All Roads Lead to Rome for FMX World Elite
After the most spectacular end-of-season showdown in the history of the Red Bull X-Fighters in London in 2009, the premier freestyle motocross series in the world returns in 2010 with new riders, new locations and plenty of new tricks. This year will once again see the crème-de-la-crème of the international FMX scene battle it out for the coveted title of Red Bull X-Fighters World Champion.
Kicking it all off is the traditional season curtain raiser in Mexico City at the Momumental Plaza de Toros, the world’s largest bullfighting arena, which holds an astonishing 42,000 rabid fans. Last year, 17-year-old Kiwi Levi Sherwood shocked the FMX world when he claimed the win, showcasing his tremendous ability and why his nickname is “The Rubber Kid.”
Jostling for a place with old classics such Mexico City and the legendary two-day event in the Spanish capital Madrid (ESP) will be new and exciting locations for 2010. The second event of the six-stop Tour will take place in the shadow of the Pyramids and the world famous Great Sphinx in the city of Giza, Egypt, where the dry heat and blazing sun will be sure to push the athletes to the limit. The next highlight follows just weeks later as the Red Square and the Kremlin in the Russian capital of Moscow host the world's 12 best freestyle motocross athletes.
Following Moscow, London's legendary Battersea Power Station will be recharged once again to electrify the crowd and the riders before the Red Bull X-Fighters head to the Eternal City, Rome, to crown the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Champion.
Last year it was America's Nate Adams who claimed the title in front of a sell-out crowd of 20,000 at London's Battersea Power Station following a thrilling season full of twists and turns. This time around, Adams is back to try to defend his title and secure his place as one of the all-time greats of Red Bull X-Fighters. Among his most dangerous challengers will be multi-world record holder Robbie Maddison (AUS), who will be looking to finally secure victory in the overall standings after placing third and second respectively in 2008 and 2009.
In 2010, Red Bull X-Fighters is no longer an invitational. Instead of holding a ranking event, qualifying will be carried out according to performance and the World Tour ranking. The top six riders are be pre-qualified, meaning that Adams (USA), Maddison (AUS), Eigo Sato (JPN), Mat Rebeaud (SUI), Dany Torres (ESP) and Sherwood (NZL) are already seeded for the season opener in Mexico based on their standings at the end of the 2009 season. Four more spots will be battled out by six riders, who have been selected by the international Red Bull X-Fighters Jury following an application process in autumn last year, while two wildcard riders will complete the starting field.
"This method will guarantee a fair competition on the highest sportive level with only the very best riders competing at each single Tour stop," explains Tour Director Tes Sewell.
One famous face will be missing from the international line-up at the traditional season curtain-raiser in Mexico City (MEX): 2008 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour champion Mat Rebeaud (SUI) has been forced out of the event due to an injury suffered while training at the Red Bull Compound in California. The Swiss ripper plans to be back for the two-day spectacular in Madrid (ESP) to resume battle with the best FMX riders on the planet after narrowly missing out on back-to-back titles at last year's end-ofseason showdown in London.
Cam Sinclair makes his comeback in Mexico City after a scare at Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid last year, where he suffered serious injuries while attempting a double backflip. But Cam is healthy and ready to go.
ENTERED RIDERS FOR RED BULL X-FIGHTERS MEXICO CITY
Nate Adams (USA) / Yam YZ250
Robbie Maddison (AUS) / Yam YZ250
Eigo Sato (JPN) / Yam YZ250
Adam Jones (USA) / Yam YZ250
Andrè Villa (NOR) / Yam YZ250
Taka Higashino (JPN) / Yam YZ250
Jim McNeil (CAN) / Suz RM 250
Cameron Sinclair (AUS) / Yam YZ250
Dany Torres (ESP) / KTM 250SX
Levi Sherwood (NZ) / KTM 250SX
Charles Pagès (FRA) / Suz RM250
Blake Williams (AUS) / Hon CRF250R
Johan Nungaray (MEX) / Yam YZ250
Libor Podmol (CZE) / Suz RM250