From the mind of Tyler Bereman, Red Bull Imagination returns in 2021 with a course debuting new features and even more methods of finesse. If you missed the event in 2020, let us catch you up.
Derived from a passion for stylistic expression on two-wheels and placed in the gorgeous Great Plains of Kansas, Red Bull Imagination set out to be the first true competition platform for freeride motocross.
With a course constructed by veteran designer Jason Baker of Dream Traxx and featuring the most skilled freeriders in the world, last year's inaugural event saw competitors push the limits of what's possible on a motorbike.
This year, three new sections will be added to the course offering more creative freedom for the riders to illustrate their skill, style and prowess. And that’s not the only thing changing: the start and finish line has been removed. Why? The idea is that eliminating the start and finish line will create a better session atmosphere that encourages the athletes to push the course even more.
Start and finish line sections create a beaten path between Point A and Point B. Now that it’s not in sight, riders are free to attack the course any way they see fit. This style has been implemented in pool/bowl session skateboarding contests for years, and Bereman aims to emulate this closely.
- Let’s start with the Big Dawg Section updates. This portion of the course will entail a Quarter Pipe with a spine feature on the side for riders to use one jump landing from multiple directions, allowing for more creativity in a small space.
- Next up is the Technical Jib Section. This is the snowboard-style jib-like section that includes a wallride and hip that riders can hit in opposite directions simultaneously.
- Last but not least, a Supercross inspired Transfer Zone has been added as an ode to the legend Kevin Windham. This SX Transfer Zone will give off skatepark vibes and provide a clean slate for riders to express themselves on a cornucopia of line combos.
It's safe to say there is definite inspiration from other action sports spanning this course.
Last year's first event was transformative for freeride motocross and included some of the best freeriders around. While the full rider list will be announced closer to the event, we can guarantee that Bereman will invite a star-studded roster of riders for year two to lay down the hard-charging runs alongside him. Here's a tease at who is returning this year:
- The jack-of-all trades, Ryan Sipes
- Four Time X-Games medalist, Tom Parsons
- Nine-time X-Games medalist, Colby Raha
This year’s Red Bull Imagination is heating up to be one of the most creative events of the year. Make sure to catch up on all the action from Red Bull Imagination 2020 and set a reminder to join us starting 14 September for Red Bull Imagination 2021.