Following a tight battle with Frenchman Thomas Pages, 22-year-old New Zealander Levi Sherwood was crowned the Red Bull X Fighters World Series champion for 2012, after winning tour events in Sydney, Madrid and Dubai. And he proved his 2012 victory was no flash in the pan by finishing fifth in this year’s competition. His X Fighters series victory was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. His first success on the world stage came in 2009 when he won the Red Bull X Fighters event in Mexico City after qualifying as a wildcard. He followed this up later in the year with second place at the X Fighters event in London, and then with victory in Moscow and London in 2010 and second place in Sydney in 2011. He also took home a silver medal from the X Games in 2010. He grew up on two wheels, encouraged to ride from the age of three by his father, former professional speedway racer Dave Sherwood. Although he began by riding in motocross events, Levi soon realised that he loved jumping and new tricks, and freestyle became his passion. Now one of the most well-established riders on the tour, Levi continues to impress with consistently solid performances and outrageous tricks, coupled with a smooth and polished style. Injuries have forced him out of a number of major events, including the X Fighters final in 2010, but his will to win has ensured he keeps coming back stronger than before.
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