Mid-air stunt mania

Updated on Nov 26, 2011 01:42 AM IST

Gurgaon is hosting a freestyle motocross biking event today, a first of its kind in the city. After the splendid success of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, another racing event will be aiming to fascinate racing lovers in the city.

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Hindustan Times | ByChetna Dua, New Delhi

After the splendid success of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, another racing event will be aiming to fascinate racing lovers in the city. The event, Freestyle Moto XXX, which is going to be held in Gurgaon today, is the first freestyle motocross biking show in North India. It will see six international bikers perform gravity defying stunts for three hours. A dirt ramp 15 feet wide and 25 feet high has been created specifically by a team from New Zealand for the event.

“After the success of Formula 1, we think that the Indian audience has moved beyond cricket and is ready for an awe-inspiring sport like freestyle biking. The adrenaline rush that the audience gets while watching the live stunts is unmatchable,” says Taj Sehrawat, the organiser.

Dangerous dives
The freestyle motocross bikers will be literally touching the skies, as they perform deadly stunts 60 feet above the ground. One of the most daring stunts will be performed by Luke Smith, an international biker from New Zealand, who will enthrall the audience with the deadly Kiss of Death, a stunt that involves standing on the handle bars of the bike in mid air.

“One needs to face their fears while practicing these deadly stunts,” says Smith, who has been performing the sport since the last ten years. “Freestyle Motocross is the toughest sport on dirt. It has gained popularity over the last decade. Over 22,00,000 people attend FMX events all over the world every year and over 300 million viewers around the world enjoy the footage,” adds Sehrawat.
While Mitch Mchardy from Australia will be showing off the back flip, in which he will perform a complete 360 degree circle in the sky with his bike, Brett Daniel, with two years experience from New Zealand, will leave the audience in awe with the nine ‘o’ clock stunt, in which he reverses the bike halfway and lets it go in the opposite direction from himself.

Ray Rider, the only biker of Indian origin is excited about performing in his own country. “The energy that you get from the Indian audience makes you forget all fears, and you feel like giving it your best shot,” he says.

The stunts in the pictures have been performed by professionals. Please do not try them at home.

Meet the bikers
Brett Daniel
from New Zealand
Callum Shaw
from New Zealand
Luke Smith
from New Zealand
Mitch Mchardy
from Australia
Trent Garden
from New Zealand
Ray Rider
from CanadA

Catch them live...
What: Freestyle Moto XXX
When: November 26
Timing: 5pm to 8pm
Where: Leisure Valley Grounds, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Tickets: R500 to R5000, available at the venue or www.kyazoonga.com
Nearest Metro station: IFFCO Chowk on yellow line

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