Who can dethrone France’s Tom Pages at the 2017 X-Fighters Battle in the Bullring?
The Las Ventas bullfighting ring will once again be the venue for the 2017 edition of the Red Bull X-Fighters. Many of the sport’s most famous tricks were first attempted in Madrid, where sold-out crowds of 23,000 have been pushing the riders on to a number of epic performances since 2002. The riders, who both savor and rave about the hothouse atmosphere in Madrid, compete against each other with their best tricks in a series head-to-head knock-out rounds in front of a panel of judges and the enthusiastic crowds.
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Tom Pagès of France will attempt to win in Madrid for a record fifth time when the world’s best freestyle motocross riders gather in the Spanish capital for the 16th consecutive year on July 7, 2017. But the former champion will have to reach deep into his bag of FMX tricks to prevail against 11 rivals such as Dany Torres (ESP), Clinton Moore (AUS), Levi Sherwood (NZL) and Josh Sheehan (AUS) who are expected to be eager to dethrone the inventor of so many gravity-defying moves that have pushed the sport of FMX to new heights in recent years.
All the biggest names in FMX history have won the now-legendary stop in Madrid, which has defined the sport more than any other venue. American Travis Pastrana has won it three times and Spain’s Dany Torres twice. Other Madrid Red Bull X-Fighters winners include Australia’s Robbie Maddison, Mat Rebeaud (SUI), Nate Adams (USA), Kenny Bartram (USA), Edgar Torronteras (ESP) and Levi Sherwood (NZL). But none have won it more than three times and Pagès will attempt to etch his name even deeper into FMX immortality with a fifth straight victory in Madrid on July 7.
Tickets for the 2017 Red Bull X-Fighters event are available now at www.redbullxfighters.com/tickets