Red Bull X-Fighters returns to Southern California for its U.S. stop at Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
The series kicked off its six-city world tour last month in Mexico, City, where 38,000 spectators packed into Plaza de Toros, the world’s largest bullfighting arena, to watch Tomas Pages of France take first place. The series now continues on to Dubai on April 12, and following the return to Glen Helen on May 11, the riders will travel to Osaka (June 1), Madrid (July 19) and finish the season in Pretoria (August 31).
Glen Helen was added to the list of locations in 2012. The course, carved out of the hills of San Bernardino, will increase in size this year, with more dirt, more features, and more action, allowing it to stand out among a roster full of exotic locations. This year, there will be increased use of the existing hillside, which provided for some of the most exciting tricks in 2012, including the massive backflip step-ups landed by American riders Wes Agee and eventual winner Todd Potter. The step-up will grow to two stages (adding an additional jump) that will take the riders more than six stories above the main course arena.
The course will also include six metal take off ramps, two super kicker-style metal ramps, a metal quarter pipe take off, a unique 40-foot-long rainbow rail and the return of the 80-foot-long bowl-curved wall ride. In addition, spectators will be closer to the action, with the seating areas moved in from last year.
“We’re pumped to be back at Glen Helen for the 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters,” said Dane Herron, Chief Course Designer. “We built the ultimate freestyle course last year and are prepared to up the ante this year. The plan is to mimic a freeride park that will really challenge the riders to show some progressive tricks. If you like freeriding, you won’t want to miss this year’s event.”
To purchase tickets, visit the series website at www.redbullxfighters.com and go to the Glen Helen event page, where the ticket link is located. There are two ticket options available:
General Admission $15 – includes access to: standing room only, vendor row and the pit area. Please note this may require walking on steep, uneven terrain.
Grandstand Seating $25 – includes access to vendor row and the pit area and a reserved spot to sit in the Grandstands. Each Grandstand section is open seating. You will be able to choose your Grandstand section based on ticket availability.