Rob Adelberg hails from Benalla, Australia, and is one the of the new age FMX riders from Down Under. The Yamaha rider, who got his first Red Bull X-Fighters podium with second place in Dubai 2012, had his first photos published in Freerider MX magazine at the tender age of 14.
At that young age he was already busting out big grab tricks on a CR80, and ever since he has steadily progressed to become one of the best up-and-coming riders in Australia. Rob really knows how to put on a show and he handles the pressure of competition well. He also knows how to throw down on natural terrain.
Rob spent 2009 living at Robbie Maddison's house in the FMX Mecca of Temecula, California, as he focused on pushing his burgeoning international career forward and make a name for himself in the U.S. After a few successful rounds on the IFMXF Tour, he went back to Australia in 2010 to take care of his newborn baby, but he simply couldn't resist the invitation to ride at the Battersea event in the heart of the British capital.
The Red Bull X-Fighters event in London was Rob's second stop on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour after his appearance in Fort Worth, Texas in 2009. Just like 2009, Adelberg was unlucky during training and crashed hard, knocking himself out of the main event. In 2011, Adelberg earned two wildcard spots and finally took advantage of the opportunity, snatching a fifth place on home soil. A year later, the man from Down Under had a strong result at the 2012 tour-opener in Dubai where he finished in seventh place overall and he also collected a few points from appearances in Glen Helen and in Munich.
2013 worked out a lot better for the Yamaha rider. Adelberg was able to grab his first Red Bull X-Fighters victory in Glen Helen and finished in a solid fourth place at three other tour stops. His overall fourth place ranking gave him a straight invitation for the 2014 Tour. The Metal Mulisha trooper did not have the best season that year, but was able to leave his mark with another strong fourth position in Japan. At the other events, he had to settle for results in the lower third of the ranking and was unable to show up for the final in Pretoria due to an injury.
Right now Rob is looking back on a really busy year and he may need to reduce the furious pace of riding almost all big shows and events to allow himself more time to focus on new tricks and showing the judges more innovation for better scores. A few clips that we've seen on social media channels lately seem to suggest that he has been doing exactly that. Expect Adelberg to be one of the favourites for a podium finish when he gets an invitation to any tour stop in 2015.
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