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2014 Red Bull X-Fighters – Final in Pretoria, South Africa

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Here is the final round of 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters, my favourite tricks are the California roll, double back flip, Tsunami 540 flair, superman seat grab, the volt and the special flip

 

You can also watch all of the previous rounds that led up to this years finals right here.  I hope I’ve made this years X-Fighters easy to watch by bringing it all together for you, if so, let me know or give your friends a nudge to subscribe.  I also post these to Neo’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ImNitroNeo.

The 14th Red Bull X-Fighters season went out with a roar on at the first-ever World Tour final held in Africa. In a no-holds-barred battle, Australia’s Josh Sheehan was unstoppable, winning the event and his first Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour title in front of a sold out crowd of 22,000 frantic fans.

When the first ever Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour final on African soil went down on Saturday, Australia’s Josh Sheehan would not be denied. The 28-year-old dominated the competition, winning every heat by unanimous decision to earn his first championship in the world’s most prestigious freestyle motocross series. Spain’s Dany Torres finished strong in second for the day, with Adam Jones from the United States earning his first podium of the season in third.

Sheehan has been charging in recent events, making determined progress against his rival from Down Under, New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood. After winning the first two events of 2014, Sherwood had clutched the top of the World Tour leaderboard all season long. When an ankle injury sustained in Qualifying yesterday prevented Sherwood from moving beyond the first round of the Final, Sheehan could have taken it easy. But he gave everything he had, defeating every opponent, including a spectacular Torres, with electrifying tricks like the double backflip and the Flair.

When the final World Tour standings were tallied, it was an emotional Sheehan in first, Sherwood in second, and Torres in third. Each now has one World Tour title under his belt. At the 50th Red Bull X-Fighters contest ever, the atmosphere was wild in the sold-out stands at Pretoria’s historic Union Buildings, as 22,000 fans thrilled to a sport that many were seeing live for the first time.
“I’ve been wanting this for years, and it’s a dream come true. I’m on top of the world.” said an overwhelmed Sheehan.

Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria Final Result
1. Josh Sheehan (AUS)
2. Dany Torres (ESP)
3. Adam Jones (USA)
4. Remi Bizouard (FRA)
5. Tom Pages (FRA)
6. Clinton Moore (AUS)
7. Taka Higashino (JPN)
8. Maikel Melero (ESP)
9. David Rinaldo (FRA)
10. Alastair Sayer (BOT)
11. Nick DeWit (RSA)
12. Levi Sherwood (NZL)

Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Final Standings
1. Josh Sheehan 360 points
2. Levi Sherwood 270
3. Dany Torres 265
4. Tom Pagès 235
5. Taka Higashino 180
6. Remi Bizouard 165
7. Adam Jones 140
8. Rob Adelberg 120
9 Clinton Moore 90
10. Maikel Melero 85

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2014 Red Bull X-Fighters – Final Pretoria, South Africa

 

Food is on, drinks are served and Team Nitro is keen for the the X-Fighters finals in Pretoria to start in just over an hour.  Here’s your link to watch it LIVE from 1230pm TODAY or you can watch it LIVE on the Red Bull App on your phone!  Register on my blog and I’ll email you the show on Monday so you can watch it whenever you like, I hope you’ve found my blogs on this years competition useful, I like to drag everything in to one place to keep content easy to find and my blog user friendly.

Here’s some photos from qualifying in South Africa.

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I’ve blogged about all of the X-Fighters rounds so far, you can catch up by going to the ‘2014 Red Bull X-Fighters’ category over to the left of this page, where you’ll find eight other blogs to bring you up to speed and amaze your eye balls at what these guys can do!  My blog running up to the finals is here.

Until 1230pm today, you can watch any of the four rounds on my blog and here’s some of the best bits from this year:

Best tricks from Osaka Japan.

That time Thomas Pagès wrote his name in FMX history by pulling off the first bike flip in competition.

Best tricks from Mexico City.

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2014 Red Bull X-Fighters – Warm up to the Finals

As you’ve come to expect, I will send everybody subscribed to my blog a link tomorrow morning to watch the finals LIVE from South Africa, don’t worry about a last minute search, Team Nitro have you covered.  We’ll even send you a link once it’s finsihed to watch the recorded show any time you like, so if you aren’t subscribed to the coolest blog on the planet head to the bottom right of the screen and click ‘follow’.  It starts at 1:30pm in Pretoria, so thats 12:30pm in the UK.

You can watch all of the rounds that led up to this years finals right here.

Bringing you up to speed on this weekends X-Fighters Final

Tomorrow, Saturday 23 August, will see one freestyle motocross rider (FMX) crowned the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Champion and only five points separate the two men at the top of the leader board, Levi Sherwood and Josh Sheehan.  Red Bull X-Fighters sees fierce rivalries every season, but this year the intensity seems more insane than ever as the competition heads into its first-ever season final on the African continent.

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Saturday’s action at the Union Buildings in Pretoria will determine the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Champion. For the riders, it’s the culmination of a year’s worth of work, innovation, hopes and dreams. But when the season started, few would have predicted that two men from Down Under would be battling it out for top honors.

The standings
This week, as the World Tour final comes to Africa for the first time, New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood stands in the lead with 265 points, and Australia’s Josh Sheehan is a hair’s breadth away with 260. Anything can happen in the world’s most prestigious freestyle event series. However, with the closest contenders – former champions Thomas Pagès of France and Dany Torres of Spain – 70 points and more behind, chances are that when the red dust settles on Saturday, either Sherwood or Sheehan will be on top of the World Tour podium.

The stakes
For Sherwood, the 2012 champion, taking the title would elevate him – at age 22 – to one of the all-time greats. The Kiwi already has the most Red Bull X-Fighters event wins in history (eight) and claiming a second championship would put him in the elite company of Nate Adams, the only rider to have won the World Tour twice (2009, 2010).

What’s on the line for 28-year-old Sheehan is the potential for his first-ever Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour title, something only seven other riders have ever claimed.

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Sherwood and Sheehan have a lot in common, including their extraordinary talent and, of course, their determination to claim the title on August 23. They also shared a lackluster year in 2013, when Pagès dazzled the judges with innovative tricks. But this season has been a different story. Pagès has been on-again, off-again, while Sherwood, a classic perfectionist, found a renewed joy in his riding, winning the first two 2014 events back to back.

And Sheehan, known as one of the hardest workers in the field, has finally come out of Sherwood’s shadow to chip away at his rival’s lead. Every time Sheehan has pulled out his mind-bending double backflip this year, he’s come out ahead of Sherwood, including the previous stop at Munich last month, where the Aussie stood on top of the podium. “It’s been cool to go up against Josh this year – it’s been a real challenge,” Sherwood states.

Sheehan meanwhile, comments, “If Levi rides smooth and effortless that gets rewarded more, so I almost need the double flip along with all the best tricks I’ve got to beat him.”

The track
In the last 2 weeks the track designers have created – with the classic red African soil – another masterpiece in front of the Union Buildings. The track in Pretoria is the biggest track with the most options this season, the riders will find an FMX playground that will offer more lines than any other track this year. Here is a video and some quick facts about it: 600 truck loads of dirt / 11.000 square meters / 5 Ramp Jumps / 3 Dirt-to-Dirt Jumps / 2 Quarter Pipes / 15+ total jump options.
Now hit play to see how this huge track was created.

While the momentum may seem to be in Sheehan’s favor, the results when Red Bull X-Fighters celebrates its 50th event on Saturday are anyone’s guess. First, there’s the altitude in Pretoria: at over 1,300 meters (4,300 feet), it’s unsure whether the riders’ bikes will be able to suck in enough air to power massive tricks like Sheehan’s double backflip.

After a track at a bullring in Madrid and a slopestyle course over water in Munich, Pretoria serves up the largest track of the season, with the most lines and options to choose from. Sherwood, who is renowned for his flow and finds it harder to differentiate his runs from the other riders on small courses, “can’t wait” for the freedom of a bigger playground.

He goes on, “If I go out there and give it everything I have and Sheeny does the same, then whoever wins deserves it.”

Riders List Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria, South Africa 2014 – read bios here

1. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
2. Josh Sheehan (AUS)
3. Tom Pages (FRA)
4. Dany Torres (ESP)
5. Taka Higashino (JPN)
6. David Rinaldo (FRA)
7. Remi Bizouard (FRA)
8. Adam Jones (USA)
9. Clinton Moore (AUS)
10. Maikel Melero (ESP)
11. Nick DeWit (RSA)
12. Alastair Sayer (BOT)

2014 Red Bull X-Fighters – Rnd 4 Munich, Germany 19 July 2014

After sharing the link so you could watch this round ‘live’ last weekend, I thought I’d share the recorded show to watch any time you like, good to you aren’t I?   🙂  If you haven’t registered on my blog, do it now so I can automatically send you the link to watch the final LIVE on 23 August, or if you are busy that day, as always I’ll send you a link to the recorded show to watch whenever you like.  Just hit the ‘Follow’ button at the bottom of the page.

The world’s most prestigious FMX tour dropped in on Munich; Germany on July 19. Once again, the world’s top riders invaded the Bavarian capital and performed their breathtaking tricks on the lake of Munich’s famous Olympic Park.  Yes, “…on the lake…”!

For the first time in FMX History the full track was be built on a lake with swimming pontoons. Believe it or not, but this revolutionary idea will not limit the track in any way. The competition in Munich is be the season’s penultimate round and could prove to be the decisive contest for the overall 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.  From Munich, the tour moves on to the season finale in Pretoria, South Africa.

 

2014 Red Bull X-Fighters – Rnd4 Munich, Germany

The next stop is Munich later today, so here’s your link to watch it LIVE from 5pm TODAY or you can watch it LIVE on the Red Bull App on your phone!  Hope you enjoy it guys, I can’t wait to watch it, and here’s some info to pass the next 50 minutes until the show.  Register on my blog and I’ll email you the show on Monday so you can watch it whenever you like, stay Nitro!

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At the next-to-last stop of the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Munich on July 19, the planet’s best freestyle motocross riders will battle to keep their championship hopes afloat on history’s first waterborne track.

After a game-changing contest in Madrid on June 27 – which saw Frenchman Thomas Pagès launch back into overall contention with the first-ever Bike Flip in freestyle motocross competition – no contender can settle for treading water at the Red Bull X-Fighters stop in Munich. With every rider pushing the limits, there’s still no clear favorite in the fight for the series podium; those who don’t go all out on history’s first floating FMX track will be destined to sink in the standings.
July 19 will mark the second time that the world’s most prestigious freestyle motocross event series has come to Munich, but a track like this has never been seen in the Bavarian capital – or anywhere. For the first time in the annals of FMX, the entire track will float on a body of water: the dazzling lake in famed Olympic Park.

Each rider will have to dive in and challenge the superkicker, two quarterpipes, four regular ramps, and two gap jumps on the ingenious structure that weighs as much as 12 Boeing 747s. Covering the length of 450 meters, it’s also the first linear Red Bull X-Fighters layout, demanding outstanding rhythm, stamina and focus.
Until Pagès delivered his revolutionary run in Madrid, this season belonged to New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood, whose stellar performances in Mexico City and Osaka proved he was back to the form that made him the 2012 world champion. But Pagès, who took the title from Sherwood in 2013, came roaring back from a slow start to this year with an inspired first-place performance at the season’s midway point in the Spanish capital. Executing a gravity-defying double backflip, Australia’s Josh Sheehan was right behind, leaving Sherwood in third place at Las Ventas bullring despite near-flawless runs.
Pagès won in Munich in 2012. Can he use the momentum from Madrid to incorporate his massive tricks into fluid runs once again? The contender who does may ride the wave all the way to the championship as the World Tour moves to its final stop in Pretoria, South Africa this August.

 

2014 Red Bull X-Fighters – Rnd3 Madrid, Spain 27 June

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After sharing the live link for you to watch last Fridays Live show in Madrid, I thought I’d also share the video for those of you who couldn’t watch it live.  #TeamNitro watched it, and wow, those boys put on an epic show.  I’m not so sure I agree with the judges in every round but what can you do?  All in all it was a sick show, so here you are, watch it whenever you can and don’t forget we’ve got you covered for the next round in Munich on 19 July, we’ll send you the live link, if you’re registered on my blog of course, so if you aren’t, go to the bottom of the page and hit the ‘Follow’ button, or simply drop me a line here and I’ll send you our blogs of only the coolest of things!

Back to X-Fighters….You know the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid. This amazing bullring has been on the calendar for over a decade and it has witnessed some truly titanic head-to-head battles in its time.

From Robbie Maddison showing off the spectacular Volt (Body Varial) that earned him victory in 2010 to Tom Pagès throwing down an incredible sequence of never-seen, gravity defying moves last year, the competition in Madrid has intensified with each passing year.

Perhaps it’s the tight confines that put the always-fired-up crowd right at the heart of the frenzied action, or maybe it’s bullring’s tradition as a home of gladiatorial combat, but Madrid often sees some of the best action of the whole year.

Since 2002, the FMX elite has been flying through the air consistently at Las Ventas, one of the world’s most famous bullfighting arenas. In 2013, France’s Tom Pagès was crowned the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour champion with a heart-stopping performance in Madrid. His victory completed the most exciting season in the thirteen-year history of the world’s premiere freestyle motocross competition with more winners and even more spectacular tricks than ever. Japan’s Taka Hagashino finished second and Chile’s Javier Villegas took the third place.

Rider list
– Levi Sherwood (NZL)
– Remi Bizouard (FRA)
– Josh Sheehan (AUS)
– Dany Torres (ESP)
– Rob Adelberg (AUS)
– Adam Jones (USA)
– Tom Pagès (FRA)
– David Rinaldo (FRA)
– Javier Villegas (CHL)
– Taka Higashino (JPN)
– Maikel Melero (ESP)
– Clinton Moore (AUS)

2014 Red Bull X-Fighters – Rnd1 Mexico City, Mexico 14 March

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What can we expect from Mexico?  The traditional season opener in Mexico City has been a staple of the Red Bull X-Fighters calendar from 2005 to 2010 – but after a two-year break – the Mexican capital made it back on the tour schedule in 2013 and will kick off the season one more time in 2014. With its delighted fans and the most famous bullring in the world, the city offers a stunning backdrop and is the perfect venue for the Red Bull X-Fighters spectacle.

Each year, the Monumental Plaza de Toros is completely filled and the FMX daredevils execute their tricks in front of 38,000 screaming fans, to the sound of huge drums and the traditional white cloths – made popular by the fans at football games and bullfights. In fact, the bullfighting element is an integral life component in Mexico. Its complicated rules and regulations contain a whole series of hidden symbols whose meanings go far beyond that of a mere battle of man against animal.

Riders List
1. Tom Pages (FRA)
2. Dany Torres (ESP)
3. Remi Bizouard (FRA)
4. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
5. Rob Adelberg (AUS)
6. Javier Villegas (CHL)
7. Josh Sheehan (AUS)
8. Libor Podmol (CZE)
9. Adam Jones (USA)
10. Maikel Melero (ESP)
11. Clinton Moore (AUS)
12. Erick Ruiz (MEX)

 

2014 Red Bull X-Fighters – Rnd2 Osaka, Japan 25 May

Red Bull sure choose the best places to hold X-Fighters, who wouldn’t want to watch these top athletes, flying through the air on their motocross bikes with Japans as the backdrop?  Wow!!!  Watch this jaw dropping round below.

Any way, more about this round of the competition.  The Osaka Castle and the Nishinomaru Garden will be – for the second time in a row – the venue for the Japanese leg of the tour, giving FMX fans the thrill of a lifetime. Japan’s most famous castle is located in the heart of Osaka and is easy to access for every fan.

Nishinomaru Garden, designated as a special historical site, is about 6.5 hectares and lies west of the castle and is full of greenery with some 600 cherry blossom trees, which are attracting numerous viewers throughout the year.
The park, which offers a magnificent view on the castle tower and the stonewalls, was opened to the public in 1965 and is the former residence of Kita no Mandokoro, the General Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s wife. Hideyoshi built the castle in the 16th century and was a preeminent warrior, general, and politician regarded as Japan’s second “great unifier”.

Rider List
1. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
2. Dany Torres (ESP)
3. Tom Pages (FRA)
4. Rob Adelberg (AUS)
5. Maikel Melero (ESP)
6. Libor Podmol (CZE)
7. Remi Bizouard (FRA)
8. Taka Higashino (JPN)
9. Wes Agee (USA)
10. David Rinaldo (FRA)
11. To be announced
12. Local Wild Card Winner (JPN)

2014 Red Bull X-Fighters – Rnd3 Madrid, Spain

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2014 Red Bull X-Fighters Pages Qualifying

Want to know about tonights show?  The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid. This amazing bullring has been on the calendar for over a decade and it has witnessed some truly titanic head-to-head battles in its time.

From Robbie Maddison showing off the spectacular Volt (Body Varial) that earned him victory in 2010 to Tom Pagès throwing down an incredible sequence of never-seen, gravity defying moves last year, the competition in Madrid has intensified with each passing year.

Perhaps it’s the tight confines that put the always-fired-up crowd right at the heart of the frenzied action, or maybe it’s bullring’s tradition as a home of gladiatorial combat, but Madrid often sees some of the best action of the whole year.

Since 2002, the FMX elite has been flying through the air consistently at Las Ventas, one of the world’s most famous bullfighting arenas. In 2013, France’s Tom Pagès was crowned the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour champion with a heart-stopping performance in Madrid. His victory completed the most exciting season in the thirteen-year history of the world’s premiere freestyle motocross competition with more winners and even more spectacular tricks than ever. Japan’s Taka Hagashino finished second and Chile’s Javier Villegas took the third place.

 

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2014 Red Bull X-Fighters

Red Bull Josh Sheehan KOD Flip

There aren’t many things more worthy of blogging about than Red Bull X-Fighters, so here we go!!!!

There has already been two rounds of fantastic tricks and motorbike madness and I can’t wait for round 3 in Madrid later tonight.

So stick around and I’ll share links to watch the shows ‘LIVE’ and videos of all the action so you can enjoy them any time.  Why not comment and tell me who your fave rider is?  What tricks you’re hoping to see and who you predict to be the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighter gold medalist at the final in Pretoria, South Africa on 25 August.

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