When it comes to looking for riders to look up to, you can’t go past Nitro Circus’ Bruce Cook – para-athelete extraordinaire.
This dude doesn’t let his disability get in the way of doing what he loves.

If you lost the use of your legs, would you still ride? Food for thought.

 

LEVI SHERWOOD BRINGS X FACTOR TO MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

Kiwi international X Games showman Levi Sherwood, one of the star attractions at the upcoming MotoFest weekend at Hampton Downs. Photo courtesy Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

Kiwi international X Games star Levi Sherwood will make a rare appearance on home soil at the Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs early next month.

The 26-year-old Kiwi will be a headline act at the country’s biggest motorcycle event on March 3-4 where he will run three daily displays alongside fellow freestyle motocross riders Caleb Delacy, from Auckland, and Pukekohe’s Nick Franklin.

“It is a huge motorcycle event and it seems the best of the best will be there whether it is road racing or dirt bike racing – Shayne King, Josh Coppins, Ben Townley, Randy Mamola, Aaron Slight and a bunch of other guys are going to be there,” Sherwood said.

“Caleb, Nick and I will be doing three shows a day and doing everything that you would see on television.

“We will be mingling during the day and doing signings as well.” 

Sherwood has generated a massive worldwide following after his success as part of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, his X Games and Nitro Circus exploits.

He has been back in New Zealand over summer working on his plans for 2018.

 “I wasn’t going to do any more events before I head back to the United States in May but then this popped up and I couldn’t turn it down,” Sherwood explained.

“It will certainly be the last chance I will have in a little while.” 

Sherwood stunned the freestyle motocross world last year when he landed the first double backflip but unfortunately that isn’t possible at shows yet.

“Not at this round – it is a bit of a shame,” the Palmerston North product said.

“I would love to develop a landing where I could do it at shows because that is what people want to see. The landing I’m doing it on needs to be a lot steeper. 

“Otherwise we’ll be doing everything else we normally do.”

The Mike Pero MotoFest will serve as the third round of the New Zealand Superbike Championship as well as featuring international stars such as Randy Mamola, Slight and Graeme Crosby in what is a festival featuring all types of motorcycling competition.

A highlight will be the Motul Stadium Trials Challenge, featuring New Zealand’s best moto trials riders. There will be a large contingent of classic racing bikes on track while enthusiasts can book a track session for themselves. There is a public trail ride on offer and plans for a massive bike show.

International stars and local heroes take out Farm Jam 2018, cementing its place as the best freestyle event in NZ

As the 2018 instalment of New Zealand’s infamous two-wheeled action-sports event – the Farm Jam – approaches, organisers are working overtime to ensure February 3 will build on the raging success of the last version in 2016.

With a number of the world’s best riders confirmed, revamped courses and new major sponsors, Dan and Brett Frew are pulling out the stops to ensure their biennial event at the bottom of the South Island continues to build a name as a “must-do” for the world’s top BMX, mountain-bike dirt-jumping and freestyle motocross athletes.

Among the riders who have already confirmed their attendance are New Zealand’s own 2017 X Games and Red Bull X-Fighters FMX champion Levi Sherwood, world BMX champion and defending Farm Jam number-one Logan Martin (Australia) and back-to-back defending Farm Jam MTB champ Matt Jones (UK).

World-renowned MTB riders Ryan “R-Dog” Howard (USA) and Antoine Bizet (France) have also confirmed their attendance, while Australian FMX legend Jake Bowen and 2016 Best Whip winner Lewis Woods will also put on a show for the masses.

The BMX contest is already living up to its reputation as a showcase event for the world’s best riders, with crowd favourite and long-time Farm Jam supporter Mike “Hucker” Clark (USA), Kris Fox (USA), Jason Watts (Australia), Chris James (Australia) Danny Josa (USA) and Victor Salazar (USA) already locked in for 2018.

“The Farm Jam continues to attract the absolute best riders from around the world, and we’ve already been blown away by the level of athletes who’ve already confirmed they’re coming,” says Brett Frew. “The MTB field in particular is already promising to be the strongest we’ve ever seen, and more announcements will be made soon

Both the riders and spectators will be treated to some significant course improvements when they arrive at the picturesque Otapiri Gorge farm near Winton. Both pushbike lines have benefitted from numerous revamps to the perfectly-sculpted dirt jumps, and viewing opportunities have been maximised with the reshaping of the embankment that overlooks the action.

The freeride FMX course and obstacles has also received no small amount of attention to enable the riders to carry more speed and throw their best tricks over the multitude of natural-terrain jumps and lines.

“Maybe we’re extra excited for 2018, but the course prep is progressing well, and we’re still eight weeks out,” says Dan Frew. “The freeride course has been almost completely renovated and I’m excited to see what the FMX riders will be able to throw down in the hills now. 2016 was a game-changer for the freeride areas, and 2018 should see things step up even further.”

A number of key partners have also been confirmed, with Sony, ODI Grips, 100%, SocialBMX.co.nz, PGG Wrightson, and Blue Sky Meats joining existing major sponsors iLabb (who will again be launching a collaborative Farm Jam clothing range) and Red Bull to help take the iconic action sports event to the next level.

Other 2018 partners include The Rock FM, Invercargill Brewery, Brent Scammell Honda, Jamie McConachie Shearing, BDL Productions, Promed and DB Graphics.

Held at the bottom of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island, the Farm Jam combines natural-terrain freestyle motocross, BMX and mountain-bike dirt-jumping. The contest was held annually until 2014 (and now biennially) and attracts thousands of passionate spectators and some of the world’s biggest names in two-wheeled action sports to each event.

As was the case in 2014 and 2016, the 2018 NZ Farm Jam will have limited entry spots available across FMX, BMX and MTB. Athlete invitations have been sent out, generating an astounding amount of interest from all corners of the globe.

For more information and updates, “Like” Farm Jam on Facebook and follow @farm_jam on Instagram.

Kiwi Levi Sherwood lands historic combos in single run to win 16th Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid.

Kiwis CAN fly. Photos by RedBull Content Pool

Levi Sherwood became the first FMX rider to perfectly execute two double backflip combos in a single run, capping a flawless final to win the sport’s most prestigious competition Red Bull X-Fighters.

On a memorable night of freestyle motocross at the Madrid bullring, Australia’s Josh Sheehan took second and Japan’s Taka Higashino was third while Adam Jones of the United States was fourth.

It was the New Zealander’s second victory at the iconic Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas after he took top honors in 2012 – before Frenchman Tom Pagés launched into his winning streak that lasted four years in a row.

“You have no idea how nice this is,” said Sherwood, 25, who now has nine Red Bull X-Fighter career wins even though the last triumph was some three years ago back in 2014 in Osaka, Japan.

“It’s been a long time coming. The wins are fewer and farther between. It’s been such a long time since I’ve won a Red Bull X-Fighters event. This feels really good.”

Sherwood stylishly nailed the pair of double backflips, including one with a no-hands segment aloft and managed to make the once-so-fearful jump appear almost easy in front of the delighted crowd at the spiritual home of freestyle motocross. Pagés was forced to watch this year’s event from the sidelines due to a shoulder injury.

Clearly on a mission to win the Madrid title, Sherwood also performed an unforgettable 360 nac-nac that left a deep impression on the five judges as he won four of the five helmets.

The world’s top 12 FMX riders executed their tricks on, off and near their bikes while jumping some 15 meters high and 30 meters in distance.

By nailing his twin double backflips in a 75-second run, Sherwood has taken FMX to a new level and made it abundantly clear that he believes there is more potential to take the sport even further.

Toward that aim, Sherwood managed to cut the weight of his bike by 16 kilograms to 91 kg and took his own body weight down 10 kg to 63 kg as part of his overall efforts to make bigger, better jumps.

“I’m fascinated with making stuff better and seeing the sport progress,” said Sherwood, who sipped his victory champagne from his boot.

“Up to now, our abilities nearly exceeded what our bikes can do. Now, I’m riding my bike and can’t keep up with what my bike an do. It’s opened up a whole new ballgame of what I’m able to achieve on the bike.”

Madrid results:

1. Levi Sherwood (NZL)

2. Josh Sheehan (AUS)

3. Taka Higashino(JPN)

4. Adam Jones (USA)

5. Luc Ackermann (GER)

6. Dany Torres (ESP)

7. Clinton Moore (AUS)

8. Maikel Melero (ESP)

9. Christian Meyer (ESP)

10. Rob Adelberg (AUS)