ASA World Championships of FMX: Taka Higashino Wins 2011 Event
The riders' high energy and flair at the 2011 ASA World Championships of Freestyle Motocross kept the Californian fans on their feet throughout the night, but it was Taka Higashino who really made them cheer.
The extreme rider lineup brought veterans and up-comers together to compete in the head-to-head contest for the Title of World Champion.
Taka Higashino earned the title with his crisp tricks, several different back flip combinations, and creativity on every single jump. Australia’s Rob Adelberg claimed second and Todd Potter rounded out the podium.
The FMX athletes pulled out all the stops to show off huge tricks, combinations, extensions and upside down tricks. All of the riders had their 240-pound bikes flying up to 120 feet to prove who had the skills to take the win.
The event featured a head-to-head contest, with first place from each round advancing to the semi-finals and then on to the final heat. The contest was judged on the tricks performed during their best run.
“Coming into the final I thought it was Adelberg’s night to win,” said Head Judge Chuck Carothers. “Higashino pulled out some tricks we hadn’t seen and had a great 75-second run.”
In the earlier rounds of the 2011 ASA World Championships of Freestyle Motocross, Libor Podmol showed everyone that he deserved his spot in the contest by performing big underflips and back flip variations. Podmol continues to impress the industry and fans alike with his growth in turn around on technical tricks.
Once again, the iXS European Downhill Cup finale made its way to Châtel, France. A total of 301 riders from 20 countries participated in the 2011 event, fighting to gain points for the overall rankings.
Australian hero Josh Sheehan won the event on his home soil on Cockatoo Island in front of a sell-out crowd of 11,000 at the world’s most prestigious FMX competition, the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.