The west goes wild for Aussie Maddison at second stop of Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour



    
    - Canadian riders lose horsepower to qualify for final round held at
    Calgary Stampede Park -
    

    CALGARY, May 31 /CNW/ - Yee-Haw! A sold-out crowd of 21,000 spectators
celebrated a stunning victory by Australian-native Robbie Maddison at Stampede
Park in Calgary on Saturday evening. At the second stop of the Red Bull
X-Fighters World Tour 2009, Maddison managed to stay in front of the
competition and remained calm in order to celebrate victory on the dirt.
Japan's Eigo Sato was beaten in the final. Reigning champion, Mat Rebeaud from
Switzerland took third place.
    "I can't believe it. It's a dream come true. The hard work paid off. The
whole day was totally insane. I had a feeling from the start that I had a
chance to win today and after winning the quarter-final against Nate Adams I
knew I could go all the way," said the beaming Australian. Adams put all his
eggs in one basket and was hoping to snatch the win with a 360 - a complete
turn in mid-air. But Maddison prevailed with a superior all-round performance.
    Known as simply "The Greatest Show on Earth", the Stampede welcomed a
worthy tenant when Red Bull X-Fighters and the international freestyle
motocross elite came to town. With record-breaking crowds and no shortage of
thrills and spills, the annual Calgary Stampede has plenty in common with
X-Fighters, and the world's best FMX fighters were champing at the bit to
throw down a high-octane rodeo of their own!
    Local hero Jeff Fehr ended up in ninth place. The crowd favourite arrived
wearing a Calgary Flames jersey. NHL superstar Dion Phaneuf, who was serving
as a show judge, personally presented Fehr with a team jersey.
    "This has been absolutely insane," said Jeff Fehr. "Twelve of the best
riders from around the world just going head to head trying to beat each other
out...it's definitely been tough, but fun. I'm so pumped Canada is loving Red
Bull X-Fighters, and I hope it's the start of the fire that keeps burning
everywhere throughout the country for FMX."
    Levi Sherwood, also known as "rubber kid", had a disappointing
performance in only his second outing on the international FMX stage. At just
17 years old, the winner in Mexico City had to settle for seventh place. The
four-stroke bike of the promising youngster was at a clear disadvantage
compared to the superior two-stroke bikes of the other riders.
    Benoit Milot of Quebec - Canada's second rider - battled it out for the
last two remaining semi-final spots, but didn't have the horsepower to put him
in the top six. He took home 10th place in his debut ride in the Red Bull
X-Fighters World Tour.
    In the overall standings Eigo Sato (JAP/160 Points) is in first place, in
front of Levi Sherwood (NZL/130 Points) in second and Mat Rebeaud (SUI/130
Points) in third.
    Ever since the World Tour was launched in 2007, the sporting event has
caused a sensation with breathtaking back flips and dangerous tricks at iconic
stops around the world. Red Bull X-Fighters events have taken place in such
spectacular venues as bullfighting arenas in Mexico City (MEX) and Madrid
(ESP) or the Sambadrom in the mega-metropolis of Rio de Janeiro.

    
    RED BULL X-FIGHTERS WORLD TOUR DATES

    MARCH 27        Plaza de Toros                   Mexico City, MEX
    MAY 30          Calgary Stampede Park            Calgary, CAN
    JUNE 27         Stockyard                        Fort Worth, USA
    JULY 16& 17     Plaza de Toros  de las Ventas    Madrid, SPA
    AUGUST 22       Battersea Power Station          London, UK

    Event photos and video footage available for download at
www.redbullxfightersnewsroom.com. Video will also be available via satellite
downlink at the following coordinates:

    Date: Sunday, May 31, 2009
    Time: 06.45 - 07.15 ET (= 10.45 - 11.15 GMT)
    Satellite: Galaxy 17 at 91 degrees West
    Txp. 24 K - Channel F (9 MHz ku-band)
    Downlink Frequency: 12187,500 MHZ
    Downlink Polarisation: vertical (Y)
    Encoding: Tandberg 4:2:0
    SR 6.1113 msym/sec
    FEC 3/4 clear key
    Video Standard: 525/NTSC 16:9 SD feed
    Audio: Ch 1: international sound left, Ch 2: international sound right

    REFEED

    Date: Sunday, May 31, 2009
    Time: 12.00 - 12.30 ET (= 16.00 - 16.30 GMT)
    Satellite: Intelsat 805 at 55,5 degrees West
    Txp. 12 C - Channel D (9 MHz c-band)
    Downlink Frequency: 3820,500 MHZ
    Downlink Polarisation: vertical (Y)
    Encoding: Tandberg 4:2:0
    SR 6.1113 msym/sec
    FEC 3/4 clear key
    Video Standard: 525/NTSC 16:9 SD feed
    Audio: Ch 1: international sound left, Ch 2: international sound right
    

    
    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/
    





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For further information: Melissa Legaspi/Alana Lipton, Edelman, (416)
979-1120 x 272/222, Melissa.Legaspi@Edelman.com/Alana.Lipton@Edelman.com;
Sonia Klinger/Josée Laperrière, Red Bull Canada, (416) 542-7493/(416)
542-7485, sonia.klinger@ca.redbull.com/josee.laperriere@ca.redbull.com

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