SALZBURG (Austria) – The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour returns in 2015 for its fifteenth season and will feature two new locations in Greece and the United Arab Emirates. Defending champion Josh Sheehan will attempt to defend his title against three ex champs determined to end the Australia’s reign in world’s most prestigious freestyle motocross series. In addition to the new locations, the 2015 World Tour will also return to the traditional hotbeds of Mexico City, Madrid, and Pretoria. Each stop will air as a full-length broadcast in the USA on FOX Sports 1, with television times to be announced soon.
After the kickoff in Mexico City, the world's best FMX riders will take a journey into antiquity with the first-ever stop in Greece as they compete in Athens’ famous Dionyssos Marble Quarry. The quarry has been providing marble since the Golden Age of Pericles for monuments such as the Acropolis as well as Classical, Hellenistic and Roman sculptures. After stops in Madrid and Pretoria, the World Tour will hold its first season finale in the United Arab Emirates.
There have been five different winners in the last five years and four will participate in the 2015 season. Tom Pagès of France (2013 World Tour Champion), Levi Sherwood of New Zealand (2012), Spain’s Dany Torres (2011) and the current World Tour champion Josh Sheehan of Australia will all be in hot pursuit of an elusive second title.
Sheehan had a spectacular 2014 season, wowing crowds with heart-stopping tricks including the double backflip, which he landed four times in the Munich stop alone in 2014. The Australian capped a remarkable come-from-behind upset of Sherwood, who had won the first two stops in 2014 in Mexico City and Osaka, on the strength of his two breathtaking victories in the final two stops in Munich and Pretoria. Pagès may have ended up in fourth place in 2014, but set a new standard for FMX when he completed a Bike Flip in front of the ecstatic crowd in Spain. Pushing the top four on will be Taka Higashino (JPN), Remi Bizouard (FRA) and Adam Jones (USA) among others.
2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Calendar:
March 6 - Mexico City, Mexico
June 12 - Athens, Greece
July 10 - Madrid, Spain
September 12 - Pretoria, South Africa
October 30 - United Arab Emirates