Courtesy of Red Bull Global Media
All you need to know as the X-Fighters get set to thrill the crowds at Las Ventas.
Red Bull X-Fighters has grown to become the biggest and most respected freestyle motocross event in the world.
On Friday July 7, it’s coming back to Madrid and the notorious Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas.
Ahead of the event, we take you on an A to Z of Red Bull X-Fighters.
B – Best trick – That’s what the riders and crowds are always looking for when the world’s best FMX riders come together in Madrid.
C – Cliffhanger – A trick in which the rider stands straight up off the bike in midair and catches the underside of the handlebar with the toes while throwing the hands up in a rollercoaster position.
D – Dany Torres – The Spanish veteran rider and 2011 World Tour winner who has more starts, more wins and most top-three appearances than any other rider. DT, as he is also is known, will be looking for his third win in Madrid after successes in 2009 and 2011.
F – Freestyle – Freestyle Motocross (FMX) is the official name given to the sport.
G – Glen Helen – That’s the California venue for the Red Bull X-Fighters stops in 2013 and 2014, which was the biggest FMX course ever with its biggest jump.
H – Heelclicker – One of the first tricks created in the world of FMX and a good basic trick for beginners to learn where a rider brings their feet over the handlebars and around the front of the bike.
I – Indy – Simply add the scissor kick to any trick like Superman or Double Grab and add the word Indy.
L – Lazy Boy – A trick invented by Travis Pastrana as one of the first tricks, where a rider lays down backwards on the seat of the bike.
N – NacNac – The first FMX trick performed by Jeremy McGrath, the legendary US MX star.
O – Oxecutioner – A difficult and rarely seen trick. The Oxecutioner is a Seatgrab variation in which the rider is hanging with one hand in the grabholes while the other hand is grabbing the heel of one leg.
Q – Quarterpipe – A ramp used for some FMX jumps.
S – Superman seat grab – An exciting FMX trick when riders dismount their bike in midair and fall behind it while grabbing the back of the seat in a prone, Superman-like position.
U – United States – The traditional home of FMX and the country with most event winners (17) and world tour winners.
V – Volt – A gravity-defying trick in which the rider leaves his bike in midair and executives a 360-degree spin of his body. V is also for Valencia, Spain, which was the venue for two Red Bull X-Fighters events in 2001 and 2003.
X – Red Bull X-Fighters – The world’s most prestigious FMX series going back 16 years to 2001.
Y – Youngest – The youngest event winner is Levi Sherwood, of New Zealand, who won the Mexico City stop in 2009 at the age of 17 years, 156 days.
Z – Zealand – Well, as in New Zealand, the home of the aforementioned 2011 World Tour winner Levi Sherwood.