For the first time in Red Bull X-Fighters history, young FMX talents had the chance to make a dream come true, and become one of the twelve top riders during the most prestigious FMX competition. Through an online video voting mechanic, riders had the chance to be one of only two “Novilleros” during the 15th anniversary at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid on June 24, 2016.
Securing the first Novillero spot on the rider list is 23-year-old Australian Tom Robinson from Wagga Wagga. Robinson has a strong background in riding demos and recently finished second at the FMX competition at the Formula 1 event in Melbourne, behind former world champion and Red Bull X-Fighters top five rider David Rinaldo, proving that he has the tricks and skills to compete with the best. The second Novillero who will ride in Madrid is 23-year-old Sebastian Westberg from Finland whose submission video received the most fan-votes.
Rob Adelberg ( AUS ) – Action
Robinson can build on the Red Bull X-Fighters experience that two of his regular training partners, former winner Rob Adelberg as well as former competitor and one of the most innovating FMX riders Jackson “Jacko” Strong have. He is determined to sharpen up his program in the coming weeks, adding to the strong Australian presence.
For Sebastian Westberg, being selected as the second Novillero was “a dream come true,” said the 23-year-old rider after winning the voting and becoming one of only twelve competitor’s at the most prestigious FMX competition in the world. Westberg hails from Särkisalo, Finland and only started riding Freestyle Motocross in 2012. In his FMX career, he has traveled extensively around the world, recently having ridden demos in China.
Tom Robinson (AUS) – Action
The two Novilleros will join the ten top riders including reigning Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour champion Clinton Moore (AUS) who will try to defend his crown against last year’s Madrid winner Tom Pagès (FRA). Just recently, the Frenchman shocked his competitors with the release of a new unbelievable trick – the Front Flair – and wants to improve his “three-peat” from last year by winning a record-breaking four times in a row in the Spanish capital. But former world tour champions and event winners Josh Sheehan (AUS), Levi Sherwood (NZL) and crowd favourite Dany Torres (ESP) will throw in their biggest and most dangerous tricks to become the winner of the 15th edition of the Red Bull X-Fighters in the bullfighting ring in Las Ventas. They will be joined by Taka Higashino (JPN), Rob Adelberg (AUS), Adam Jones (USA), David Rinaldo (FRA), and reigning FMX world champion Maikel Melero (ESP), all of them being capable of winning this event.
Red Bull X-Fighters will be live on Red Bull TV on 25th July starting at 06:00 (AEST).