FMX Report: Egypt
The Great Sphinx of Giza and 10,000 fans cast a keen eye over the 12 best Freestyle Motocross FMX athletes on the planet on Friday night.
At the second stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 desert winds, sand and temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius pushed man and machine to the limit, with Adam Jones (USA) emerging victorious in front of one of the world’s most spectacular backdrops.
CAIRO (EGY): Directly in front of the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Sphinx of Giza built between 2700 and 2600 BC, it was the American Adam Jones who destroyed his 11 opponents’ dreams of victory by progressing all the way to the Final, where he tricked and flipped his way past the winner of the season opener in Mexico City (MEX), the Norwegian Andrè Villa, to win the event.
"This really is a dream come true for me. The conditions in Cairo weren’t easy, but my final run was perfect, and that meant the judges were then on my side," grinned the 26-year-old.
In front of the 73.5-metre-long and 20-metre-high Great Sphinx of Giza, it was "only" the nerves of the top freestyle motocross riders from Europe, Asia, America and Australia that crumbled away as they sailed 15 metres high and 30 metres in length through the warm night air.
All of the members of the international FMX elite were in agreement: "To be able to jump at such a unique location is just incredible."
After two of the six stops comprising the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 it is Andrè Villa who continues to lead the overall standings. The next event is scheduled to take place on Moscow’s Red Square (RUS) on 26 June 2010.
FMX Final Results
Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010, Cairo, Egypt:
1. Adam Jones (USA)
2. Andrè Villa (NOR)
3. Nate Adams (USA)
4. Robbie Maddison (AUS)
5. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
6. Eigo Sato (JAP)
7. Jim McNeil (USA)
8. Libor Podmol (CZE)
9. Lance Coury (USA)
10. Daice Suzuki (JAP)
11. Petr Pilat (CZE)
12. Nick DeWit (RSA)
* Ten years after its creation, the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 comprises six events Mexico City (MEX), Cairo (EGY), Moscow (RUS), Madrid (ESP), London (UK) and Rome (ITA).
* The 12 best freestyle motocross athletes in the world perform breathtaking tricks, flying up to 15 metres high and 30 metres in length on motocross bikes available in all normal FMX stores.
* The head-to-head runs between the riders are evaluated by a six-man judging panel. Following Round One, the event advances to the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals, where the night’s winner is crowned.