Monday, November 2, 2009
Updated: June 14, 2:30 PM ET
Weekend Wrap Up
Not only did the sweetest (literally) American holiday go down this weekend, but unlike years past, the FMX industry was buzzing with numerous happenings. Let's start with the biggest news of all: The never-say-die Paris Rosen has put the nail in the coffin and landed an 88' front flip. Paris broke the news to me via text message and a friend of his dropped it via Freestyle MTX message boards, but at the moment, the HD footage of the stomp is safely in Rosen's possession waiting for a home. Isn't the anticipation killing you? Yeah, us too!
In other FMX news, it turns out that the 2010 Red Bull X-Fighters will be breaking its reputation of being an invite-only event. I've known about this to some extent for a while now, but now the official word has been dropped along with all the details of how it'll all go down. Here's an excerpt from the announcement:
|The infamous and highly publicized Red Bull Compound will be the site of the first-ever Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Compound.|
In its 10th year the Red Bull X-Fighters will be throwing its doors open to the whole world and inviting all the globe's best FMX riders to take on the international elite for a spot on the number one freestyle motocross tour. Between 2nd and 10th February 2010 a world ranking will be created in the Red Bull X-Fighters Ranking Session taking place at the Red Bull Compound in California (USA), where the 26 best applicants will be invited to do battle for 6 open spots on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010. The top four riders from the 2009 season Nate Adams (USA), Robbie Maddison (AUS), Eigo Sato (JAP) and Mat Rebeaud (SUI) are already pre qualified. Two wildcard riders will finally complete the starting list of 12 riders for each Tour Stop.
As always, there's ups and downs of the new format and rider opinions are already airing out on the message boards.
Pretty awesome how the qualifications will be at the Red Bull Compound where all the Red Bull riders will be practicing for months before the event ... seems fair." Adam Jones via freestylemtx.com
If you think you have what it takes to dice it up with the world's best, click here to sell your soul to Red Bull. For more details on this groundbreaking event, check out redbullxfighters.com.
|The favorite, James Stewart, was able to dominate the first two nights in Bercy, but after getting struck with a bad case of food poisoning, he had to sit out the last night handing the King of Bercy title to Justin Brayton.|
Lastly, the annual Bercy Supercross took place in Paris, France and it was Justin Brayton who walked away with the King of Bercy title. James Stewart took the first two nights, but right before the third and final race, he came down with a nasty case of food poisoning, forcing him to sit out ultimately giving the overall to Brayton.
But Bercy wasn't just racing as usual, the halftime show was owned by an international cast of riders. Mike Mason, Edgar Torronteras, Mat Rebeaud, Andre Villa and Eigo Sato threw down all three nights, bringing the crowd to their feet every time. Ghetto YouTube footage of the event can be seen here.
Apparently while in Paris, Mike Mason made a new friend and had a dirt bike epiphany.
"Edgar Torronteras is my new favorite dude. Guy is friggin funny and fun to ride with! P.S. RIP Honda, I'm switching to Yami's ..." Mike Mason via Twitter
|The Parisians went nuts during the FMX show, ensuring its world-wide popularity. |
|Andre Villa (left) and Mat Rebeaud do what they do in the City of Lights. Ohlala!|