Masters of Dirt - this name has become synonymous with extreme sports as well as wild and crazy attitudes to sending massive jumps. The Masters of Dirt plays host to the place where some of the best athletes can showcase their skills and tricks to wider audiences. Masters of Dirt provides a unique backdrop where disciplines which usually don't meet each other clash together under one roof. Freestyle motocross and freestyle mountain biking collide in one massive show of spectacular tricks, massive jumps and epic air. The rules are basically the same - jump a gap and perform the best trick you can. Sounds simple, but is it really as easy as that?
There are many obvious technical differences, but maybe there are some similarities between those two sports – MTB surely feeds off the sheer size and scope of FMX. But what exactly do mountain bikers take from motocross? Do FMX riders look our way, too? Are they influenced by the modern mountain biker?
Are these two-wheeled machines from one world or two totally different universes?
MOD is one massive celebration of extreme sports and likeminded people who are not afraid of pushing the limits of what's possible in action sports.
Szymon Godziek's NS Decade is an ideal example of what a modern dirt jump bike can look like in 2018.
In an indoor event like this one a massively knobby MX tyre may be an overkill, but after all, this is what motorbike tyres look like compared to an MTB tyre.
Rob Adelberg, an FMX rider from Australia.
Time to Rock and Roll!
Pure FMX madness. Alistair knows how to entertain the crowd.
David Rinaldo aka R'Dav going big.
James Carter showing off his ridiculous dirt bike handling skills with pride.
James Carter, an FMX rider from the United States.
Matt Macduff executing a textbook 360 nose-dive. Who would think that one of the simplest looking tricks out of MTB trick book, might be something that FMX riders are so envious of?
Lennox Zimmermann, age 10, the youngest rider of this year's edition leading the rest of the pack to the top of the roll-in.
All the push-bike riders need to rely on the gravity and the strength of their own legs.
A bunch of dirt bikes going sideways is always a pleasure to look at.
Edgar Torronteras has got some of the best whips in the game.
Helmet and goggles for the essential protection of the riders' heads.
It's good to see that no matter what the size of the bike, riders always take proper measures to keep themselves protected from injuries.
Solid boots are yet another layer of protection for the Motocross riders.
David Rinaldo with one of the most insane moves of the whole weekend. A jaw-dropping frontflip tsunami.
Szymon Godziek and his signature trick - superman stretched out to excellence. Szymon is the core of the group of the MTB riders who directly inspire their riding style based on FMX.
There's no FMX bike without a pair of those.
Super-grippy tyres and big rotors are the best way to stop those 115kg // 250 lbs beasts.
Several spare parts laying around... No big deal.
Dirt bikes, despite being rather hefty machines, have a few delicate and intricate parts on them.
They also come in many different sizes.
Bigger or smaller wheel, with an engine or without, after all those machines are designed to fly high.
More altitude, more time for big tricks. James Carter with a mega Indian Air Seatgrab.
Adolf Silva, a perfect link between MTB and FMX.
Adolf Silva's marriage of MTB and FMX is very happy together. Fully stretched Superman Seatgrab here.
Cliffhangers are iconic FMX tricks. Bienve took it to another level with a frontflip.
This was nuts! Remi shows why double-backflips are still one of the gnarliest tricks to do in MX.
From Russia with style.
Adolf Silva living by his motto "Ride Loco"
Flipping a buggy is Jerry Myer's speciality.
Nicholi makes the audience dizzy yet again.
Adolf Silva attempted to complete three backflip rotations but didn't quite manage it. Still, big props to this madman.
60+ Horsepower engine (on average) vs 2 HP human legs (of an athlete on average).
MTB, BMX and FMX mega train.