Courtesy of Red Bull Media Room
After Red Bull X-Fighters win, Kiwi aiming for a first X Games gold in Minneapolis.
The New Zealand rider clinched the crown at the notorious Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in front of a 20,000-strong crowd with two double backflips in a single run, the first time that has been achieved in competition history.
The 25-year-old is hoping to continue his run of firsts having never celebrated gold at the X Games previously with a trio of silver medals to his name.
Confidence is sky high and, as a result, Sherwood is very much the man to beat.
Reflecting on the second X-Fighters victory of his career and his first for five years, he said: “It’s been a long time coming. The wins are fewer and farther between.
“This feels really good. I’m fascinated with making stuff better and seeing the sport progress.”
The four-day X Games Minneapolis gets under way on Thursday with an estimated 600 truck loads of dirt dumped onto the venue surface to get it in shape for the riders.
New for this year is the Moto X Quarterpipe High Air, the premise simple that the winner is the rider that gets higher into the air than any other competitor.
The X Games have been a feature on the summer sporting calendar since 1995 with competitors from skateboarding to BMX riding and motocross.
Saturday 15 July
12pm – Men’s BMX Park
1.45pm – Moto X Step Up
3.30pm – Skateboard Big Air
5pm – Skateboard Street Am’s
6pm – Men’s Skateboard Street
7.30pm – Women’s Skateboard Park
8.45pm – Moto X Best Whip
9pm – Moto X Best Trick Final