Riders Confirmed for the 2017 Red Bull X-Fighters Freestyle Event in Madrid

Ten freestyle riders confirm their entry for the Red Bull X-Fighters

The confirmation is in. The ten riders that were invited to the 2017 Red Bull X-Fighters freestyle event that will be held on July 7 in Madrid have confirmed that they will give the crowds a show. Frenchman Tom Pagès will have his work cut out for him in his quest to take a record 5th win at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas against nine of the world’s best FMX athletes eager to dethrone him. Harry Bink from Australia will be the new face for the Madrid event.

Tom Pagès goal is set: he wants to have a high five with the Spanish crowd, going for his 5th win in a row in Madrid's bullfighting ring. But this will be no easy task as the frenchman is facing nine of the worlds best FMX riders plus two Novilleros. Former Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour champions as Levi Sherwood (NZL), Josh Sheehan (AUS), Clinton Moore (AUS) will go all out to try to keep Pagès from winning yet again. The same goes for the two Spanish heroes Dany Torres and Maikel Melero, who not only want to finish on the podium, but are especially eager to win the sport’s most famous event in front of their home crowd.

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Tom Pagès is one of the contenders in the 2017 Red Bull X-Fighters freestyle competition. Here, he is performing 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 Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

Rob Adelberg (AUS), Taka Higashino (JPN) and Adam Jones (USA) have won Red Bull X-Fighters events in the past and are willing to put a lot of effort in to add another win to their list and hang their picture on the legendary wall of fame in the historic bullfighting ring of Las Ventas. Harry Bink (AUS) will be the new kid on the block, riding his second ever Red Bull X-Fighters event and making his debut in Madrid. But he has a full bag of the most difficult tricks in the world as the Rock Solid Backflip and more, and definitely has the ingredients for a winning recipe.

With ten of the best FMX athletes being confirmed, there are only two more slots still open. These will be awarded to the two Novilleros, who are sending in their applications from May 5 to 19. Fans will be able to have an influence on the Red Bull X-Fighters riders line-up by voting for their favorite rider from May 20 to June 2. Further information can be found on the website redbullxfighters.com/novilleros.

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Dany Torres of Spain performs during the qualifying for the final stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on October 29, 2015.Photo Courtesy of Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool
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