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Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid 2007

Created back in 2001, the Red Bull X-Fighters concept has grown to become the biggest and most respected freestyle motocross tour on the planet, featuring the world's best riders throwing down mad tricks in stunning locations across the globe. The best FMX riders in the world are set to step it up once again and push the sport forward as they visit brand new locations and bring the sport of freestyle motocross to new countries around the globe.

The World Tour 2015 will kick off in Mexico City (MEX) on 06 March. Events in Athens (12 June/GRE), Madrid (10 Juli/ESP), Pretoria (12 September/RSA) will follow, before the World Tour will stop in the United Arab Emirates (30 October/UAE) for the first tour-final on the Arabian peninsula.

Already in 2001, the Red Bull X-Fighters set new standards on an international level. Since then, top stars in the scene have queued up for starting places at this event and rookies like Maikel Melero were brought to light with the help of this series. Nate Adams (USA), Robbie Maddison (AUS), Andre Villa (NOR), Dany Torres (ESP), Levi Sherwood (NZL) and many more have fascinated hundreds of thousands of fans so far at large bullfighting arenas in Mexico (Mexico City) and Spain (Valencia and Madrid), at the Sphinx of Giza (EGY), the Red Square in Moscow (RUS) as well as in the Brazilian capital Brasilia & the metropolis Rio de Janeiro (BRA) or in the Eternal City of Rome (ITA).

Our Riders have a vast catalogue of gravity-defying FMX tricks at their disposal. Our Freestyle Motocross Tricktionary will show you the most common tricks and to which category of tricks they belong. Watch it HERE!

Red Bull X-Fighters Jams

While the international elite pushes the boundaries of modern freestyle motocross in some of the most spectacular locations on the planet at the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, local riders are hard at work bringing FMX to brand new countries with a series of Red Bull X-Fighters Jams. These events already have cult status in the cities they have visited, with top riders from the region joining some of the finest shooting stars from the international scene to put on an insane show in front of tens of thousands of people.

In 2013, the Red Bull X-Fighters Jams Tour rocked its way around the globe with the stops in Kazakhstan, Colombia, Pakistan, Belgium, India, Chile and Germany bringing whole city centres to a complete standstill as people clambered onto roofs and into trees to get a perfect view of the spectacular action.
The biggest show in FMX history took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2010) with more then 200.000 spectators on side to see Daniel Bodin, Nick De Wit and a few other riders going crazy for a crowd that has never seen FMX before.

This year will also see a series of Red Bull X-Fighters Jams take place. Indeed, in the past the Jams have often proved a stepping stone on the way to receiving a golden ticket to the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour and the chance to compete against international stars such as Levi Sherwood, Dany Torres, Tom Pagès and Josh Sheehan. Watch out the next Jam might happen near you home!

Red Bull X-Fighters Jams 2015
02.04.2015 Bahrain (BRN) | Location: F1 Activation village
03.04.2015 Bahrain (BRN) | Location: F1 Activation village
04.04.2015 Hong Kong (HGK) | Location: Central Harbourfront
23.05.2015 Algier (ALG) | Location: El Shaheed

Rules

Red Bull X-Fighters is a Professional Freestyle Motocross (FMX) tour, which can comprise all disciplines of FMX. These disciplines include, but are not limited to: Freestyle, Speed and Style, Step up, Quarterpipe, Parallel Freestyle. Unless outlined in competition documents, the typical Red Bull X-Fighters competition will be Freestyle only. Tour stops and their disciplines involved will be outlined on the Red Bull X-Fighters web page. Participation in a Red Bull X-Fighters competition is by invitation only, based on past year's results, current season ranking, selection by Ranking Committee and Wild Card. The official invitations with all of the relevant information (date and type of competition, venue address, deadlines, preliminary schedule) will be sent out to each invited rider.

Section 1 - Tour

1.1 Field Sizes

 

The field limit for an X-Fighters competition is 12 riders. At certain Tour stops riders may be invited to a pre-qualifier where the 'open' spots in the field of 12 will be filled. Red Bull X-Fighters rules apply for all pre-qualifier events.

Should one or more riders be injured during training or qualifying sessions and are unable to compete, the organization reserves the right to invite replacement riders into the competition.

1.2: Point System

The following points are awarded for the finishing positions at the termination of an event, regardless of the discipline(s) held:

1st place100 pts
2nd place 80 pts
3rd place 65 pts
4th place 55 pts
5th place 45 pts
6th place 35 pts
7th place 30 pts
8th place 25 pts
9th place 20 pts
10th place 15 pts
11th place 10 pts
12th place 5 pts

An updated Tour ranking list will be distributed at the completion of each Red Bull X-Fighters competition and will be posted online at www.redbullxfighters.com/results

1.3: Rider Selection

Beginning in Mexico City (MEX) and continuing throughout the 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters Tour, riders will be selected to compete in the following categories:

Permanent

Top 6 from 2014 – Riders finishing 1 through 6 in the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters Tour will be awarded a permanent spot on the Tour. These 6 riders will be invited to compete in all 2015 Tour events

Open

The Open category will be divided into 3 sub categories:

  1. Wild Cards
  2. Tour Selections
  3. Guaranteed Spot

Wild Cards – 4 Wild Cards will be selected, by the organizing committee, for each Tour stop.

Tour Selections – 2 or more other riders will be selected by the 2015 Tour Rider Selection Committee to compete in the first Tour stop.

Open rider guarantees

Beginning in Mexico City, there will be 2 spots for Open riders to gain a guaranteed spot in the following Tour event. The top 2 ranked Open riders at the end of any Tour stop who were not in the 2014 Tour Top 6 will be automatically invited to the next Red Bull X-Fighters event.

1.4: Throw Out

The Throw Out rule applies to all riders who compete in all Tour competitions prior to the Final stop. The lowest single Tour stop score will be thrown out and the remaining stops will be totaled to give an adjusted points score prior to the start of the Final competition. This rule shall only apply if the Tour numbers more than 3 total stops. If a rider misses one stop prior to the Final due to medical or personal issues that are considered legitimate in the opinion of the Tour Sport Director then that one stop will count as the Throw Out.

Example: 2015 Tour is 5 stops. If a rider competes in all 5 stops before the Final then the best 4 results will count and that points total will be 'reset' before the Final. Points awarded from the Final competition are added to the points total from the best 4 results and that will be the rider's Tour points total.

NOTE: If a rider misses any stop for a reason that the Tour Sport Director does NOT consider legitimate reasons for absence, then that stop will NOT count as a Throw Out and the zero point total will be added to the Tour points total for that stop. In this instance, the next lowest single Tour stop score will be thrown out.

1.5: Fit To Ride

Any rider attending a Red Bull X-Fighters event must provide proof, when requested, that they are "fit" to ride as decided by a medical doctor of Red Bull's designation. Should a rider neglect to inform the Tour Director of a possible medical condition that would render them "unfit" for riding, then that rider will forfeit all points and prize monies for that event, plus the potential penalty of loss of Tour points.

1.7: Withdrawal from competition

In certain special circumstances (compassionate reasons etc.) authorized by the Tour Sport Director, a rider may be allowed to withdraw from a Red Bull X-Fighters competition without penalty. In this instance the reason would be listed as 'Unable to compete – withdrawal' and the same rules as 'Unable to compete' for medical or mechanical reasons would apply.
Any rider withdrawing from a Red Bull X-Fighters competition who does not have a valid reason for withdrawal in the opinion of the Tour Sport Director (medical, mechanical, compassionate etc.) will be disqualified from competition and forfeit all points and prize monies from that stop. In addition, the stop that the rider withdrew from will NOT count as a Throw Out and the zero point total will be added to the Tour points total for that stop. In this instance, the next lowest single Tour stop score will be thrown out.

Should a rider be disqualified then the whole field below that rider's position will move up one Effective Place before the start of the next Round. e.g. If Qualifier #2 is disqualified then Qualifier #3 takes the Effective Place of #2 and Qualifier #4 takes the Effective Placement of #3 etc.

The order for Quarterfinals/Semi Finals/Finals will be considered final two minutes after the completion of judging for the previous round. After this point, no changes will be made to the competition brackets.

Section 2 - Events

2.1: Event Format

Red Bull X-Fighters events will typically be held over a 3-day period:

Day 1 – Rider Briefing and Training
Day 2 – Training and Qualifying
Day 3 – Training and Competition

*Red Bull X-Fighters events in Mexico City and Madrid will be held over 2 days. In certain circumstances a Red Bull X-Fighters event could be compacted into one single day comprising all elements of training, qualifying and competition.

2.2: Qualifying

Qualifying

The start list for qualifying sessions will be organized by reverse order of Tour ranking (highest ranked rider will ride last). In the event that more than one rider does not have a tour rank, then those riders will be assessed a start order by random draw, where the first rider drawn will be the first to ride and each successive un-ranked rider will start in order until all un-ranked riders have started. At this point the Tour ranked riders will begin their reverse-order starts. Should 2 riders have the same amount of Tour Points then the higher rank will be given to the rider with the higher finish in the most recent competition.

*At the first Tour stop the rankings from the previous year will be utilized.

There will be 2 qualifying runs of 90 seconds each. All 12 riders will ride Run 1 and then all 12 riders will ride Run 2 in their start order. Start order will be the same for both runs.

Any rider who misses a qualifying session will be scored in the last place position. Should more than one rider miss the qualifying session then Tour rank will determine placing, with the lowest ranked rider being scored as the last place. Should no Tour rank exist, then a draw will take place to establish rank for the purpose of qualifying.

Any rider who for legitimate mechanical or medical reasons misses his start time in a qualifying session may be placed into the field before the end of each qualifying run. If all first runs are complete then the rider will only be given one run of qualifying. If the last rider in the field has completed his second qualifying run and more than 2 minutes have elapsed, then this will be considered as a missed qualifying session.

A qualifying session can be considered complete when at least 1 full run is completed by all riders (except where a rider is unable to start for medical or mechanical reasons). If a qualifying session is halted for any reason (e.g. weather), runs can be restarted, at a later time, where qualifying was postponed. If qualifying is cancelled and one full run has not been completed, then all results will be voided and qualifying positions will revert to Tour ranking plus ranking awarded by Competition Committee (where required). If a rider does not have a prior Tour ranking then the Committee will perform a random draw in which case the first drawn rider will be assessed the highest non-ranked position and the second drawn rider the next highest non-ranked position. This process will continue until all non-ranked riders have been drawn.

Qualifying Results

The results of each qualifying run will be displayed in the riders' area at the completion of each round. Official results will be distributed after completion of Qualifying Session. Qualifying is ranked according to the riders best run score, where the highest rider's score will be ranked as #1.

Time Out rule (Qualifying)

If a rider has a legitimate mechanical or medical issue after given clearance to enter course to begin a run or after clock has started in run, the rider must claim a Time Out by forming a "T" with both hands. At this point, a countdown clock will be started and the rider will have 2 minutes to return to the course to start or complete the run. If the clock has already started, then the time will be reset to the moment when the Time Out was claimed and the rider will be given the remaining time in his run (Clock starts when the rider takes his first hit, or when the 2 minute Time Out clock expires).

Time Out can only be used once for each Qualifying Session and once for each Competition.

If, in the opinion of the Head Judge, the reason for claiming Time Out is not legitimate, the rider will be disqualified and scored a zero for that run by all judges.

Number Plates (Qualifying)

Before a rider enters the course, for training, qualifying or competition, with his bike, the Red Bull X-Fighters number plate must be affixed to the bike. Specific rules pertaining to the position and look of the number plate must be observed.

Unable to compete (Qualifying)

If a rider has registered for the event and is medically cleared then he may still be given an effective placement for round 1 competition even if he misses the qualifying rounds due to temporary medical or mechanical issues. To be considered for entry to Round 1, the rider must have ridden at least one practice session on the competition course.

In this instance, for the purposes of start order the rider will be ranked as #12 from qualifying and ride first in Round 1. In the event that more than one rider is to be ranked by this scenario, then the rider(s) with the higher tour rank will be ranked higher. In the event that no tour rank exists, the ranking for these riders will be determined by the qualifying order draw.

On results page this will be defined as:
"Mechanical – missed qualifying" or "Medical – missed qualifying"

Should Round 1 (one) not occur for any reason, then this rider will be considered a Did Not Start (DNS) in the competition and will not be awarded a final rank OR Tour points.

Start

A "start" is defined as the moment when the rider and motorcycle completes one segment of take off to landing in their competition round.

Effective Placement

"Effective Placement" is defined as the start position in a competition round relative to the qualifying result or the result of a previous round for the determination of competition bracket and start order. It has no relevance on the final results and ranking of the competition.

2.3: Competition

Competition Format

Round 1

The top 7 ranked riders from Qualifying will sit out Round 1 and all other riders will compete in reverse ranking order. Each rider will take one run on the course with a predetermined time limit (typically 60 seconds). Inverted or rotational tricks are not typically allowed in this round (backflips, frontflips, 360's, inverted varials), however in the interest of showcasing and not restricting innovation each rider in Round 1 is allowed a single "joker" or unrestricted trick. Any rider who performs more than one inverted or rotational trick in this round may be disqualified from competition and may forfeit all points and prize monies at the discretion of the Sport Director. At the completion of each rider's run, the judges will award a score. When all riders in this round have completed a scored run, the scores will be announced and the top scored rider will be advanced through to the Quarterfinals where he will be awarded the #8 seed.

Remaining Round 1 riders will be eliminated from competition. All eliminated riders will be ranked according to Round 1 scores.

Quarterfinals

Head to Head competition

Note: In all head-to-head competition, eliminated riders for each round will be ranked according to their qualifying position.

Start order

Heat 1. # 5 vs #4
Heat 2. #6 vs #3
Heat 3. #7 vs #2
Heat 4. #8 vs #1

The Quarterfinal round is an elimination round for the top 8 seeded riders. Each rider takes his own run with a pre-determined time limit (Typically 75 sec. time per rider). The lower seeded rider in each pair will ride first. Time will start when the rider takes his first jump. After each run, the rider goes a pre-designated position to watch his replays on the big screen. The second rider in the pair, who is not riding, will wait at the Hot Spot, remove his helmet and watch the other rider's run. After the second rider's run, both wait at a pre-designated position for the judges' decision of whom of the two is in the Semi Final round.

Semi Finals – 4 Riders

4 riders are qualified in pairs for the semi Final. Winner of Heat 1 faces winner of Heat 4, winner of Heat 2 faces winner of Heat 3. Each rider takes his own run with a pre-determined time limit (Typically 90 sec. time per rider). The lower seeded rider in each pair will ride first. Time will start when the rider takes his first jump. After each run, the rider goes a pre-designated position to watch his replays on the big screen. The second rider in the pair, who is not riding, will wait at the Hot Spot, remove his helmet and watch the other rider's run. After the second rider's run, both wait at a pre-designated position for the judges' decision of whom of the two is in the Final round.

Third Place run-off

Third place will be awarded to the highest qualified loser from the Semi Finals.

Final

The 2 winners of Semi Final competition will meet in a Head to Head run-off. Each rider takes his own run with a pre-determined time limit (typically 90 sec. time per rider). The lower seeded rider in the pair will ride first. Time will start when the rider takes his first jump. After each run, the rider goes a pre-designated position to watch his replays on the big screen. The second rider in the pair, who is not riding, will wait at the Hot Spot, remove his helmet and watch the other rider's run. After the second rider's run, both wait at a pre-designated position for the judges' decision of whom of the two will be celebrated as the winner of Red Bull X-Fighters competition.

Time Out Rule (Competition)

If a rider has a legitimate mechanical or medical issue after given clearance to enter course to begin a run or after clock has started in run, the rider must claim a Time Out by forming a "T" with both hands. At this point, a countdown clock will be started and the rider will have 2 minutes to return to the course to start or complete the run. If the clock has already started, then the time will be reset to the moment when the Time Out was claimed and the rider will be given the remaining time in his run (Clock starts when the rider takes his first hit, or when the 2 minute Time Out clock expires).The Head Judge may also begin the Time Out process should he witness a rider who is in distress and is not taking the Time Out provision. In this case, should the clock have started, it is at the Head Judge's discretion to re-set the clock to the point at which he feels the Time Out process should have legitimately begun.

Time Out can only be used once for each Qualifying Session and Competition.

If, in the opinion of the Head Judge, the reason for claiming Time Out is not legitimate, the rider will be disqualified and scored a zero for that run by all judges.

Number Plates (Competition)

Before a rider enters the course, for training, qualifying or competition, with his bike, the Red Bull X-Fighters number plate must be affixed to the bike. Specific rules pertaining to the position and look of the number plate must be observed.

Shortened Event Schedule

In the event that a competition cannot be run from the beginning at full length due to time constraints (weather, technical problems, etc.), the results from any previous round may be used to determine placing in a subsequent round, or the final result of the competition.

Example: Competition must start at Round 2. The finishing positions from qualifying will determine the rider to advance through to Round 2 (Qualifying position 8).

Condensed Course

During certain competition rounds, portions of the course may be designated as 'closed'. In this case, the rider may not use this piece(s) of the course in his run. In the event that a competition cannot be run on the full course due to physical constraints (weather, technical problems, etc.), the course may be shortened or condensed at the discretion of the competition committee and a full event may then be run in its entirety on that condensed course.

Unable to compete – post qualifying

Should a rider, after the qualifying rounds, be qualified into Quarterfinals because of a qualifying result, but for medical or mechanical reasons be unable to compete further, that rider will be given the Effective Placement of 8 in competition and the whole field below that rider's position will move up one Effective Place before the start of Round 1. e.g. If Qualifier #2 is out of Quarterfinals then Qualifier #3 takes the Effective Place of #2 and Qualifier #4 takes the Effective Placement of #3 etc.

In this instance, the #1 ranked qualifier will be given a 'bye' in competition and will automatically advance to the Semi Final.

In the event that more than one rider are involved in this scenario then final rank will be determined by the qualifying order with the higher ranked from qualifying taking the higher final result.

On results page this will be defined as:
"Mechanical – post qualifying" or "Medical – post qualifying"

The order for Quarterfinals will be considered final one minute after the completion of Round 1. After this point, no changes will be made to the competition brackets.

Unable to compete – Semi Final

Should a rider, after the Quarterfinals, be qualified into Semi Final because of a Quarterfinals result, but for medical or mechanical reasons be unable to compete further, that rider will be given the Effective Placement of 4 in competition and the #1 qualifier will be given a 'bye' into the Final round. The brackets will then be adjusted to match up the remaining riders with the lower ranked rider from qualifying riding first.

The order for Semi Finals will be considered final one minute after the completion of Quarterfinals. After this point, no changes will be made to the competition brackets.

Section 3 - Judging

3.1: Judges

Judging in all rounds will consist of 5 judges, each one judging different criteria.

  • Judge 1: Variety
    Judge 2: Execution (represented as "Execution")
    Judge 3: Form & Flow (represented as "Style")
    Judge 4: Use of Course and Challenge (represented as "Course")
    Judge 5: Energy, Excitement and Entertainment (represented as "Energy")

There will be 2 separate judging systems for Red Bull X-Fighters competition:

Qualifying and Round 1

Qualifying judging panel comprises 5 judges, plus one Head Judge. These judges will award each rider a score from 1-100 points. Final score will be represented as a number from 0 – 100 based on an average of all 5 judges' scores (From a total of 0 - 500 ÷ 5 judges)

Round 2 to Final – Head to Head competition

Each judge will award each of the paired riders a score on a scale of 1-100 points. The rider in the pair with the highest score from a single judge will win that judge's vote. The rider who gets 3 or more judges' votes out of 5 will win the match-up.

The Head Judge is solely responsible for indicating when time expires on a run. If, in the mind of the Head Judge, a rider is considered to be 'on approach' to a jump when the time clock reaches zero, then that jump (or series of jumps in a double-double or 6-pack) will count in the rider's final score.

The Head Judge will also have the ability to change any single score or group of scores and makes the final decision in any tie-breaker situations.

Section 4 - Event notes

4.1: Start Time Limit

A time limit may be imposed at the start of each competition run, where a run-down timer will be started when the rider is released to enter the course. This limit will be shown on the run-down clocks. At the expiration of this time the official run time will start, unless the rider has already hit the first take off and started the clock.

The time limit (if required) will be set and announced at the Rider Briefing, prior to qualification.

4.2: Flags

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.

Red Flag

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.

4.3: Event Cancellation

In the event that a competition is cancelled, the results from the last complete round (including qualification) will be considered the Final results from that Tour stop. Points and prize money will be awarded according to this result. If no rounds were completed and therefore there were no results, the points and prize money will not be awarded for this stop.

4.4: Competition Committee

At each stop of the Tour a Competition Committee will be formed, comprising (but not limited to) the Sport Director, Technical Riding Director, Chief of Course, Head Judge and Head of Medical. This committee will be responsible for all rules reviews, course changes and decisions on medical clearances.

4.5: Technical Riding Director

A Technical Riding Director will be appointed for the Tour to facilitate exchange of needs questions and ideas between the riders and the Competition Committee.

4.6: Tour Ties

In the event of a Tour points tie(s), The highest number of first place finishes during the season will break the tie. In the event a tie still exists, the highest number of second place finishes will break the tie. This process will continue until all finish places have been exhausted. Should a tie still exist, the highest finishing position at the event at which the tie(s) was created, or, if the former does not apply, the highest finishing position at the last Red Bull X-Fighters event the concerned riders attended, will break the tie(s).

4.7 Format Changes

At certain Tour stops adjustments to competition formats and judging criteria may be instituted. In this case a Rule Addendum will be issued for this Tour stop.

4.8 Country of Origin Field Limits

The maximum number of riders from any one country at an individual event is limited to 4. The only exception to this rule is if a 5th rider from a specific country displays unique and exceptional talent and may be awarded the final Wild Card at a single event.

4.9 Did Not Start (DNS) rule

If a rider does not start a round (rides motorcycle forward, under power, from release point), that rider will be assigned the last place rank in that round. Should more than one rider DNS, then each DNS rider's rank will be assigned according to their qualifying rank, starting with the last place rank in that round for the lowest ranked qualifier.