The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour will expand across Asia and Africa in 2013 with stops in Japan and South Africa added to the traditional hotspot locations in Dubai, Glen Helen, and Madrid. Back on the schedule for the tour that is going genuinely around the world next year is Mexico City.
New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood will be looking to defend his Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour championship title in an expanded 2013 tour after prevailing against Thomas Pagès of France in the most riveting battle in the 12-year history of the world’s most prestigious and challenging freestyle motocross competition. The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour will be going to the four corners of the planet next year with new stops in Osaka, Japan and Pretoria, South Africa. Japan has two top stars in the tour: Eigo Sato and Takayuki Higashino.
The soaring popularity of the sport in eastern Asia and Africa has prompted the expansion of the World Tour to Japan and South Africa while the traditional locations on Dubai’s sandy beaches, in Madrid’s Las Ventas bullfighting arena and on Glen Helen, California’s cavernous track will be back on the calendar as well. The tour will also return to Mexico City -- which previously hosted stops for six years -- for the first time since 2010.
Sherwood, 21, was the youngest champion in the history of Red Bull X-Fighters in 2012, winning three of the five stops but needing a victory in the season finale in Sydney, Australia against hard-charging rival Pagès. The Frenchman turned the world of FMX on its head in the second half of the season with a breathtaking array of new tricks that pushed the sport to the next level.
Pagès finished a close second, just 20 points behind Sherwood’s 335 points, while the 2011 champion, Dany Torres of Spain, was third. Chile’s Javier Villegas got a career-best fourth while Japan’s Eigo Sato took fifth.
Red Bull X-Fighters 2013 Schedule:
- March 8, Mexico City (MEX)
- April 12, Dubai (UAE)
- May 11, Glen Helen (USA)
- June 1, Osaka (JPN)
- July 19, Madrid (ESP)
- September 7, Pretoria (RSA)
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