This year, a double dose of Red Bull X-Fighters will fill the world’s two largest bullfighting arenas and feature the international superstars of freestyle motocross.
On April 22, over 45,000 fans will witness motorbikes rather than bulls for the first time at the breathtakingly steep Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City, Mexico. The FMX toreros include an international cast of characters led by the favored American contingent of Travis Pastrana, Mike Metzger, Nate Adams, Ronnie Renner, and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg.
When Mexicans speak of bullfighting, they speak of art, and an art form deserves no less a structure than the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City, which opened in 1946. “Monumental” is no exaggeration as the steep bleachers offer more spectator seating than any other bullfighting arena in the world. There is no more suitable place for the premiere of Red Bull X-Fighters in the Western Hemisphere.
Then on July 21, Red Bull X-Fighters returns to Madrid, Spain for the fourth event at the legendary Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, which itself fills with a capacity crowd of 25,000 fans, howling bike engines and screaming chainsaw motors – not to mention Supermans, can cans and backflips galore. A webcast is planned again for the Madrid event.
April 22 — Monumental Plaza de Toros (Mexico City, Mexico)
July 21 — Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas (Madrid, Spain)
Nate Adams (USA)
Nick Franklin (NZ)
Ailo M. Gaup (NOR)
Mike Metzger (USA)
Johan Nungaray (MEX)
Travis Pastrana (USA)
Ronnie Renner (USA)
Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg (USA)
Edgar Torronteras (ESP)
Javier Villegas (CHI)
*rider list subject to change
Red Bull X-Fighters History
For a short time in 2001, the turbulent air over the bullfighting arena in Valencia was filled not with the capes of the toreros but with several of the world’s best freestyle motocrossers: 10,000 fascinated fans looked on as the freestylers proved that motorcycles can do much more than just get you from point A to point B. “Mad Mike” Jones won, and he spoke the legendary sentence: “Today, the bull won.”
At the 2002 contest in Madrid, 23,000 people stormed the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas; Spain’s oldest and largest bullfighting arena was sold out several days before the event. The screaming crowd spurred local hero Edgar Torronteras on to victory.
In 2003, neither Valencia nor Madrid wanted to do without a night with the FMX elite: that year saw the fans of both cities go wild over the X-Fighters. They cheered especially loud for Kenny Bartram, the winner of both contests.
The 2004 installation of Red Bull X-Fighters was dominated by the Americans: Travis Pastrana did full justice to his nickname of “Wunderkind.” He had the crowd in a state of ecstasy at his X-Fighters debut at Las Ventas, and his countrymen Nate Adams and Ronnie Renner weren’t far behind.
Video highlights from the 2003 Red Bull X-Fighters is available on DVD at www.redbullxfighters.com.