Andre Villa qualifies first in Madrid

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Andre Villa was back on top of the podium in the Thursday qualies.

Andre Villa from Norway took top spot in Qualifying on Thursday evening for the main event of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. The victory means that the 28-year-old FMX hero can put his feet up and relax during the First Round on Friday night thanks to a wildcard through to the Quarter Finals.

Japan's Eigo Sato, sixth in the overall standings going into the Madrid event, was fortunate to walk away from a heavy crash, hitting the landing hill hard after not picking up enough speed going into the kicker. However, fractures to his lower right arm mean that Sato will not be able to compete in the main event. The Rookie Session saw Jackson Strong (AUS) and Maikel Melero (ESP) lay down milestones in their young careers by claiming the last two starting places in the field for the classic showdown. A crowd of over 25,000 will whip the legendary bullfighting arena in the Spanish capital into a frenzy on Friday night. The show begins at 9.30pm local time, with the event broadcast live via from 10.30pm.

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Jackson 'Jacko' Strong beat out a stacked field of young talent to take the wild card win, moving onto tomorrow's big show.

Result Qualification Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Madrid 2010

1. Andrè Villa (NOR)
2. Mat Rebeaud (SUI)
3. Dany Torres (ESP)
4. Robbie Maddison (AUS)
5. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
6. Adam Jones (USA)
7. Mike Mason (USA)
8. Eigo Sato (JAP)
9. Jackson Strong (AUS)
10. Cameron Sinclair (AUS)
11. Jeremy Stenberg (USA)
12. Rémi Bizouard (FRA)

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