The fifth round of the 2010 Red Bull X-Fighters freestyle motocross (FMX) event was held in London this past weekend. New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood recharged London’s iconic Battersea Power Station on Saturday as he won the electrifying motorcycling event in the British capital.
The 19-year-old kept a cool head in front of 30,000 fans packed into the former coal-fired power station as he threw down huge trick after huge mx trick with his inimitable style.
Nate Adams (USA) and Dany Torres (ESP) took the remaining spots on the podium, while Tour leader Andrè Villa had to settle for a disappointing ninth place.
With the rain teeming down in London on Saturday night, it was only a question of time before the course began to cut up, leading to slippery run-ins and increasingly soft landings.
“We couldn’t go right to the limit in the evening – it was too dangerous,” explained America’s Nate Adams, who took a strong second place.
As all riders had benefitted from the same conditions on the dry course during Qualifying in the afternoon, it was decided that the result of that session should stand as the final result.
Despite the wet conditions, Battersea Power Station was sold out right down to the very last seat for an evening of spectacular FMX action.
“The fans certainly fired up the old coal power station,” grinned third-placed Dany Torres (ESP). Crowd favourite Robbie Maddison, famous for his jump over London’s iconic Tower Bridge in 2009, could only finish in tenth place after falling hard during Qualifying.
In the overall standings Nate Adams (305 points) and Levi Sherwood (290 points) are closing in on current leader and Mexico-Champion Andrè Villa (310 points).
“It’s insane,” commented Levi “Rubber Kid” Sherwood, who now lies only 20 points behind Andrè Villa. “I’m going to give absolutely everything at the last event to try and knock Villa off top spot.”
The final round of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 will be relocated to the Stadio Flaminio, famous for having hosted the 1960 Olympic Games and home of the Italian Rugby national team.
This change grants a proper season final and a big show for the Italian fans, allowing an even bigger track and more fans to witness the final stage of the 2010 Series – but it also calls for an extra day and change of calendar.
The final stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour will be held on October 2nd in the Stadio Flaminio, Rome.
|01||Andre Villa||NOR||Yam YZ250||100||80||65||65||20||–||310|
|02||Nate Adams||USA||Yam YZ250||80||65||80||–||80||–||305|
|03||Levi Sherwood||NZL||Yam YZ250||30||45||100||45||100||–||290|
|04||Robbie Maddison||AUS||Yam YZ250||65||55||45||100||15||–||265|
|05||Adam Jones||USA||Yam YZ250||25||100||30||35||45||–||210|
|Dany Torres||ESP||KTM SX250||55||–||35||55||65||–||210|
|07||Mat Rebeaud||SUI||KTM SX 250||–||–||15||80||35||–||130|
|Eigo Sato||JAP||Yam YZ250||35||35||55||5||–||–||130|
|09||Jim McNeil||USA||Suz RM250||45||30||20||–||–||–||95|
|10||Mike Mason||USA||Yam YZ250||–||–||–||30||55||–||85|
|11||Cameron Sinclair||AUS||Yam YZ250||10||–||25||15||30||–||80|
|12||Clinton Moore||AUS||Yam YZ250||–||–||–||–||25||–||25|
|Maikel Melero||ESP||KTM SX250||–||–||–||25||–||–||25|
|Libor Podmol||CZE||Suz RM250||–||25||–||–||–||–||25|
|15||Jackson Strong||AUS||KTM SX250||–||–||–||20||–||–||20|
|Blake Williams||AUS||Hon CR250R||15||–||5||–||–||–||20|
|Lance Coury||USA||Hon CR250||–||20||–||–||–||–||20|
|Charles Pagès||FRA||Suz RM250||20||–||–||–||–||–||20|
|19||Daice Suzuki||JAP||Yam YZ250||–||15||–||–||–||–||15|
|20||Chris Birch||UK||KTM SX250||–||–||–||–||10||–||10|
|Remi Bizouard||FRA||Yam YZ250||–||–||10||–||–||10|
|Alex Kolesnikov||RUS||KTM SX250||–||–||10||–||–||–||10|
|Petr Pilat||CZE||KTM SX250||10||–||–||–||–||10|
|24||Rob Adelberg||AUS||Yam YZ250||–||–||–||–||5||–||5|
|Jeremy Stenberg||USA||Kaw KX450F||–||–||–||5||–||–||5|
|Nick de Wit||RSA||KTM SX250||–||5||–||–||–||–||5|
|Johan Nungaray||MEX||Yam YZ250||5||–||–||–||–||–||5|