At a wind-whipped Qualifying for Friday's Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour season opener in Mexico City, New Zealand's Levi Sherwood scored highest in a fierce fight for the top placement.
In Thursday's Qualifying for the opener of the 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour at the Monumental Plaza de Toros, the season's tightest track was host to an equally tight battle. In a 12-man freestyle motocross field that included four former World Tour champions, it was 2012 titleholder Levi Sherwood of New Zealand who took best advantage of the ramps and quarterpipes, nailing his new ramp-to-dirt Transfer Flip and earning the night's highest score.
Despite winds that whipped into the bowl of the world's largest bullring, Sherwood wasn't the only one daring to go huge. The surprise second-place finisher for the night was Australia's Clinton Moore, whose massive tricks narrowly edged out 2013 titleholder Thomas Pagès of France by a mere one-tenth of a point. Spaniard Dany Torres, the 2011 World Tour champion, was hot on their heels in fourth.
The evening saw two mishaps. Mexico City's own Erick Ruiz landed off the bike on his body varial, but got up quickly and will be ready to compete in Round 1 on Friday. After crashing on his new California Roll trick, Switzerland's Mat Rebeaud was transported to the hospital. He is conscious and stable, but must stay under observation and therefore will not take part in the competition.
The Qualifying results determine the starting order for Friday's Finals in the world's most prestigious freestyle motocross series, where as always a capacity crowd of 38,000 will go wild for their favorites.
Watch Red Bull X-Fighters Mexico LIVE!
Tickets: Ticketmaster Mexico
Webcast: We will stream the entire competition LIVE on redbullxfighters.com and Red Bull TV will broadcast from the Quarter Finals on. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit about.redbull.tv.
Please note that the broadcast is geo-blocked in the USA, but will be shown exclusively on Fox Sports 1
Start Times: 9:00 pm CST on redbullxfighters.com with exclusive Round 1 coverage | 9:30 pm CST on Red Bull TV
March 6: Canada: 10:00 pm EST || March 7: Brasil: 12:00 am BRT | UK: 3:00 am GMT | Europe: 4:00 am CET | UAE: 7:00 am GST | Japan: 12:00 pm JST | Australia: 2:00 pm AEST | New Zealand: 4.00 pm NZST
Video on Demand: The entire competition will be available as a VoD right after the event on redbullxfighters.com and Red Bull TV. In the US right after the event was aired on Fox Sport 1.
TV: The event will broadcast LIVE on TV Azteca in Mexico. For more TV stations around the globe please check your local listings.
Live Results: For real-time results and standings visit redbullxfighters.com/results