Red Bull Motorsports enjoyed a great year in motorsports with coveted Formula One titles, X Games golds for Ashley Fiolek and Travis Pastrana and more incredible records set.
Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and the Red Bull Racing crew brought home the Constructors and Drivers titles in F1 while the world's best FMX riders battled at Red Bull X-Fighters and Pastrana sailed over Rainbow Harbour for Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Pin the throttle wide open for our top 10 petrol-fuelled picks from the last 12 months...
Top 10 Motorsports Moments from 2010
Pastrana Goes the Distance on New Year’s Eve
It’s not like Travis Pastrana has anything left to prove – everybody knows he’s one of the world’s biggest daredevils, and one of the few with the extreme talent to back it up. He started his career on two wheels, racing motocross and dominating FMX contests, landing the first-ever double backflip on a motorcycle at X Games in 2006.
He went on to be an unstoppable force in the Rally America Series, racking up four overall championship titles. When it came time for Travis to step into the spotlight for Red Bull: New Year. No Limits., he opted to jump his rally car to a new world distance record, sailing 269 feet over Rainbow Harbour in Long Beach, California, live on ESPN.
It was an amazing way to kick in the New Year, and you can bet he has plenty more stunts floating around in his head for the future.
Red Bull Athletes Rev Up X Games Podiums
Speaking of Travis, he added to his already massive X Games medal count in 2010, earning gold medals in both Moto X Freestyle and Moto X Speed & Style. He even took a victory lap after his Freestyle win, spinning a double backflip like it was no big thing. Levi Sherwood (more on him below) finished just behind Travis with silver in Freestyle.
A few more silvers went to Ronnie Renner in Step Up and Robbie Maddison in Best Trick (with his personal take on the Volt body varial), along with Tarah Gieger, who earned a solid silver in Women’s Super X. Ashley Fiolek preferred gold, however, taking back-to-back X Games wins in Super X.
Ashley had another big moment this year, releasing her autobiography, Kicking Up Dirt, in April.
Levi Sherwood Tops Red Bull X-Fighters – Twice
New Zealander Levi Sherwood made his presence known on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in 2009 with a win in Mexico, but suffered some injuries that plagued the rest of his season. He returned in 2010 to lay down another victory in Moscow, then followed it up with another at London’s iconic Battersea Station.
Unfortunately, Levi was unable to battle for the title at the finals in Rome after suffering injuries at another event in September. Levi’s proven his mettle to his competitors though, and 2011 should be a very big year for the 'Rubber Kid'.
Maddo Goes Long
With a list of adrenaline-fueled accomplishments as long as Robbie Maddison has, you’d think he’d be content to relax and take it easy at this point. Maddo’s philosophy is quite the opposite, though, as he continues to push for new tricks and insane stunts at every turn. The veteran of two wild Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. record-setting jumps learned the Volt body varial this year, which helped him take the win at Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid in July.
His craziest feat went down in April though, when he shot more than 278 feet across the Corinth Canal in Greece. The distance was one thing, but Maddo also had to deal with the potential consequences of being more than 300 feet above the surface of the canal. Not surprisingly, he fully committed and inked another amazing jump into the history books.
Mark Webber wins in Monaco
Red Bull moved to the top of both the drivers and constructors F1 world championship standings with a famous 1-2 in Monte Carlo.
Webber led the race in Monaco from start to finish, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel overtook Robert Kubica on the first corner to move into second place, where the German remained until the end.
The only barrier to the Red Bull procession was the four times deployed safety car, but it failed to halt the pair's progress as they stormed to a victory that signalled the above images of celebration.
Loeb claims incredible seventh world title
Rally star Sebastien Loeb won 60th race victory and seventh consecutive WRC crown fittingly in his homeland of France this autumn and with it he doubled the tally of the second most successful driver of all time, Marcus Grönholm, who has 30 race wins.
Loeb finished the Rally France in front of the Haguenau Town Hall and said of his win: "Basically, it’s a dream come true. It’s a massive thing and actually quite an emotional moment for me. I don’t get emotional very often, so that’s quite unusual for me. But to see all those people out there for me was something that was very touching."
Sainz wins Dakar crown
In his fourth tilt at rallying's most famous race, Carlos Sainz finally claimed victory with a Volkswagen 1-2-3 ahead of team-mates Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mark Miller. After crashing out of the race in 2009, 'King Carlos' finally secured victory and the VW trio are back for the 2011 Dakar. Check out the latest news from Argentina here.
Spaniards rule the roost
It was a memorable year for Spanish motorsport – on two wheels at least – as Dani Pedrosa earned four MotoGP wins and second place in the world championship, while Marc Marquez dominated the MotoGP 125cc category with 10 race wins and the overall world title.
Pedrosa's season was hampered by injury, but he still managed to win in Mugello, Sachsenring, Indianapolis (above), and Misano to double his previous best winning tally of two in the category. Injury struck as he moved within 52 points of the championship leader – another Spaniard, Jorge Lorenzo – with five races remaining, but both Pedrosa and Marquez look set to continue their great form into 2011.
Taddy and Kimi in Erzberg showdown
Former F1 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen, faced many challenges in his first season in the World Rally Championship, but to take on Enduro hardman Taddy Blazusiak on his familiar terrain of the Erzberg Rodeo looked to be a brave call. The Finn showed his class though to claim the win, but Taddy won his fourth consecutive Red Bull Hare Scramble at the same event to even things up.
Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel Wrap Up F1 Titles
No recap of our favorite moments of 2010 would be anywhere near complete without a hats-off to Red Bull Racing and their incredible accomplishment. The team captured the coveted Constructors Title at the Brazilian Grand Prix event, and Sebastian Vettel went on to earn the overall drivers title at the following race in Abu Dhabi.
In only their sixth season of Grand Prix competition, Red Bull Racing ran an amazing program from top to bottom, from the drivers to the incredible RB6 all the way through to the management and support personnel. Taking the Constructors Title is no easy feat, especially for such a young team, but Red Bull Racing has made incredible forward strides every season since its inception, and has now proven its championship character.
The drivers title was hotly contested all the way to the end, with Vettel winning the final race to become the youngest F1 world champion ever. Congratulations to the entre Red Bull Racing family – here’s to many more!
Other Great Moments in Red Bull Motorsports from 2010
- Levi LaVallee sails 361 feet practicing for Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.
- Red Bull Racing's newest NASCAR driver, Kasey Kahne, on pole in Miami
- High-speed hillclimbs from Travis Pastrana and Rhys Millen
- Ricky Johnson wins the TORC series off-road truck championship
- Kendall Norman wins Hare & Hound title (and just about everything else)
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