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Jim Beam Freestyle Motocross - Flipping Crazy

Vodafone X*Air 2006

Jim Beam Freestyle Motocross - Flipping Crazy

Freestyle Motocross is the fastest growing action sport of the new millennium. This combination of suspense, thrill, and danger is exploding into the entertainment industry, at times demanding big ticket prices for spectators. The Jim Beam FMX competition at Vodafone X*Air in January (21& 22) will have all the action for FREE!

The entire Wellington waterfront will once again be transformed into a giant action sports playground so the world class professionals in FMX, skate, inline, breakdancing and BMX can take on New Zealand’s best.

Construction of the Jim Beam FMX course will require 140 truck loads of dirt to be trucked in and moulded into giant launch and landing ramps on Taranaki Warf.

Most of the confirmed competitors have ridden together this year as members of either the Crusty Demon Tours or part of the Jim Beam FMX team. Because Vodafone X*Air is a competition not a rehearsed display the Trans Tasman rivalry will be at its best as the on-form Kiwis take on the mad Aussies.

Leading the New Zealand contingent is Red Bull athlete Nick Franklin, who after only one incredible year of riding FMX, beat the 2000 world champion Tommy Clowers. Nick was injured in 05 but won Vodafone X*Air gold in 02, 03 and 04. His domination of the NZ scene could be over though, as Jim Beam rider Luke Price and flipping machine Luke Smith are in the best form of their careers.

The Aussie delegation includes Jim Beam Rider Mike “Chuck” Norris and Crusty’s regulars Joel Balchim and Steve Mini. They also have 16yr old up and comer Robbie Adelberg who was only narrowly beaten in the recent King of the Coast comp in Queensland.

Watching athletes with blatant disregard for life and limb as well as general all round lunacy (check out the giant launch ramp into the Lagoon) is thirsty work so organisers have ensured the Lion Red party zone is within viewing distance of the Jim Beam FMX action. For more information visit


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