There were shades of Allen Iverson, and his infamous comments about practice -- but only because Todd Potter didn’t show up for that part.
He was stuck in traffic on his way to Staples Center after leaving the Home Depot Center, where other X Games events are being held.
“Traffic man, L.A. is a [expletive],” the Temecula native said afterward.
But oh well. He won the Moto X Best Whip competition anyway, his second time in two years, with the fans deciding his victory by text message.
He got 42% of the vote out of the six total riders. James Stewart took second with 21%, and Ryan Carmichael got 17%.
(The vote was also unanimous between myself and my Times colleague Lauren Goldman, who was watching from up high while I was on the ground floor.)
Popularity contest that the event was, it was clear to the naked eye that Potter was by far the winner – and it was clear after the first of the two five-minute sessions in which the riders went one after the other, taking turns whipping their motorcycles sideways or upside down.
Potter took it sideways, even turning 270-degree whip at one point, whipping the bike left and right before landing.
“I’ve been practicing whipping every day so coming here, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.”
Must have worked. After the event, Potter carried with him into the news conference the jersey of Stewart, which is what was wagered between the two.
-- Baxter Holmes
Photo: Todd Potter gets perpendicular in mid-air to win the Moto X Best Whip competition. Credit: Alex Gallardo/Los Angeles Times