Sherwood aims to break duck

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Room

Levi Sherwood of New Zealand performs during the finals of the Red Bull X-fighters in Madrid, Spain on July 7, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

After Red Bull X-Fighters win, Kiwi aiming for a first X Games gold in Minneapolis.

Levi Sherwood is hoping his winning streak can stretch to the Summer X Games after wowing the crowds at Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid.

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.

Levi Sherwood of New Zealand celebrates his victory at the Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid, Spain on July 7, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

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.

Event finals (all times CT)
Thursday 13 July
5pm – BMX Vert
5.45pm – Skateboard Vert
6.30pm – Hooligan Racing
8.30pm – Flat Track Racing

Ryan Decenzo competes in the Men’s Skateboard Street Final during X Games at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, USA on June 04, 2016 –
Photographer Credit:
Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool

Friday 14 July
5pm – BMX Street
6.30pm – Women’s Skateboard Street
8pm – BMX Big Air
9pm – Moto X Freestyle

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

Garrett Reynolds performs during the Simple Session in Tallinn, Estonia on February 5, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

Sunday 16 July
10am – Skateboard Park Am’s
12pm – BMX Dirt
1.30pm – Skateboard Park
3.30pm – Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick
3.45pm – Moto X Quarterpipe High Air

 

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