Flying Kiwi: Freestyle Motocross Star Levi Sherwood Triumphs at X-Fighters Sydney, Crowned World Champion

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It was the closest Championship battle in Red Bull X-Fighters history. And this time, a flying Kiwi emerged from the carnage victorious.

Oakley’s New Zealand-born Freestyle Motocross Star, Levi Sherwood, was rightly crowned with the 2012 World Title following a super hotly contested struggle between the top riders on the Planet throughout the year. Finally culminating with an ultra intense event in Sydney, the tour came to an explosive end with Levi and fellow O star Thomas Pages’ dueling head-to-head in the ‘land down under’ for all the hardware.

A series of magnificent runs saw Levi triumph over the impressive Frenchman in Australia and overall, but the ultimate result only came after a tumultuous season with immense challenges.

“There were a lot of ups and downs during the whole season,” Levi said, celebrating his victory in his Oakley Crowbar MX Goggles and sun eyewear. “I knew beating Thomas was going to be really difficult. He definitely made it a challenge, and to come here for another win is amazing.”

To put it lightly, Thomas did everything in his power to position himself for a Championship.

He had been dazzling audiences far and wide – shelling out gnarly new tricks in the second half of the season. Clipping Levi in Munich with his mind-boggling Flair maneuver (540 degree mid-air spin) and the Volt (spinning mid-air above his bike), everything came down to the wire as Sydney approached (coupled by some key losses from the Kiwi). Both were tied at 235 points each.

But Levi’s victories in Dubai, Madrid and Sydney ultimately rendered his position insurmountable.

It was the closest finish in the 12-year history of the X-Fighters tour.

Dany Torres, the 2011 Champion, finished the season in a solid second-place finish – with Thomas grabbing second overall.

Congratulations Levi, Thomas and Dany for the magical season!

Results Sydney 2012:
1. Levi Sherwood (NZL), 2. Thomas Pages (FRA), 3. Josh Sheehan (AUS), 4.
Jackson Strong (AUS), 5. Eigo Sato (JPN), 6. Taka Higashino (JPN), 7. Dany Torres (ESP) , 8.
Cameron Sinclair (AUS), 9. Blake Williams (AUS), 10. Javier Villegas (CHL), 11. Todd Potter (USA)

Results World Tour 2012:
1. Sherwood 335 points, 2. Pages 315, 3. Torres 215, 4. Villegas 190, 5. Sato
190, 6. Potter 155;