Jordan “Jet” Temkin, the 26 year old Colorado, US native looks to defend his two term titles with a third win and walk away with a $100,000 dollar first price at the event what will be held King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.
It is estimated that over 3,000 fans will watch live but millions more will have tuned in on television and to live streaming with this year’s edition TV coverage being broadcast in 90 countries around the world, on channels such as ESPN, Sky Sports and FOX Sports Asia.
The DRL estimate they reached more than 50 million global broadcast viewers in their first two seasons, but it’s online where the league is really taking off.
Now with more than 115 million online views.
The machines are fast with top speeds of up to 90 mph, with the ability to navigate complex courses. Crashes are very common.
Jet is quoted by CNN “It’s just about being able to keep your act together,” he explains matter-of-factly. “Be calm, relaxed, as well as just having fast reactions.”
“In Saudi Arabia it’s a growing sport,” says Nouf Al-Rakan, the CEO of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones.
“To help increase the demand and at the same time teach our Saudi pilots, we thought of bringing this championship to Saudi Arabia.”