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Bestwick Wins Vert at Dew Tour

Baltimore, Md. – Shaun White of Carlsbad, Calif., flew to another Skateboard Vert victory, while Jamie Bestwick, England, continued his five event unbeaten streak in BMX Vert at the AST Dew Tour’s first event of the season, the Panasonic Open at Baltimore’s Camden Yards Sports Complex.
 
White, an Olympic gold-medal winning snowboarder, scored a 94.25 on his first run in the best of three format to capture the win.  He demonstrated why he is the world’s most recognized action sports athlete, completing technical combinations and high-flying 720s in his winning run.  White has now won three of six tour events he has entered during the last three years.
 
“Today was crazy,” said White.  “I’ve always had dreams of making it this far.  I just show up to do my best and this is definitely the best crowd I’ve seen in a long time.”
 
Placing second was Brazil’s Bob Burnquist with a score of 91.00, followed by Andy Macdonald of Boston, Mass. with an 87.50. Baltimore native and hometown favorite Bucky Lasek finished fourth with an 87.50, losing the tiebreaker to Macdonald.
 
“Getting a good start is really important,” Burnquist said. “You have to get your energy and adrenaline going. Competing against skateboarders like White really makes me step it up a level.”
 
Bestwick, who has won nine of 10 BMX Vert events he has entered on the Dew Tour, continued his domination by scoring an 89.17 on his first run in the best of two format.  Chad Kagy of Gilroy, Calif., placed second with an 88.67, followed by Jimmy Walker of Chicago with an 87.67.
 
“This trophy has been eluding me the last two years, but no more,” said Bestwick. “What can I say, it shows there are a number of great riders in BMX Vert.”
 
BMX Dirt competitor Stephen Murray of England was injured Friday night while attempting a double backflip.  Murray, 27, was immediately attended to by tour medical staff and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital.  He underwent surgery Saturday and is in critical but stable condition.
 
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stephen Murray and his family." said Wade Martin, president and general manager of the AST Dew Tour.
 
The four-day competition is the first of five events of the AST Dew Tour that features skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross. Sunday’s schedule includes Freestyle Motocross and BMX Park finals.
 
AST Dew Tour-Panasonic Open Results
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Baltimore, Md.
 
Skateboard Vert Final
1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif., 94.25. 2. Bob Burnquist, BRA, 91.00. 3. Andy Macdonald, Boston, Mass., 87.50. 4. Bucky Lasek, Baltimore, Md., 87.50*. 5. Pierre-Luc Gagnon, CAN., 82.00. 6. Alex Perelson, San Diego, Calif., 81.75. 7. Jake Brown, AUS, 78.50. 8. Jean Postec, FRA, 77.00. 9. Buster Halterman, Wellsville, PA, 74.00. 10. Mathias Ringstrom, SWE, 52.75
 
*Denotes Bucky Lasek lost in a tiebreaker
 
BMX Vert Final
1.Jamie Bestwick, Great Britain, 89.17. 2. Chad Kagy, Gilroy, Calif., 88.67. 3. Jimmy Walker, Chicago, Ill., 87.67. 4. Steven McCann, Australia, 87.00. 5. Dennis McCoy, Kansas City, Mo., 86.67. 6. Zackery Warden, St. Louis, Mo., 86.67. 7. Jay Eggleston, Denver, Colo., 86.17. 8. Francisco Zurita, Chile, 86.00. 9. Simon Tabron, Great Britain, 85.67. 10. John Parker, State College, Pa., 85.17.

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