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.

# Rider Nat Bike Mexico Egypt Russia Spain UK Italy Overall
01 Andre Villa NOR Yam YZ250 100 80 65 65 *20 310
02 Nate Adams USA Yam YZ250 80 65 80 *0 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 *0 35 55 65 210
07 Mat Rebeaud SUI KTM SX 250 *0 15 80 35 130
  Eigo Sato JAP Yam YZ250 35 35 55 5 *0 130
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 *0 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
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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).