Tom Pagès is Feeling the Pressure

Tom Pages in the Pit - Abu Dhabi 2015
Who will come out on top in the do-or-die season finale?

Thomas Pagès admitted he was feeling the pressure from Clinton Moore ahead of their Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour title showdown in Abu Dhabi on Friday after watching the Australian nail a breathtaking 120-foot jump in their freestyle motocross training.

France's Thomas Pagès, who is looking to win his second World Tour title, and his rival Clinton Moore from Australia are in a dead-heat with two wins apiece after four stops this year with the championship on the line to whoever comes out on top in the do-or-die season finale.

"I'm pretty stressed actually after seeing his new trick," said Pagès ahead of Qualifying on Thursday after watching Moore ace two long-distance Volts on the 120-foot dirt-to-dirt jump (37 meters) – a trick that had never been done before at that distance. Difficult as it is, there are only a small handful of riders who do the Volt - and the at most on a 75- or 90-foot jump. "The pressure is on my side. I'll have to do a perfect run against him."

Pagès is trying to become only the second rider to win three Red Bull X-Fighters tour stops in a row, after Mat Rebaud (SUI) did it in 2008, and to become only the second rider to win two World Tour titles, after Nate Adams (USA) accomplished that in 2009 and 2010. But the Frenchman, who won the 2013 World Tour, knows that it can all go wrong, as happened in 2012 when he was crashed in the Season Final and lost the title to Levi Sherwood (NZL).

Making Moore's trick even more spectacular in the 35°C heat in Abu Dhabi is that he is the only rider to do the Volt from the massive dirt jump set up in the center of the track that is just off the sparkling turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf.

"In the first practice out there I hit the 120-foot jump and felt like I could do the Volt so I tried it the next time out and did it perfect," said Moore. " I'll use the Volt to put pressure on Tom if we meet in the final." Moore, appearing extremely relaxed at a press conference with Pagès, said he was pleased with his season no matter what happens on Friday.

"I said at the start of the year that if I'm in the top five at the end of the tour, I'll be happy with myself," he said. "Now I'm tied for first with Tom. As far as pressure goes, I'm not letting it get to me and just enjoying where I am and what I've been doing this year."


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