Rome FMX: Red Bull X-Fighters Preview

Rome FMX Video

On October 2, 2010 the international freestyle motocross elite will gather for the ultimate title showdown at the season finale of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 in Rome’s Stadio Flaminio.

With young gun Levi Sherwood (NZL) being forced out of the event due to injury, the home stadium of the Italian national rugby team will play host to a head-to-head battle for the 2010 crown between overall points leader Andrè Villa (NOR) and the reigning champion Nate Adams (USA). For the best FMX riders in the world, all roads lead to Rome…

ROME (ITALY). There can be no better location for the final event of an international tour which has visited five of the world’s most famous cities across three continents than the metropolis known for centuries as "caput mundi", the capital of the world, thanks to its role as the power centre of the almighty Roman Empire.

Now, more than 1500 years after the spectacular fall of the Empire, the city which has borne witness to so many gladiatorial battles is once again set to become the location for an all-or-nothing duel on two wheels.

After his victory at the penultimate stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 in London (GBR) in August, 18-year-old shooting star Levi "Rubber Kid" Sherwood (NZL) was tipped by many to go on and claim overall victory in a three-way battle against Villa and Adams in Rome.

However, in a cruel twist of fate Sherwood fell heavily at an event in Los Angeles in early September after inadvertently shifting into neutral between jumps, breaking his right femur and dislocating his left wrist.

The injury means that the most successful season in young New Zealander’s career has been brought to an early end.

Sherwood’s bad luck means that it will come down to a straight two-way shoot-out for the 2010 title. Andrè Villa has lead the way all year after triumphing at the season opener in Mexico City (MEX), but the Norwegian hasn’t won since and missed out on the chance to seal the title in London by finishing only ninth in the British capital.

Adams, on the other hand, hasn’t managed a single win all season, but his consistent performances around the globe mean the man from Arizona lies just five points behind Villa going into the season finale.

That means the situation in Rome couldn’t be simpler: whoever wins the personal battle between Villa and Adams becomes the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Champion 2010.

With the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour set to touch down on Italian soil for the first time in the event’s ten-year history, the Stadio Flaminio has been sold out for weeks.

01Andre VillaNORYam YZ250100806565*20310
02Nate AdamsUSAYam YZ250806580*080305
03Levi SherwoodNZLYam YZ250*304510045100290
04Robbie MaddisonAUSYam YZ250655545100*15265
05Adam JonesUSAYam YZ250*25100303545210
 Dany TorresESPKTM SX25055*0355565210
07Mat RebeaudSUIKTM SX 250*0158035130
 Eigo SatoJAPYam YZ2503535555*0130
09Jim McNeilUSASuz RM25045302095
10Mike MasonUSAYam YZ250305585
11Cameron SinclairAUSYam YZ25010*025153080
12Clinton MooreAUSYam YZ250 2525
 Maikel MeleroESPKTM SX2502525
 Libor PodmolCZESuz RM2502525
15Jackson StrongAUSKTM SX2502020
 Blake WilliamsAUSHon CR250R15520
 Lance CouryUSAHon CR2502020
 Charles PagèsFRASuz RM2502020
19Daice SuzukiJAPYam YZ2501515
20Chris BirchUKKTM SX2501010
 Remi BizouardFRAYam YZ250– 1010
 Alex KolesnikovRUSKTM SX2501010
 Petr PilatCZEKTM SX2501010
24Rob AdelbergAUSYam YZ25055
 Jeremy StenbergUSAKaw KX450F55
 Nick de WitRSAKTM SX25055
 Johan NungarayMEXYam YZ25055

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).