The off-season is here. The 2010 Supercross season: in the books. Lucas Oil Motocross Championship: that train has sailed. Motocross of Nations from Colorado: check, and mate. U.S. Open of Supercross: gravestone reads… So, what’s next? You guessed it: the contract and title sponsor chaos, X-Fighters finale, TransWorld SLAM, and most immediately, the TransWorld Motocross Awards. Shameless plug? You know it! The SLAM is in less than two weeks, so if you are in Southern California, you better make it out to Milestone MX Park for open track riding, vendors, and the SLAM race featuring some of the fastest riders in the sport. Pro Circuit, Troy Lee Designs, and likely the factory teams will all be represented at this year’s SLAM, scheduled for October 16th.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the motocross community came together to support survivors of the disease, as well as raise awareness and support for those stricken with breast cancer. The Ride for the Cure is in its fourth year, raising money to provide much needed resources for women currently seeking treatment. This year’s event filled the parking lots of the newly improved Cahuilla Creek MX, with many riders showing their support by wearing bras over their gear on the track for the Bra Parade. An open track, as well as freestyle demos during most of the day, kept everyone entertained, culminating in a raffle of a generous amount of gear, collectibles and various prizes donated by sponsors and riders.
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RED BULL X-FIGHTERS ROME
Dany Torres Wins Season Finale. Nate Adams Wins Back to Back Series Titles.
ROME (October 3, 2010) – The Stadio Flaminio hosted the 1960 Olympic soccer final, in which Yugoslavia defeated Denmark for the gold. Some 50 years later, the venue hosted the final stop of the world’s premiere freestyle motocross series, with a Spaniard winning the event and an American claiming the overall series title. At the grand finale of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 it was Spain’s Dany Torres who sailed to victory in front of a capacity crowd of 20,000, defeating American Adam Jones in a thrilling final. In the overall series standings, American Nate Adams managed to secure back-to-back titles in the world's most respected freestyle motocross tour with a strong third place finish in the Eternal City.
"I love Italy!" screamed an ecstatic Torres into the microphone after impressing both judges and crowd alike with his huge bag of tricks in the final round. Jones, his opponent, was forced to admit that the Spaniard had deserved the win in Rome: "Dany didn't make a single mistake. I messed up in the final round. He deserved the victory here tonight."
In a city which has witnessed more than its fair share of legendary gladiatorial battles, the duel for the overall Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour title could barely have been closer going into the final stop of the season. At the end it was Adams who emerged victorious by the smallest of margins – just five points – from the head-to-head showdown with Andrè Villa of Norway. The victory means that Adams successfully defend his title, while Villa, who finished on the podium at the first four of the six stops in 2010, was left to rue chances missed in the season.
The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 took the world’s best freestyle motocross riders to spectacular locations across three continents, where they were cheered on live by a total of 169,000 fans. The riders competed in the world’s largest bullfighting arena in Mexico City; in front of the Great Sphinx of Giza; on Moscow's Red Square, in Madrid's famous bullfighting ring; in front of the Battersea Power Station in London; and at the season finale in Rome's Stadio Flaminio. They completed a total of 770 jumps – including 524 flips – and combined, flew more than 55,000 feet in the process.
Photos: Joerg Mitter, Andreas Langreiter, Balazs Gardi, Sebastian Marko for Red Bull
The 2011 Red Bull X-Fighters series promises to bring more high-flying FMX action to incredible locations around the world.
Final Standings, Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010
1. Nate Adams (USA/370 points)
2. Andrè Villa (NOR/365 points)
3. Dany Torres (ESP/310 points)
4. Levi Sherwood (NZL/290 points)
5. Adam Jones (USA/290 points)
6. Robbie Maddison (AUS)
7. Mat Rebeaud (SUI)
8. Eigo Sato (JPN)
Red Bull X-Fighters World Final Rome 2010
1. Dany Torres (ESP)
2. Adam Jones (USA)
3. Nate Adams (USA)
4. Andrè Villa (NOR)
5. Mat Rebeaud (SUI)
6. Rémi Bizouard (FRA)