ROME, ITALY Ã¢Â€Â“ Freestyle motocross heroes are coming back to Rome on Friday, June 24 (11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT) when Nate Adams, Robbie Maddison, Dany Torres and company perform their gravity-defying tricks and battle for victory at the third Red Bull X-Fighters FMX competition of the season in the Eternal City. The majestic Stadio Olimpico in the Italian capital will serve as the venue with more than 50,000 Italian FMX fans expected to cheer on the athletes.
Defending champion Nate Adams is considered the favorite going into the action-packed spectacle in the stadium that is usually occupied by rival capital city soccer clubs AS Roma and Lazio Rome. Adams rode his Honda CR450F to victory last month at the second stop of the tour in Brazil in front of 100,000 fans and in Rome he will be looking to make it back-to-back victories in the stadium used for the 1960 Summer Olympics to widen his lead in the championship. Adams will have to contend with rival Dany Torres. The Spaniard, winner of the season opener in Dubai, will be back in action after being sidelined in Brasilia due to injury.
Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s going to be hard work to narrow the gap to the top of the pack,Ã¢Â€Â said Torres. Ã¢Â€ÂœI havenÃ¢Â€Â™t given up hope and am going to fight hard all the way to the end.Ã¢Â€Â It is still a tight battle at the top after two of six events this season. Adams is at top of the world tour standings with 165 points with Villa 20 points behind in second and Maddison in third place with 110 points.
It will be the second time in the history of the Red Bull X-Fighters that the riders will be showing off their tricks in Rome. Dany Torres won the spectacle in 2010 that was held in the Stadio Flaminio. Nate Adams took third place and won the overall championship.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI can still remember what a great atmosphere there was,Ã¢Â€Â said Adams. Ã¢Â€ÂœThere were 25,000 people and it was a fantastic event.Ã¢Â€Â There will be at least twice as many spectators in 2011. The Stadio Olimpico, where matches in the 1990 World Cup soccer tournament were also played, has a capacity for more than 50,000 fans.
Engines are roaring at six events in 2011 on four different continents. The riders already took to the air in front of the Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai and in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. After Rome, the tour moves on to Spain, Poland and Australia.
PROGRAMMING NOTE – Red Bull X-Fighters Rome will air on FUEL TV on Sunday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.
Photos of Australian rider Blake Williams put an original Italian police Moto Guzzi motorcycle through the paces at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Tuesday afternoon. Williams will be competing on Friday evening in front of 50,000 fans at the venue, which is also home to AS Roma and Lazio Rome, on what will be the greatest FMX course ever built in Italy, against the world’s best freestyle motocross athletes at Red Bull X-Fighters.
Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour standings (after 2 of 6 events):
- Nate Adams (USA) 165 points
- Andre Villa (NOR) 145 points
- Robbie Maddison (AUS) 110 points
- Dany Torres (ESP) 100 points
- Levi Sherwood (NZL) 100 points
Rider Line-Up – Red Bull X-Fighters Rome:
- Nate Adams (USA)
- Adam Jones (USA)
- Robbie Maddison (AUS)
- Andre Villa (NOR)
- Dany Torres (ESP)
- Eigo Sato (JPN)
- Blake Williams (AUS)
- Clinton Moore (AUS)
- Josh Sheehan (AUS)
- Javier Villegas (CHL)
- Massimo Bianconcini (ITA)
- Petr Pilat (CZE)
Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2011 Calendar:
- UAE, April 15
- Brazil, May 28
- Italy, June 24
- Spain, July 15
- Poland, August 6
- Australia, September 17