SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (FEB. 6, 2006) -- Red Bull X-Fighters, an
international freestyle motocross competition featuring the best riders
across the globe, returns to Mexico City, Mexico on Friday, March
31. A worldly contingent of motoreros representing up to seven
countries will attempt to out-trick each other in front of a demanding,
sell-out crowd of 42,000 eager fans at the legendary Monumental Plaza
Last year at the inaugural event in Mexico City, the sell-out crowd
witnessed American Ronnie Renner's amazing, nearly-upside-down whips in
his close victory over Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg. This year,
Renner defends his Mexico City title against another strong field mixed
with American veterans Travis Pastrana and Nate Adams, and hungry
new-comers, including Mat Rebeaud of Switzerland, who placed second in
the Moto X Best Trick at the 2006 Winter X Games. Mexico's own
Johan Nungaray is sure to get the handkerchiefs waving as he represents
his home country after a broken wrist kept him out of last year's event.
The battle begins under a night sky, similar to ones that many past
bullfighters found glory beneath, with the first round advancing five
of the nine riders to the second round where three finalists are
chosen. After the intense final round, a new champion will be crowned.
The criteria used throughout the rounds will be the trick's difficulty,
the variety of tricks and usage of track, style, overall impression,
and the spectator's voice. Last year, the chainsaw revving and
cheers left no doubt about the fan favorite (Renner), so this year
their support will be a factor in the results. An historic
meeting ground of man and bull, the spirit of the Monumental Plaza de
Toros fuels interaction between the crowd and contenders, and each
rider will truly feel the like a hero as they enter the ring.
The second Red Bull X-Fighters for 2006 is scheduled again for Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain on Sept. 14.
MEXICO CITY LINE UP (subject to change):
-Andre Villa/NOR - alternate
For updates and to purchase a 2005 highlight DVD, visit wwww.redbullxfighters.com.