyosung rider, Josh Borne tossed his bike during a switchback wheelie in the second round, ending a pretty epic string of crashes throughout the weekend. Aaron Colton went down in qualifying, sending his bike ghost riding over a half mile down the track. Tony Prez also took a spill in qualifying and sent his bike towards the Red Bull arches and all of the parked bike, miraculously it didn't hit any of them.
With a strong fan presence, the city seemed grateful to host the final round of the series and with hope the riders will make it back next year!