Movers and Shakers: Two is the magic number

Success on two wheels dominates the round-up of this weekend's action from the Red Bull athletes.
Gee Atherton on the downhill mountainbike course, Val di Sole, Italy
Gee Atherton in action at the Downhill World Cup
By Sam Bloomfield

We kick off not just with two wheels, but two members of the same family. In a repeat of last weekend's success in Fort William, Gee and Rachel Atherton both clinched first place at the second event in the Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup series in Val di Sole, Italy. Gee, who took the win by over a second from Canada's Steve Smith, now sits comfortably at the top of the men's leaderboard, with 490 points. Rachel managed to outdo even that, finishing five seconds clear at the head of the field. She said: "I can't believe I got the win. You need everything you've got up there to get down in one piece. To get down with a good run and beat these girls is awesome."

Mariana Pajón, UCI BMX Supercross champion 2013
Mariana Pajón, winner of the UCI BMX Supercross © Federico Rios / Red Bull Content Pool

Second in our running order but also first on the podium is Colombian star Mariana Pajón, who triumphed at the UCI BMX Supercross event in Papendal, Netherlands. Mariana, who won all of her heats before taking the final in a confident manner, dedicated the win to her father: “I never won a Supercross World Cup. This one is for my father in Colombia. I had very good energy today on Father’s Day."

Jeffrey Herlings jumping during motocross GP
Jeffrey Herlings enjoys some air during the MX2 GP © R Archer/KTM Images

The two wheels belonging to Red Bull Factory KTM rider Jeffrey Herlings might as well have been wings, for all the time they spent on solid ground this weekend. The defending champion flew around the course for a double-moto and victory in the Italian MX2 GP in Maggiora. The result keeps up his impressive record of 17 wins out of 18 in motos this season. Team mate and championship rival, Jordi Tixier, finished fourth in both of this weekend's motos.

Meanwhile, there was more success for Red Bull KTM in the MX1 GP, with Ken de Dycker and Tony Cairoli finishing second and third respectively. Cairoli's third place means he finished outside the top two for the first time this season.

Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márques take a corner at the Catalunya Grand Prix
Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez at MotoGP Catalunya © GEPA/Gold & Goose

MotoGP moved to Catalunya this weekend and, although they will be disappointed to have missed out on first place, local boys Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez did well to take second and third places respectively. It was the second year in a row that Pedrosa, who was born and raised a short distance from the Circuit de Catalunya, has finished second here to Jorge Lorenzo. However, he can console himself with the fact that he is still leading the championship with 123 points.

Dominik Hernler pulls off a trick at Wake of Steel 2013
Dominik Hernler in wakeboarding action © Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool

There was local hero success in the wakeboarding world too, with Austrian Dominik Hernler taking the glory at the Red Bull Wake of Steel event in Linz. Over 12,000 spectators turned out to bask in the summer sun and watch Dominik dominate the challenging course, which featured the part-sunk wreck of a cargo ship as the key obstacle.

Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado who won second place at the FIVB Grand Slam 2013 in the Netherlands
The Salgado sisters, 2nd place, FIVB Grand Slam © Chris Garrison/Red Bull Content Pool

Finally, it's the turn of sister-act Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado. The Brazilian beach volleyball duo claimed a very creditable second place at the FIVB The Hague Grand Slam. They eventually lost the final to compatriots Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima in straight sets (21-16 21-13). This is a great result for the sisters though, who have only recently started competing again after Carolina's pregnancy. Maria Clara commented: “We really are disappointed right now but tomorrow we will be happy with silver ."

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