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RED BULL X-FIGHTERS 2008
RED BULL X-FIGHTERS AT MEXICO CITY
Red Bull Press release

Rebeaud on Top of the World in Mexico

Red Bull X-Fighters perform in front of 43,000 fans in Mexico City – Riders and bikes pushing the laws of gravity.

Swiss rider Mat Rebeaud soared to take the title at the inaugural event of the Red Bull X-Fighters 2008 in Mexico City. The 2006 champion fought his way through the qualification rounds and into the final where he overcame Dany Torres from Spain after a monumental battle. Jeremy Lusk (USA) grabbed third place.

The 43,000 fans packed into the Plaza de Toros in Mexico’s capital city were treated to a non-stop feast of FMX action, with the twelve members of the sport’s elite pulling tricks including backflips, cliffhangers, lazy flips and much more in the sold-out bull fighting arena.

After an impressive performance against Jeremy Stenberg (USA) in the semi-final, insiders’ tip Rebeaud risked everything in the final. Dany Torres put up a heroic fight but was forced to congratulate the worthy champion after the judges’ decision: “Rebeaud was just too good today. He’s obviously put in a lot of hard work and he surprised me today with a few tricks. All in all, we’re at about the same level.”The night’s star was Rebeaud, delivering a perfect combination of show, acrobatics and more than just daredevil jumps. “That was just incredible, I’m over the moon. I want to thank all the fans.

Here in Mexico everyone really lived the emotions, including me”, commented the KTM rider. French rider Thomas Páges was lucky to escape relatively unscathed after trying a high-risk backflip in the dying seconds of his 130-second quarter-final run against Jeremy Lusk, who would later go on to take third place.




Páges crashed heavily, injuring himself in the process: “My shoulder is black and blue and badly grazed, but I’ll be back; I want to get back on the bike as soon as possible”, explained Páges, who was on course for the semi-finals until his fall.

The victory gives the 26 year-old superstar Rebeaud an early lead in the first overall classification of Red Bull X-Fighters 2008.



The international FMX elite next meets to do battle on May 3rd at the Sambadromo in Rio de Janeiro (BRA). The tour continues with visits to Fort Worth (Texas/USA), Wuppertal (GER) and Madrid (ESP).

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO VISIT THE WEBSITE AND BE UP TO DATE WITH THE RED BULL X-FIGHTERS 2008: http://www.redbullxfighters.com




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