The competition format and judging at Red Bull X-Fighters is quite simple and straightforward. The graphic below gives you a complete overview of the judging system.
The judges panel consists of 4 Judges and one Head Judge.
Red Bull X-Fighters legend Ronnie Renner is our Head Judge and alongside him are multiple X-Games winner Daniel Bodin, the first Red Bull X-Fighters winner Edgar Torronteras, Red Bull Rampage winner Andreu Lacondeguy and Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid winner Mat Rebeaud.
If that's all you want to know, then you can stop reading here, but if you're a hardcore Red Bull X-Fighters fan and want to know more then read on because we have a few more details about the judging for you.
START TIME LIMIT
When a rider is given the OK to start his run, he has a time limit of 15 seconds to begin. 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 on the 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 the case of a tie, the head judge breaks the tie.
CUADRILLAS ELIMINTION 60 sec
This 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 be required 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 on the criteria (difficulty, variety, execution, use of the track, and energy) from 0 to 100. The sum of the 5 judges 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 on the criteria in the head to head. The rider who wins more points progresses through to the final.
The Head Judge will score the Best Whip competition.
FINAL 75 sec
Each judge will score on the 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 points from the different criteria wins the final. In the case of ties, the best score from qualifying will break the tie.
In each run of Qualifying and Competition, flags will be used to indicate key timing. When 15 seconds remain 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 carefully 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.