Race is heating up


The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour is going into round number four and will head back to Pretoria, South Africa. The wide track built with the amazing looking red clay will welcome back the technical double-double section and challenge the riders.


– Event Teaser: https://www.facebook.com/RedBullXfighters/videos/vb.21470270055/10153513754345056/?type=2&theater

– 3D Track Animation: http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_INT/video/exclusive-preview-red-track-pretoria

Posted by Red Bull X-Fighters on Monday, August 24, 2015

Four riders are in the title hunt right now and none of them can win the championship in South Africa, but if things go wrong, can lose all the chances to become the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Champion 2015.
After his Madrid hat-trick Tom Pagès has closed the gap to the leader Clinton Moore, who dominated the first two events of the season. Also in reach for the title are Levi Sherwood and David Rinaldo.
Never count out former Red Bull X-Fighters event winners Josh Sheehan, Dany Torres, Rob Adelberg, Adam Jones and Taka Higashino, who are all looking for their first wins in 2015. Javier Villegas, Maikel Melero, Remi Bizouard are rounding up the 12 man riders field, including 8 former Red Bull X-Fighters event winners, and are hungry to podium before the final event in Abu Dhabi on October 30th.

Live Broadcast

September 12 – 01:30 pm CET, 120 minutes incl. exclusive Round 1 coverage, exclusively on  redbullxfighters.com

September 12 – 02:00 pm CET, 90 minutes from Quarter Finals on Red Bull TV

Red Bull X-Fighters Athens will broadcast LIVE on redbullxfighters.com, Red Bull TV and TV stations around the world. Please note that the broadcast is geo-blocked in the USA, but will be shown exclusively on Fox Sports 1.

THU 10/9 Teaser Jump Pictures, Track Building Clip

FRI 11/9 Track Explanation Clip, Qualifying Results Release

SAT 12/9 Winning Run, Action Clip and International News Release & Pictures

SUN 13/9 Event Clip (ENG, GER, ESP, FRA), POV Clip

FreestyleXtreme magazine

Issue no. 8 of the FreestyleXtreme magazine is out now!

Inside this action packed issue we have a behind the scenes feature on Robbie Maddison’s Pipe Dream, a full report from the 2015 summer X Games, a gallery from the Global Rallycross, a Spot Check from Glamis dunes and an exclusive feature on the Fest Series. As well as all that Michael Laverty examines Valentino Rossi’s chances of winning his 10th MotoGP title. All this and more in your free copy of the world’s best moto and action sports mag!

New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood

Whilst at the Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid, Spain, FreestyleXtreme managed to catch up with New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood. We speak to Levi about his thoughts on the X-Fighters season so far, his home compound, the Double Egg Roll and what the rest of the 2015 has in store!

The holy grail

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The holy grail of FMX competition, the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain, was host for the third round of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2015, bringing Freestyle Motocross to the next level once more with most of the riders bringing in new tricks to the event. Tom Pagès kept his nerves together and went for the hat-trick, winning three times in a row in probably the toughest event to win in this sport, ahead of Levi Sherwood and Clinton Moore. Attached you find the official press release (go to www.redbullxfightersnewsroom.com to find the release in other languages than english from saturday morning on).


Winning run: http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_INT/video/tom-pages-winning-run-madrid

Best action clip: http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_INT/video/amazing-action-attack-madrid

You can find all videos, photos and press releases in your language in the Red Bull X-Fighters Newsroom or just share the content from our social media channels (see below a list of links).

If you have missed the action, you can watch the Live Replay on www.redbullxfighters.com or Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit http://about.redbull.tv/

Additional Rider Quotes

1. Tom Pagès is the only rider in history who was able to win Madrid three times in a row. He seemed to be holding back slightly, but said after his hattrick: „There is no strategy in Freestyle other than to bring the best you have, make the people happy and have fun. But of course I had a bit less pressure after Levis mistake. Las Ventas is the hardest and biggest FMX event in the world and that is where all the riders want to win. It is crazy to see how all the riders are stepping up right now and bring new stuff to the events, but that is what you have to do if you want to win a freestyle competition nowadays.“

2. Levi Sherwood stepped up his game by bringing in the Flair. „I am pretty happy about second place and stoked to bring the Flair after I had problems with it in the past months during practice. Taka and me spent a day in the foampit before Madrid and I am happy to get this one off my shoulders now. I was happy to include it to my runs, but am really bummed about my crash in the final. I have to lift my hat to Tom, who was riding really well with his difficult tricks. He has definitely raised the level this year.“

3. Clinton Moore finished the third event of the year on the podium, this time in third position, which means he is still in the lead of the World Tour standings in front of Pagès and Sherwood. „I am happy with my result. Levi obviously has stepped up his level and brought a few extra tricks. I stuck to my gameplan and tried to get my points for the whole end of the season. For Pretoria at this point I am not looking for something new and will try to stick to my plan and have a constant, good year.“

4. David Rinaldo appeared to be a constant thread and finished in fourth position again, same as in Athens. „I am pretty happy with my fourth place, especially since last year I finished in last position here. I was pretty happy about my quarter final run, but had a few mistakes in the semi finals. But it is what it is and even though I do the Cali Roll a couple of times every day in practice, mistakes can happen.“

5. Josh Sheehan experienced not the best weekend by crashing the double backflip again in his quarter final run after he crashed it already in the qualification. „It is a tight arena and I tried to find the right balance between run up size and gap. After the qualification I moved in the ramp by half a meter, but made a mistake in the run up and was too slow again. It is very disappointing. But sometimes things don’t go to plan and you have to keep pushing. But now I have plenty of time at home to relax, regroup and bring new tricks and come fresh for the next round.“

6. Adam Jones was happy about his sixth place result. „I came here to make it to the finals and do the run that I like. And that is exactly what I did. Clinton rode great and there was not too much I could do. I enjoyed myself and my riding.“

7. Taka Higashino was happy to be back on the tour after his foot injury. „I only had two days back on the bike before I went to Madrid and am happy about my riding. But the level of riding is so insane now, it is important to have permanent access to a foampit, what I don’t have right now. But I will try to spent more time into a foampit now and come back strong at the next stop.“ 

8. Rob Adelberg advanced through the first round, but Tom Pagès ended his competition. „Obviously it is tough against a good run from Tom, but his scores were not that far away from mine and I feel if I had one of his tricks I could see me beating him. I will keep pushing, pushing, pushing, that is what we do and I want to be competitive.“

9. Maikel Melero celebrated his comeback, but just missed advancing into the quarter finals by 0.1 points and was very disappointed. „I was happy about my riding, especially since I could not really practice after my injury. But I don’t really understand the judges decisions from yesterday and today. To ride in front of my homecrowd was great, they were so loud I could barely hear my bike.“

10. Javier Villegas rode without mistakes and good extensions, but did not make it through the first round. „The level now scares me a bit about what is gonna be the next level of tricks! Tricks that would have guaranteed you a win two years ago count as basic run nowadays. But I scared myself with my riding today, which is good since I was to conservative in the past.“

11. Dany Torres ruined his competition already in the track testing session, when he tried to land the Flair for the first time to dirt and injured his knee and ribs. But he still went out to ride in front of his fans. „I am sad how this event went for me and it was difficult to ride today. But I am thankful for the crowd and very happy to be able to ride once more in this amazing place.“

12. Rémi Bizouard decided to not start in the main competition after practice, feeling the impact of his crash in the qualification.

The fourth event will take place on September 12th in Pretoria, South Africa.

Helpful links:

Full Results: www.redbullxfighters.com/results

News Room (for photos, videos, press releases and more): www.redbullxfightersnewsroom.com

Insider News

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We are happy to fill you in with some insider-news after the qualification at the third stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Madrid, Spain.

A new track for the best tricks

For the first time ever the track crew built two massive landings for the record number of nine take-off ramps within a bullring to be ready for the newest and craziest tricks. This was only possible by using 56 tons of metal scaffolding as underconstruction for the landings. Twelve of the best riders in the world, including eight former Red Bull X-Fighters event winners, battled out the start order for fridays main event in the qualification, bringing Freestyle Motocross to another level once more.

track explanation clip:


event trailer:


Qualification results and report

1. Tom Pagès (FRA), 85.8

2. Levi Sherwood (NZL), 84.7

3. Clinton Moore (AUS), 84.1

4. David Rinaldo (FRA), 83.7

5. Josh Sheehan (AUS), 83.0

6. Adam Jones (USA), 81.9

7. Taka Higashino (JPN), 81.8

8. Maikel Melero (ESP), 81.7

9. Rob Adelberg (AUS), 81.6

10. Javier Villegas (CHI), 80.2

11. Remi Bizouard (FRA), 68.1

12. Dany Torres (ESP), 0.0

Pictures at Red Bull X-Fighters Newsroom, full results at www.redbullxfighters.com/results.

Madrid is known for to be a very good place for the biggest tricks out there and FMX-history being written not only once. The qualification gave a very nice taste of what to expect when Tom Pagès rode himself into the number one qualification spot with a run that probably might have beaten his amazing quarter finals run from the last event in Athens. The frenchman started with a huge Holygrab before he stomped the Alley Oop Flair over one of the three quarterpipes. A flatspin 360 followed before Pagès landed his stunning signature Special Flip, then a Volt, the trick he did not include in Athens. But that was not enough, he landed the Bikeflip before finishing off his run with an Indy Flatliner… and this was only qualification!

But pretty much all of the riders stepped up their game by adding new tricks into their routine. Levi Sherwood added the Flair for the first time into one of his run, which is not only helping his trick level, but also his use of course scores, landing in second place.

Clinton Moore played his „safe card“ – as he is calling his riding level – once more, but stepped it up in his second qualification run including the Bundy to his full bag of tricks, finishing in third position. By moving up one spot after the first run he avoided a head-to-head duell in the quarter finals with his countryman Josh Sheehan, who crashed, but got up to his feet afterwards, on a doubleflip, when he came a bit short, leaving him in fifth place. In between the two australians David Rinaldo finished in fourth by adding the Egg Roll transfer flip to his run of impressive banger tricks like the Doublegrab Hartattack Flip, Volt and California Roll body varials and combo tricks as Airplane to Helicopter. The frenchman is definitely a thread for the podium in the main event!

Adam Jones and Taka Higashino both avoided any fancy tricks off the quarter pipes and focused on very well executed clean runs over the regular ramps with a high trick level, including Doublegrab Flips, Rock Solid Flips and other technical stuff, showing that you still can move directly into the quarter finals without touching the quarter pipes.

Maikel Melero gave a strong comeback ride after his injury, but has to go into the first round as well as Rob Adelberg and Javier Villegas. They will get joined by Remi Bizouard, who included the Egg Roll as well, but crashed on a Volt later in his first run and sat out his second run after that. Local hero Dany Torres decided to not start at all to rest his body after he crashed twice attempting to land the Flair in the track testing session. But the spaniard is very likely to start in tomorrows competition.

Live Broadcast

The main event is sold out, so 23,000 spectators in the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid will witness an epic battle for the win. But no worries, everybody can watch it LIVE on redbullxfighters.com, Red Bull TV and TV stations around the world.

Red Bull TV will broadcast from the Quarter Finals on starting 10:30 pm CET. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit http://about.redbull.tv/

And here is a special treat for our hard-core FMX fans: See all the runs from 1st round exclusive on redbullxfighters.com at 10:00 pm CET.

Starting Times Red Bull TV around the world:

July 10: Europe: 10:00pm (CET) | Canada: 01:00pm (PST) | Mexico: 03:00pm (CST) | Brasil: 05:00pm (BRT)

July 11: Japan: 05:00am (JST) | Australia: 06:00am (AEST) | New Zealand: 08.00am (NZST)

Remember: The exclusive 1st round coverage on www.redbullxfighters.com starts half an hour earlier. 

Please note that the broadcast is geo-blocked in the USA, but will be shown exclusively on Fox Sports 1

Video on Demand: The entire competition will be available as a VoD right after the event on redbullxfighters.com and Red Bull TV. In the US right after the event was aired on Fox Sport 1.

The track: all new in Madrid

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The track: all new in Madrid

For the first time in Madrid the track is not consisting of a single center landing anymore. The new tricks and amount of eight take-off ramps required a completely new setup. Here is an exclusive video-preview of the track, a picture is attached: 


The 8 former champions are ready

We are very happy to have eight former Red Bull X-Fighters winners in the lineup to battle it out in Athens. Clinton Moore and Tom Pagès are aiming for a hat-trick: Moore is looking for his third consecutive win in this season, the frenchman is looking for his third straight victory in Madrid. But Levi Sherwood and Josh Sheehan are aiming for their first win this season as does local hero Dany Torres. Adam Jones and Rob Adelberg have won Red Bull X-Fighters events before as well and want the sweet taste of success back in their mouth. Finally returning to the world tour after healing up from an injury is japanese Taka Higashino, another winner of the past. Also returning from injury is the second local hero Maikel Melero, who is dreaming of his first ever Red Bull X-Fighters win. The french connection of David Rinaldo and Remi Bizouard as well as Chiles Javier Villegas are podium threads as well and everything is set up for the best tricks of all times in FMX.

Live Broadcast

Red Bull X-Fighters Athens will broadcast LIVE on redbullxfighters.com, Red Bull TV and TV stations around the world. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit about.redbull.tv 

Exclusively on  redbullxfighters.com

July 10 – 10:00 pm (CET), 120 minutes incl. exclusive Round 1 coverage

 Red Bull TV

July 10 – 10:30 pm (CET), 90 minutes from Quarter Finals on


Marcelo Simões strikes gigantic rock’n’roll festival

Our Brazilian FMX rider Marcelo Simões strikes gigantic rock’n’roll festival. The Best Whip champion from the FIM Freestyle of Nations showed his tricks at João Rock, a major festival that annually takes place in Brazil.

The final round of the 2015 European Championships

The final round of the 2015 European Championships couldn’t have ended in more spectacular fashion, with 12 riders competing at the 7th and final round of competition and three riders in the race to claim the overall championship, Czech Republic’s Petr Pilat, the German Luc Ackermann and Brice Izzo from France.

Of the three riders in the hunt, Brice Izzo would hand in his cards first, putting together a solid run, but just not enough to crack into the top 6 final and sealed his 3rd place in the overall championship. This gave Petr Pilat and Luc Ackermann some breathing space coming into the final. The Ackermann family celebrated early also, with Luc’s older brother and the winner of yesterday’s NIGHT of the JUMPs competition, Hannes Ackermann again taking pole position, as the one to beat coming into the Finals. Libor Podmol, Jose Miralles and Marc Pinyol completed the final top 6 qualifiers.

The stage was set for the Round 7 battle, with Libor Podmol wanting redemption from last night’s crash and to steal the win from Hannes Ackermann who was last night’s winner. The German put together another brilliant run, perhaps even better than last nights with the inclusion of the 360 Nac and a huge Cliffhanger Flip.

But it would not be enough to claim back-to-back wins for Ackermann, instead Libor Podmol dished an impressive run stomping big technical flip tricks and up-right combos. Coupled with Volt on the Double-Up, Podmol appeared untouchable, despite such a brilliant run from Ackermann.

2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour

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Winning runhttp://www.redbullxfighters.com/de_INT/video/clinton-moores-finallauf-vom-event-athen

Best action cliphttp://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_INT/video/best-action-epic-greek-drama

You can find all videos, photos and press releases in your language in the Red Bull X-Fighters Newsroom or just share the content from our social media channels (see below a list of links).

If you have missed the action, you can watch the Live Replay on www.redbullxfighters.com or Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit http://about.redbull.tv/

Additional Rider Quotes

1. Clinton Moore is the man to beat this year. He is keeping his nerves together and constantly delivered runs with the most difficult tricks, even premiering the Volt-to-Nohand-Lander in the finals. „I had a lot of pressure and my run was gnarly, but the other guys had a lot more pressure on themselves. I knew what I can do and it paid off. But to take my second win is unbelievable. Honestly, coming here with Josh Sheehan being back and Tom Pagès bringing his new trick, I would have been happy with a podium. My gameplan will not change for Madrid:  to stay focused and not put pressure on me.“

2. Tom Pagès set the world on fire by not only stomping the first ever Alley-Oop Flair in a competition, but also adding the Bike Flip, a Flair off a dirt takeoff, a Special Flip and more insane tricks into one single run. A crash in the final on his first jump kept him from the win, even though he continued his run. „It was a difficult event after my two crashes on the Alley-Oop Flair in the qualification and I was not sure if I can land it. But today went really good, but then I made a mistake on the Bike Flip in the finals. Actually I wanted to show even more new tricks, but will bring them to Madrid hopefully.“

3. Rob Adelberg celebrated his return to the tour with a podium spot, backing up his third place from the qualification. „I came here confident and fit and brought my California Roll, that I was working on. I am blown away that I got third with such a high level of riding going on tonight. I am working on a new trick, I have a month until Madrid now, so I will knuckle down, work on it and hopefully we will see me stomping it in Madrid!“

4. David Rinaldo impressed with very technical tricks like the California Roll, Volt, Doublegrab Flip, Onehand Takeoff to Indy Seatgrab Flip and a big variety while always being in control. „It was a bit stressful for me, because I wanted to show my new tricks. Now I am proud of myself and pretty happy, this is my best result so far at Red Bull X-Fighters.“

5. Josh Sheehan showed a quarterfinal run that would probably have beaten anyone anywhere, anyone but Tom Pagès with his crazy and innovative trick arsenal. So the reigning world tour champion and winner of the Athens qualification had to pack his bags after the quarters. „I was very happy with my run and did it the best I could do it. The qualification was a funny situation and I was wondering if I should aim for the number one spot or settle with less. Now I can say it would have been better to hold back a bit so I would not meet Tom so early. The level of riding is so high, I will continue to work harder and bring some more new stuff.“

6. Dany Torres had a close battle against Rob Adelberg, barely missing to advance into the semi finals. „This week was amazing and it was very special to ride in this special place. I just did a little mistake, but was happy with my run. Now it is time to spend time in my foampit at home to bring a new trick for Madrid.“

7. Adam Jones was unhappy after losing the quarter final against Rob Adelberg. „I am happy about my run and felt great, probably the best I could have done. Me and Rob were close and Rob had a good run, I have a lot of respect for him but I think I should have won that. I am a little upset about the judging, but what can I do?“

8. Levi Sherwood had a difficult quarterfinal against later winner Clinton Moore due to his bad luck in the qualification and had to call it a night early on. He showed the Superman Egg Roll as his newest trick. „I had a hard time in the qualifiers yesterday but went out and did what I wanted, Clinton just got the better end of me. The riding level here was huge! I am disappointed that I did not advance to the next round, but that’s it.“

9. Rémi Bizouard just missed advancing to the quarter finals by 0.2 points. „I learned a lot this week. It was hard for me to find the right line and I could not show all my tricks, but I only can blame that on me. I was close to advance to the next round, but Tom did amazing tricks while I felt I was riding on a basic level, so it is okay that he went on. I am looking forward to the next event already.“

10. Javier Villegas entered the main competition in spite of a hard crash in the qualification. „It could have been worse. I am disappointed that I did not make it to the quarter finals, but I am happy that I am not injured badly. This just motivates me to practice some more.“

11. Nick Franklin filled in for the injured Maikel Melero and received the invitation just a few days before the event. „I just had one day of practice after I got the invitation. I am super happy that I got invited and the Red Bull X-Fighters see me on a level that I am good enough to come here. I am happy with my run and did myself pride.“

12. Chris Meyer put his name on the landscape with an energetic and spectacular run after getting the invite on tuesday evening replacing the injured Taka Higashino. „I am really happy about the invitation and my riding, but not happy about the judging. I hope I can also go to Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid and do much better.“

The third event will take place on July 10th in Madrid, Spain.

European Championships final weekend

On Friday, NIGHT of the JUMPS opened the final weekend of Freestyle Motocross for the European Championships at the o2 World in Hamburg, Germany and the fireworks started early on in the evening. With Hannes Ackermann, Lukas Weis and Luc Ackermann, the three German riders were met with rapturous applause. For Lukas Weis, this weekend in Hamburg will be the conclusion of his competition career, retiring from NIGHT of the JUMPs in his home nation. Unfortunately it was not enough for him to go to the finals, however, the other two German riders were able to make it through with brilliant qualification heats. The two were firing on all cylinders and were catapulted to the top two spots of the qualification.