Australian GP to remain in Melbourne until 2023

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The Australian Grand Prix will remain in Melbourne until 2023 after the city curbed a possible rival bid from Sydney for the hosting rights.

Last year, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation announced that it had signed a new contract extension that secured the future of the race in Melbourne until 2020.

However, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird announced in the lead-up to the 2015 race that he would bid to bring the grand prix to Sydney upon his re-election.

“I want the Formula 1 to come to Sydney, because no other city in the world could provide a more spectacular backdrop for this event,” Baird said in March.

“We know this event is watched by up to 30 million people around the world, and securing the grand prix would put our already successful events strategy in pole position.”

However, Baird’s hopes of snaring the race away from Melbourne appear to have been put to bed after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced in a video on his Facebook page that the race would be not be moving, directly addressing his NSW counterpart.

“I’m sorry Mike, but the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix is here to stay exactly where it belongs, in the great city of Melbourne,” Andrews said.

“The good news is that you and tens of thousands of others from New South Wales and right across Australia and indeed right across the world are more than welcome to come to Melbourne to be part of the great race.

“In fact I’ll even shout you a ticket.”

The video then confirmed that Melbourne would remain the host of the grand prix until 2023, before showing a message reading: “#SorryNotSorry”.

Melbourne first hosted the Australian Grand Prix in 1996, taking over from Adelaide, and has since become one of the most popular races on the calendar.

It will once again be the season-opener in 2016, hosting the first race of the year on April 3.

Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.