- Brian Tunney, General Editor, Action Sports
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X Games Gold Medalist Jamie Bestwick, along with X Games BMX Big Air and Park competitor Morgan Wade, were dropped from the etnies BMX footwear team for 2011. "It seems companies are still feeling the recession or so they say. Having to let people go is the knock on effect of this," said Bestwick in a statement to TransWorld Ride BMX on Friday. "It is what it is, I have no regrets, and I enjoyed my time with them to the fullest," he added.
Bestwick rode for etnies for the past seven years, and in the time during the relationship, won six X Games Gold Medals and six year-end Dew Cups in BMX vert.
Released alongside Bestwick was Tyler, Texas native Morgan Wade, who represented etnies for the past six years and had a signature color way from the brand. "They made it possible for me to do a lot of stuff that otherwise I wouldn't have been able to do, and I really appreciate that," said Wade in a statement to TransWorld Ride BMX on Friday.
Bestwick and Wade's release from the program coincided with the addition of three new riders being added to the etnies BMX pro team, including Chase Dehart, Corey Martinez and Tony Hamlin.
Earlier this month, Bestwick and Wade, who were teammates on the Levi's BMX program for the past four years, were notified that the Levi's BMX program was not being renewed for 2011.
Bestwick and Wade have not alluded to any future plans with new footwear or clothing sponsors.
Bestwick's current sponsors include Albe's, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets, Boost Mobile, Monster Energy, Ogio, DK Bicycles and Woodward Camp. Wade's current sponsors include Radio Bikes, Bell Helmets, Empire BMX, Maxxis Tires, ODI and Fuse pads.
etnies footwear was not available for comment.