epa04927083 This multiple exposure image shows Australian rider, Clinton Moore performing a trick during the Redbull X Fighters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, 12 September 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK
epa04927083 This multiple exposure image shows Australian rider, Clinton Moore performing a trick during the Redbull X Fighters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, 12 September 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK KIM LUDBROOK

Clinton Moore makes a stunning recovery in Pretoria

FREESTYLE motocross is a sport like no other because not only can one small mistake shatter bones, it can destroy the hopes and dreams of any rider in a split second.

After the qualifying rounds in the Red Bull X-Fighters round in Pretoria, South Africa, Bundaberg's Clinton Moore sat next to his bike with his emotions at their lowest point of the season.

Head bowed, shirtless, Moore stared at the ground contemplating a series of runs that could have ended is dream of winning the 2015 X-Fighters title.

Drawing on every ounce of bravery and determination, Moore stood up and mounted his bike to make a stunning recovery that had the 17,000 spectators roaring with excitement.

Moore and Frenchman Thomas Pages battled it out in the final and each rider left nothing left in the search for victory.

Delivering his signature move, The Bundy, and the first dirt-to-dirt Volt ever landed in competition on the unique track's double line Moore set the stand the French rider had to match.

But Pages has the biggest bag of tricks to draw from and he rode like a man possessed.

Pages wowed the crowd to claim the votes of all five judges.

The win to Pages sees him join Moore at the top of the leaderboard after four rounds, and with the final stop in Abu Dhabi on October 30 Moore knows he will have to find a way to topple Pages.

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

"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."

Moore claimed back-to-back wins in the first two rounds, Mexico City and Athens, and if takes the same form into the final event he will certainly have a shot at the title.



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