This development first showed itself on the final day of XDL competition of the 2009 season during the Speed & Strength Sickest Trick, when a never before seen set of acrobatic, technical and circus act tricks were uncorked to the delight of the fans. The entertainment value of an XDL competition took a huge step forward that day. In 2010 the competition format for FMF Cup changed from one three-minute run to three two-minute runs. And with it came an emphasis on "flow" in the judging. The goal was to make the main event more exciting and fun to watch for fans, and to be more in line with the traditional action sport format. This change was and continues to be the subject of debate amongst athletes but in Nashville it showed that it achieved the desired effect. The final two runs of FMF Cup featured Shin Kinoshita from Japan and reigning champion and factory Yamaha rider Bill Dixon exhibiting two completely different styles that were both equally exciting because they combined speed, fluidity, innovation, athleticism and aggression into a cohesive two-minute package. Both runs left the audience awestruck. Dixon took the win in FMF Cup and Kinoshita was a close second for his best-ever XDL finish in 3 years. Kinoshita said that he started feeling confident after the first practice sessions when he realized he was on a good bike: "This was the first time I had a good bike to ride in a long time and I built more and more confidence as the event went on. If I could bring my Japan bike to the US and leave it here, who knows, I might be contending for the win consistently." Nick Brocha and Luke Emmons finished third and fourth respectively, keeping their title hopes alive. Ernie Vigil, who has been injury prone the last three seasons, rounded out the podium and also took second in the K&N; Circle Challenge, recording his strongest weekend at XDL in over a year. Chris McNeil, another title contender who had made a strong impression in Havasu, suffered a practice crash that put him out for the weekend and possibly the season. Said McNeil of his crash: "