The world’s best Freestyle Motocross riders will take off to the air again in front of huge crowds at some of the most legendary locations when the Red Bull X-Fighters kicks off its six-stop 2012 world tour on April 13 in Dubai.
Breathtaking jumps on motorcycles flying across bullfighting rings, gravity-defying acrobatics in front of frenzied crowds and some of the most exciting bare-knuckle rivalries anywhere in the world of sports will once again be the essential ingredients of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour. The planet’s most important Freestyle-Motocross (FMX) competition features stops this year in Dubai (UAE), Glen Helen (USA), Istanbul (TUR), Madrid (ESP), Munich (GER) and Sydney (AUS).
With six stops on four continents, the FMX riders will be battling it out for championship points before enormous crowds in returning hotspots Dubai, Madrid and Sydney. They will also be taking their motorcycles on spine-tingling rides through the sky in new locations Glen Helen, California, Istanbul and Munich in the sport's 12th season. Dany Torres of Spain will be looking to defend his championship after dethroning American Nate Adams last year in front of crowds totaling 230,000.
Torres launched a thrilling come-from-behind battle for the title with an exhilarating victory in front of 23,000 home-town fans in Madrid midway through last season. He knows he will also face a run for his money from returning riders Andre Villa of Norway, who had a hot hand through the early stages of the season before getting knocked out of the championship by injury after a spectacular crash and ending up third behind Torres and Adams, Sydney winner Josh Sheehan (AUS), who aced a pair of double backflips in front of his home crowd, and Levi Sherwood (NZL).
"The Red Bull X-Fighters is the most important championship with the best riders in the world," said Torres. "There may be surprises with any of the riders."
Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2012:
1. Dubai (UAE) April 13
2. Glen Helen (USA) May 12
3. Istanbul (TUR) June 16
4. Madrid (ESP) July 20
5. Munich (GER) Aug. 11
6. Sydney (AUS) Oct. 6