X-Fighters: Season Opener Underway in Mexico City

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Red Bull Media Press Release:

The 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour got off to a sizzling start with Tom Pages of France taking the number one spot in Qualifying as the world’s most prestigious freestyle motocross series returns to the FMX hotbed of Mexico City.

France’s Tom Pages took the top spot in Qualifying on Thursday ahead of the Red Bull X-Fighters 2013 World Tour season opener on Friday in Mexico City’s Monumental Plaza de Toros bullring. Pages had a brilliant Qualifying run in the world’s most prestigious freestyle motocross series, taking first place with 87.20 points from his first 90-second tear through the course packed with ramps and dirt obstacles. Dany Torres of Spain, the 2011 champion, took second and defending champion Levi Sherwood of New Zealand was third after recovering solidly from a dreadful first run that had him stuck back in 11th place.

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Pages seemed to have little trouble with the air of Mexico City, where the high altitude (7,350 feet) caused the riders trouble because it robbed their engines of horsepower and forced them to make adjustments in their strategy.  Local heroes Erick Ruiz and Alex Cervantes of Mexico took 10th and 11th place, respectively.  Pages dazzled the crowd of onlookers on his electrifying first Qualifying run with three of the most difficult tricks known – the Special Flip off the seat of his bike, the Volt that left him spinning in mid-air above his bike and the Flair -- turning 540 degrees in mid-air.  Pages also added a back flip to his repertoire.  It was an emotional victory for Pages, who was wearing a jersey with the Eigo Sato’s name on it as a tribute to the Japanese FMX athlete who sustained fatal injuries in a training accident last month in Japan. Pages was the runner-up in 2012, finishing a close second to Sherwood.

Red Bull X-Fighters 2013 - Mexico City Preview:

In Red Bull X-Fighters riders jump up to 50 feet high on their motorcycles and are airborne

for distances covering up to 100 feet. Red Bull X-Fighters has become the biggest and most respected freestyle motocross tour on the planet since it was created in 2001 with the best FMX riders battling for championship points at six stops on four continents.

Mexico City  Riders 2013:

- Levi Sherwood (NZL)

- Josh Sheehan (AUS)

- Todd Potter (USA)

- Rob Adelberg (AUS)

- Tom Pages (FRA)

- Dany Torres (ESP)

- Alex Cervantes (MEX)

- Maikel Melero (ESP)

- Martin Koren (CZE)

- Truman Carroll (AUS)

- Erick Ruiz (MEX)

In tribute to invited rider Eigo Sato (1978-2013) 11 riders will participate in Mexico City. Sato sustained fatal injuries on Thursday, 28th February while practicing in Japan.

For more information: www.redbull.com