Moore riding high
BUNDABERG'S new world champion, Clinton Moore, says training at home provided him with the inspiration and consistency to win this year's prestigious Red Bull X Fighters freestyle motocross crown last weekend.
Moore, who frequently comes back home during his time away from competing, sealed his first world title after winning the final round of the championship in Abu Dhabi.
After qualifying first in the event, Moore got a free passage through to the quarter-finals and drew championship rival Thomas Pages in the first knockout battle.
With both level on points, and both comfortably ahead of third in the title race, it was a straight-out fight for the crown.
Moore, with plenty of nerves throughout, kept calm and knocked out his French rival to win the championship.
The Aussie wasn't finished there though.
A win over Spain's Maikel Melero in the semi-finals set up a showdown with fellow Aussie Rob Adelberg in the final.
Moore would then produce a crowd-lifting run to win his third event of the year and seal the crown in style.
He also produced a world first with a no-hands landing of his famous "Bundy" trick which sees him do a backflip over the handle bars as the bike is moving in the air.
Speaking to NewsMail from the United States, Moore was still in disbelief about what happened last weekend.
"It actually hasn't sunk in that I'm world tour champion yet," he said.
"I guess I'm feeling relieved because I pushed myself so much that I was physically exhausted and couldn't go on any further."
He also added it almost ended badly for him on the night. "I think I had about three or four close calls that night which could have ended it all," Moore said.
"Now that's it done, and I walked away with the win after landing my hardest tricks, it is just pure joy, excitement and of course relief."
The title capped a big turnaround for Moore, who did not record a top-five finish until this season.
He says making his tricks perfect has been instrumental in his success.
"Last year was all about doing things I wasn't comfortable with and that doesn't work when you need to stay consistent," he said.
"This year I polished my tricks so they were perfect every time I did them, and this gave me confidence to go out and make minimal mistakes."
After tasting the spoils that go with the win, Moore is intent on defending his crown in 2016.
"I will be there defending my championship next year no doubt, but I won't claim anything too early," he said.
"I will have tough competition, with my good friend Thomas Pages hungry for a season win after getting second in the championship."
Moore's immediate focus is on the Nitro Circus, with the rider currently on tour in the United States and Canada with the crew. He aims though to be back in Bundaberg soon to train for next year.
"My aim is to get back home and see my kids first, but it will have to be training time as well when I am back at home," he said. "Everyone will be bringing new tricks to the table next season and I can't let myself get behind in the progression."
Moore said the support from the town of Bundaberg has been fantastic.
"The support I have from the local area is a massive contribution to getting the championship," he said.
"I am representing Bundaberg when I compete internationally and I am very proud of that."