Russian freestyle motocross rider Alexei Kolesnikov is getting ready to ride with some of the world's best FMX pros as Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live European Tour kicks off on Nov. 4, with stops in Moscow and St. Petersburg. He traveled to the northeastern part of Italy in October to train and prepare with ex-pro Alvaro Dal Farra in Belluno. Dal Farra -- also an X Games and X Fighters freestyle motocross judge -- worked with Kolesnikov on tricks in a foam pit at his home and at the local Daboot SuperPark.
Ready To Ride
Alex Kolesnikov gets ready to start the training day in Belluno. He was there training with friends after spending time with another friend, Vanni Oddera, in Savona on the Italian Riviera. The training starts in the morning in the foam pit.
Alex Kolesnikov gets pulled out of the foam pit after trying a new trick, a backflip with a one-handed takeoff. I love this trick," he says. "But it's not easy [to get] the feeling of the ramp."
Heading To The Park
After the foam pit training in the morning, Alex gets ready to head to Daboot SuperPark, which Del Farra owns and operates. "I love to ride in this park with some different ramps and in a cool place like Belluno," says Kolesnikov.
Goggles On? Check
Kolesnikov gets his goggles in place for Round 2 at the park. No more foam pits here, as he starts the engine of his Yamaha 450 four-stroke and gets ready to hit some ramps.
Vroom With A View
Alex Kolesnikov says he loves to see the world from upside down. Here, Alex lays out a huge backflip superman Indian with the Dolomites looming in the distance.
Kolesnikov rides a Yamaha 450cc four stroke with an exhaust system made in Termignoni, Italy. "I love the feeling of my bike during the jumps," he says.
Breaking It Down
Dal Farra, right, talking with Alex Kolesnikov, center, and Vanni Oddera about his next events. Besides having plans to ride the Russian stops of Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live Tour, Alex will be in Italy for EICMA (International Mototorcycle Exhibition) from Nov. 7 to 10.
One Last Jump
Kolesnikov finishes up a day of training as the sun sets over the Daboot SuperPark. Next stop, Moscow.