Hailing from Spain, Maikel Melero is the new FMX talent. He was only 10 years old when he started to ride motorcycles. Already at a young age, he participated several times in the Spanish Motocross Championships, where he finally got a well-deserved third place in the 85cc category. This was also the time when he first met Dany Torres, one of the best Spanish FMX champions. The two became close friends and Maikel learned a lot from his talented role model.
When Maikel was 17, Dany took him under his wings and offered him the chance to try out the FMX compound. This opportunity kick-started Maikel's FMX career, as he was fascinated by the rush of adrenaline while performing such insane jumps. Apart from getting his own training, Maikel was able to watch Dany practising and study the master's techniques.
A short time after that, Maikel built his own compound where he still trains hard every day. Nevertheless, the young gun can still be seen at Dany's compound from time to time, taking advantage of his useful tips in order to get the biggest new trick combos dialed-in.
2011 was so far the best year of Maikel's young international career. He had a strong fourth place overall on the IFMXF series and got invited to four Red Bull X-Fighters events. With back-to-back fourth and fifth places in Madrid and Poznan, the young Spaniard gave FMX fans a taste of his potential. In 2012, Melero managed to grab a podium spot in Las Ventas as a personal highlight, but on the two other stops he appeared, he was plagued by bad luck and little crashes and was unable to ride with his full potential.
A year later, the young bull from Cotillas got through three Red Bull X-Fighters wildcards to proof himself again. Some midfield results in Mexico and Dubai did not push his overall tour ranking, so he decided to unleash the 540° in Las Ventas after a big run against his mentor Torres. The judges honoured his fearlessness and Melero made it to next round ending up fourth that night.
Talk has it that the ambitious rookie has worked extremely hard during the off-season both on and off the bike in the hopes of having a breakthrough year in 2014.