- Maikel Melero
- Resides in:
- Cotillas, Spain
- Yamaha YZ 250
- FMX since:
Hailing from Spain, Maikel Melero is the new FMX talent. He was only 10 years old when he started to ride motorcycles and participate in the Spanish Motocross Championships, where he earned a well-deserved third place in the 85cc category. This was also the time when he first met Dany Torres, one of the best Spanish FMX champions. The two became close friends and Maikel learned a lot from his talented role model.
When Maikel was 17, Dany took him under his wing and offered him the chance to try out his FMX compound. This opportunity kick-started Maikel's FMX career, he was fascinated by the rush of adrenaline he got while performing such insane jumps. Apart from training on his own skills, Maikel was able to watch Dany practise and study the master's techniques.
A short time later, Maikel built his own compound where he still trains hard every day. Nevertheless, the young gun can still be seen at Dany's compound from time to time, taking advantage of his useful tips in order to get the biggest new trick combos dialed-in.
In 2011 Maikel's young international career really took off. He had a strong fourth place overall on the IFMXF series and was invited to four Red Bull X-Fighters events. With back-to-back fourth and fifth places in Madrid and Poznan, the young Spaniard gave FMX fans a taste of his potential. In 2012, Melero managed to grab a podium spot in Las Ventas as a personal highlight, but on the two other stops he appeared, he was plagued by bad luck and little crashes and unable to ride to his full potential.
A year later, the young bull from Cotillas got through three Red Bull X-Fighters wildcards to prove himself again. Some midfield results in Mexico and Dubai didn't boost his overall tour ranking, so he decided to unleash the 540° in Las Ventas after a big run against his mentor Torres. The judges rewarded his fearlessness and Melero made it to the next round ending up fourth that night.
Maikel got lucky again with three wildcards in 2014, but even with solid performances, he was unable to step up his game. On home turf in Madrid, the Yamaha rider achieved his best result of the year in sixth position. In Mexico and Pretoria, he managed to win the first rounds but was unlucky to be paired with the winners of those stops in the quarter-finals.
The 2015 season started quite late for Melero where he was unable to ride the first two stops. Then, at the events in Madrid and Pretoria, the Spaniard was unable to find the rhythm he usually has at the Night of the Jumps tour and ended up disappointed in the lower ranks. Maikel discovered good form once again at the final in Abu Dhabi and closed the season with a strong fourth place at the world-famous Corniche Beachfront.
The event in Madrid 2016 went down way better for the Spanish bull with a 5th place but the rumours are that the current FIM Freestyle MX Champion has worked extremely hard both on and off the bike during the off-season in the hopes of achieving a top result on his home turf in Madrid in July 2017.