Nitro World Games - FMX Qualifying

» Friday, 08 July 2016 15:02

Although qualifying at Fitzland strikes me as a bit weird, its cool to see that riders outside of the general circles of the FMX scene are getting a shot at getting into Notro World Games. Here is how the qualifying went. 



Following the announcement of the Top 10 list of athletes invited directly to the Nitro World Games FMX Final Qualifiers, six more riders have now punched their tickets to the next round of the highly anticipated competition during a pre-qualifier event held in Southern California. Also just announced, one additional rider will now join the field as a wildcard.  Just as FMX has gone global, the Nitro World Games FMX lineup includes athletes from across the planet.Javier Villegas, born in Santiago, Chile and the first non-European rider to win the FIM FMX World Championship, topped the leader board during pre-qualifiers. Villegas has toured worldwide, including with Nitro Circus on its current North American trek, but is now looking to step up to the next level in major competition. 

Christian Meyer, who came in second, is an up-and-comer from Spain (first place in the 2015 X Pilots FMX Tour; 2014 Spanish FMX Championship winner). Meyer also trains at a second home in Argentina. Alastair Sayer – an X Games medalist who started riding in the Kalahari Desert in his native Botswana before his sixth birthday and has raced on the South African circuit – claimed third. Australia’s Jarryd McNeil, took fourth. McNeil, with three X Games gold medals to his credit (including two golds this year) now wants to show the world the full extent of his skills. Center of Gravity winner Kyle Demelo from Canada and Metal Mulisha member Cal Vallone from the U.S. round out the qualifiers. These six will join a hand picked Top 10 list of riders, chosen by an independent panel of industry leaders and former athletes, in the next phase of the competition.  Joining the pre-selected invitees and pre-qualifiers as a wildcard selection is veteran rider Steve Mini (Australia). 

These 17 athletes will clash at Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 15 - the day before the Nitro World Games. Only the eight highest scoring riders will advance to the inaugural Nitro World Games event on July 16. A full list of FMX riders is below. Stay tuned for the announcement of competitors for FMX Best Trick.  Coming to Salt Lake City, Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, July 16, the Nitro World Games will feature the best in extreme and action sports’ most exciting disciplines including FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and inline. 

World Games FMX Qualifiers Results:

1. Javier Villegas (CHI)

2. Christian Meyer (ESP)

3. Alastair Sayer (RSA)

 4. Jarryd McNeil (AUS)

5. Kyle Demelo (CAN)

6. Cal Vallone (USA)

 World Games FMX Pre- Qualifiers List:

Rob Adelberg (AUS)

Taka Higashino (JPN)

Adam Jones (USA)

Maikel Melero (ESP)

Steve Mini (AUS)

 Clinton Moore (AUS)

Libor Podmol (CZE)

David Rinaldo (FRA)

Josh Sheehan (AUS)

Levi Sherwood (NZL)

Dany Torres (ESP)

Freerider MX will be LIVE streaming the event from Salt Lake City on July 16th 2016, stay tuned for details.