Not only did the sweetest (literally) American holiday go down this weekend, but unlike years past, the FMX industry was buzzing with numerous happenings. Let's start with the biggest news of all: The never-say-die Paris Rosen has put the nail in the coffin and landed an 88' front flip. Paris broke the news to me via text message and a friend of his dropped it via Freestyle MTX message boards, but at the moment, the HD footage of the stomp is safely in Rosen's possession waiting for a home. Isn't the anticipation killing you? Yeah, us too!
In other FMX news, it turns out that the 2010 Red Bull X-Fighters will be breaking its reputation of being an invite-only event. I've known about this to some extent for a while now, but now the official word has been dropped along with all the details of how it'll all go down. Here's an excerpt from the announcement:
Pretty awesome how the qualifications will be at the Red Bull Compound where all the Red Bull riders will be practicing for months before the event ... seems fair." Adam Jones via freestylemtx.com
If you think you have what it takes to dice it up with the world's best, click here to sell your soul to Red Bull. For more details on this groundbreaking event, check out redbullxfighters.com.
Lastly, the annual Bercy Supercross took place in Paris, France and it was Justin Brayton who walked away with the King of Bercy title. James Stewart took the first two nights, but right before the third and final race, he came down with a nasty case of food poisoning, forcing him to sit out ultimately giving the overall to Brayton.
But Bercy wasn't just racing as usual, the halftime show was owned by an international cast of riders. Mike Mason, Edgar Torronteras, Mat Rebeaud, Andre Villa and Eigo Sato threw down all three nights, bringing the crowd to their feet every time. Ghetto YouTube footage of the event can be seen here.
Apparently while in Paris, Mike Mason made a new friend and had a dirt bike epiphany.
"Edgar Torronteras is my new favorite dude. Guy is friggin funny and fun to ride with! P.S. RIP Honda, I'm switching to Yami's ..." Mike Mason via Twitter