Australia's Clinton Moore made it two in a row in the 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour with an epic victory over Frenchman Thomas Pagès in Athens in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,000. Moore, who also won the season opener in Mexico City, delivered a midsummer's night dream of a run on the biggest track of the season inside a white marble quarry.
In a breathtaking final that will be remembered for the ages, Moore was absolutely flawless in the vast Athens track carved out of the Dionyssos Marble Quarry with a mind-boggling array of tricks to defeat the 2013 World Tour winner Pagès. Moore sent the big Athens crowd into a frenzy with his brilliant execution of a most spectacular array of tricks such as the Bundy, the Flair and a Volt with a first-ever no-handed landing.
Australia's Rob Adelberg took third on the biggest track of the season, while David Rinaldo got a career-best fourth on a fantastic night in front of frenetic crowd in Athens.
"I felt a lot of stress coming in here and had a lot of pressure on me coming to Athens," said Moore, whose victory in Mexico was the first time in his career that he even made it beyond the Quarterfinals. "I managed to deal with it and I threw down the tricks that I wanted to do. Here I am first again. I'm over the moon. This is the most amazing course I've ever seen."
Pagès was also outstanding and creative in his final run, nailing the Alley-Oop Flair for the first time ever in a competition. But something went wrong on his trademark Bike Flip and he had to abandon his bike in midair, falling into the white marble dust. He scrambled to get back on the bike and finished his run solidly, but it was not enough to beat Moore.
The five stop 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour moves on to Madrid (Spain) on July 10 after kicking off in Mexico City and the stop in Athens. Pretoria (South Africa) will follow on September 12 before the world's most prestigious FMX series concludes in the United Arab Emirates on October 30.
Final Results Red Bull X-Fighters Athens - Greece
1. Clinton Moore (AUS)
2. Thomas Pagès (FRA)
3. Rob Adelberg (AUS)
4. David Rinaldo (FRA)
5. Josh Sheehan (AUS)
6. Dany Torres (ESP)
7. Adam Jones (USA)
8. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
9. Remi Bizouard (FRA)
10. Javier Villegas (CHI)
11. Nick Franklin (NZL)
12. Christian Meyer (ESP)
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