Freestyle bikers stir up red dust at Union Building's gardens

Innovative Tom Pagès, is changing the game in freestyle motocross with his unique two wheeled tricks.

Winner of X-Fighters Freestyle World Tour in Pretoria, South Africa is Clinton Moore from Australia (centre), alongside Clinton Moore from Australia in second place (left) and Taka Higashino from Japan in third place. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A crowd of 17,000 freestyle motocross fans, gathered at the gardens below Union Buildings in Pretoria, to watch 12 contestants compete in the fourth stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.

Bikers from Australia, Botswana, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom, brought their a-game, as judges awarded them scores for variety, execution, style, use of the course and the overall energy expended, as they entertained the audience.

Tom Pagès of France beat off the competition by performing his signature Alley-Oop Flair, Bike Flip and Special Flip, as well as the Transfer Flip which are considered some of the most insane tricks possible on two wheels.

"This weekend has been insane," said Pagès. "Now I've got time to go back and really practice hard ahead of Abu Dhabi. I want to add a new trick to my list there and to ride even better in the finale for sure."

Australian Clinton Moore was awarded second place in this stage after having achieved first place in the Mexican and Greek events of this year's tour.

"I am going to try to learn something new as well for Abu Dhabi but I do not have a lot of time," said Moore.

"From here I am going home to spend a week with my two children during the school holidays. I will only have one week after that during which to try out a new trick because I will be travelling to the US for show performances."

Third place went to Taka Higashino from Japan who until now has been rated 11th in the 2015 world tour standings. He has no plans to learn any new tricks before the next part of the tour. He thinks that his fellow competitors are completely crazy after seeing their performances in Pretoria.

From South Africa the tour moves onto Abu Dhabi for the final on October 30, where the competition is going to be tight. Tom Pages and Clinton Moore are now tie ranking in first position with 280 points each overall in the world rankings.