X-Fighters Blown Off Course

Jean Turner | May 11, 2013

Photography by Red Bull Content Pool
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, MAY 11 – The Red Bull’s X Fighters freestyle event was set to make its return to Glen Helen today, but instead of the high-flying dynamics of the riders, Glen Helen Raceway was filled with disappointment when gusting winds caused the cancelation of the contest.

“A couple guys really got pushed around in qualifying,” X Fighters Sporting Director Tes Sewell. “We want them to ride. They want to come out here and put on a show, but we need to make it as safe as possible. This is a gnarly enough sport without adding to it.”

The wind had already taken its toll on one of the star X Fighters. Levi Sherwood of New Zealand suffered a shoulder injury on Thursday during a practice session, and was out of contention before qualifying took place.

Sewell explained the unfolding complications to the fans, who waited patiently for the riders to take to the course. While the riders did come out at one point to test out the conditions, the afternoon competition never took place. The X Fighters crew let the riders make the call, and the majority voted against attempting to ride in the 20 mph gusts.

The final results were based on qualifying, placing Australian rider Rob Adelberg atop the podium. Red Bull also announced that Glen Helen spectators will receive a full refund. Visit http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_US/article/glen-helen-ticket-refunds for details on ticket refunds.

Glen Helen X Fighters results:

1.              Rob Adelberg (AUS)

2.              Thomas Pages (FRA)

3.              Taka Higashino (JPN)

4.              Javier Villegas (CHI)

5.              Adam Jones (USA)

6.              David Rinaldo (FRA)

7.              Dany Torres (ESP)

8.              Josh Sheehan (AUS)

9.              Wes Agee (USA)

10.           Brody Wilson (USA)

11.           Todd Potter (USA)

Jean Turner | Contributor

A former staffer at Cycle News, Turner continues to contribute to the website and magazine as a columnist and someone we can count on to whip up a few thousand words on an off-road race when needed.