Rain is not always a good answer. It makes the conditions and the whole race more interesting in the Formula One world. Unfortunately, I can not say the same about FMX…
Well, the night/morning started pretty good. I was excited as a child. Thank god my connection worked properly so I could watch it without a disturbance on www.redbullxfighters.com. I have read that it was raining over there few minutes before the show. As the live air had begun I saw and heard it was not raining.
The round 1 was between Jim McNeil and Dany Torres. By the time Jim was off for his ride few rain drops started to fall. My first thought was: ’No! Please, no!’ Both, Jim and Dany, showed us amazing tricks. Mr. Torres won the round.
But by the time it had begun to rain pretty nicely. When Eigo Sato and Robbie Maddison were preparing for their battle, I thought the situation over there was not as bad as it looked like. Now, we know it was. The mud and ramps became too slippery. The rain was falling heavier and heavier and the arena became life threatening for the riders.
After the second round the competition was stopped. Maddo won the battle though.
Everyone just waited what was going on. I have never seen that heavy rain in Mexico. During the break we could see – listen to some interviews with the riders. I really loved the interview with Cam Sinclair. He had a horrible accident last year in Madrid. I thought he’d skip some events, but his recovery was pretty fast. It’s great to see him back on the bike. What’s more the Australian accent is amazing!
Robbie Maddison was asked about his previous challenge – Corinth Canal jump in Greece. I just can not forget the thing he said: “I love scaring myself.” Yeah, we have noticed that with all these ultimate challenges.
Well, as I said at the beginning – rain is not a good answer for every sport. In the end, the Red Bull X-Fighters had to be cancelled and the qualification results are the final results. Norway’s Andre Villa won the first stop of the X-Fighters. Next to him Nate Adams was 2nd and Aussie Maddison the 3rd. I think none of them wanted to win under those circumstances. What I miss that I wanted to see Levi Sherwood, the X-Fighters Mexico 2009 winner, riding pretty badly.
Lastly, I didn’t use the word ‘Fiasco’ only because of the cancelled X-Fighters. The Czech sport channel – Nova Sport – didn’t disappoint me again. I am used to the fact it always has 30 minutes lag. But airing Red Bull X-Fighters with a sing ‘live’ when it was already over and the Red Bull TV was off made a huge smile on my face. They really should do something with their “live” streaming. I think I’ll stick to the Red Bull TV. It is more reliable and high quality.