Since the victory over Holland in the final of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa the whole of Spain has been in permanent party mode, and with the fourth stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 coming to Madrid’s Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas on July 23 the celebrations are set to continue.
Among the favourites for the win at the traditional event in the second-largest bullfighting ring on the planet will be not only overall leader Andrè Villa (NOR) and reigning champion Nate Adams (USA) but, as always, local hero and fans’ favourite Dany Torres (ESP).
The fact that the Madrilenians know how to have a good time will come as no surprise to the Red Bull X-Fighters, for whom the Spanish capital has become somewhat of a second home as it plays host to the highlight event of the most prestigious FMX tour in the world year after year.
On July 23, the finest freestyle motocross riders on the planet will return once again to the legendary Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas to show why FMX and Madrid simply belong together.
The points situation in the overall standings going into this year’s event is just as close as it was in 2009, with the three stops in Mexico City (MEX), Giza (EGY) and Moscow (RUS) producing three different winners.
Thanks to consistent performances, reigning Red Bull X-Fighters Champion Nate Adams has managed to reduce the gap to standings leader Andrè Villa, winner of the first event of the season in Mexico City, to just 20 points, while his win on Moscow’s legendary Red Square just a few weeks ago means that Levi “Rubber Kid” Sherwood (NZE) is right back in the fight for the title with 175 points.
Hot on his heels are Tower Bridge hero Robbie Maddison (AUS) and Adam Jones (USA), who impressed at the second stop of the season in Egypt to take the win under the gaze of the majestic Great Sphinx of Giza.
Yet, when it comes to the crazy Spanish fans packed into Las Ventas, there is one man who is top favourite for the win year after year – local hero Dany Torres. Pushed on by tens of thousands of Spaniards screaming their lungs out, Torres always manages to step it up a level in front of his home fans and took his first win of the 2009 season this time last year in Madrid.
A increased field of starters in Madrid: Nate Adams, Jeremy Stenberg, Lance Coury, Brody Wilson and Adam Jones from the USA, Robbie Maddison, Cameron Sinclair, Jackson Strong and Clinton Moore from Australia, Eigo Sato from Japan, Levi Sherwood presents New Zealand, André Villa from Norway, Mat Rebeaud representing Switzerland, France with David Rinaldo and Remi Bizouard and of course, Spanish locals Dany Torres as well as Michael Melero.
|01||Andre Villa||NOR||Yam YZ250||100||80||65||–||–||–||245|
|02||Nate Adams||USA||Yam YZ250||80||65||80||–||–||–||225|
|03||Levi Sherwood||NZL||Yam YZ250||30||45||100||–||–||–||175|
|04||Robbie Maddison||AUS||Yam YZ250||65||55||45||–||–||–||165|
|05||Adam Jones||USA||Yam YZ250||25||100||30||–||–||–||155|
|06||Eigo Sato||JAP||Yam YZ250||35||35||55||–||–||–||125|
|07||Jim McNeil||USA||Suz RM250||45||30||20||–||–||–||95|
|08||Dany Torres||ESP||KTM SX250||55||–||35||–||–||–||90|
|09||Cameron Sinclair||AUS||Yam YZ250||10||–||25||–||–||–||35|
|10||Libor Podmol||FRA||Suz RM250||–||25||–||–||–||–||25|
|11||Blake Williams||AUS||Hon CR250R||15||–||5||–||–||–||20|
|Lance Coury||USA||Hon CR250||–||20||–||–||–||–||20|
|Charles Pagès||FRA||Suz RM250||20||–||–||–||–||–||20|
|14||Mat Rebeaud||SUI||KTM SX 250||–||–||15||–||–||–||15|
|Daice Suzuki||JAP||Yam YZ250||–||15||–||–||–||–||15|
|16||Alex Kolesnikov||RUS||KTM SX250||–||–||10||–||–||–||10|
|Petr Pilat||CZE||KTM SX250||–||10||–||–||–||–||10|
|18||Nick de Wit||RSA||KTM SX250||–||5||–||–||–||–||5|
|Johan Nungaray||MEX||Yam YZ250||5||–||–||–||–||–|
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