A to Z of Red Bull X-Fighters

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Rob Adelberg of Australia performs during the finals of the Red Bull X-Fighters at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain on June 24, 2016. –
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Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

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.

Red Bull X-Fighters Competition Breakdown 2017 –
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Red Bull Media House GmbH/ Red Bull Content Pool

A – Nate Adams – One of the best FMX riders the world has ever seen and the two-time Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour winner in 2009 and 2010.

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.

E – Edgar Torronteras – The Spanish pioneer of the sport, who won the first Red Bull X-Fighters event in Madrid in 2002.

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.

J – Josh SheehanThe 2014 World Tour winner and master of not only the double backflip but also the triple backflip jumps, who hopes to get his first Madrid win in 2017.

K – Kenny Bartram – The rider from the United States, who won the Red Bull X-Fighters event in Valencia, Spain in 2003.

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.

M – Clinton Moore – The Australia, who won the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in 2015 and would love to get his first win in Madrid in 2017.

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.

P – Travis Pastrana – The United States competitor, who won the 2007 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour and has been victorious in Madrid twice – in 2004 and 2006.

Q – Quarterpipe – A ramp used for some FMX jumps.

R – Ronnie Renner – The athlete from the United States, who won the Mexico City Red Bull X-Fighters event in 2005 and was third in Madrid in 2004. He is also a TV commentator.

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.

T – Tom Pages – The Frenchman is the man to beat having won the Madrid Red Bull X-Fighters event four years in a row from 2012 to 2016 and the World Tour in 2013.

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.

 

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