Red Bull X-Fighters Glen Helen: Potter Is King Of The Hills
American Todd Potter was the king of the hills at the second stop of the $1 million 2012 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour on Saturday, mastering the biggest and most challenging course in the history of the sport in front of an enthusiastic Southern California crowd in Glen Helen.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., May 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Todd Potter was the master of the 60-foot high step-up that scared half of the field away from the biggest hill jump ever included in a Red Bull X-Fighters course. Potter, hailing from Temecula, California, an hour from Glen Helen, beat Frenchman Thomas Pages in a thrilling duel of fearless aerial specialists under the blazing heat of Southern California. American Wes Agee also thrived on the hill-filled freeride-influenced track, getting a superb third place in his first-ever competition and winning the Swatch Best Move.
Potter, Pages and Agee dazzled the afternoon crowd of 15,000 with their breathtaking flips and back flips up what all the riders agreed was the most intimidating step-up jump ever. Many of the favorites, including defending champion Dany Torres of Spain and 2012 championship leader Levi Sherwood of New Zealand, opted to skip the awe-inspiring step-up and paid a heavy price for that with the judges, getting knocked out in early rounds against the bolder riders who were not afraid to tackle the beast. It was a risky leap more than 60 feet up to the top of a cliff – and anyone falling mere inches short of the landing on the rim could end up tumbling straight back down the steep hill.
"It's a dream come true," said Potter, who clearly had the crowd on his side throughout the three knock-out rounds with his flashy riding style and charismatic flirtations with the spectators. Potter said the courage paid off for the top-three in Glen Helen and challenged his rivals to learn how to jump on big step-ups if they want to win on tracks like Glen Helen: "I think they need to suck it up and do it, that's the bottom line. You can't just circle and hit a ramp and come back and hit another ramp. This takes you out of your element and puts you into the real world of FMX and its roots."
Pages had thrilled the crowd with body varial moves in the quarter-finals and semi-finals but made a mistake on the jump in the final and had to abort it. "I was getting tired and just missed it," he said.
Torres ended up in eighth place and Sherwood was seventh after the two pre-event favorites bowed out in early rounds without attempting the step-up. Potter now leads the tour with 135 points ahead of Sherwood (120), who won the opening round in Dubai (UAE). Chile's Javier Villegas, riding with a separated shoulder, just missed the podium with fourth place and is in third overall with 120 points heading into the third 2012 stop in Istanbul, Turkey on June 16. The tour continues in Madrid on July 20, Munich on Aug. 11 and Sydney on Oct. 6.
Results, Glen Helen: 1. Todd Potter (USA), 2. Thomas Pages (FRA), 3. Wes Agee (USA), 4. Javier Villegas (CHL), 5. Eigo Sato (JAP), 6. Rob Adelberg (AUS), 7. Levi Sherwood (NZL), 8. Dany Torres (ESP), 9. Maikel Melero (ESP), 10. Nick Dunne (USA), 11. Martin Koren (CZE).
As part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the event will be televised nationally on Saturday, May 26 on NBC at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive and innovative wakeboarding, surfing, mountain biking, freestyle motocross and snowboarding events, showcased on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves. For more information, visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.
Disclaimer: The media content of this mail (text, pictures, video) are available for free of charge for editorial use. Further pictures and video material can be found at www.redbullxfightersnewsroom.com and www.redbullcontentpool.com.
Attached photos, please credit as appropriate: Garth Milan, Christian Pondella and Chris Tedesco for Red Bull Content Pool
RED BULL CONTENT POOL
Through the Red Bull network, hi-res video and still images are captured and made immediately available for editorial use for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile, and digital. The content is centrally located in the Red Bull Content Pool for media partners at www.redbullcontentpool.com.
RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE
The Red Bull Media House was founded in Austria in 2007 and runs a subsidiary in North America since January 2011, though it has been producing and distributing content for the last 20 years. The Red Bull Media House North America develops compelling and innovative long-form programming and short-form content derived from its strong brand, events, and athletes. Through Red Bull Media House North America's network in over 160 countries, stories that speak to a young global audience are captured in the highest quality formats available for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile, and digital. For more information, please visit www.redbullmediahouse.com.
SOURCE Red Bull
More by this Source
Ground Breaking Winch Session Rocks Kentucky
May 16, 2013, 15:28 ET
Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.
Learn about PR Newswire services
Request more information about PR Newswire products and services or call us at (888) 776-0942.