Red Bull X-Fighters 2011: Lopsided Results in Poznan

Nate Adams pulled out the big guns in Poznan to claim the victory and his 18th career podium in the 10-year history of the Red Bull X-Fighters. The American didn’t give his title rival, Dany Torres of Spain, any chance in the final.

Red Bull X-Fighters 2011.  Photo: Joerg Mitter and Balazs Gardi 440 truckloads of dirt were used to transform the home field of Poland’s perennial soccer champion KKS Lech Poznan into a freestyle motocross (FMX) playing field for the 2011 Red Bull X-Fighters event in Poznan.

The world’s 12 best FMX riders leaped up to 15 meters high and distances of up to 36 meters. Nate Adams had to deal with some jittery moments in the final with the ramps.

“The bike was under-rotating on the long jump and I came down on the front wheel," explained Nate Adams. "I’m really happy to beat Dany.”

Red Bull X-Fighters 2011.  Photo: Joerg Mitter and Balazs Gardi The results ended up being completely lopsided with Nate Adams winning four of the five categories. Dany Torres promised that he will keep fighting for the title and is ready to put in the necessary work.

“I wasn’t 100 percent fit so I’m happy to get second place," said Torres. "I’m going to train hard for the next six weeks and fight back in Australia.”

Adams picked up his third victory of the season and with 365 points has a 40-point lead over Torres (325 points). The competition in Poland was quite literally a knock-out event.

Andre Villa of Norway came to Poznan leading in the title race but crashed while doing a backflip in Qualifying and ended up with a broken femur. Switzerland’s Mat Rebeaud was hoping to launch his comeback in Poznan but arrived in Poland on crutches and had to ditch his return plans.

Red Bull X-Fighters 2011.  Photo: Joerg Mitter and Balazs Gardi The three Australians Robbie Maddison, Blake Williams and Josh Sheehan were also knocked out by injuries in the run-up to Poznan.

The decisive battle will take place in the 2011 season finale on Sept. 17, when Sydney, Australia hosts the Red Bull X-Fighters for the first time.

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