One day ahead of the big showdown on Saturday night, even the twelve best FMX riders in the world couldn’t escape the football fever on Friday as Dany Torres (ESP), Andrè Villa (NOR), Mat Rebeaud (SUI), Robbie Maddison (AUS) and the rest of the crew warmed up for the historic Russian debut of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 on Moscow’s Red Square in their very own World Cup way.
Sporting the shirts of their national teams, the FMX stars sailed up to 30m long and 15m high while trying to perform tricks with a football at over 60km/h!
In the end it was Spain’s Dany Torres who proved the most skilful with the ball at his feet, as he demonstrated that he shares more than just a name with football superstar Fernando Torres.
Ahead of the third stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 (Saturday, 26 June 2010, 8.30pm local time) opinions are divided in the riders’ camp as to who is the favourite for the overall win this season. When the conversation turns to who will win the World Cup in South Africa, nothing really changes!
“Switzerland, of course,” laughs Mat Rebeaud. “Japan’s not out of it yet,” adds a confident Eigo Sato (JAP). “My team is getting stronger and stronger all the time,” smiles Spanish FMX Dany Torres.
While their colleagues boast, America’s Nate Adams and New Zealand wunderkind Levi Sherwood know their teams have an uphill task ahead of them.
“Unlike at this huge event in Moscow our teams have to be considered underdogs in South Africa. Still, neither of them has gone out of the tournament yet,” agree Adams and Sherwood.