The evolution of the X Games into a largely motorized action sports festival will continue this summer with the addition of Enduro X and the expansion of rally car racing to include a competition circuit on the streets of downtown Los Angeles.
ESPN announced Monday that X Games 17 will be held July 28-31 at Staples Center and other downtown venues. It'll mark the ninth summer the extravaganza has been staged in Los Angeles.
Enduro X will feature men's and women's motorcycle competitions on an all-terrain obstacle course, with mud, sand, logs and boulders thrown into the mix. It'll be one of eight Moto X competitions inside Staples Center.
Rally car racing will for the first time include competition on a more expansive street course and the change -- there also is a RallyCross competition -- apparently is popular among athletes.
"Having RallyCross at last year's X Games was a huge step for the sport, but racing through city streets is how motorsport began," Tanner Foust, a three-time X Games rally gold medalist, told ESPN. "Being in the car, ripping through streets, cranking the handbrake through intersections while door-to-door and jumping next to buildings is going to be truly epic!"
Tickets for X Games 17 will be available June 23 via Ticketmaster locations and at the Staples Center box office.
-- Image showing Tanner Foust ahead of the Rally Car Racing pack at X Games 16 is courtesy of Lars Gange/Shazamm/ESPN Images