Red Bull X Fighters Jams storms India Gate: Freestyle Motocross and smoked wheels tribute to 2012 Olympics participants
New Delhi motorbike aficionados were given the performance of a lifetime when the Red Bull X-Fighters Jams put up a display at India gate. These high speed riders put their bikes through some tar buring performances as they raced across Rajpath. Besides being a tribute to Haryana Olympic Association these athletes were also getting set to participate at the Summer Olympics in London.
The events were sponsored by Confederation of Indian Industry. Red Bull X Fighters Jams are considered to be a build up to the World Series which is slated to be the biggest name in Freestyle Motocross. Showcasing their capabilities in India has left fans wondering if this spectacular event will soon be held on Indian soil.
Red Bulls X Fighters Jams travel across the length and breadth of the globe drawing attention by their performance and expanding fan base while at the same time giving audience a clearer understanding of what FMX competition is all about. The events in New Delhi’s India Gate saw some song and dance while Nick de Wit put up an excellent performance in front of a hoard of people most of whom were experiencing this sort of event for the first time.
News release: Red Bull X-Fighters Jams makes Indian debut at India Gate
New Delhi got wowed by the first ever Red Bull X-Fighters Jams in India
One of India’s most iconic structures was the majestic backdrop to some high octane action, as the Red Bull X-Fighters Jams finally arrived in India and put a display that the Capital is unlikely to forget in a hurry.
The wheels smoked, the brakes screeched, the engines revved and the crowd roared as some of the world’s best FMX riders literally jumped across Rajpath. The event was also a tribute to Haryana Olympic Association and its athletes who are preparing for the Summer Olympics in London.
Brought to India in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Red Bull X Fighters Jams is considered a build up to the World Series. The World Series is considered the biggest and most respected Freestyle Motocross event on the planet. And after this display at India Gate, most of the audience was left hoping the Red Bull X-Fighters World Series now adds an Indian leg to its calendar sooner rather than later.
The event was kicked off by some song and dance by a Bhangra troupe but once they took to the ramp there was no song or dance, just the pure rush of backflips and grabs. Three sets of 15 minutes each meant a memorable evening for everyone viewing.
Enthralled by the response of the crowd, Nick de Wit who has fought with the some of the world’s best FMX riders at the Red Bull X-Fighter World Series said, “We are really overwhelmed by the spectacular crowd turn out and appreciate their love for the thrilling sport. We want to come back and put up an even bigger show on Indian soil again, to create more awareness about Red Bull X-Fighters.”
Spectators were also treated to performances by Punjabi rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh as well. The event was partnered by BMW who continue to support the sport of Freestyle Motocross in India as they do across the world of Red Bull. The Red Bull X-Fighters Jams travels across the world to almost every continent every year to further expand the fan base and understanding of the world’s most challenging FMX competition.
Nick Franklin- Nick Franklin lives and breathes MotoX. He is always travelling and performing his amazing bag of tricks to eager fans in demos on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Series tour. Nick has been an innovator and leading New Zealand athlete for many years, building a reputation as a solid rider with a large amount of technical tricks which he always lands consistently.
Nick De Wit- There is no holding back Freestyle Moto X legend Nick De Wit. This 29-year-old pioneer of South African FMX has maintained his number one status for most of his career and has never lost a competition on home soil. Nick defied all logic when he soared to stardom after just a few short years in the sport. Almost overnight, “Sick Nick” De Wit became a local hero, consistently back flipping at comps and shows across the country.
Jimmy Verburgh- Jimbo is the leader of team FMX4Ever and one of the most important faces behind freestyle motocross. The Belgian champion collected an uncountable number of points in the World and European championships in MX, SX and FMX. At the peak of his racing career, he managed to beat US superstar Jeremy McGrath at the Bercy Supercross and a top 5 in World Championships race 125 in 1997. The successful businessman never stops and says that sleeping is cheating. Over all this, he still finds time to put on a good show.
Giles Dejong- Gilles ‘Baton’ Dejong started riding FMX after FMX legend Jimmy Verburgh asked him to join him at the FMX4EVER compound and try to jump a ramp for the first time. By that time Gilles was already rated as one of the Belgium’s most talented MX riders. After a second place in the 2007 Belgium MX series with almost no training, Gilles decided to focus on FMX. The many years of MX racing paid off at the Red Bull X-Fighters Speed and Style in Warsaw, Poland with a well-deserved 3rd Place.
Martin Koren- Martin grew up in the sunshine state of California. In 2003, he turned to FMX and never looked back. In the quest for competitions across Europe, he gradually broke into the IFMXF. Unfortunately in 2005 Martin suffered a serious back injury, breaking three vertebrae and shattering one completely. In 2006 he came back strong with his best result of fourth at the IFMXF in Cologne, Germany.