Sydney will go down in the 11-year-history of the Red Bull X-Fighters as arguably the most spectacular event ever. The event winner, Josh Sheehan, as well as his compatriot, Cameron Sinclair, both completed a total of three double backflips during their runs.
“I was confident I could do it and just went out and did it,” said Sheehan, who defeated New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood in the final. “It was what won it for me.”
For Dany Torres, getting third place was enough to clinch the overall title at the final stop of the year on the largest island in Sydney Harbour in front of the city’s impressive skyline.
Torres wrestled the title away from Nate Adams, who had taken top honors in 2009 and 2010 and headed into the final 2011 event in the points lead. Ever the fighter, Adams took part in Sydney despite a broken shoulder and ended up in 11th place.
Torres, the 24-year-old Spaniard, won the season opener in Dubai and followed with a win in the bullfighting ring of Madrid. Adams had the best tricks to win the events in Brasilia, Rome and Poznan.
The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour enthralled more than 230,000 fans at six events on four continents in 2011 and proved to be quite literally a knock-out contest. Both Torres (Brasilia) and Adams (Madrid) were sidelined at events because of injuries.
Title favorite Andre Villa, who ended up in third place overall, suffered a broken leg in Poznan and was forced to miss the remainder of the series.
FUEL TV will broadcast the two-hour Red Bull X-Fighters Australia recap on Sunday, September 18, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
Final Results, Sydney 2011:
1. Josh Sheehan (AUS)
2. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
3. Dany Torres (ESP)
4. Mike Mason (USA)
5. Rob Adelberg (AUS)
Final Red Bull X-Fighters 2011 World Tour standings:
1. Dany Torres (ESP) 390 points
2. Nate Adams (USA) 375
3. Andre Villa (NOR) 270
4. Josh Sheehan (AUS) 230
5. Blake Williams (AUS)
6. Eigo Sato (JPN)
7. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
8. Adam Jones (USA)
9. Robbie Maddison (AUS)
10. Maikel Melero (ESP)
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