Riders Announced for Red Bull X-Fighters

May 9, 2012 9:10am
SANTA MONICA, CA – Twelve of the world’s best freestyle motocross riders are gearing up to take on the biggest FMX playground ever created at Red Bull X-Fighters Glen Helen. Taking place on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. PT at Glen Helen Raceway, the event, part of the Red Bull Signature Series, marks the U.S. return of the planet’s premier freestyle motocross competition after two years.

The 2012 season kicked off its six-stop world tour on April 13 in Dubai, and following the stop in Glen Helen, the riders will travel to Istanbul (June 16), Madrid (July 20), Munich (August 11) and cap off the season in Sydney (October 6). Riders competing at Glen Helen include Rob Adelberg (AUS), Wes Agee (USA), Nick Dunne (USA), Martin Koren (CZE), Maikel Melero (ESP), Tom Pages (FRA), Todd Potter (USA), Eigo Sato (JPN), Levi Sherwood (NZL), Dany Torres (ESP), Andre Villa (NOR) and Javier Villegas (CHL).

New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood, the winner of the 2012 season opener in Dubai, will look to establish a streak with another victory in Southern California.  His brilliant performance in front of 20,000 spectators on the white sands of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence gave Sherwood his fourth career victory and first since triumphing in London in 2010. Australia's Rob Adelberg was the runner-up, while Javier Villegas of Chile got his first Red Bull X-Fighters podium with a third place ride. Dany Torres, the defending series champion, was eliminated in the quarterfinals in Dubai, and will be seeking redemption at Glen Helen.

Created in 2001, Red Bull X-Fighters has grown to become the biggest and most respected freestyle motocross tour on the planet, featuring the world's best riders throwing down groundbreaking tricks in stunning locations across the globe. More than 230,000 fans witnessed the incredible competition live in 2011, and after two years away from the U.S., the series makes a triumphant return.

Red Bull X-Fighters Glen Helen is opening the gates at 9 a.m. for all spectators to come early and enjoy all of the excitement before the event begins. Activities include the chance to meet Red Bull X-Fighters riders at 11 a.m,, Geoff Aaron motorcycle trials demos, vendor row featuring top industry brands with demos, giveaways, etc., the Red Bull HUB with music, merchandise, food, drinks, and gaming stations and even a Circle K Convenience Store to purchase anything you may have forgotten for the day.

To purchase tickets to Red Bull X-Fighters Glen Helen, visit www.redbullxfighters.com:

General Admission $20 – includes access to standing room only, vendor row and the pit area.

Grandstand Seating $30 – includes access to vendor row and the pit area and a reserved spot to sit in the Grandstands. Each Grandstand section is open seating.

FOX VIP Area Tickets $275 – includes access to vendor row and the pit area and a trackside hospitality suite with food and beverages included.

Camping and Riding $400/camping space – Each campground space includes four Grandstand tickets and camping for three nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), plus access to The Hub, live music, the Traxxas RC Track, and access to ride Glen Helen’s National MX Track and Off-Road Trails on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ride with James Stewart $50 – Be the first to ride with James Stewart on his new Suzuki, Saturday from 8-10 a.m., then stay and watch Red Bull X-Fighters. Limited space is available. This is your chance to ride with James, get preferred parking and a grandstand seat for the Red Bull X-Fighters event.

As part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the event will be televised nationally on Saturday, May 12 on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. PT/midnight ET and on Saturday, May 26 on NBC at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive and innovative wakeboarding, surfing, mountain biking, freestyle motocross and snowboarding events, showcased on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves. For more information, visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.