Swiss-born Mat Rebeaud’s annus mirabilis was 2008 when he won the first stop of the X Fighters series in Mexico City before coming second in Rio de Janeiro. He went on to claim his first victory on US soil in Fort Worth, Texas, then win in Madrid and Germany to become the tour champion even before the final event in Poland. In the same year he also won an X-Games silver medal. Air Mat, as he is known, turned professional in 2002 at the age of 20, and was soon experiencing success. He was crowned Night of the Jumps champion in 2005, FIM Freestyle Motocross world champion in 2006 and won a silver medal at the 2006 X Games for best trick. His first victory on the X Fighters tour came in 2006 in Mexico City and he followed this with two tour runners-up spots in 2007 when he also finished second overall. Born and raised in Payerne, Switzerland, Mat started to ride dirt bikes at the age of four, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father who were both motocross riders. Like many of his fellow freestyle professionals he began as a motocross rider, but his love of jumping meant that racing soon began to take a back seat and he was soon focusing all his energy on FMX. Recent years have been more difficult for Mat following a serious injury in March 2011 which sidelined him for almost the entire season, but his determination and will to win mean he should never be written off.
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