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Chris Ridgway defends Adaptive Super X title

July 31, 2009 | 11:48 pm

Gold medalist Chris Ridgway competes in Moto X Super X Adaptive final. Chris Ridgway didn't plunge into Friday's competition the way he would have liked. But in the grand scheme of things, it didn't matter.

Ridgway defended his Moto X Super X Adaptive crown with a 5:14.691 finish in the five-lap heat at Home Depot Center.

Ridgway started off a bit sluggish, but he managed to bully his way through to gain an advantage he wouldn't relinquish. Ridgway finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of Mick Schultz, who won the silver medal.

“I didn’t get a good start,” Ridgway said. “I had to muscle my way up to the front and then be patient. I didn’t want to hit any big jumps until I saw what Mike was doing.”

Aside from his pair of gold medals, Ridgway, a professional motocross racer for 10 years, also has won the Extremity Games the last three years. 

Ridgway, who was featured in an Outposts item earlier this week, competes wearing a prosthetic left leg.

“This race was more exciting than last year because I’ve been training all year long, and really had to fight for it," he said. "I felt like this was my race, though. And I’m so honored to win this against Mike. We always compete against each other. He better watch out next year.”

Jason Woods clocked in 5:31.501 to take the bronze medal.

-- Mario Aguirre

Photo: Gold medalist Chris Ridgway competes in Moto X Super X Adaptive final. Credit: Ben Hays/ESPN Images