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Live Coverage | Red Bull X-Fighters final in Rome/Italy

The Live Webcast starts on 2 October 2010, 10 p.m. (C.E.T.)

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...

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.

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