Daredevil demon for Adelaide
FREESTYLE motocross maestro Robbie Maddison will guest star at the 2015 Australian FMX and Speed and Style titles in South Australia next month.
Maddison, whose insane Pipe Dream video surfing a wave on a KTM 250 SX has been viewed more than 50 million times, will act as guest and coach for the event at the Murray Bridge Speedway on December 12.
His feats are a wishlist for most FMX riders and the self-described “nutter” has jumped more than 100 metres over an open Tower of London bridge as well as winning multiple X Games trophies for his freestyle FMX tricks.
While Maddison will be sitting out the competition, multiple world FMX star Nate Adams from the US will compete in both disciplines.
He’ll be joined by local superstar Blake “Bilko” Williams and the defending champions Steve Mini (FMX) and Cam Sinclair (Speed and Style).
While freestyle motocross is selfevident, the Speed and Style event involves two competitors going headto-head on a modified supercross track and having to incorporate a freestyle motocross trick each lap.
“I have always enjoyed riding and competing in Australia, even to way back in the Crusty Tour days and more recently on the Nitro Circus tours,” Adams says.
“I can’t wait to cut it up with all the boys on the FMX course, and get busy on the speed and style track!”
Amateur FMX riders will be encouraged to take part with a prerace contest in which the winner earns a place in the main event.
The FMX winner will be awarded the Jono Porter Award in honour of the pioneering freestyle motocross rider who was the first in Australia to backflip a dirt bike but died after a motocross accident in Queensland in 2004.
As radical as the FMX community is on two wheels they’re a tight and committed bunch off the track, appreciating the dedication required to throw motorbikes around in midair and risk limbs and reputations in trying to perform ever more outrageous stunts.
A best whip completion, where riders snap their bikes sideways while performing crazy moves, is also on the schedule.
Riders will be judged by veteran FMX racers James “Bubba” Chiasson from the Crusty Demons and New Zealand’s retired FMX champion Luke Smith.
Adams and Williams aside, other top-flight riders include Jake Smith, Luke Arbon, Cheyne Body, Dylan Long, Luke McNeill, Chris Camilleri, Ryan Brown, Kain Saul, Daniel Coe, Brodie Markham, Truman Carroll, Daniel Kistler and Adam Grope. “The amphitheatre nature of the Murray Bridge Speedway makes it the perfect venue to watch all the action of FMX and Speed and Style,” Motorcycling Australia South Australian general Manager Chris McArdle says.
A general admission family pass is $150 and adult entry is $65.