The 2012 edition of the most celebrated freestyle motocross championship in the world, the Red Bull X-Fighters, will kick off tomorrow in Dubai. The first round will be staged at the Jumeirah Beach, with Dubai’s evocative skyline as a background, and will see reigning champion Dany Torres taking on 11 of the best FMX riders in the world, with Norway’s Andre Villa and Australian Josh Sheehan credited as his most fierce rivals for the win in Dubai.
Spaniard Dany Torres made his entrance in Dubai in style landing with an helicopter on the roof of the luxurious Burj Al Arab Hotel (an honour which is usually reserved for state dignitaries and members of the royal family) and he also took the chance to train a little bit on his KTM 250, showing off some his tricks on the same platform 210 meters above the sea where Roger Federer and Andre Agassi once played a famous tennis game (see the photo gallery). Sheehan’s presence in town did not go unnoticed either, with the Aussie performing an introductive one-man-show in front of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
The Dubai event is the first in a series of six appointments that make the Red Bull X-Fighters calendar for this year. In 2012 this championship will with up for grabs no less than $1 million in prize money and appearance fees, and this says a lot about the level of popularity that it has achieved around the globe. Last year’s runner up, 2-times Champion American Nate Adams, won’t be taking part at the Dubai event because of an injury, but he’s expected to make his come back fairly soon. New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood, Australia’s Blake Williams and the 2008 champion, Switzerland’s Mat Rebeaud, are the other riders that may eventually take the win in Dubai.
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US freestyle rider Nate Adams has won the Red Bull X-Fighters Rome stop, cementing his first place in the overall classification. He was followed on the podium by Andre Villa in second place and Josh Sheehan in third place. The riders will now go on to compete in Spain, Poland and Australia and there’s no doubt that the international following of this sport is increasing. Rome itself offers the biggest track of all the stops in the X-Fighters tour, and managed to build three consecutive large jumps for this year’s round. Check out the Red Bull X-Fighters video above with Nate Adams, and pics below.
100,000 plus Brazilian FMX fans (it’s nice to know that soccer isn’t the only sport they follow) showed up at the “Esplanada dos Ministerios“ in the heart of Brasilia to watch Nate Adams defeat Robbie Maddison in the second round of the 2011 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour with some incredible one-handed takeoff backflips, cliff hanger and lazy boy flips.
Third went to Andre Villa and fourth to 19-year-old Levi Sherwood, both not getting past the semi-final.
This is Adams’ fourth career win and the American now leads after the first two rounds with 165 points. The leader coming into Brasilia was Dany Torres, who unfortunately had to pull out at the last minute due to a foot injury and now is fourth overall. The series now heads to Rome, Italy on June 24 at the legendary Stadio Olimpico.
Check out the other video after the jump, with an explanation of how the X-Fighters competition works and the exotic names of some of the wildest stunts that these daredevils do.
Everyone’s favourite, Travis Pastrana took two gold medals at the recent X Games 16. The Nitro Circus star, who was carrying the lingering effects of surgery on a broken collarbone and in an interview with Red Bull.com had said “I can’t do a lot of flips or stuff that requires my arm to go up really high” took a medal in Moto X Freestyle with a double black flip and one-handed wallride.
The second medal came in Moto X Speed and Style on the last day of the X Games when Pastrana and Nate Adams went head to head to come out on top.
Check out the spectacular Moto X Speed and Style video after the jump.
The second round of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour takes place today in Giza, at the foot of the Great Sphinx. 12 riders will take part, with six qualifying from the Tour. After injuries to Dany Torres and Mat Rebeaud, only four of them will take part: Nate Adams (USA and current champion), Robbie Maddison (AUS), Eigo Sato (JPN) and Levi Sherwood (NZL). Eight other riders will take part and we’ll have more pics after today. In the meantime enjoy these images and the video from the ‘warm-up’ with an impressive jump in the sunset from Robbie Maddison.
Take some of the greatest FMX riders in the world like Adam Jones, Mike Mason, Nate Adams, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Ronnie Faisst, Todd Potter, Beau Bamburg, Nixey Danielson, Jim McNeil, Dustin Miller, Matt Buyten, Brian Foster, Jimmie McGuire and Jackson Strong, mix in some great looking dancers, the latest pyrotechnics, pulsating hard rock music, acrobatic fire presentations, sky-high stilt walkers, fire-breathers and the famed “Grindergirl,” shake in Derek Guetter with his back-flipping quad and you’ve got the Nuclear Cowboyz extravaganza.
This two hour high octane show even has a story line where the Nuclear Cowboyz meet up in a post-apocalyptic world and face off with some of best tricks that you’ve also seen at the X-Games and X-Fighter events.
For more details about the Nuclear Cowboyz tour just click here.
Four riders had almost equal chances to win the 2009 Red Bull X Fighters World Tour Championship at London’s Battersea Power Station, Nate Adams, Mat Rebeaud, Robbie Maddison and Eigo Sato, but at the end of the event Saturday evening, it was Nate Adams who finally took the prestigous crown.
A heavy fall stopped Rebeaud in the quarter final, resulting in bruises, stitches and a flat tire. Eigo Sato was also forced out in the quater finals, after a fall he picked during Friday’s qualification, while Adams went on to defeat Robbie Maddison in the semi finals and then 17 year old Levi “Rubber Kid” Sherwood in the final.
This year’s Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour also saw the first ever double backflip in FMX history by Cameron Sinclair.
Results after the jump.
Take a look at Chris ‘Swampy’ Birch during a staid English tea party. The freestyle motocrosser, a regular rider for the Red Bull X Fighters did a little stunting promo at Stowe House, ahead of tonight’s season finale that will crown the king of the Red Bull X-Fighters 2009 World Tour Championship at London’s legendary Battersea Power Station.
Twelve of the best freestylers of the world will be participating, with four that will be contesting the title, Nate Adams current points leader, followed by Mat Rebeaud, last year’s winner, Eigo Sato and Robbie “Maddo” Maddison.
Spanish rider Dany Torres grabbed the victory at Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2009 last Friday night in Madrid in the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas bullfighting arena. Nate Adams took second, while Robbie Maddison was third.
Maddison just four days before the Madrid event, was the first motorcycle rider to ever jump the Tower Bridge in London.
A hot night in Texas, the Fort Worth Stockyards, 850 truckloads of dirt, throw in the Dallas Cowboy’s cheerleaders and what do you get? The highlights of Red Bull X Fighters .
Take a gander at Cameron Sinclair doing two double backflips, that only a few riders in the world can do, he also sprained an ankle doing them, but that didn’t stop the Aussie freestyler because he did a third, spraining his other ankle.
Sinclair didn’t win the Texas round, that went to Nate Adams.