The competition has grown intense in mid-season after many of the riders introduced dazzling new gravity-defying tricks in Madrid, the seminal X-Fighters event each year. France's Thomas Pages, who is fourth overall with 135 points, got a standing ovation from the Madrid crowd for his magical jump - a body varial to no-footed can-can. Taka Higashino of Japan is also on a hot streak after nailing his Rock Solid Back-flip in Madrid, lifting him to fifth place. Villegas has remained in the title chase this season even though he only made it on the podium once so far: for third in Dubai in the season opener. He was fourth in Glen Helen but only seventh in Madrid. Torres, the defending champion, is back in fifth place after getting second in Madrid with 130 points but still has an outside shot if he could win in Munich and the finale in Sydney, Australia.