VENICE BEACH, California (May 9, 2012) – Beachgoers left their towels on the sand to watch Dany Torres, Ronnie Renner and more of the world’s best freestyle motocross riders take to the air in Venice Beach for the first time ever at a special Red Bull X-Fighters exhibition ahead of Saturday’s main event at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif. The crowd’s reaction could be heard up and down the world famous beach where the motorcycles drew a spontaneous crowd of more than 1,000 curious onlookers as soon as they fired up.
Torres, the defending Red Bull X-Fighters world champion, admitted with a smile that it was fun to see so many fans watching the midday display which was set up in the plaza just off the beach, basketball courts and skate park, and just yards away from Muscle Beach. He was joined by fellow competitor and Spanish countryman Maikel Melero and Renner, an icon in the sport, along with pro riders Keith Sayers and Rich Kearns. The riders gave everyone a taste of what’s to come on the biggest FMX course ever built.
“It’s amazing,” said Torres. “This is the first time I’ve ever jumped on a beach like this. It’s great to see so many people here. It’s different from an arena.”
Twelve of the world’s best freestyle motocross riders are gearing up to take on the biggest FMX playground ever created at Red Bull X-Fighters Glen Helen. Taking place on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. PT at Glen Helen Raceway, the event, part of the Red Bull Signature Series, marks the U.S. return of the planet's premier freestyle motocross competition after two years of globetrotting.
The 2012 season kicked off its six stop world tour on April 13 in Dubai, and following this weekend’s stop in Glen Helen, the riders will travel to Istanbul (June 16), Madrid (July 20), Munich (August 11) and cap off the season in Sydney (October 6).
Riders competing at Glen Helen include Rob Adelberg (AUS), Wes Agee (USA) Nick Dunne (USA), Martin Koren (CZE), Maikel Melero (ESP), Tom Pages (FRA), Todd Potter (USA), Eigo Sato (JPN), Levi Sherwood (NZL), Dany Torres (ESP), Andre Villa (NOR) and Javier Villegas (CHL).
Created in 2001, Red Bull X-Fighters has grown to become the biggest and most respected freestyle motocross tour on the planet, featuring the world’s best riders throwing down groundbreaking tricks in stunning locations across the globe. More than 230,000 fans witnessed the incredible competition live in 2011.
Red Bull X-Fighters Glen Helen is opening the gates at 9 a.m. on Saturday for all spectators to come early and enjoy all of the excitement before the event begins. Activities include the chance to meet Red Bull X-Fighters riders at 11 a.m., Geoff Aaron motorcycle trials demos, vendor row featuring top industry brands with demos, giveaways, etc., the Red Bull HUB with music, merchandise, food, drinks, and gaming stations and even a Circle K Convenience Store to purchase anything fans may have forgotten for the day. As a special bonus, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a special ticket to ride package, allowing them to share the Glen Helen motocross track with superstar James Stewart on Saturday, from 8-10 a.m.
Tickets are still available for Red Bull X-Fighters Glen Helen. To purchase, visit www.redbullxfighters.com:
General Admission $20 – includes access to standing room only, vendor
row and the pit area.
Grandstand Seating $30 – includes access to vendor row and the pit area
and a reserved spot to sit in the Grandstands. Each Grandstand section
is open seating.
FOX VIP Area Tickets $275 – includes access to vendor row and the pit
area and a trackside hospitality suite with food and beverages included.
Camping and Riding $400/camping space – Each campground space includes
four Grandstand tickets and camping for three nights (Thursday, Friday
and Saturday), plus access to The Hub, live music, the Traxxas RC Track,
and access to ride Glen Helen's National MX Track and Off-Road Trails on
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ride with James Stewart $50 – Be the first to ride with James Stewart on
his new Suzuki, Saturday from 8-10 a.m., then stay and watch Red Bull
X-Fighters. Limited space is available. This is your chance to ride with
James, get preferred parking and a grandstand seat for the Red Bull
As part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the event will be televised
nationally on Saturday, May 12 on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. PT/midnight
ET and on Saturday, May 26 on NBC at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive and innovative
wakeboarding, surfing, mountain biking, freestyle motocross and
snowboarding events, showcased on custom courses from the inspiration of
the athletes themselves. For more information, visit