Monday, April 16

SHERWOOD WINS X-FIGHTERS OPENER IN DUBAI

Kiwi Levi Sherwood has got his 2012 Red Bull X-Fighters season off to the best possible start with victory in Dubai over the weekend.

In front of 20,000 spectators on a stunning track set up on the white sands of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach between the city's glittering skyscrapers and the Gulf's turquoise water the former 'wunderkid' of the FMX world claimed his fourth career victory and first since triumphing in London in 2010 by beating Australia's Rob Adelberg and Javier Villegas of Chile.

It was a night filled with upsets as defending World Tour champion Dany Torres of Spain and Norway's Andre Villa, a leading title contender, were both knocked out in the quarter-finals, finishing eighth and fifth, respectively.

Villa had earlier wept with tears of joy after taking second in Qualifying, overcome with emotions that he was able to ride well again after suffering a bad leg injury last season.

Sherwood was clearly on top of his game in the sweltering heat of Dubai, however, the Palmerston North-based 20-year-old able to once again display his incomparable flexible and fluid style in the world's most prestigious Freestyle Motocross competition that will have a total purse of $1 million based on performances and appearance fee.

The weekend's round in Dubai was the first of six this season.

Results: 1. Levi Sherwood (NZL), 2. Rob Adelberg (AUS), 3. Javier Villega (CHL), 4. Josh Sheehan (AUS), 5. Andre Villa, 6. Todd Potter (USA), 7. Edgar Torronteras (ESP), 8. Dany Torres (ESP), 9. Matt Rebeaud (SUI), 10. Eigo Sato (JPN).