17 Jan 2020
An international rider line-up headlined by Australia’s own Jarryd McNeil will see some of the world’s best Moto X stars head to the Superloop Adelaide 500 in February to compete for the top prize at the Moto X Step Up.
Following a successful Australian debut at the 2019 Superloop Adelaide 500, the adrenalin-filled Moto X Step Up competition returns for the 2020 event.
The unique motocross competition attracts adrenalin-seekers from all over the world and sees competitors attempt to jump a bar as high as 55 feet.
McNeil, the reigning four-time Moto X Step Up X Games Gold Medallist (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) took out the inaugural Superloop Adelaide 500 crown in 2019 and is looking forward to returning to Adelaide to defend his title.
“It was awesome to win the first ever Moto X Step Up competition in Australia at last year’s Superloop Adelaide 500,” McNeil said.
“It’s cool to see so many Aussie fans at the event, embracing Moto X Step Up and cheering us on.
“This year the field is just as competitive, if not more, with a number of international riders. I’m looking forward to the challenge that it brings and trying to retain my title.”
The Moto X Step Up will again be positioned near the centralised concert precinct, adding to the atmosphere for all event goers.
Superloop Adelaide 500 General Manager Alistair MacDonald is excited to bring back the Moto X Step Up competition along with the high calibre of riders to the 2020 event.
“Last year was a huge success with the Moto X Step Up bringing an exciting off- track attraction to the event,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to seeing some of the world’s best riders, including Australia’s own Jarryd McNeil, Corey Creed (Half Pipe 2019 X Games Gold medallist) and Robbie Marshall compete against a number of international riders.”
American Colby Raha who claimed bronze in the Moto X Step Up and gold in the Real Moto X Gold Medal at the 2019 X Games is McNeil’s main rival in the field and looking for redemption in 2020.
“I’m stoked to head back to Australia and compete in the Step Up competition,” said Raha.
“It’s cool to see how big this sport has grown in Australia over the years and the level of riders coming from Down Under.
“The competition was close in 2019 and I’m ready to go again, the Aussies better watch their backs!”
The Czech Republic’s Filip Podmol will return to Adelaide after a successful Moto X debut at last year’s event clearing 36 feet, along with Italian Massimo Bianconcini who took out fifth place in the 2019 X Games Moto X Step Up competition, rounding out the field in what is set to be a thrilling spectacle for fans.
Similar to high jump, Moto X Step Up will see the bar increase in height, beginning at 30 feet and sometimes reaching 55 feet in order to secure eliminations. If a rider is unsuccessful in their two attempts they are eliminated. The winner is declared when one rider remains.
The high drama thrills will be spread across multiple elimination stages over the four-day event, kicking off on February 20.
The Superloop Adelaide 500 takes place from February 20-23 and is the opening round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
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