Showdown at the Stampede - Red Bull X-Fighters narrows down the freestyle moto herd



    
    Canadian Jeff Fehr is kicking up dirt for one of two spots remaining in
    the quarter-finals

    For the first time in the history of Red Bull X-Fighters, a herd of 12 of
    the best freestyle motocross athletes are making a stop in Canada. The
    Qualification took place today, one day before the great showdown in the
    world famous Stampede Park.
    

    CALGARY, May 29 /CNW/ - A sensation could be on the cards on Saturday
evening in Calgary's Stampede Park (8:24 p.m. MT) once a sold-out crowd of
21,000 take their seats in front of the city's skyline. France's Charles Pages
will attempt to become the world's first freestyle motocross rider to perform
a front flip on a motocross bike - weather permitting.
    Jeff Fehr - one of only two Canadian riders ever to compete at Red Bull
X-Fighters World Tour - will be battling it out for one of two remaining
quarter-final spots, after a fantastic display of tricks and flips but a 10th
place finish. Mat Rebeaud (SUI) finished ahead of Eigo Sato (JAP) and Jeremy
Stenberg (USA) with first place in the Qualification while Nate Adams (USAS)
took fourth. The top six qualified automatically for the quarter-finals. The
other six athletes, including Benoit Milot from Quebec (12th), will be revving
their engines to make it in the top eight.
    The Red Bull X-Fighter World Tour 2009 started in Mexico City (MEX)
before moving to Calgary (CAN). It will next take place in Fort Worth Texas
(USA) and then Madrid (ESP) before concluding the 2009 season with the world
final in London (GBR).
    Ever since the World Tour was launched in 2007 the sporting event has
caused a sensation with breathtaking back flips and dangerous tricks at stops
around the world with spectacular events in bullfighting arenas in Mexico City
(MEX) and Madrid (ESP) or the Sambadrom in the mega-metropolis of Rio de
Janeiro.

    Flames hits the judging panel

    After welcoming the dirty dozen to Canadian soil with honourary Calgary
Flames jerseys, local hero and Flames defender, Dion Phaneuf, will be skating
off the ice and stampeding into the judges' box. That's right, Phaneuf will be
determining what rider will get an extra notch on his belts as the top
competitors back flip for Cowtown victory.

    
    QUALIFYING ROUND RESULTS
    ------------------------
    1.  89.67 Mat Rebeaud (SUI)
    2.  89.33 Eigo Sato (JAP)
    3.  89.33 Jeremy Stenberg (USA)
    4.  88.83 Nate Adams (USA)
    5.  88.33 Robbie Maddison (AUS)
    6.  83.00 Thomas Pagès (FRA)
    7.  82.00 Takayuki Higashino (JAP)
    8.  79.33 Levi Sherwood (NZL)
    9.  77.67 Charles Pagès (FRA)
    10. 75.00 Jeff Fehr (CAN)
    11. 71.33 Andrè Villa (NOR)
    12. 66.67 Benoit Milot (CAN)

    MEDIA SCHEDULE INFORMATION
    --------------------------
    Further details on the media schedule are below. PLEASE NOTE: for access
to entry, media must confirm accreditation by contacting Josée Laperrière:
josee.laperriere@ca.redbull.com.

    WHAT:     RED BULL X-FIGHTERS

    WHEN:     SATURDAY, MAY 30
              Media Centre hours 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. MT; 6:30 p.m. - 12:00
              a.m. MT
              Rider interviews 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. MT
              Red Bull X-Fighters FINALS 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. MT
              Media talk 10:55 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. MT

    WHERE:    CALGARY STAMPEDE PARK
              Media Will Call located near main ticketing area
    

    Can't make it down to Calgary Stampede Park? Grab the remote and tune
into RUSH HD from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. MT tomorrow night (May 30) to watch a LIVE
broadcast of Red Bull X-Fighters.

    For further information, photos, video clips as well as rider biographies
and video of Dion Phaneuf making a special presentation to the riders at Red
Bull X-Fighters, please visit www.redbullxfightersnewsroom.com.





For further information:

For further information: For more information and media accreditation
details, please contact: Michelle Easton, Melissa Legaspi, Edelman, (416)
454-9060, (416) 786-8527, michelle.easton@edelman.com,
melissa.legaspi@edelman.com; Josée Laperrière, Sonia Klinger, Red Bull Canada,
(647) 680-2855, (647) 283-7211, josee.laperriere@ca.redbull.com,
sonia.klinger@ca.redbull.com

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