Experts in the Red Bull Air Race have said for many years that Matthias Dolderer would one day be World Champion if only he was more consistent in his flying. In 2016 he proved them right by winning the World Championship. And due to that new consistency he became the first pilot in Red Bull Air Race history to claim the title with a race to spare!
In his World Championship winning season he finished first or second in every race apart from one. Unfortunately for Dolderer he has been unable to keep in this rich vein of form and apart from three podiums in the seasons since 2017 and 2018 will be years he'd rather forget. But the focused German will be even more determined to claim back the title he sees as his in 2019.
Dolderer surprised the field of experienced competitors when he burst on to the Red Bull Air Race World Championship scene in 2009 and got on the podium, taking third place in the season finale in Barcelona.
A determined man with an aggressive style of flying, Dolderer has become a well-known athlete in the German-speaking world thanks to his unbridled enthusiasm for the sport and his ability to convey what is so special about the Red Bull Air Race to a wider audience of the uninitiated. Highly focused, Dolderer is always looking for ways to improve his performance and he was one of the first pilots to invest heavily in the newest high-speed version of the Zivko Edge 540.
Dolderer, who once compared the precision flying of the Red Bull Air Race to trying to park a car in a garage while travelling at nearly 400kmh, took his first flight with his father at the age of three. He grew up at his parents' airfield in Tannheim, Germany. He took his first solo flight at 14 and his life has revolved around aviation ever since. He got his glider licence on his 17th birthday and the same year he finished third at the German Championships as the youngest pilot ever. He was a Team Member of the German National Team and competed in four German, two European and one World Championship. He was the German Champion at the age of 20 and was the youngest flight instructor in Germany at the age of 21. He has flown more than 130 different types of aircraft, everything from gliders to jets and helicopters. Dolderer worked as the pilot for media flights at the Red Bull Air Race for several years before joining the World Championship 2009.