FMX riders compete in renovated show design
AURORA, Ill. (September 16, 2003) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division today announced a format change to IFMA Freestyle Motocross (FMX) Presented by XM Satellite Radio effectively immediately. The updated format will continue to include three rounds, but moving forward, the second round will be a freestyle motocross skills competition.
Round one in the revised format will remain the same with all riders competing in a one-minute freestyle qualifier. The top six scores from the first round automatically advance into the finals. The re-vamped round two consists of three individual skills competitions that will be evaluated and scored by a panel of IFMA judges. The skills round may consist of, but is not limited to, the following contests:
- Doubles – A team of two riders compete in a one minute synchronized run (two riders have the opportunity to advance).
- Stoppie – A front wheelie competition where the competitor who performs the longest stoppie advances.
- Final eliminator – A timed competition riders will be judged on how fast the participants can get around the FMX course. Each participant must complete three to four pre-determined tricks during the lap. The fastest time will advance to the finals.
- Wheelie- The winner who can do the longest wheelie will advance.
Each rider, even those who have advanced to the finals via round one, must participate in the skills competition to compete in the championship round. Up to four additional winners from round two can qualify for the finals. Riders who qualified to compete in the finals in round one, can prevent other riders from advancing by winning one of the three skills competitions. The final round of the FMX competition remains the same with finalists competing in an adrenaline pumping two-minute freestyle run. The last man in the Hot Seat wins the event.
More than 498,000 spectators attended the 2003 IFMA (International Freestyle Motocross Association) Freestyle Motocross Presented by XM Satellite Radio winter series. Averaging close to 22,000 spectators per weekend, the IFMA events show no sign of slowing down. The IFMA held 26 weekends of competition with 57 performances in 2003. Don’t miss any of the action when the IFMA tour comes to a city near you! For a complete show list or information about the IFMA FMX tour, visit www.pacefmx.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment/ IFMA Freestyle Motocross
Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports is the producer and promoter of IFMA Freestyle Motocross and is a division of Clear Channel Entertainment. IFMA Freestyle Motocross, the leading freestyle motocross tour in the world, features some of today’s most talented athletes, performing aerial acrobatics while clearing 70′ gaps and climbing up to three stories high on motorcycles. Freestyle motocross riders defy gravity and push the envelope during their one and two minute, adrenaline-charged runs. More information about IFMA Freestyle Motocross can be found by visiting www.pacefmx.com. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. Clear Channel Entertainment is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU) and a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/ or exclusively books approximately 135 live entertainment venues, including more than 100 in North American and 30 in Europe. The company, which operates throughout North America, Europe, South America and Australia, also owns independently operated athlete representation businesses, which provide management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of thhe world’s top professional athletes. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com.
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