On September 17th, Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour will host the 2011 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour last event. For the first time in the tour’s history, an event will go down on Australian soil.
It’s the sixth and final stop for the series that will see Aussie Robbie Maddison & eleven other riders, battle it out for the title on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour.
It’s about time a major freestyle motocross tour made its way to the land down under as several successful freestyle motocross riders hail from Australia. The sports popularity among the people is massive, just look at the turns out for the various freestyle demos like Crusty Demons and Nitro Circus.
The location of the event is special to Australian history as the Island was recently added to the World Heritage List as part of 11 convict sites. Unique remnants of the island’s history scatter its 18 hectares, including solitary prison cells, hand carved grain silos, a military guardhouse and convict workshops. The island was also an industrial school, a reformatory and one of Australia’s biggest shipyards.
This time around the island will be taken over by a different form of hooligans.
American Nate Adams is in the driver seat for his third consecutive X Fighters championship as he sits a top the leader board ahead of Spain’s Dany Torres and Norway’s Andre Villa. Realistically Adams only needs a solid showing in Sydney to win the title, but knowing his style Adams will be going for broke to put on a show for the crowd.
1. Nate Adams USA 365
2. Dany Torres ESP 325
3. Andre Villa NOR 270
4. Blake Williams AUS 215
5. Eigo Sato JAP 180
6. Robbie Maddison AUS 160
7. Javier Villegas CHI 140
8. Josh Sheehan AUS 130
9. Adam Jones USA 125
10.Maikel Melero ESP 115