- Clinton Moore
- Resides in:
- Bundaberg, Australia
- Yamaha YZ 250
- FMX since:
Clinton Moore grew up on a small farm in Bundaberg, a town located on the north-east coast of Australia. Like most of the other famous riders from Down Under, the 25-year-old started riding a dirtbike when he was just a little kid, using the acres of terrain around the family farm to develop his bike skills before eventually deciding that his ultimate goal would be to become a professional FMX rider.
Moore originally got into the sport through his big sister's boyfriend, who lent him a few classic freestyle motocross DVDs. When he turned 15 years old, he decided to try a backflip – after all, he already had all other tricks dialed in. His first attempt didn't quite work out, and an under-rotated flip would end up sending the teenager to the hospital with two broken arms. So what did Clinton do? He came back a few months later and nailed it.
The young Aussie's profession - a qualified excavator driver - seems to be the perfect match for his love for FMX. With a six-acre compound including a foam pit, a few ramps and dirt kickers to execute old tricks and learn new ones, Clinton certainly has a lot of opportunities to practice his dirt-pushing skills.
Travelling to Madrid for Red Bull X-Fighters in July 2010 was his first step on the way to becoming a Qantas Frequent Flyer in record time – just days later he had to be in LA for the first practice session of X-Games 16, before then returning home for a few days to see his girlfriend and two kids.
With his appearance at the Red Bull X-Fighters in London 2010, Clinton completed the final leg of his 'Triple X Tour', throwing down more than one Volt during the weekend to fire up the British crowd, just like he did with his home fans during the Nitro Circus Tour.
Clinton couldn't wait to get back on the tour after a not-so-successful 2012 season but a nasty shoulder injury forced him to stay off the bike for quite some time in 2013. Moore came back strong in the big competitions during the Summer after the 2014 Nitro Circus Tour and at his first Red Bull X-Fighters event in 2014 he amazed fans in Madrid with gnarly tricks like the Doom. It turned out that his opponent Sheehan was just that little bit stronger. Even with a solid job in Munich and Pretoria, the Aussie was never able to reach the semi-finals - Levi Sherwood and Dany Torres are not easy guys to beat. Anyhow, Clinton is a spectacular rider with an incredible bag of tricks that amazes the fans in every country and that's exactly the reason why he was back in business for Pastrana's Nitro Circus Tour. The riding time and the practice sessions gave him the confidence to show his true potential in the 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.
Right from the 2015 season opener, the Yamaha rider showed his fellow riders that he was ready to battle for the championship by giving Sherwood a hell of a final round. In the end, Moore won by the smallest margin, but tasting his first victory encouraged him to train even harder and secure the top podium spot at the following event in Athens. As Las Ventas is usually the hardest stop to win – especially if Tom Pagès is around – Clinton's run of consecutive victories came to an end in Madrid, although he still reached the podium in third place. He then topped that result at the next round in Pretoria and got closer to Pagès' heels once again before achieving his biggest victory at the World Tour final in Abu Dhabi. It was there that he scored enough points to seal the 2015 championship!
Moore switched roles at Madrid in 2016: he went from being the hunter to becoming the hunted! The inked Aussie showed that he was on top of his game in Las Ventas but wasn't able to beat Tom Pagès and finished runner-up to the four-time winner.
Looking at Clinton's current top form and knowing that Tom has just come off a shoulder surgery, it might be Moore's time to finally win the most prestigious event in the sport of FMX.