Dare­devil de­mon for Ade­laide

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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.

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