The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour is revving up for another epic and spectacular season, as Thomas Pagès (France) is about to battle to defend his championship title in a five-leg tour in 2014 that will take the world's premier freestyle motocross competition to four continents. Over 200,000 spectators will witness the freestyle motocross elite in action. In addition to returning stops in Mexico City, Osaka and Madrid, in 2014 the World Tour will bring the best in FMX to South Africa and Germany - two countries where FMX and the high-octane, star-studded Red Bull X-Fighters has become extraordinarily popular in recent years. Last season, Pagès defeated Spain's Dany Torres for the world title, the most spectacular season in the history of the sport that saw four different winners in five stops.
Entering its 14th season, the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour will first dazzle crowds in Mexico City (14 March) for a legendary season opener in the thin high altitude air before returning to Asia with a stop in the land of the rising sun in Osaka, Japan (25 May), and then moving on to the celebrated Las Ventas bullring in Madrid (27 June). The FMX riders will invade the state of Bavaria and perform breathtaking tricks, as Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour returns to Munich, Germany (19 July).
The City of Tshwane will host the last stop as the tour climaxes with its first-ever African World Tour final at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 23 August 2014.
Though the final event of the series was planned for South Africa in the 2013 season, due to situations beyond the control of the organising team, the execution of a world-class sportive competition could not be guaranteed and event was cancelled.
"I'm really excited to bring Red Bull X-Fighters to my home country in 2014 and have the home crowd cheering me on!" said South African freestyle motocross champion Nick de Wit, who will be competing at the event in Pretoria. "It's going to do a lot for the FMX scene to have the world's best on South African soil in August."
In 2013, Thomas Pagès clinched the championship title in a thrilling season finale in Madrid in most spectacular fashion – with what was being called the best run ever. Pagès took FMX to new heights and dug deep into his big bag of tricks on the jumps that saw him flying up to 15 meters high and 30 meters in distance. Reflecting how close the world's FMX elite has become, the Frenchman was the fourth different World Tour champion in the last four years and will most certainly have his work cut out for him as he attempts to defend his title in 2014.
Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2014:
14.3. Mexico City, Mexico
25.5. Osaka, Japan
27.6. Madrid, Spain
19.7. Munich, Germany
23.8. Pretoria, South Africa