Cheered on by 25,000 rabid fans, Australia’s Robbie Maddison tamed Madrid’s legendary bullfighting ring on Friday night as he secured victory against the best freestyle motocross riders on the planet. Second place went to the Swiss rider Mat Rebeaud, with the Red Bull X-Fighters filling the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas right down to the very last seat for the ninth year running.

MADRID – The sound of wailing motors rang through the tunnels around the famous bullfighting arena as the two-wheeled toreros raced towards the kickers at up to 45 miles per hour. It was Aussie superstar Robbie Maddison – famous for starring in the Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. in 2007 and 2008, jumping over London’s iconic Tower Bridge in 2009 and sailing across the Corinth Canal in Greece in 2010 – who raised the bar yet again in the Spanish capital with a brand-new trick, completing one full rotation of his body over the bike while almost 50 feet in the air before returning to the saddle to nail the trick and ride away. “The Volt Body Varial definitely helped me win,” grinned the man from Down Under after his victory, adding: “I still can’t believe it!”

Just weeks after beginning training following a major crash, Switzerland’s Mat Rebeaud celebrated a comeback to remember as he defeated the local favorite and 2009 winner Dany Torres in the Semi-Finals. Despite having to settle for fourth place, the Spaniard had nothing but words of praise for the huge Madrid crowd and event winner Maddison: “The atmosphere here is just insane. Next year I’ll be back to take revenge, but Maddison deserved to win here tonight. Thank you to all the fans.”

Third place went to André Villa, who managed to defend his lead in the overall points classification thanks to yet another strong performance. The Norwegian has a 45-point lead over Maddison going into the fifth stop of the season in London on August 14 at Battersea Power Station. “I’ve got to stay consistent and finish on the podium in London and at the season finale in Rome. If I manage to do that then nothing can stand between me and the overall title,” commented Villa.

Final Result, Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid 2010:

  1. Robbie Maddison (AUS)
  2. Mat Rebeaud (SUI)
  3. Andre Villa (NOR)
  4. Dany Torres (ESP)
  5. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
  6. Adam Jones (USA)
  7. Mike Mason (USA)
  8. Maikel Melero (ESP)
  9. Jackson Strong (AUS)
  10. Cameron Sinclair (AUS)
  11. Rémi Bizouard (FRA)
  12. Jeremy Stenberg (USA)

Current Overall Classification, Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 (after four events):

  1. André Villa (NOR) 310 points
  2. Robbie Maddison (AUS) 265
  3. Nate Adams (USA) 225
  4. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
  5. Adam Jones (USA)

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Attached Photo Credit: Joerg Mitter, Andreas Schaad, Daniel Grund, Predrag Vuckovic


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