Red Bull Press release:
Beach-goers left their towels on the sand to watch Dany Torres, Ronnie Renner and more of the world’s best freestyle motocross riders take to the air in Venice Beach for the first time ever at a special Red Bull X-Fighters exhibition ahead of Saturday’s main event at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif. The crowd’s reaction could be heard up and down the world famous beach where the motorcycles drew a spontaneous crowd of more than 1,000 curious onlookers as soon as they fired up.
Torres, the defending Red Bull X-Fighters world champion, admitted with a smile that it was fun to see so many fans watching the midday display which was set up in the plaza just off the beach, basketball courts & skate park, and just yards away from Muscle Beach. He was joined by fellow competitor & Spanish countryman Maikel Melero, Renner, an icon in the sport, along with pro riders Keith Sayers & Rich Kearns. The riders gave everyone a taste of what’s to come on the biggest FMX course ever built.
“It’s amazing,” said Torres. “This is the first time I’ve ever jumped on a beach like this. It’s great to see so many people here. It’s different from an arena.”
GLEN HELEN, HERE THEY COME!
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 of globetrotting.
The 2012 season kicked off its six stop world tour on April 13 in Dubai, and following this weekend’s stop in Glen Helen, the riders will travel to:
Istanbul (June 16)
Madrid (July 20)
Munich (August 11)
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)
Javier Villegas (CHL)
Red Bull X-Fighters Glen Helen is opening the gates at 9 a.m. on Saturday 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, the Red Bull HUB, merchandise, food, drinks and even a Circle K Convenience Store to purchase anything fans may have forgotten for the day. As a special bonus, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a special ticket to ride package, allowing them to share the Glen Helen motocross track with superstar James Stewart on Saturday, from 8-10 a.m.
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.
For tickets and more information visit: www.redbullxfighters.com