Home Run: Dany Torres Wins Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid

Home Run: Dany Torres Wins Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid

MADRID (Spain) – Spaniard Dany Torres got a perfect five-for-five vote from the impressed judges and sent the sell-out crowd of 25,000 watching in Spain’s biggest bullfighting arena into fits of euphoria with his scintillating final run to capture Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid on Friday night. “It’s the best day of my life,” the 24-year-old beamed after his second career victory in the famous bullring, built in 1931, after what was the 10th time the Red Bull X-Fighters performed in Spain.

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The fans had packed the bullring, which had been again converted into an FMX course with a massive pile of dirt in the center, and repeatedly held their breath watching the daring performances. Backflips, no-hand landings or 360-degree turns on ordinary motocross bikes sent shivers through the crowd and led to a series of spontaneous waves around the stadium. David Rinaldo of France and Chile’s Javier Villegas pressed a bit too hard and saw their hopes of greater glory crushed in spectacular crashes – with fortunately neither seriously hurt. “You’ve got to push to the boundaries of physics go do these jumps,” said Blake “Bilko” Williams of Australia, who took second place.

Norway’s Andre Villa moved into the overall series lead — just five points ahead of Nate Adams (265 points), who was sidelined with an injury. The Norwegian ace squandered a golden opportunity to move further ahead after a trouble-filled performance in the quarterfinals. Torres collected 100 points with his second victory this year and raised his season total to 245 points (third place overall).

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First held in 2001 in Valencia, Spain, the world’s premier FMX series has now been held 33 times around the world. The next event takes place in three weeks in Poznan, Poland. The season finale will take place in Sydney, Australia on September 17.

The Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid telecast will air on FUEL TV this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m PT.

Final results – Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid: 1. Dany Torres (ESP), 2. Blake Williams (AUS), 3. Josh Sheehan (AUS), 4. Maikel Melero (ESP), 5. Andre Villa (NOR), 6. Adam Jones (USA), 7. Javier Villegas (CHI), 8. Robbie Maddison (AUS), 9. Alastair Sayer (BOT), 10. David Rinaldo (FRA), 11. Nick Franklin (NZL), 12. Eigo Sato (JPN)

Overall standings (after 4 of 6 events): 1. Andre Villa (NOR/270 points), 2. Nate Adams (USA/265), 3. Dany Torres (ESP/245), 4. Blake Williams (AUS/215), 5. Robbie Maddison (AUS), 6. Josh Sheehan (AUS/130)

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Photo Feature: Steven Frossard and Tommy Searle Make the Box in Latvian MXGP

Photo Feature: Steven Frossard and Tommy Searle Make the Box in Latvian MXGP

The trophy cabinets of the FIM Motocross World Championship Monster Army continue to stack-up as Monster Energy Yamaha factory rider Steven Frossard and CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle both lifted their cans from the podium steps in Latvia.

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The motocross GP show has produced six punishing events in seven weeks. The Monster Army now gets the chance to chill-out having travelled to France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Germany and now Eastern Europe.  The hot Kegums circuit was a killer. The dirt was hard but loaded with holes and small bumps that sent the riders bucking and swapping. It was tough work for sure, both mentally and physically. A 21,000 gaggle of fans packed into the flat venue and a pile headed up into the Monster Energy rig for the best view of the action.

It was Frossard who unleashed the beast by acing second place in both motos and walking the box for the fifth time in ’11 on his tricked-out works YZ450FM. Searle was brave and feisty to make his way to second and third in the MX2 dispute and trod the bottom step.

Dues to Harri Kullas on the Yamaha for his best MX2 result this year with sixth in the second race and David Philippaerts who gunned the MX1 factory ‘Yam’ to fifth overall. The Italian hero’s cut-and-thrust in the second moto to pass eight riders was measure and aggressive riding at its best. Full props to Searle’s CLS buddy Max Anstie for fourth spot in the final MX2 order of the day.

Check out the pics from Kegums and don’t forget to hook-up with the Grand Prix scene again in two weeks when the guys have to tackle the hellish sand of Lommel in Belgium. In the meantime, check out the photos by Milagro courtesy of Monster Energy:


Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray Breaks Through For Third Overall Win of the Season

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray Breaks Through For Third Overall Win of the Season

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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray piloted his Kawasaki KX(TM)250F through the heat and humidity at the seventh round of the AMA Motocross Championship series to earn 2-1 moto finishes on the way to his third overall victory of the season at Spring Creek MX in Millville, Minn. His teammate Dean Wilson grabbed his sixth runner-up finish of 2011 with a 1-2 moto result, while Blake Baggett worked his way through the pack in both motos to finish with a 3-3 for third overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto moved to within six points of first in the championship standings with a 3-2 finish that landed him second overall. Teammate Jake Weimer made improvements from his last race, finishing with an 8-6 for seventh overall. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle battled from outside 15th in the second moto to finish ninth and come out sixth overall with a 6-9 moto result.

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Third Time

Coming off a podium finish at Red Bud, Rattray was determined to get back on top of the podium. Knowing he was capable of riding in the extreme heat and humidity, Rattray raced back in the first moto to nearly overtake his teammate Wilson in the final corners. He was prepared for the grueling second moto and got out front early to hold on for his third overall win of the season.

“It was a tough race today between the humidity and the rough track,” said Rattray. “Putting together two decent finishes is always the goal and it worked to our favor today, especially with the points gap tightening up. It’s nice to feel like I can get right back in it. I had a bad race at Red Bud and it’s good to come back from that. I’m really looking forward to the next few races.”

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Runner-Up Isn’t Bad

Remaining consistent during a tough race, Wilson once again put himself in good position to retain the red number plate. His 1-2 finish for second overall was still a successful day as he battled through the tough conditions of high heat and rough track. While a win has still eluded him so far this season, Wilson has been able to keep a 16-point gap over second in the championship standings.

“The heat got to me a little today and I wasn’t sure how strong I would be in the second moto,” said Wilson. “While I did hold it together better than I expected, I couldn’t keep the pace of my teammate who was definitely on it. Once I saw him pulling away, I knew I didn’t want to do anything that could cost me in the championship. I’ve already lost the points lead once this season and I have been trying to remind myself to race smart.”

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Pushing Through

Baggett continued to prove he is serious about going after the 250 championship as he rode to another come-from-behind podium finish. In true Baggett fashion, he was able to pick off riders in both motos to make his way to the front runners where he finished third in both motos for third overall.

“I had a crash while practicing earlier this week that dislocated my collarbone and I was pretty sore coming into the weekend,” said Baggett. “I didn’t get the starts I wanted and had to work a little harder than I wanted. I am happy that I was able to get back on the podium, but it’s hard to be happy with anything but a win. I’ll get back to work this week and hopefully be back to 100 percent next week.”

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Podium Finisher

With consistency on his mind, Villopoto came into Spring Creek looking to gain as many points as he could on the championship leader. In the first moto, Villopoto went to work on his competitors as he made his way from sixth to third on the constantly evolving track. He was determined to have a better race in Moto 2 and grabbed the holeshot before finishing second and taking the overall runner-up position.

“I didn’t feel like I rode my best in the first moto and wanted to go out and do better in the second moto,” said Villopoto. “Getting the holeshot is a good way to start and I did feel better overall. Now that the points are closer, it’s going to be an exciting season.”

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Making Improvements

Continuing to show improvement in his rookie season, Weimer put together two solid motos aboard his Kawasaki KX(TM)450F. Weimer flew out to California early in the week to test with the team and the work paid off. With good starts, he was able to earn his fourth top-10 result this season.

“I didn’t seem to get a good jump in either moto, but was able to get the power to the ground and managed to come out with decent starts,” said Weimer. “It was hot today and that was definitely a factor throughout the day. I know I can do better and hopefully that will show next week at Washougal.”

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Holding Them Off

Using both motos to improve on his starting position, Tickle worked his way up from his starting positions to finish the day with a 6-9 for sixth overall.

“I knew the heat was going to be a big factor and I really tried to be smart in the opening laps so I had something left at the end,” said Tickle. “I think that strategy worked to my favor and I was able to make up spots in both motos. My start in the second moto put me mid-pack and I wasn’t able to get comfortable with the riders around me. My goal is to get on the podium and still that I am capable of that.”

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Points Battle

With the points battle tightening up in the 450 class, Villopoto now sits six points back of the leader. With 10 motos left, Villopoto is determined to work his way into the lead.

“It’s going to be a good race to the finish,” said Villopoto. “We are all really close and every moto is going to count. I think that it will be really great racing the remainder of the year and I really hope the fans enjoy it.”

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Heading Home

With the eighth round of the AMA Motocross Championship series heading to Washougal, Wash., Villopoto will be greeted with the local fans from his home state.

“It’s going to be great to go back to Washougal after being away from racing the stop for the past two years,” said Villopoto. “The fans are always great and supportive even if I haven’t been able to get a win there. Maybe I can change that this year and get that monkey off my back.”

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Interview With Geico Honda’s CRF250R Rider Justin Barcia

Interview With Geico Honda’s CRF250R Rider Justin Barcia

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When GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia clinched the Supercross Lites East Championship title in early May, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream. Barcia enjoyed a hugely successful amateur-racing career before transitioning into the professional ranks in the summer of 2009. Last year he finished runner-up in his rookie season in the Supercross Lites East Championship, and he returned in 2011 to dominate the East series. Despite racing most of the season with a broken wrist, Barcia finished on every podium, including taking three wins to clinch his first-ever Supercross title.

To find out what winning the Supercoss Lites title means to Justin, and to get his thoughts on his career so far, check out the Justin Barcia video available for viewing courtesy Honda.


ESPN X Games 17 Kick-Off Bash Benefitting The V Foundation for Cancer Research and STAPLES Center Foundation

Celebrities, X Games 17 Athletes and Media Rally in Support of Fifth-Annual Charity Event

What:

The V Foundation for Cancer Research and STAPLES Center Foundation will once again join forces to host the annual X Games 17 Kick-Off Bash. Guests at the fifth-annual charity event will be treated to exclusive VIP meet and greets with X Games 17 athletes and celebrities, while experiencing private viewing of the BMX Park and Skateboard Street practice taking place on the Event Deck.

Who:

Exclusive VIP party with Ryan Sheckler and other featured athletes including Tony Hawk, Mat Hoffman, Brian Deegan, Kevin Pearce, Chad Kagy and Ryan Nyquist.

When:

Wed. July 27, 2011 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Where:

L.A. LIVE Event Deck

1005 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The event will also be streamed live on the X Games Facebook page: www.facebook.com/xgames

Ticket Info:

Tickets may be purchased in advance only and are available at www.ticketmaster.com/xgames. Prices are $110 for adults 21 and over and $60 for ages 20 or younger and those not wishing to consume alcohol.

Sponsors:

American Express and The Eisner Foundation & Soul Surfer – the incredible true story of Bethany Hamilton, available on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack

Admission Includes:

  • Private viewing of Skateboard Street and BMX Park – two practices totally closed to the public with exclusive viewing for benefit guests only.
  • Opportunity to meet and get autographs from action sports legends and X Games 17 athletes including Tony Hawk, Mat Hoffman, Brian Deegan, Ryan Nyquist and more.
  • Experience premium food, dessert and drinks including hosted beer and wine. Special thanks to Wolfgang Puck for providing the food, Partridge cellars for donating the wine and Shiner Bock for donating beer.
  • Opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items which will include the B.F.Goodrich CHECKERED FLAG WAVE – One lucky bidder will signal the end to the first-ever downtown LA car race on Saturday, July 30 at X Games 17 Rally Car Racing. Be down in the heart of the action and waive the checkered flag to signal the end of the race! The package also includes two Special guest passes for viewing rally car.
  • Special gift bag for each attendee

The Benefiting Charities:

STAPLES Center Foundation has established a number of partnerships in the Los Angeles community to assist charities in raising funds and awareness for their organizations with a special emphasis on the low-income neighborhoods surrounding the arena. The Foundation has donated more than $10 million in financial and in-kind support to our nonprofit partners, helping to reach those in need.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $95 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide and proudly awards 100 percent of all donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. The Foundation, which has received a coveted seventh consecutive (best possible) 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier on-line rating service for charitable organizations, awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For additional information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org or call 1-800-4JimmyV.


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