FMX heroes to conquer capital of Brazil
BRASILIA (BRA) Ã¢Â€Â“ The worldÃ¢Â€Â™s 12 best freestyle motocross athletes will take over the heart of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, on Saturday, May 28, performing in front of an expected 60,000 fans and an expert panel of judges. The winner of the second stop of the world famous FMX tour will be crowned for his feats on the Esplanada dos Ministeros, the Ã¢Â€ÂœAvenue of the MinistriesÃ¢Â€Â that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The engines will be howling in Brazil for the second time in the history of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour. In 2008 Jeremy Stenberg jumped his way to victory in the Carnival mecca of Rio de Janeiro. Robbie Maddison said: Ã¢Â€ÂœThe Sambadrome in Rio was packed and the atmosphere was unbelievable. IÃ¢Â€Â™m sure the reception weÃ¢Â€Â™ll get in the capital this year will be just as frenetic. WeÃ¢Â€Â™ll have lots of new tricks.Ã¢Â€Âœ
On the Esplanada dos Ministerios, where the countryÃ¢Â€Â™s political direction is decided, kickers and landing hills have been built up in front of an historic backdrop, the high-rise buildings designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. Danny Torres is widely regarded as the front-runner going into the battle in Brazil after the Spaniard secured his fifth career victory in the 2011 season opener in Dubai to take the world tour lead. NorwayÃ¢Â€Â™s Andre Villa and defending champion Nate Adams are hot on his heels. Adams has promised he will have a lot of new tricks in Brazil: Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s enormously tight at the top. One mistake and youÃ¢Â€Â™ll end up in the paddock as a loser. Everyone has to go to the outer limit.Ã¢Â€Âœ
There are six Red Bull X-Fighters events in 2011 on four continents around the world. After the showdown in Brazil, the tour moves on to the Eternal City of Rome (June 24). After that there will be more title battles in the bullfighting arena of Madrid (July 15) and in the new European soccer championship stadium in Warsaw (August 6). The world finale will take place in Australia. The Red Bull X-Fighters will be competing in Sydney for the first time (September 17).
Riders / Red Bull X-Fighters 2011 / Brasilia
- Nate Adams (USA)
- Andre Villa (NOR)
- Levi Sherwood (NZL)
- Dany Torres (ESP)
- Robbie Maddison (AUS)
- Adam Jones (USA)
- Eigo Sato (JPN)?
- Libor Podmol (CZE)
- Blake Williams (USA)
- Javier Villegas (CHI)
- Beau Bamburg (USA)
- Wild Card (BRA)