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Red Bull Romaniacs: Array of Stars - from Despres to Pastrana.

The starting grid of the professional section of the third edition of the Red Bull Romaniacs displays the who’s who list of the two-wheel scene. At the top of the list is the American Travis Pastrana, former Motocross-wonder boy, who has been collecting trophies as others would collect stamps. Together with other five top riders, including Ronnie Renner, Kurt Nicoll and Jimmy Verburgh, he faces up to the challenge of the Romaniacs.

Travis Pastrana did not only win the Freestyle World Championships when he was 14, but has also already hoarded five X-Games trophies; the first one when he was 15 years old. The American is now, eight years after his first flare, the brightest star in the motocross sky. This year in August, he will face up his next big challenge and has confirmed his participation in the Red Bull Romaniacs. He will come and compete, but not alone.

Along with him comes also his fellow-countryman and last year's Red Bull X-Fighters winner (Mexico City) Ronnie Renner, the British & World Motocross Champion Kurt Nicoll, Jimmy Verburgh from Belgium, Andy Bell from Canada and Andy Grider another American.

If one reads Pastrana’s first thoughts about his participation in the rallye, he might already know what is going to happen: "I think I’m going to break my leg so (Gregg) Godfrey doesn't drag me over to torture myself in another hard Enduro." And also countryman Renner might have a clue about the six days in the Romanian Carpathians: "Are you kidding me, I’m a freestyle rider. I don’t do long distance rides. I’ve heard the Romaniacs is tougher than Erzberg. If that’s true - I’m dead."

The man who - among others - "persuaded" the above riders to come to Dracula’s homeland, Gregg Godfrey, had his introduction to the Romaniacs last year: "I was blown away. Never in my life have I done a tougher event. I had to get some of the Nitro Circus crew and do it again this year. This is going to be a killer time."

There is a whole generation between Travis Pastrana and the Italian Giovanni Sala. Aged 42 the KTM rider ranks not only age-related among the experienced riders and tackles for the first time the world's hardest Enduro Rallye. A six time Enduro world champion he ranks together with the double RBR-winner Cyril Despres among the favourites.

Looking upon the prominent list of attendees there are some tough competitors waiting to take the title from the two times winner from France. Their competitiveness is to be taken seriously and whose ambitions and the fun factor will result in an infernal mix.

Despres himself shall bring along his friend and ski racer Alex Antor from Andorra to the rallye. The 27 year old is a triple slalom and giant slalom national champion of Andorra and has participated in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin (Position 39 in the downhill race).

They all share the prize money pot. Amounting to 20.000 Euro the aggregate is an additional motivation for the riders in the professional and the amateur section. The organization has created five more starting positions due to the high participation in the amateur class. Two teams have consequently received fixed positions after they have been on the waiting list up to now, and in addition to that there has been made room for another three teams. There are still a few vacant positions for the lucky few...

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2006/07/12 I 11:56 CET I Editor:

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