Mat Rebeaud wins Red Bull X-Fighters Mexico City

Switzerland’s Rebeaud Captures Win in Front of 43,000 Fans

Mexico City (April 5, 2008) – Swiss rider Mat Rebeaud soared high to take
the title at the inaugural event of Red Bull X-Fighters 2008 at the
sold-out Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City on Friday night. The 2006
Mexico City champion overcame Spain’s Dany Torres after a memorable battle
in the final. American Jeremy Lusk grabbed third place in the world’s
premier freestyle motocross series.

The night belonged to Rebeaud, who delivered a perfect combination of
showmanship, acrobatics and an array of huge, perfectly executed tricks.

“That was just incredible, I’m over the moon!” said Rebeaud. “I want to
thank all the fans. Here in Mexico, everyone really lived the emotions,
including me.”

The 43,000 fans packed into the world’s largest bullring were treated to a
non-stop feast of freestyle motocross action, with twelve of the world’s
best riders, including Robbie Maddison (AUS), Eigo Sato (JAP), Busty Wolter
(GER), Giancarlo Bergamini (BRA), Alvaro Dal Farra (ITA), Petr Pilat (CZE)
and Johan Nungaray (MEX), reaching deep into their bags of tricks,
including backflips, whips, cliffhangers, lazy flips and much more in the
historic venue.

After an impressive performance against American Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg
in the semi-final, Rebeaud showed what his relentless training over the
past three months was for in the final, thrilling the passionate Mexican
fans and judges alike. Much like the matadors who battle the bulls on the
plaza floor, Torres put up an heroic fight, but ultimately had to
congratulate the worthy champion after the judges’ decision.

“Rebeaud was just too good today,” said Torres. “He’s obviously put in a
lot of hard work and he surprised me today with a few tricks. All in all
we’re at about the same level.”

French rider Thomas Páges was lucky to escape relatively unscathed after
trying a high-risk backflip in the dying seconds of his 90-second
quarter-final run against Lusk, crashing heavily.

“My shoulder is black and blue and badly grazed, but I’ll be back,” Páges
asserted. “I want to get back on the bike as soon as possible.”

The Mexico City victory gives the 26-year-old Swiss superstar an early lead
in the Red Bull X-Fighters 2008 series standings. The international FMX
series next visits the Sambadromo in Rio de Janeiro on May 3. The tour then
makes its first U.S. stop in Fort Worth, Texas on June 14, where FMX will
meet rodeo. It wraps up with European rounds in Wuppertal, Germany on July
4 and Madrid, Spain on July 17-18.

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