Rebeaud Rocks Mexico City
The five-stop Red Bull X-Fighters tour opened Friday at the Plaza de Toros in Mexico City, with Swiss rider Mat Rebeaud fighting his way through qualification rounds to the championship.
After defeating American Jeremy Stenberg in the semis, Rebeaud (pictured above) risked everything in the final against Spain’s Dany Torres. He delivered a perfect combination of show, acrobatics and more than just daredevil jumps in front of 43,000 fans shoehorned into a bullfighting arena.
“That was just incredible, I’m over the moon. Here in Mexico everyone really lived the emotions, including me,” said the KTM rider.
Rebeaud, 26, has the early lead in the first classification of Red Bull X-Fighters. Riders will return to action May 3 at the Sambadromo in Rio de Janeiro. Stop No. 3 on June 14 takes the X-Fighters to the Fort Worth Stockyards, where the Wild West will unite with the modern spectacle of freestyle moto X.
On the Red Bull Racing Team front, the Nos. 83 and 84 have two practice sessions today (noon and 1:20 p.m. ET) before Brian Vickers straps into Braun Racing’s No. 32 for the O’Reilly 300. In three Nationwide starts, the 2003 series champion owns a pole (Las Vegas) and best finish of fourth (Daytona).