Red Bull X-Fighters

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Spanish rider Maikel Melero at an exhibition in Jarama Circuit.

Red Bull X-Fighters are freestyle motocross (FMX) motorbike stunt competitions contested in bullrings and similar venues. Alongside the X Games, they are the most prestigious and most challenging freestyle motocross competitions.

Red Bull X-Fighters are invitation tournaments where the best FMX riders in the world come face to face. The competitions' particular flair comes on the one hand from the relatively restricted space in the bullfighting arenas (and therefore the close proximity of the crowd to the sporting spectacle) and, on the other hand, from the replication of a number of rituals from a typical "corrida": for example, the riders are greeted by drum rolls and trumpet fanfares, and the public audience may honour the riders' performances by waving white rags.

History[edit]

The idea for the Red Bull X-Fighters came from energy drink producer Red Bull. The first competition took place in 2001 in the bullfighting arena in Valencia, Spain. The event moved to Madrid's Las Ventas bullring for 2002, Spain's biggest and most important bullfighting arena. With 23,000 spectators, the competition in Madrid – held annually since 2002 – has become Europe's greatest FMX event. Alongside Madrid, Valencia hosted the Red Bull X-Fighters for the second time in 2003. Since 2005, the competition has also been staged in Mexico, in the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City; the biggest bullring in the world, with a capacity of 43,000. In 2008, the competition was hosted by Poland's 10th-Anniversary Stadium, and was the last event taking place there. A week after the motocross competition, it was demolished in order to allow the construction of a new site - the National Stadium, Warsaw, where a round of the Red Bull X-Fighters 2011 is set to be staged as the first event taking place at the newly built stadium. The final round of the 2009 season took place at Battersea Power Station in London. Red Bull X-Fighters had its biggest event in Sri Lanka, Colombo at Galle Face Green on 2010 with a record 230,000 spectators on site.

Freestyle Competition Results[edit]

Red Bull X-Fighters 2015 Tour

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
United Arab Emirates Dubai
South Africa Pretoria
Spain Madrid
Greece Athens
Mexico Mexico

Red Bull X-Fighters 2014 Tour

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
South Africa Pretoria Australia Josh Sheehan Spain Dany Torres United States Adam Jones
Germany Munich Australia Josh Sheehan Japan Taka Higashino New Zealand Levi Sherwood
Spain Madrid France Thomas Pagès Australia Josh Sheehan New Zealand Levi Sherwood
Japan Osaka New Zealand Levi Sherwood France Remi Bizouard Spain Dany Torres
Mexico Mexico New Zealand Levi Sherwood Australia Josh Sheehan Spain Dany Torres

Red Bull X-Fighters 2013 Tour

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
South Africa Pretoria Cancelled
Spain Madrid France Thomas Pagès Japan Taka Higashino Chile Javier Villegas
Japan Osaka Japan Taka Higashino France Thomas Pages United States Adam Jones
United States Glen Helen Australia Rob Adelberg France Thomas Pages Japan Taka Higashino
United Arab Emirates Dubai Spain Dany Torres New Zealand Levi Sherwood France Thomas Pages
Mexico Mexico France Thomas Pages Spain Dany Torres New Zealand Levi Sherwood

Red Bull X-Fighters 2012 Tour

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Australia Sydney New Zealand Levi Sherwood France Thomas Pages Australia Josh Sheehan
Germany Munich France Thomas Pages Spain Dany Torres Japan Eigo Sato
Spain Madrid New Zealand Levi Sherwood Spain Dany Torres Spain Maikel Melero
Turkey Istanbul Cancelled
United States Glen Helen United States Todd Potter France Thomas Pages United States Wes Agee
United Arab Emirates Dubai New Zealand Levi Sherwood Australia Rob Adelberg Chile Javier Villegas

Red Bull X-Fighters 2011 Tour

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Australia Sydney Australia Josh Sheehan New Zealand Levi Sherwood Spain Dany Torres
Poland Poznan United States Nate Adams Spain Dany Torres Japan Eigo Sato
Spain Madrid Spain Dany Torres Australia Blake Williams Australia Josh Sheehan
Italy Rome United States Nate Adams Norway Andre Villa Australia Josh Sheehan
Brazil Brasilia United States Nate Adams Australia Robbie Maddison Norway Andre Villa
United Arab Emirates Dubai Spain Dany Torres Norway Andre Villa United States Nate Adams

Red Bull X-Fighters 2010 Tour

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Italy Rome Spain Dany Torres United States Adam Jones United States Nate Adams
England London New Zealand Levi Sherwood United States Nate Adams Spain Dany Torres
Spain Madrid Australia Robbie Maddison Switzerland Mat Rebeaud Norway Andre Villa
Russia Moscow New Zealand Levi Sherwood United States Nate Adams Norway Andre Villa
Egypt Giza United States Adam Jones Norway Andre Villa United States Nate Adams
Mexico Mexico Norway Andre Villa United States Nate Adams Australia Robbie Maddison

Red Bull X-Fighters 2009 Tour

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
England London United States Nate Adams New Zealand Levi Sherwood Spain Dany Torres
Spain Madrid Spain Dany Torres United States Nate Adams Australia Robbie Maddison
United States Fort Worth United States Nate Adams Switzerland Mat Rebeaud Australia Cam Sinclair
Canada Calgary Australia Robbie Maddison Japan Eigo Sato Switzerland Mat Rebeaud
Mexico Mexico New Zealand Levi Sherwood Japan Eigo Sato Switzerland Mat Rebeaud

Red Bull X-Fighters 2008 Tour

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Poland Warsaw Spain Dany Torres Australia Robbie Maddison Switzerland Mat Rebeaud
Germany Wuppertal Switzerland Mat Rebeaud United States Jeremy Lusk Spain Dany Torres
Spain Madrid Switzerland Mat Rebeaud Norway Andre Villa Australia Robbie Maddison
United States Fort Worth Switzerland Mat Rebeaud United States Jeremy Stenberg United States Jeremy Lusk
Brazil Rio de Janeiro United States Jeremy Stenberg Switzerland Mat Rebeaud Australia Robbie Maddison
Mexico Mexico Switzerland Mat Rebeaud Spain Dany Torres United States Jeremy Lusk

Red Bull X-Fighters 2007 Tour

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Spain Madrid United States Travis Pastrana Switzerland Mat Rebeaud United States Nate Adams
Republic of Ireland Slane Castle United States Travis Pastrana Switzerland Mat Rebeaud Spain Dany Torres
Mexico Mexico Spain Dany Torres United States Nate Adams Australia Robbie Maddison

Red Bull X-Fighters 2006

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Spain Madrid United States Travis Pastrana United States Nate Adams Switzerland Mat Rebeaud
Mexico Mexico Switzerland Mat Rebeaud United States Ronnie Renner United States Travis Pastrana

Red Bull X-Fighters 2005

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Spain Madrid United States Nate Adams United States Jeremy Stenberg Switzerland Mat Rebeaud
Mexico Mexico United States Ronnie Renner United States Jeremy Stenberg United States Kenny Bartram

Red Bull X-Fighters 2004

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Spain Madrid United States Travis Pastrana United States Nate Adams United States Ronnie Renner

Red Bull X-Fighters 2003

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Spain Madrid United States Kenny Bartram United States Nate Adams Australia Dayne Kinnaird
Spain Valencia United States Kenny Bartram United States Nate Adams New Zealand Nick Franklin

Red Bull X-Fighters 2002

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Spain Madrid Spain Edgar Torronteras United States Mike Jones United States Mike Metzger

Red Bull X-Fighters 2001

Place Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Spain Valencia United States Mike Jones Spain Edgar Torronteras France Xavier Fabre

Winners[edit]

World Tour

Year Winner
2014 Australia Josh Sheehan
2013 France Thomas Pagès
2012 New Zealand Levi Sherwood
2011 Spain Dany Torres
2010 United States Nate Adams
2009 United States Nate Adams
2008 Switzerland Mat Rebeaud
2007 United States Travis Pastrana

Previous events

Year Winner
2006 United States Travis Pastrana
- Switzerland Mat Rebeaud
2005 United States Jeremy Stenberg
2004 United States Travis Pastrana
2003 United States Kenny Bartram
2002 Spain Edgar Torronteras
2001 United States Mike Jones

Best Trick Results[edit]

During the years 2008 and 2009. The event was a best trick contest to be held in Madrid the day before the freestyle event.

Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid 2009 Best Trick

Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Australia Robbie Maddison Australia Cam Sinclair France Thomas Pages

Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid 2008 Best Trick

Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Spain Dany Torres Switzerland Mat Rebeaud Australia Robbie Maddison

Records

  • Most Wins:New ZealandLevi Sherwood (8 wins)
  • Most Podiums:United States Nate Adams (18 Podiums)

Wild Card Competition[edit]

The first Wild Card Competition was held in Madrid in 2010, the day before the finals.

Winner 2nd Position 3rd Position
Australia Jackson Strong Spain Maikel Melero Australia Clinton Moore

References[edit]

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