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Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria Results and Rider Quotes

17,000 fans in Pretoria, South Africa witnessed one of the tightest Freestyle Motocross competitions in history with an incredible high level of modern riding at Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria. The final saw Tom Pagès and Clinton Moore battling it out with a never before seen intensity of riding. With Pagès winning, these two are now tied in points before the final showdown in Abu Dhabi on October 30th.

17000 Freestyle Motocross fans gathers to watch Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria
1st Tom Pagès now has set his focus on winning back the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour championship and showed no signs of weakness. “Because of a bad crash I suffered before this event I came here with no practice and was not sure what to expect. I knew Clinton and Josh would be good, but did not expect them to be as good as they rode. Without a very clean run it would not have been possible to go through. I am happy with myself and my riding. To win here gives me a lot of motivation for the final in Abu Dhabi. I want to go to Abu Dhabi with another new trick, I want to be even better there!”
Pagès has been working on the Double Backflip but didn’t bring it in Pretoria, as his bike was underpowered due to altitude. He also has the Frontflip on lock and if the right ramp is setup in Abu Dhabi, we will see him add it to his run.

Tom Pages wins Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria
2nd Clinton Moore redeemed himself from a bad qualification by working himself into the finals with more than impressive runs, being the first person in the world to showcase the Volt off a dirt takeoff several times. “I cleaned up my head today, gave it my best and finished in second place. I am happy about that. The level in the final was incredible. Now it feels like the season is starting again, being tied in points for the lead before Abu Dhabi. I am hoping I can learn something new for there.”

Clinton Moore becomes the first person in the world to showcase the Volt off a dirt takeoff
3rd Taka Higashino convinced with a big portion of style and difficult tricks and proved to be a contender for a top position. “I was sick for a week before coming here and was about to cancel my participation in this event. This is why I am super happy about my result. I am also happy that I landed the 540 here. The level is crazy, everybody is risking a lot now!”
When asked what 5 things made his X-Fighters Pretoria weekend, Taka responded, “540 Flair, scary, having a good time, tried my best and awesome South Africa.”

Taka Higashine adding the 540 Flair to his arsenal of FMX tricks
4th Josh Sheehan is finally turning his season around barely missing the podium and finals even though he was landing the double backflip. “Everybody was throwing their biggest tricks, unfortunately I had to go up against Tom. But I am happy, I landed my best run I could possibly do and did no major mistakes. The level of riding is insane, it is next level!”

Josh Sheehan scoring himself 4th place at Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria
5th Rob Adelberg could not succeed as well as in the qualification, but had a very impressive quarterfinal run against Clinton Moore, which had podium caliber. “It was stiff competition going up against Clinton, I was a little unlucky to go up against him. The result was a little bit closer than what I expected, so I am happy I did my best and pulled all the tricks I wanted. Now I will go home and work on some more for the next one.”

Rob Adelberg with a massive Backflip Combo to take 5th place at Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria
6th David Rinaldo did not make it into the semi finals for the first time this year after two unfamiliar dead sailors in his quarterfinal run and was very disappointed. “This weekend was not good for me. I had a big crash in practice and totally messed up my run today. Definitely not a good event for me, but it is what it is.”

Doublegrab Backflip by David Rinaldo at X-Fighters Pretoria
7th Maikel Melero put on a lot of pressure onto Taka Higashino in the quarterfinal, showed new tricks and that he is back to his top level that he had before his injury earlier this year. “I am happy with my riding, even though my front suspension broke before qualification. My mechanic fixed it as good as he could with the conditions given, but it was not 100% perfect. I am very happy that I could do Flairs, Egg Rolls and Body Varials with this, but I could not do my best flip combos. I am looking forward to Abu Dhabi, because I know I can do even better.”

Freestyle Motocross Body Varial by Maikel Melero
8th Remi Bizouard worked his way through the first round into the quarterfinals by showing his big extensions and the Volt as his joker trick, the trick that knocked him out of competition in Madrid. “I am really happy about what I did here. It was a tough week, I had a crash on Friday in practice, but I turned it around and really enjoyed my last few runs here and the amazing crowd.”

Remi Bizouard showcasing some of the best Freestyle Motocross ever seen in Pretoria
9th Adam Jones missed advancing into the quarterfinals by only 0.1 points, even though he threw a massive Doublegrab Backflip to start his run with. “I had a little mistake in my run today after I got a little kick at the takeoff that I was not expecting and that threw me off right off the bat. But sometimes you need to get beat to get hungry again.”

Adam Jones with a huge Rocksolid in the Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria finals
10th Javier Villegas rode without mistakes and with good extensions, but did not make it through the first round. “I am happy with my riding, but the level is pretty damn high right now. I hope to get some time in the foampit to work on new tricks.”

FMX style by Javier Villegas
11th Alastair Sayer rode the best we’ve ever seen him ride on home soil and showed very technical tricks in his qualification, but suffered from crashes. In the first round he impressed by flipping the massive dirt jump. “This week I had all sorts of ups and downs of competitive Freestyle. Unfortunately I made a few mistakes today, but the whole week was awesome and I am thankful that I got a chance to come out here and accomplish my personal goals, which I am stoked about.”

Huge backflip by Alastair Sayer over the 30 meter dirt hit at Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria
12th Dany Torres decided to not start in the main competition sustaining a patellar contusion from his crash in the qualification.

The 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters Pretoria podium finishers
The 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour final will take place on October 30th in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Photos by Rich Sutherland

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