Thomas Pagès of France will be hard pressed to defend his title in 2014 against the world's best freestyle motocross riders. The 14th season of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour will be spread out on four continents with a spectacular season opener in Mexico City, followed by stops in Osaka, Madrid, Munich before the big world tour final in Pretoria, South Africa.
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, this year Red Bull X-Fighters brings 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) before climaxing with a first-ever African World Tour final, in Pretoria, South Africa (23 August). Pagès won two stops in 2013; however, Dany Torres (Spain), Rob Adelberg (Australia), and Taka Higashino (Japan) have all proved that they could beat the mercurial Frenchman with victories.
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. Last year, 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. Pagès was the epitome of consistency all season, stepping on the podium in all five events.
Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2014
14.3. Plaza Monumental, Mexico City, Mexico
25.5. Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan
27.6. Las Ventas, Madrid, Spain
19.7. Olympic Park, Munich, Germany
23.8. Pretoria, South Africa