The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour is revving up for another epic and spectacular season. Thomas Pagès of France will battle to defend his championship title in a five-leg tour in 2014 that will take the world's premier freestyle motocross competition to four continents.
Over 200,000 spectators will witness the freestyle motocross elite in action during the World Tour’s 14th season. In addition to returning stops in Mexico City, Osaka, and Madrid, this year Red Bull X-Fighters brings the best in FMX to South Africa and Germany, two countries where FMX and the high-octane, star-studded Red Bull X-Fighters has become extraordinarily popular in recent years.
Last season, Pagès defeated Spain's Dany Torres for the world title after a torrent of twists and turns throughout the campaign The most spectacular season in the history of the sport saw four different winners in five stops and the riders are coming together to thrill the crowds once again in 2014. Pagès won two stops in 2013; however, Dany Torres, Rob Adelberg (Australia), and Taka Higashino (Japan) have all proved that they could beat the mercurial Frenchman with victories.
Pagès clinched the championship title in a thrilling season finale in Madrid in the most spectacular fashion – with what has been labeled the best run ever in the history of FMX riding. Pagès took freestyle motocross to new heights and dug deep into his big bag of tricks on the jumps that saw him flying 15 meters high and 30 meters in distance. Reflecting how close the world’s FMX elite has become, the Frenchman was the fourth different World Tour champion in the last four years. Pagès was the epitome of consistency all season, stepping on the podium in all five events.
In the upcoming championship the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour will first dazzle crowds in the thin air of Mexico City (14 March) for a legendary season opener at high altitude before returning to Asia with a stop in the land of the rising sun in Osaka, Japan (25 May). The action then moves on to the celebrated Las Ventas bullring in Madrid (27 June). The FMX riders will continue the competition in the state of Bavaria as Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour returns to Munich, Germany (19 July) before climaxing with a first-ever African World Tour final, in Pretoria, South Africa (23 August).
2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Dates:
3/14 - Mexico City, Mexico
5/25 - Osaka, Japan
6/27 - Madrid, Spain
7/19 - Munich, Germany
8/23 - Pretoria, South Africa
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