Red Bull X-Fighters' 15th Anniversary of FMX Competition

Competition on June 24

The Las Ventas bull ring seen during the third stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Madrid, Spain on June 27, 2014.
The Las Ventas bull ring seen during the third stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Madrid, Spain on June 27, 2014.Photo Courtesy of Red Bull

The world's greatest Freestyle Motocross riders will converge on the immortal Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid for a spectacular Red Bull X-Fighters event on June 24 that will mark the 15th anniversary of the FMX competition being staged in the Spanish capital city.

MADRID (Spain). Australia's Clinton Moore, the 2015 world champion, will be back in the air battling in the famous bullring against three-time Madrid winner Tom Pagès of France as well as a field packed with former champions and legends of the sport hungry to win the one and only Red Bull X-Fighters event in 2016. Red Bull X-Fighters is the world's most prestigious FMX competition where riders perform gravity-defying tricks off their motorcycles in midair off their bikes while launching themselves at speed off jumps for up to 30 meters in distance and up to 15 meters in height.

The Red Bull X-Fighters stop in Madrid has long been celebrated as the world's premier FMX event as enthusiastic crowds cheering the riders on to even greater new tricks each year. Their stunning performances have set the trend for the sport around the world. The first-ever backflip, for example, was performed in Madrid. Pagès has sent the huge crowds into successive frenzies with three straight victories and his deep bag of amazing tricks, some of which he created especially for Madrid. Las Ventas is also always one of the world's most formidable FMX tracks with riders shooting out of the bullfighting ring's labyrinth of tunnels into the packed stadium to perform breathtaking trips off their bikes to the roars of the crowds.

Tom Pages of France performs during the finals of the third stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Madrid, Spain on June 27, 2014.
Tom Pages of France performs during the finals of the third stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Madrid, Spain on June 27, 2014.Photo Courtesy of Red Bull

Some of the greatest FMX riders the sport has ever known have tried to win over the knowledgeable and appreciative Madrid crowds with their incredibly creative and daring jumps. Travis Pastrana (USA) has also won Madrid three times but not consecutively like Pagès while Dany Torres (ESP) has won the most important stop of the year twice. Other winners in Madrid include Robbie Maddison (AUS), Levi Sherwood (NZL), Mat Rebeaud (SUI), Nate Adams (USA), Kenny Bartram (USA) and Edgar Torronteras (ESP). The event will be judged by legends of the sport. Former champions and Madrid winners competing include: Australia's Josh Sheehan (2014), Pagès (2013), Sherwood (2012) and Torres (2011).

With a special new format in Madrid, the event will also give two "Novilleros", a term for an aspiring young bullfighting in Spain getting their first taste of the ring, to compete in the action. The "Novilleros" can win a spot in the competition by sending in a video of their best tricks. The public will have the chance to select by popular vote the first "Novillero" and the Red Bull X-Fighters sport committee will select the second newcomer. Candidates can submit their tricks starting on April 14 and voting begins immediately.

Dany Torres of Spain performs during the finals of the third stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain on July 10, 2015.
Dany Torres of Spain performs during the finals of the third stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain on July 10, 2015.Photo Courtesy of Red Bull

The competition kicks off on Thursday, June 23 with a qualifying session, which will define three groups of four riders who will compete in a "Jam Session". An additional new feature at the "Jam Session" when riders perform their own series of tricks will be a roulette round -- each group will spin a roulette with the names of established tricks from the sport's rich history and all four riders in the ground will have to spontaneously perform that trick.

The best two riders of each of the three "Jam Sessions" will advance to the three Semi Final rounds. In the Semi Final, the top six riders will battle it out head to head against the winners of the three groups advancing to the Final 3.

The competitors: Clinton Moore (AUS), Tom Pagès (FRA), Dany Torres (ESP), Levi Sherwood (NZL), Maikel Melero (ESP), Rob Adelberg (AUS), Taka Higashino (JPN), David Rinaldo (FRA), Josh Sheehan (AUS), Adam Jones (USA), Novillero 1, Novellero 2

Rob Adelberg of Australia during the qualification of the third stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Madrid, Spain.
Rob Adelberg of Australia during the qualification of the third stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Madrid, Spain.Photo Courtesy of Red Bull

Watch it live!

Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid will broadcast live on redbullxfighters.com and Red Bull TV on June 24. 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.