The world’s best Freestyle Motorcross (FMX) riders will converge on the great Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid for an extravagant Red Bull X-Fighters event on 24th June to celebrate 15 years of the FMX competition being hosted in the Spanish capital city. As much of the show is a celebration of FMX, it will also be a battle between three consecutive Madrid winner Tom Pagès and previous champions such as Clinton Moore and Dany Torres to secure that record win for four years straight. Red Bull X-Fighters is the world’s most prestigious FMX competition where invited riders perform gravity-defying tricks off their motorcycles in midair reaching up to 30 metres in distance and 15 metres in height.
The stop at Las Ventas is the one and only on the Red Bull X-Fighters 2016 calendar so there’s immense pressure for all the riders involved. Madrid has been long celebrated as the best stop on the tour, and it’s not difficult to see why when you’ve got enthusiastic crowds year on year as well as special tricks created with the bullring in mind. The first ever back-flip was performed in Madrid by pioneer Nate Adams back in 2003!
Pagès has already carved his name into the history books with his third consecutive win at the world’s most competitive FMX event in Madrid last year. The Frenchman is an innovator of new tricks and has his own repertoire which no other rider has attempted. It’s no wonder Pagès is a crowd favourite and won in victorious style at the bullring in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Fresh from The X Games in Austin where Pagès won a gold medal in the Best Quarterpipe category, he will no doubt however have some tough competition to face on Friday from reigning Red Bull X-Fighters champion Clinton Moore, as well as previous Las Ventas winners Dany Torres and Levi Sherwood.
“For sure, I am feeling the pressure and the excitement at the same time because the people in Madrid are waiting for me,” said Pagès. “I want to win for the fourth time. It’s positive pressure. It’s amazing. It’s surreal. To win once was amazing, twice was unbelievable but three times in a row was totally insane. I am so ready for a fourth title. Madrid is the oldest and most mythical competition in our sport. It’s part of FMX history. Winning three times was totally exceptional. That streak has to keep going now.”
Having successfully landed the Alley-Oop Flair, Pagès will be back with his new trick, the Front Flair Flip, created especially for this year’s event in Madrid. Will this combination with his signature Bike Flip thrown in his performance be enough to win the Madrid stop four consecutive times and become the Red Bull X-Fighters 2016 champion? All eyes on you Tom.
Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid will broadcast live on redbullxfighters.com and Red Bull TV on June 24 at 10pm CET / 9pm GMT. 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.