Pagès Takes It All!

Top 3 - Madrid 2013
Tom Wins Madrid And Tour

France's Tom Pages was crowned the 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour championship with a heart-stopping performance in Madrid to complete the most exciting season in the 13-year history of the world's premier freestyle motocross competition with more winners and more spectacular tricks than ever before.

Tom Pages of France won the 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour on Friday in front of a frenzied Madrid crowd of 23,000 with what was probably the most electrifying runs ever in the season finale. Japan's Taka Hagashino finished second on a thrilling night of FMX in Madrid's famous Las Ventas bullring with Javier Villegas of Chile taking third place. Pages took the World Tour championship with 360 points with the 2011 champion, Dany Torres of Spain, in second with 260 points.

It was the most spectacular season in the 13-year-history of Red Bull X-Fighters as riders pushed the envelope with new tricks and there were four different winners in the five stops on three continents – Pages won the season opener in Mexico City (MEX), Dany Torres was on top in Dubai (UAE), Rob Adelberg got first in Glen Helen (USA), Taka Higashino won Osaka (JPN) before Pages won in Madrid (ESP) in spectacular fashion – with what was being called the best. Due to situations beyond the control of the Red Bull X-Fighters organizing team, the stop in Pretoria, South Africa scheduled for September was cancelled, which meant Madrid was turned into the season finale. Torres won the Swatch Best Move Award.

Pages took FMX to new heights in front of the big Madrid crowd, the most enthusiastic on the calendar each year. He 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 became the fourth different World Tour champion in the last four years. Pages epitomized consistency all season, getting on the podium in all five events. On Friday he gave what was probably his most brilliant performance ever in the final against Higashino, nailing his scintillating Flair (a 540-degree turn off a quarter-pipe), his Special Flip (a mid-air back-flip above his seat) and the Volt (a mid-air 360-degree spin off his bike) and then sending the crowd into ecstasy with his new trick, a Flair Tsunami - with his legs flying high into the moonlit night sky.

"This is more than a dream, it's just amazing," Pages said, clearly delighted to get his first victory in Madrid. "This is the best crowd in the world." The 2012 champion, Levi Sherwood of New Zealand, was a disappointing fifth overall.

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Final Result Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid 2013

1. Thomas Pagès (FRA)
2. Taka Higashino (JPN)
3. Javier Villegas (CHL)
4. Maikel Melero (ESP)
5. Dany Torres (ESP)
6. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
7. Rob Adelberg (AUS)
8. Josh Sheehan (AUS)
9. David Rinaldo (FRA)
10. Clinton Moore (AUS)
11. Adam Jones (USA)
12. Todd Potter (USA)

 

Final 2013 World Tour Standings
1. Tom Pagès 360 points
2. Dany Torres 260
3. Taka Higashino 245
4. Rob Adelberg 240
5. Levi Sherwood 225
6. Javier Villegas 150
7. David Rinaldo 125
8. Adam Jones (USA) 120
9. Maikel Melero 115
10. Josh Sheehan 115