The inaugural Red Bull X-Fighters event held in Valencia in 2001 was the first example of an all-new and innovative event concept mixing the extreme sport of freestyle motocross with the region's local bullfighting tradition. One year later, in 2002, the event was taken to Madrid and later to Mexico City, where it has remained a fixture in the calendar since its debut in 2005. In 2007, the Red Bull X-Fighters went on tour for the first time with three stops in Mexico, Ireland and Spain. The following season, in 2008, the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour was born, featuring events in the USA, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Germany before ending with a grand finale in Poland. Last year, in 2009, the X-Fighters once again stepped it up a level with another mega World Tour including new locations, new riders and a whole bag of brand new tricks - among them the first ever Double Backflip performed during a freestyle competition - as the international FMX elite continued to push the sport forward.
The 2009 season will go down in history as the closest ever in Red Bull X-Fighters history. After wildcard rookie Levi "Rubber Kid" Sherwood (NZL) had stunned the world by winning the opening event in Mexico City, multiple-world record holder Robbie Maddison (AUS) struck back at the World Tour's first ever stop in Canada as he flipped and spun his way to victory in Calgary. Just a few weeks later it was his close friend, rival and next-door neighbour Nate Adams (USA) who kept cool in the baking Texas heat to win the third stop of the Tour after an injury-plagued 2008. The penultimate event of the World Tour 2009 was the classic two-day event in Madrid (ESP), where hometown FMX wunderkind Dany Torres finally found the form he had been looking for all season to dominate the world elite and send the crowd into raptures by taking the win.
Four events, four different winners - one stop to go. The season finale 2009 took place in London's Battersea Power Station, a huge factory on the banks of the Thames once responsible for providing the British capital with electricity. Going into the event, four different riders - defending champion Mat Rebeaud (SUI), Eigo Sato (JPN), Robbie Maddison (AUS) and overall leader Nate Adams (USA) - were in with a chance of crowning themselves Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Champion 2010. After a fascinating duel with his close friend Robbie Maddison, Nate "The Destroyer" Adams kept his nerves to win the final stop of the Tour and claim victory in the overall standings in the closest battle ever for the title!
After such a spectacular conclusion to 2009, the organisers of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour wanted to push the event into the next dimension in 2010 with a brand-new concept - and that is exactly what they have done! The Red Bull X-Fighters are set to debt in three new cities across the globe, with a brand new rider selection format replacing the traditional invitational system used up until now. The top six riders from last year's World Tour - Nate Adams, Robbie Maddison, Eigo Sato, Mat Rebeaud, Dany Torres, Levi Sherwood - are qualified for the season opener. A further six riders, selected by the international Red Bull X-Fighter Jury after an application process, will battle it out for the remaining four spots in Mexico City, with two wildcards completing the starting field.