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Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Ryan Mathe­son ryan. mathe­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE Nitro Cir­cus revved up at Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium on Satur­day night, thrilling the big crowd with in­cred­i­ble grav­i­ty­de­fy­ing stunts like this one. >>

FORE­CAST wet weather failed to stop some of the world’s best free style mo­tocross rid­ers get­ting off the ground in Townsville at the week­end.

Ex­treme sports fans were hang­ing on the edge of their seats as the Nitro Cir­cus dropped in on Satur­day.

More than 15,000 North Queens­lan­ders packed into Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium to wit­ness the world-renowned trav­el­ling road show.

Lead­ing the star-stud­ded tour was 17-time X Games medal­list and mo­tocross mae­stro Travis Pas­trana dur­ing his first visit to re­gional Queens­land.

Long - time friend and mo­tocross cham­pion Andy Bell said Townsville stood as the best show on the road.

‘‘ The crowd was just so re­cep­tive so it makes ev­ery­body want to pull off some big moves,’’ he said.

‘‘ The guys get so pumped they get out there they just get out there and go for it, so those sort of shows tend to pro­vide the best en­ter­tain­ment.’’

Lo­cal adren­a­line-charged s pec­ta­tors wit­nessed an Aus­tralian first with Dusty Wy­gle pulling off a nail­bit­ing move ti­tled the TP Roll on his BMX af­ter a se­ries of un­suc­cess­ful at­tempts across the in­ter­na­tional tour.

Fel­low rider Andy Buck- worth fol­lowed shortly af­ter pulling off a dou­ble front flip over a 20m gap with no hands for one of the first times in Aus­tralia. Wy­gle said the vo­cal crowd pushed the rid­ers to their lim­its.

‘‘ That was eas­ily the most vo­cal crowd we have had on this tour so the guys were pumped up to show what they got,’’ he said.

‘‘ I have been try­ing to land the TP Roll for a while now so to fi­nally pull it off has been a big weight off my shoul­ders.’’

The show went on with­out de­lay af­ter over­cast con­di­tions failed to pro­duce fore­cast falls.

Wy­gle said the crew en­joyed their first taste of the trop­ics.

‘‘ The tour has taken in the cap­i­tal cities in the past but not the smaller towns so ev­ery­body has been very happy to see some new ar­eas,’’ he said. ‘‘ It was a bit hu­mid on Fri­day when we first got into town but the weather was per­fect on the night of the show.’’

Orig­i­nat­ing in the United States, the show is based on a re­al­ity TV se­ries on MTV.

See more great Nitro Cir­cus pho­tos at townsville­bul­letin. com. au

ADREN­A­LINE: The team from Nitro Cir­cus en­ter­tain 15,000 peo­ple at Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium in Townsville on Satur­day night

Pho­tos: ME­GAN TAY­LOR

Peta Kleine-Deters, Joe Bar­ton and Hay­den Hall

Demi-Lee Thom­son and Tawnni

Robert­son at Nitro Cir­cus

Sarah Mur­ray, 16 and Naomi Guirao, 15,

en­joy the ac­tion

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