Levi Sherwood grew up on two wheels and has spent the last 18 years following the footsteps of his father, Dave Sherwood, a professional speedway racer, and establishing himself as the shooting star of the international FMX scene. Initially set on a path in MX racing, it didn't take long for Levi to realize that he loved jumping and learning new tricks. Even though he is still racing the occasional MX and SX for fun, FMX is where the 22-year-old's heart and soul is. Having competed on the Crusty Tour and battled in national events in his native New Zealand and Australia for several years, Sherwood used his international debut at the Red Bull X-Fighters in Mexico City to showcase that he is yet another wonder from Down Under by rocking up with a wildcard and winning the main event! A starting place for the following Red Bull X-Fighters event in Calgary followed, and the rest is history. Despite not being able to repeat his debut win, Sherwood established himself as one of the top riders on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2009 with solid performances and outrageous tricks. In 2009, his sixth place in the overall standings got him qualified for the 2010 season, and Sherwood was one of the five guys to battle for the title that year. Everything seemed to work in Sherwood´s favor with a win in Moscow, a silver medal at X-Games, and another victory in London, but then he crashed badly at the ASA World Championships of FMX in Pomona, California.
The injuries forced him out of the final battle in Rome and Sherwood watched the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour finale on television. After a few months of recovery, Sherwood got back on his bike at the end of 2010 to train for the upcoming 2011 Nitro Circus Tour in New Zealand, and that was a good training for him to get serious again in Dubai for the season opener. Winning the Swatch Best Move that night, Sherwood got a strong fifth place, which demonstrated that he was getting back in good shape. The most impressive performance was a fourth place in Brazil without any upside-down trick in his runs.
Due to an injury, Sherwood was not able to ride all the stops of the 2011 tour, but the strong-willed Kiwi came back for the Sydney finale and – in his usual relaxed manner – finished second. After a few ups and downs in the last two years, Sherwood had the best season of his career with three Red Bull X-Fighters wins and an overall victory in Sydney. Sherwood kicked-off the 2013 season with a solid third place in Mexico City and was able to step his game up in Dubai, only losing in the finals against Dany Torres. The stops in Japan and Spain got him mid-field results, and the young Kiwi ended up fifth overall, which entitles him to ride any of the 2014 stopsand to do better. With a more than solid performance in Mexico, Sherwood came back to the top spot after winning the stop in 2009. His rivals where shocked to see that Levi did not only carry the momentum to Japan, he was even able to step up his game in Osaka on the biggest track of the season. Tricks in perfection from the first training session to the final round was what the KTM rider offered to the crowd and made him a well-deserved winner. Remembering the mid-season win in Madrid 2012 - in the year when he became World Tour Champion - Sherwood gave it all for the three-peat but had to surrender against a double-flipping Sheehan who had one of his best runs of his career. Traveling to Munich, the young Kiwi had a feeling of déjà vu and ended up third again but was ready to give it all for the championship on the final stop in South Africa. All looked promising and the winner of the first two stops of the season demonstrated that he was still in the race for the championship with his training runs. Going into the first qualifier round, Sherwood under-rotated a flip combo and went down hard, taking away all hopes to ride the main event. Overall, the New Zealander ended up second in 2014 and opened up the 2015 season with a bang.
The decision of the judges in Mexico City must have been the toughest in the history of the biggest bullfight arena of the world with Sherwood ending up disappointed on 2nd place. Unfortunately, it did not get uphill for the KTM rider on the second stop, even if he was in top form. After a crash in his run in Athens, he lost his head-to-head run and went home with his worst result of the year. From the 8th spot in Greece, Levi stepped it up and got 2nd in Madrid before bad luck stroked on him – ending his season early due to old injuries and the need to remove some old hardware from his body. With only showing up at three of the five events, the Kiwi ended up with an impressive 5th place overall and should be more than ready for the 2016 competition in Madrid. Like every year, the Spanish crowd will go nuts when Sherwood brings his tricks to another level and see his style that you can´t buy anywhere, no matter how much cash you want to put down for it.
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