We celebrate ten years of Mad Mike and Red Bull with special documentary
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Take a trip down memory lane as we celebrate an epic ten years of Mad Mike and Red Bull and seeing how he's progressed to become one of the world's biggest motorsport athletes.
In the motorsport world, Mad Mike Whiddett needs no introduction. Since 2006, the Kiwi drifter has brought his super-aggressive driving style and larger-than-life personality to an internationally-recognised sport that originated on the mountain roads of Japan, putting his name to some of the wildest sideways-spec competition cars ever seen along the way. Numerous milestones have been achieved over this time, but 2018 marks one of Whiddett’s most important – his 10-year anniversary as a Red Bull athlete.
Motorsport has dominated ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett’s life since he started riding a dirt bike at the age of six. With a passion for all things extreme and fast, right from his first 3wheeled trike as a toddler he was never content with riding on the flat, his mother Sue says he had to race down steep hills and over ramps.
After successful careers in motocross, freestyle motocross and burnout competitions, the kiwi has become one of the world's most popular professional drifters, pushing the boundaries of the sport as an ambassador from New Zealand, to Australia, United States of America, Japan, Russia and more.
"It's crazy what we have done in ten years. Every step, every progression, every time we release a new car or drop a new clip it's like instantly, "What's next?". Signing with Red Bull was a dream come true. To wear a blue and silver helmet. Because you know when you rock up to the track, if you see anyone that's got one of those helmets, that they mean business." - Mad Mike