- David Rinaldo
- Resides in:
- Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France
- Yamaha YZ 250
- FMX since:
David Rinaldo began his career like most others did, as a young kid riding dirt bikes. After a few years of racing in the French junior motocross championships, the NLF team rider decided to turn his attention to riding freestyle full-time at the age of 13. Once the young Frenchman felt comfortable on the freestyle ramps, he began travelling around France to meet and ride other riders as much as possible and work on upgrading his trick level and style. Along the way, David joined a few crews in the south of France. The Lazytrop and the Izzo brothers loved his attitude and immediately added him to the show team.
Rinaldo is a perfect example of the diversity of the sport. The 25 year old would normally be considered as a New School rider; however, David is faithful to the Old School mindset and has his body covered in classic rider tattoos.
The most important thing for David is to stay real. He expresses a profound affection for the roots of FMX with his style while also mixing things up with some heavy new school tricks. Being included on the riders list for Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid in 2011 was like a present from heaven for David. He was able to prove himself during the previous year in his rookie contest and made a name for himself with his extraordinary style. But Rinaldo pressed too hard and crashed out.
Nevertheless, it was a dream come true for the resident of Narbonne and he is looking forward to following the footsteps of his idols such as Metzger, Pastrana, Stenberg and Nate Adams with an appearance on the big stage inside the Plaza del Torros. Having Double Grab Flips and other gnarly combos in his quiver of tricks, Rinaldo can rock the house and could be a surprise package at any event in which he competes.
After some promising results on the 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour and a top IFMXF overall result, "Rdav" got three wildcards for the 2014 tour. Even though he had some great results at other events, David was unable to step his game up at the Red Bull X-Fighters events in Osaka, Madrid and South Africa, even if his latest contest results and extensive bag of tricks look more than promising. After missing the event in Mexico for the season opening, David busted back onto the 2015 tour in his typical manner trying all to get the crowd pumped and finishing on the podium. In Greece and Spain, that plan almost worked out and Rinaldo went home with a strong 4th place. The event in South Africa did not work that good for him, but he was able to collect some valuable points for the overall ranking. David had his best ever tour result ending up on the 6th spot, even if he only competed in three out of five events. Watch out for the young French rider once you see him on any upcoming riders list.