(Above) Adams, Maddison and Villa on the Podium. (Below) Nate Adams en route to victory.
600 truckloads of dirt (257,797 cubic feet) was used to turn the “Esplanada dos Ministerios“ in the heart of Brasilia into the playground for the best FMX athletes of the age. Adams, who with the victory now has four career wins, said: “I’ve never seen so many people in one spot before. I’m just speechless.” The 27-year-old American defeated Aussie Robbie Maddison, who also happens to be his neighbor in Temecula, in the final.
The giant kickers and the enormous crowd of 100,000 spectators caused some of the riders problems with nerves. Norwegian Andre Villa was among the favorites after finishing the as the series runner-up last year. He was forced to dismount from his bike in the semi-final. Levi Sherwood, the 19-year-old from New Zealand, also suffered a similar fate, ending up in fourth place.
Brazil’s local hero Gilmar Flores was unable to advance beyond the first round and ended up 11th. Nate Adams now moves into the overall lead in the Red Bull X-Fighters after the first two rounds with 165 points. The series leader coming into Brasilia, Dany Torres, from Spain, was not able to take part due to injuries.
The remaining stops in the global series include: Rome (June 24), Madrid (July 15), Warsaw (August 6) and Sydney (September 17).
- Red Bull X-Fighters Brasilia: 1. Nate Adams (USA), 2. Robbie Maddison (USA), 3. Andre Villa (NOR), 4. Levi Sherwood (AUS), 5. Eigo Sato (JAP), 6. Javier Villegas (CHI), 7. Adam Jones (USA), 8. Blake Williams (AUS), 9. Beau Bamburg (USA), 10. Gilles Dejong (BEL), 11. Gilmar Flores (BRA)
- (after 2 of 6 events): 1. Nate Adams (USA) 165 Points, 2. Andre Villa (NOR) 145 Points, 3. Robbie Maddison (AUS) 110 Points