Sporting competition has been staged all over the globe, from the Swedish mountains to Bells Beach in Australia, this Easter weekend. Find out who's been a good egg with redbull.com's weekend highlights.
First up, something a little different as freeskier Jon Olsson emerged victorious from the Red Bull Home Run downhill race in Are, Sweden, after being chased down a mountain by almost 500 skiers and snowboarders!
It's the third time Red Bull Home Run has been contested with a mass start down the 1,000-metre vertical Are mountain. Weather conditions were tricky, offering a mix of snowfall and fog in the upper parts while the sun was shining in the finish area. Spectators gathered around the finish area and the integrated outdoor after ski venue as they waited for the skiers to come rushing down the mountain.
Jon’s brother, Hans, a downhill specialist and member of the Swedish national alpine ski team, won the Red Bull Home Run in 2010 and 2011, but a broken leg suffered in a Euro Cup race earlier this year stopped him from racing in Are. Hans predicted that this year would be a fight between five-time skier cross world cup winner Lars Lewen and his older brother, Jon. The prediction turned out to be accurate. Jon claimed the victory with a five-second lead over Lars. Olle Regner took third place.
The floodlit circuit of Losail in Qatar was the scene for the start of 2012 World Championship as Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo fought out a thrilling race. Stoner led for the duration after overtaking the rider on pole, Lorenzo, but the tables were turned as the Australian suffered from tyre wear and Lorenzo, the 2010 World Champion, staked his claim to win back the title he lost to Stoner last year.
The first race in the new 1000cc MotoGP era saw Pedrosa (pictured, below) make his usual sensational start from the third row of the grid and the Spaniard also finished strongly overtaking the tiring Stoner to clinch second place on the podium, behind Lorenzo. The race was also notable for an excellent performance by Stefan Bradl on his MotoGP debut. The Red Bull athlete rode brilliantly and was not intimidated by the many, more experienced riders. He looked capable of taking sixth but finally had to settle for a still impressive eighth on his Honda.
The first race in Moto2 was a personal triumph for Marc Márquez, who, after battling back from a persistent eye injury, claimed first place following an exciting finish on his maiden run in 2012.
Márquez (pictured, below) beat Andrea Iannone to claim victory in Qatar by just 0.061s. The pair avoided a last-lap battle with pole man Tom Luthi when the 25-year-old Swiss was eased onto the ripple strip at the edge of the track braking alongside Márquez at the start of the final lap.
Márquez thought the hard move had given him victory but the Red Bull athlete had a nasty surprise when Iannone dived past on the final lap and it was only a beautiful slipstreaming move on the run in to the line that gave the 19-year-old Spaniard his 18th grand prix win.
The first ever Moto3 race, meanwhile, was won by Maverick Viñales. The 17-year-old Spaniard had to fight for his fifth GP win as Italian Romano Fenati threatened to take victory in his GP debut.
Fenati shot into the lead from the start and it was all Viñales could do to catch him and eventually eke out a slight advantage to cross the line just over four seconds clear of the sensational newcomer. The final rostrum placing went to 22-year-old German Sandro Cortese on the Red Bull KTM, 18 seconds behind Viñales.
Sally Fitzgibbons followed her compatriot, Mick Fanning, to victory in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2012 in Victoria…
After Fanning's brilliant win in the men's competition on Friday his fellow Aussie wave rider, Fitzgibbons, triumphed in the second event of the ASP Women's World Championship Tour.
The event was blessed with perfect offshore four-to-five foot waves all week and the women's field obliged by turning out some impressive performances. Best of the lot was Fitzgibbons who, after defeating Carissa Moore (pictured, above) in the semis, saw off former champion Stephanie Gilmore in a thrilling final to claim the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach for the second year in a row.
Carlos Sainz Jr added a fifth and a fourth place to his third position in race one to make it a great opening weekend to the British Formula 3 Series for the 17-year-old. Sainz said. “I can be very satisfied with my first race weekend here in England. There were no big mistakes and we finished every race. To finish 3rd, 5th and 4th is a good result. I was also able to gain some more experience and I’m sure it’s going to get even better. In the second, somewhat chaotic race I was able to move well up the order, but 5th place was the best we could do."
From four wheels to two, and another World Championship which kicks off this weekend. The first race in the 2012 FIM World MX Championship is taking place at Valkenswaard, in Holland. 2011 MX1 champion Tony Cairoli (pictured, above) is leading the way once again after Sunday's qualifying ahead of the two races on Monday.