MEXICO CITY, March 24 /CNW/ -
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Unprecedented enthusiasm of 42.000 spectators, the creme de la creme of
international freestyle motocross athletes and a one-of-a-kind show: The Red
Bull X-Fighters 2007 in the Monumental Plaza de Toros bullfighting arena in
Mexico City were way more than just a freestyle motocross contest. In a
breathtaking head-to-head challenge the riders battled their way up into the
super final. In the end, it was 19-year-old Spanish shooting star Dany Torres
to excel and pull the most powerful tricks with the ultimate in style and
creativity. All-time technical ruler Nate Adams (USA) came in second place
followed by Robbie "Maddo" Maddison (AUS) who finished third.
Ten of the world's most renowned and respected freestyle motocross riders
of eight different nationalities had followed the call of the Red Bull
X-Fighters and travelled all the way to Mexico to be part of this year's show.
42.000 spectators on-site and more than 10 million TV and internet viewers
witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime freestyle motocross fiesta in the world's
biggest bullfighting arena Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City. Packed
with elements of traditional bullfighting, flamenco performances and music
acts the contest format had ten top riders compete in a testosterone-loaded
Displaying incredible courage, technique, style and airtime the ten top
athletes indulged in a passionate battle for the crown of the Red Bull
X-Fighters in Mexico City. Shooting up in the night sky as high as 20 metres
with their 250ccm bikes these bold motoreros radiated speed, style and power.
Among the judging criteria were difficulty and execution of tricks, variety of
tricks and usage of course, style and show aspects, and overall impression. At
the Red Bull X-Fighters the crowd also has a big say in the judging of a
rider's presentation so Mexico's most famous TV host Facundo acted as the
judge of the spectators' voice.
The arena was literally boiling when local hero Johan Nungaray entered.
Unfortunately, he barely used the whole set-up and did not show great
variation in his tricks. FMX showman and all-time favourite of the Mexican
audience Ronnie Renner (USA) threw some massive super whips but no flips.
Swiss Mat Rebeaud, winner of last year's Red Bull X-Fighters in Mexico City,
had just recovered from a broken femur which kept him away from showing 100%
of his skills. Three riders made their way into the super final:
overwhelmingly smooth and progressive Australian Robbie Maddison impressed the
crowd and judges performing one flip after the other riding faster than anyone
else. A class of his own when it comes to a large trick repertoire and
confidence, Nate Adams (USA) pulled some super clean Catwalks, Cordova
Backflips and Lazy Boys.
However, neither Maddison nor Adams could stop 19-year-old Latino young
gun Dany "DT" Torres (ESP). When Torres pushed into the super final the crowd
jumped off their seats waving their bandanas and screaming like crazy.
Fiercely attacking his former heroes Torres threw some super high
Cliffhangers, Turndowns, Superflips and Heelclicker Backflips with a
breathtaking Turndown Whip as the winning jump. An impressive combination of
sophisticated riding, variety of tricks and interaction with the crowd earned
"I watched Maddo and Nate ride so well so I knew I had to push it to the
very limit in my run. It worked out and I am so happy!" No doubt, the Red Bull
X-Fighters in Mexico City will be something to remember for up-and-rising
Results Red Bull X-Fighters Mexico City 2007:
- 1. Dany Torres (ESP)
- 2. Nate Adams (USA)
- 3. Robbie Maddison (AUS)
The Red Bull X-Fighters are going on tour for the first time in 2007,
hosted by three more venues after Mexico City. At the next stop on 26 May at
Slane Castle, Ireland, FMX legend Travis Pastrana (USA) will be attacking
Torres's position and definitely interfere with the top three ranking. Next
stop will be Moscow on 30 June followed by the final tour event on 27 July in
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