What is Red Bull X-Fighters?
Created back in 2001, Red Bull X-Fighters is the most prestigious freestyle motocross (FMX) event series in the world with a 15-year history and more than 50 past events on six continents. The riders compete head-to-head through a series of knockout rounds in front of enthusiastic sell-out crowds. They execute unbelievable gravity-defying tricks on their motorcycles in some of the world´s most iconic locations. The best FMX rider in the world are set to step it up and push the sport forward with innovative tricks year after year.
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Fun Facts about Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid
Riders have a vast catalogue of gravity-defying FMX tricks at their disposal. The two main groups are the 'Right-Side-Up' tricks and 'Backflip Variations'.
During 'Right-Side-Up' tricks the rider jumps in a regular fashion off the ramp and performs his trick. For 'Backflip Variation' tricks the rider always performs a backflip after leaving the ramp and then adds the trick to his flip while inverted. Our Freestyle Motocross Tricktionary will show the gnarliest tricks in all categories, but there is one trick that really doesn't fit into any category and is so unreal that it deserves it´s own category: "The Bike Flip"!
An FMX bike is usually a stock motocross bike with a few modifikations. Mat Rebeaud´s Bike below shows the most important adjustments to his KTM SX350F. Just hover over the markers to learn more...
Red Bull X-Fighters is a professional freestyle motocross (FMX) event, which can comprise all disciplines of FMX. These disciplines include, but are not limited to: Freestyle, Speed & Style, Step up, Quarterpipe, Parallel Freestyle.
On Thursday the qualifying round will be held. Every rider will perform a 75" round. The result of qualifying will define the three groups of four riders that will compete in the Cuadrillas Elimination. At the end of the round, each rider watches his slowmos from the landing. Qualification scores will be published once all the riders have finished their runs.
Start order for qualification will be as follows:
1 to 9 - there will be a draw at the riders' briefing
10, 11 and 12 - according to final ranking in Red Bull Fighters Madrid 2016 as follows:
10- Josh Sheehan 11- Clinton Moore 12- Tom Pages
Only the 3 finalists from 2016 will have a previously determined start order, for the rest of the riders there will de a draw
CUADRILLAS ELIMINATION: will be scored like qualifying.
Each rider has 60". They are required to perform an "Old School" trick that will be defined in advance. Each rider will choose a trick from a list of four: Flinstone, Cordoba, Rock Solid and nothing no hand landed. After qualification each rider will have to inform the judges which old school trick they will perform out of the 4 proposed tricks. At the end of the round, the 4 riders go to on top of the landing to watch the slowmos, The best two scored riders qualify for head to head and the other two riders are eliminated.
Did Not Start (DNS) rule in cuadrillas elimination
If a rider does not start a round in Cuadrillas Elimination (when the rider and motorcycle completes one segment of take off to landing in their competition round), that rider will automatically be assigned the last place in the final ranking of the event.
HEAD TO HEAD and Best whip contest:
In the semifinal, the riders will battle head to head. Each head to head is determined based on the overall result of the cuadrillas elimination rounds. (4th vs 3rd, 5th vs 2nd and 6th vs 1st). Every rider has 75" to make his round. Once the time is over, the rider has to perform a last trick: A whip or turndown. This trick will not count for the score of the semifinal run, it will only count for the "Best whip" contest.
THE FINAL x 3:
Winners of each Head to Head qualify for the final. Every rider has 75" to perform his round. If a rider performs exactly the same round than in the semifinal, he will be penalised by 10 points the Variety criteria.
To consider the round is different from semifinal, the riders will have to add a new trick or change the order in which they hit the ramps. *** Indy or no hand tricks will not be considered as a change of trick
In the Final, the riders will perform one by one and at the end of each round the rider goes on top of the landing to watch
his slowmos. When the last rider is watching his slowmos, the other two riders also go to the landing for the awards ceremony.
Qualification: The Head judge will break any ties in qualification.
Cuadrillas Elimination: Qualification scores will break ties in Cuadrillas Elimination.
Final: Qualification scores will break ties in the final.
RED BULL XFIGHERS MADRID 2017 FINAL RANKING
1.- Winner of the final
2.- 2º score in the final
3.- 3º score in the final
4.- Best score in qualification out of the 3 riders eliminated from the semi final
5.- Second best score in qualification out of the 3 riders eliminated from the semi final
6.- Lowest score in qualification out of the 3 riders eliminated from the semi final
7. - According to qualif results (as long as the rider has taken part in Cuadrillas Elimination)
8. - According to qualif results (as long as the rider has taken part in Cuadrillas Elimination)
9. - According to qualif results (as long as the rider has taken part in Cuadrillas Elimination)
10.-According to qualif results (as long as the rider has taken part in Cuadrillas Elimination)
11.- According to qualif results (as long as the rider has taken part in Cuadrillas Elimination)
12.- According to qualif results (as long as the rider has taken part in Cuadrillas Elimination)
* In case of cancellation of the event before the Cuadrillas elimination is completed, the event result will be the result
of the qualifying round.
* In case of cancellation of the event once the cuadrillas elimination is over, the event result will be the result of the
* In case of cancellation of the event before the 3 head to head semifinals are over the event result will be the result
of the Cuadrillas Elimination
* In case of cancellation of the event before the final is over, the ranking of the 3 finalists will be determined by their
score in qualifying round.
* In case qualification can't be held on Thursday, it will be held on Friday Morning.
* In case qualification can't be held before the event, the organisation and judges will establish a ranking according
to Madrid 2016 results and other international events. If this happened, and qualification were not held, the scores
in Cuadrillas elimination would be considered for tie breaks and would also determine the final ranking
* In case of cancellation of the event prior to qualification once the riders are in Madrid , each riders will receive a
2000 euro fee.
* In case of cancellation of the event once qualification is completed, the riders will receive 50% of the prize money
according to qualification results.
How the Judging Works
Ronnie Renner (Head Judge)
START TIME LIMIT
When a rider is given the ok to start his run, there will be a time limit of 15 seconds. At the expiration of this time, the official run time will start.
The official run time will start when the rider hits the first take off ramp.
QUALIFICATION 75 sec
Each judge scores a criteria (Difficulty, Variety, Execution, Use of the track and Energy) from 0 to 100. The sum of the 5 scores divided by 5 is the result. In case of tie, the head judge breaks the tie.
CUADRILLAS ELIMINTION 60 sec
will be scored like qualifying. The riders are required to perform an "Old School" trick. Each rider will choose a trick from a list of four: Flinstone, Cordoba, Rock Solid and nothing no hand landed. After qualification each rider will have to inform the judges which old school trick they will perform out of the 4 proposed tricks. This old school trick will not be considered by the difficulty judge for the difficulty score. Each judge scores a criteria (Difficulty, Variety, Execution, Use of the track and Energy) from 0 to 100. The sum of the 5 scores divided by 5 is the result. In case of a tie, qualification results will break the tie.
HEAD TO HEAD 75 sec
Each judge will score a criteria (Difficulty, Variety, Execution, Use of the track and Energy). In the head to head the rider who wins more criteria goes to the final.
The Head Judge will score the Best Whip competition.
FINAL 75 sec
Each judge will score a criteria (Difficulty, Variety, Execution, Use of the track and Energy). If a rider performs the same
tricks in the same order in Head to Head and the Final he will be penalized by 10 points in the Variety criteria in the final.
The rider who wins more criteria wins the final. In case of ties, the score in qualifying will break the tie.
In each run of Qualifying and Competition flags will be used to indicate key timing. At 15 seconds left in the run, a yellow
flag will be waved. At the expiration of time a second flag (typically Red or Chequered) will be waved. These flags are to
be used as guidelines only and do not supersede the official timing on the run-down clock.
When a red flag is displayed in practice sessions a rider must safely come to a stop then cautiously return to the course
entry, where he will be advised by officials to continue the run or exit the course. Failure to obey a red flag may result in
a penalty, including, but not limited to: Loss of training time, loss of qualifying position or disqualification.
Field Size & Rider Selection
The field limit for a Red Bull X-Fighters competition is 12 riders.
Riders are selected to compete in the following categories:
1. 10 invited riders
2. Novilleros – There are 2 spots to gain in the event for rookies "Novilleros.
The Novilleros are selected via an online submission process, using the following criteria:
- Any FMX rider who has never competed in Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid and has a valid international FMX
rider license (FIM)
- Registration via redbullxfighters.com and creation of a rookie profile with bio, pictures and
a 90-second video
The committee of experts chooses one rider based on the overall performance and the skills the rider shows in his video.
- Judging criteria on the riding skills:
- Execution: Control of movements, safe landings, and successfully jumps over FMX competition size
- Flow: Combinations of tricks nicely landed
- Technical Difficulty: The trick itself, and of course, longer distances are rewarded (+23 m)
- Creativity: New tricks and an innovative use of the course
The second spot goes to the rider with the highest number of fan votes via Facebook.
Find out more about the Novillero Qualifier and watch the 2016 Submissions at redbullxfighters.com/novilleros
The Track in Las Ventas