Season Opener On Arabian Golf / Firework Of Tricks In Front Of Burj Al Arab
Dubai, 12 April 2011 - FMX riders Ronnie Renner (USA) and Gilles Dejong (BEL) warmed up on Tuesday for the season opener of the Red Bull X-Fighters 2011 World Tour in front of the 321-meter high Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai with a firework of tricks. The championship opens on Friday (8 p.m. local time) with the world’s best Freestyle motocross athletes riding ordinary motocross machines on a course set up in the Arab metropolis’s grand Jumeirah Beach.
Some 16,000 fans are expected on Friday at the Sand Palace in the Arabian Gulf. “It’s a phenomenal setting. Jumping right in front of the sea is going to be a challenge for everyone because it’s really hard to predict where the wind is coming from,“ said multi world record holder Ronnie Renner (USA) after the “warm up“ along the beach in front of the luxury hotel Burj Al Arab that was completed in 1999. The desert jewel picked an extraordinary location for its debut hosting of the Red Bull X-Fighters. FMX heroes, including defending champion Nate Adams (USA), Andre Villa (NOR), Dany Torres (ESP) and world renown Australian Robbie Maddison, will be performing their jumps and tricks on Friday evening directly on Jumeirah Beach.
The six FMX events in the 2011 season are scattered around the globe on four continents. After Dubai the X-Fighters will move on to South America. The Red Bull X-Fighters will be jumping in the Brazilian capital Brasilia for the first time, on the “Streets of the Ministries“ (28 May). There will also be stadium events in an intimate atmosphere in Europe in Rome (25 June), Madrid (16 July) and in the new European soccer championship stadium in Warsaw (7 August). The final showdown will take place on the “fifth continent“ in Australia (18 September).