Red Bull X-Fighters 2011 Kicks Off in Dubai

The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2011 finally begins! At the start of the world's premiere freestyle motocross tour, the twelve best freestyle motocross athletes will take to the air on their bikes at Jumeirah Beach on Friday, April 15. With temperatures reaching more than 90 degrees, there will be a very heated battle on the Persian Gulf.

For its first time hosting the Red Bull X-Fighters, this jewel of the desert has settled on an extraordinary location. FMX heroes like defending champion Nate Adams (USA), Andre Villa (NOR), Dany Torres (ESP) and Robbie Maddison (AUS), will show off their incredible jumps and tricks against the backdrop of the Jumeirah Beach Residence. In the past few days, while the world-famous hotel complex was erecting kickers and landing hills, hundreds of people have already come to watch this stadium on the sand being built. These preparations will allow for leaps of more than 100 feet long and more than 40 feet high.

"The challenges now are even greater. The world's best riders are competing at an extremely high level. Up here at the top of the FMX world there's no room for a mistake," noted Adams, the reigning champion.

Six Red Bull X-Fighters events will take place around the world across four continents. After Dubai the caravan will move on to South America. In the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, the Red Bull X-Fighters will leap for the first time down the "Esplanada dos Ministérios" (May 28). Stadium events will take place in Europe in Rome (June 24), Madrid (July 15), and the new European Championship stadium in Warsaw (August 6). For the final showdown, the Red Bull X-Fighters journey Down Under to Australia. The Red Bull X-Fighters will fly through the air in the trendy southern hemisphere hotspot of Sydney (September 17).

"I believe that the final competition in Sydney will decide the whole season," said Maddison, the Aussie hero, who is expecting a real roller-coaster ride.

BROADCAST NOTE: The Red Bull X-Fighters Dubai event will air on FUEL TV on Sunday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.

Rider Line-Up / Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2011 / Dubai / UAE:
- Nate Adams (USA)
- Andre Villa (Norway)
- Levi Sherwood (New Zealand)
- Dany Torres (Spain)
- Robbie Maddison (Australia)
- Adam Jones (USA)
- Lance Coury (USA)
- Eigo Sato (Japan)
- Taka Higashino (Japan)
- Blake Williams (USA)
- Jackson Strong (Australia)
- Rob Adelberg (Australia)