Former freestyle motocross motorbike stunt competition
Red Bull X-Fighters was a freestyle motocross motorbike stunt contest organized by Red Bull from 2001 to 2017. It was the most popular freestyle motocross event in the earth, with a 15-year summation history and more than 50 by events on six continents. The riders are invited to compete neck and neck through a series of hard rounds in bullrings and celebrated locations and sites .


X-Fighters was founded in 2001, and became the most celebrated freestyle motocross event series in the earth. The Plaza de Toros de Valencia in Spain was where it began, being the first venue to host the contest. A 12,000 crowd was recorded, with american ‘Mad ‘ Mike Jones taking out the inauguration consequence, and the server nations identical own Edgar Torronteras coming moment and french rider, Xavier Fabre coming third base respectively. After the impact made in 2001, Red Bull X-Fighters returned for a second gear time. Moving from the bullring in Valencia to Madrid ‘s Las Ventas. The crowd had about doubled in size from the previous year, with the arena to a full moon capacity of about 20,000. It was another close series of head-to-heads between riders like Mike Metzger and the previous year ‘s champion, Mike Jones. But it was Spain ‘s Edgar Torronteras, that won the event and took the trophy that season. [ 1 ] Firmly securing X-Fighters bridgehead as one of the major events in FMX history and Europe ‘s biggest FMX event. [ 2 ]
2003 was to bring about some major developments to the event. It introduced the agate line up of events to increase from one to two that year with both Valencia and Madrid staging competitions in their bullrings. But Red Bull X-Fighters and the stallion sport of FMX witnessed one of its beginning major tricks. At Las Ventas in Madrid, a new rider to the competition, the 18-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, Nate Adams created freestyle worldly concern of motocross history after performing the first always back pass at the event. [ 3 ]

The riders then returned to compete in the bullring of Madrid for the only X-Fighters event of 2004. Having a major affect on the tempo of progress in the mutant that year that the back flip had gone from what most people did n’t think was possible to an about standard have in most riders runs. Riders were not entirely performing back flips with comfort, they were laying down bet on flip combinations. [ 3 ] Joining the consequence was a newfangled face on the Red Bull X-Fighters scene, the well-known Travis Pastrana. It saw him and Adams stage the first of their tete-a-tete battles, going all in a conflict against each other and pulling off dramatic 360 ‘s in front of huge crowd. Pastrana took first and Adams second. Ronnie Renner did his first base competitive backflip in Madrid that class. [ 1 ] The follow year, after continuous achiever in Spain, X-Fighters staged its first gear event outside of Europe. Bringing the riders in FMX to compete at the biggest bullring on the planet, the Plaza de Toros México in Mexico City. The growing popularity of the sport was proved by the capacity crowd of over 40,000 fans. once again the riders proved why FMX was becoming one of the most incredible spectator pump sports in the populace by putting on another massive watched competition that was finally won by Ronnie Renner. After Mexico, Madrid hosted even another event, which Nate Adams won. last, in 2006, Mexico City and Madrid were to repeat the follow year and server the survive two events before the World Tour format began. [ 2 ]

World Tour : 2007–15.

In 2007, X-Fighters was becoming a ball-shaped phenomenon. But the year had a extra significance as X-Fighters moved from the exclusive bullring locations into newly inspirational arenas. It reached doubly figures, celebrating its one-tenth contest in Mexico City. [ 4 ] But it was the adjacent intercept that was a fresh direction for the event. alternatively of the bullrings that housed every event thus far, loss Bull X-Fighters alternatively built a very different course. Against a backdrop of historic Slane Castle in Ireland. This arresting fix had previously played host to the likes of the Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Guns N ‘ Roses. Although the conditions were wet as rain fell heavily in Slane Castle, dampening most riders ability to very take on the course. But there was one rider that refused to be compromised and displayed the pure pioneer intent, coming first gear in the event, Travis Pastrana. [ 5 ] After Ireland, the newly world tour ended and rounded off in a return to Madrid. Pastrana again proving he was one of the greatest riders after he rode to yet his moment straight gain that temper. [ 6 ]
2008 will always be remembered amongst FMX fans as the year Red Bull X-Fighters truly became a amply fledged international tour. That was the year it went ball-shaped. Expanding its line up of stops from three in 2007 to six. Taking in Mexico, making its first visit to South America with a tripper to the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro before coming north of the edge to Texas. then across the Atlantic to the European leg of Spain, Germany and Poland. [ 7 ] After Mat Rebeaud ‘s devastate dominance in 2008, the external line-up of riders were competitive and a lot different as consequence nineteen marked the begin of the 2009 season and a fresh new face joined the note up of riders competing in the monumental Plaza de Toros México. A 17-year-old from New Zealand, Levi Sherwood. adenine soon as he came out into that arena it soon became clear that he had something that would set the mutant a light. His brilliant debut showing resulted in a desirable acquire and set the tone for what was going to continue to be a landmark season. [ 8 ] After a close crusade contest in Calgary, Canada, the enlistment ride into Texas. The run built in Fort Worth for the twenty-first Red Bull X-Fighters surely was known as one of their biggest courses created. With newly tricks being performed, Cam Sinclair introduced the double back flick. He successfully pulled it off, being the first base rider to do so in a competition run. [ 9 ] Moving on to the following event in Madrid, Sinclair again attempted the double back throw but this time got it dreadfully wrong. He suffered austere head injuries, a tear liver-colored, extensive inner shed blood, a break shoulder and cheekbone, besides had brain swelling causing him to be in a coma for seven days. [ 10 ] With Sinclair in convalescence, the 2009 go ended with loss Bull X-Fighters twenty-third event and a first for London with a outstanding finale at the iconic Battersea Power Station .
In 2010 Red Bull X-Fighters were granted permission to stage an event in Moscow ‘s Red Square correctly beside the Kremlin, using it as their backdrop. [ 11 ] not lone that, they were besides given license to base an event at the Giza Plateau in Egypt with the Great Sphinx of Giza in the backdrop. red Bull X-Fighters then marked past in its quarter hundred with another come back to its long serve Madrid. australian Robbie Maddison had a particular storm in store for the spanish fans pulling off a body varial. [ 12 ] A first ever seen whoremaster in the competition, Maddison went on to win the event but it was to be his downfall as he prepared for the follow event in London. He bailed in an undertake at the volt badly, ending his temper. After the UK discontinue, X-Fighters wrapped up its twenty-ninth event by rounding off the 2010 go in Italy where Nate Adams achieved another inaugural to add to his Red Bull X-Fighters career. Being the beginning passenger to claim a second title for a second consecutive year. [ 13 ] 2011 visit Red Bull X-Fighters reach its tenth anniversary and stadiums and arenas across the populace were selling out to a huge international winnow base. It brought up its thirtieth consequence on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai. The tour then encountered a spectacular read when it staged cycle two of the championship in front of the Monumental Axis in the Brazil capital, Brasilia. [ 14 ] In battlefront of a crowd with over 100,000 people, was the biggest FMX attended consequence in the history of the sport. [ 2 ] Following the events in Rome, Madrid, and Poznań, the tour ended in a grand piano finale on Cockatoo Island in the heart of Sydney Harbour, Australia. Making the most of competing in presence of his home crowd for the first clock time was Australia ‘s Josh Sheehan. He surprised everyone by pulling off the end win of 2011. But the go championship that class belonged to person else, Dany Torres. [ 15 ] In 2012 the Red Bull X-Fighters go took a huge jump forward. It started in Dubai with a course that included the biggest rise distance ever built in a competitive freestyle class but the next event was a giant star jump of FMX kind. In Glen Helen, Red Bull created the biggest path always constructed. [ 2 ] After the huge path the tour moved to Europe in Madrid where New Zealander Levi Sherwood took a stunning victory and extended his lead in the overall standings. Next up was Munich ‘s Olympic Stadium which became the stage of a night of huge drama and significance in the freestyle world. The leading man was Tom Pagès. The enlistment was set for another close finale once again on Cockatoo Island in Australia. It saw Jackson Strong perform X-Fighters first front pass and did it again one handed. But it came devour to the overall current first base and second place riders to meet in the final for a probability to win the World Tour title. It was Sherwood whom bet Pagès after he performed the huge tricks and style when it truly mattered to take the 2012 title. [ 16 ]

Grand Slam : 2016–present.

After eight spectacular years of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, 2016 concentrated on one season highlight event at the fabled Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid on June 24. The crimson Bull X-Fighters stop in Madrid marked the 15th straight class that the celebrated bullring hosted the event of Freestyle Motocross, where the world ‘s best riders have been showcasing new and exciting tricks since 2002. [ 17 ] France ‘s Tom Pagès became the inaugural rider in history to win Madrid three consecutive times with his stirring victory in 2015 in front of another sold-out house of 23,000 spectators. Travis Pastrana of the USA had besides won Madrid three times but not consecutively while spanish rider Dany Torres had won the most authoritative stop of the season twice. [ 18 ] It was Tom Pagès who carved his name into the record books with a outstanding fourth straight Red Bull X-Fighters win in Madrid, the spiritual family of freestyle motocross that celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in style in front of a full house. At the Las Ventas bullring Pagès treated the crowd to his new Front Flip Flair, the first time ever the trick was performed in competition. In an epic tripartite struggle featuring the world ‘s best FMX riders, Clinton Moore, the 2015 World Tour ace, came in a close second base after a flawless run in the final examination with his Bundy rise recorded to be 14 meters high by a new Intel high-tech device. Josh Sheehan had to settle for third despite nailing his key signature double back pass. Levi Sherwood of New Zealand finished fourth on an unforgettable night at the FMX extravaganza in the spanish capital. [ 19 ]



Each day of every event, riders get opportunities to train. Day one starts off with a briefing. Day two is qualification and day three is contest. In qualification, there is one 90-second qualifying run. All twelve riders ride in their start order. Any rider who misses a qualifying session will be scored in the last plaza status. Should more than one rider miss the qualifying session then previous year ‘s Tour rank and file will determine set, with the lowest rate rider being scored as the last locate. Should no Tour rank exists, and then a absorb will take invest to establish rank for the function of qualifying. The results of the reservation will define the three groups of four riders that will compete in the Cuadrillas Elimination. [ 20 ] The Cuadrillas Elimination is where each group of four riders will spin a roulette of tricks one time ( old-school tricks that are scantily shown in rival ). All riders have to pull out this magic trick within their 50-second run. The best two riders of each group qualify for the semi-final. At the completion of each rider ‘s run, the judges award a score. When all riders in this round have completed a score run, the scores are announced and the top scored rider advances through to the semi-final. Six riders are then qualified in pairs and battle tete-a-tete in the semi-final, in which there is no compulsory antic. Each rider takes his own run with a pre-determined time limit ( 75 seconds ). The lower seeded rider in each pair ride beginning. clock starts when the rider takes his foremost jump. After each run, the rider goes a pre-designated position to watch his replays on the big sieve. The second base rider in the pair, who is not riding, will wait at the Hot Spot, remove his helmet and watch the other rider ‘s range. After the second base rider ‘s run, both wait at a pre-designated place for the judges ‘ decisiveness of whom of the two is in the Final round. The winner from each struggle would advance to the concluding. [ 20 ] The final consists of three winners from the semi-final that meet in a tete-a-tete run-off. Each rider takes his own streak with a pre-determined time terminus ad quem ( 75 seconds ). The passenger from the semi-final A will ride first followed by the winner of the semi-final B and C. Time will start when the rider takes his first startle. After the 75 seconds each rider can perform a Bonus Trick which is not affected by the clock limit. After each run, the rider goes a pre-designated placement to watch his play back on the big screen. The second and third riders, who are not riding, will wait at the Hot Spot, remove their helmet and watch the other passenger ‘s guide. After the one-third rider ‘s run, all three wait at a pre-designated position for the judges ‘ decision of whom of the three will be celebrated as the achiever of the Red Bull X-Fighters contest. Overall the riders can win five helmets. If there is a tie ( e.g. two riders win two helmets and one passenger 1 helmet ) the Bonus Tricks decides on the winner. [ 20 ]


Judging in all rounds consist of five judges, each one judging the overall stamp based on the following criteria :

  • Variety
  • Execution
  • Form and flow
  • Use of course
  • Challenge
  • Energy
  • Excitement
  • Entertainment

There are two separate judging systems for the Red Bull X-Fighters competition. Round one pronounce gore comprises five judges, plus one Head Judge. These judges will award each rider a score from 1-100 points. Final score will be represented as a numeral from 0–100 based on an average of all five judges ‘ scores ( From a sum of 0 – 500 ÷ 5 judges ) In the semi-finals and final, each evaluate award each of the riders in the heat a score on a scale of 1–100 points. The passenger with the highest score from a single evaluator will win that judge ‘s vote. The rider who gets three or more judges ‘ votes out of five will win the match-up. The Head Judge is entirely creditworthy for indicating when meter expires on a run. If, in the mind of the Head Judge, a rider is considered to be ‘on approach ‘ to a rise when the time clock reaches zero, then that leap ( or series of jumps in a double-double or 6-pack ) will count in the rider ‘s final grade. The Head Judge will besides have the ability to change any individual score or group of scores and makes the final decision in any tiebreaker situations. Should two or more riders in Round one have a score necktie out of 100 points, then the high and low scores for each rider will be eliminated and the remaining three scores averaged to give a seduce of 100 points. Should this method acting still result in a marry then the highest single score will break the bind ( s ). In the event that none of these methods breaks the tie ( s ) then the Head Judge will break the necktie ( s ) [ 20 ]


overall there has been 25 different locations that have hosted an X-Fighters event. Below shows a list of former and stream venues, along with their location and act of times taken part .

Results and statistics.


Dany Torres of Spain is the all-time top points holder on the World Tour, with 7 wins and 1 claim. Torres besides holds the play along records ; Most starts, Most head to heads, Most read/write head to heads won, Most head to heads lost, Most quarterfinals, Most semi-finals, Most top three appearances and, Most World Tour lead three appearances. He is the most successful rider to hold a sum of 9 X-Fighters records. New Zealander Levi Sherwood holds two ( Most finals and Most wins ), with Nate Adams and Mat Rebeaud both holding one each .

World Tour champions.

In all, 86 peak riders have competed in at least one X-Fighters event. Of these, eight riders have won the World Tour. With two titles, American Nate Adams is the most successful World Tour rider. Adams ( 2009 and 2010 ) is besides the alone passenger to have won two straight titles .

Wall of Fame.

loss Bull X-Fighters released their very own Wall of Fame in a video about the history of the rival. [ 2 ] There besides is a Hall of Fame. There are merely 9 Freestyle Motocross riders in the frolic ‘s most exclusive club. It is reserved alone to the winners of Madrid, the most authoritative FMX arrest each year since the inaugural address event in 2002. The Hall of Fame in Madrid features plaques hanging on the walls with the names, spanish nicknames, and portraits of each year ‘s achiever, framed in the style of celebrated bullfighters who have besides graced the grounds of the Las Ventas bullring. The Hall of Fame starts with Edgar Torronteras ( 2002, “ E.T. “ ), Kenny Bartram ( 2003, “ El Cowboy ” ), Travis Pastrana ( 2004/06/07, “ El Prodigioso ” ), Nate Adams ( 2005, “ El Destroyer ” ), Mat Rebeaud ( 2008, “ Air Mat ” ), Dany Torres ( 2009/11, “ El Pajarillo ” ), Robbie Maddison ( 2010, “ Mad Dog ” ), Levi Sherwood ( 2012/17 “ El Chico de Goma ” ) and Thomas Pagès ( 2013/14/15/16, “ Mr Flair ” ). [ 21 ]

race results.

World Tours.

Medal table.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States ( USA ) 17 16 13 46
2  Spain ( ESP ) 8 6 8 22
3  Australia ( AUS ) 7 6 10 23
4  New Zealand ( NZL ) 7 3 5 15
5   Switzerland ( SUI ) 5 5 5 15
6  France ( FRA )

3 5 1 9
7  Japan ( JPN ) 1 4 3 8
Totals (7 nations) 48 45 45 138


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