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Last year Josh Sheehan double flipped his way to victory at the final round of Red Bull X-Fighters in Sydney Australia.

With just a few weeks to go before the competition returns to Cockatoo island for this years season finale.

We caught up with Josh for a chat,about last years win,Nitro Circus live and much more.

Hi Josh 

You blew everyone away with your awesome win at X-Fighters last year !

How did it feel to win in Sydney, and are you looking forward to this years final ?

 

That was huge for me and such an awesome feeling, taking my first win on home ground.

Ive had a rough year this year, only making it to the Dubai round,so I'm definitely looking forward to Sydney's final.

 

Would you say that was the highlight of your career so far ?

 

Winning the X-fighters round in Sydney last year,for sure.

I rode in front of family and friends, took my first win and did 2 double flips in my runs.

 

We saw the introduction of the no flip round at X-Fighters this year,do you welcome the change now everyone has had chance to get used to it ?

 

 Yeah its pretty cool. It really brings out the style and creativity without doing the massive flip tricks.

Josh Sheehan jumping above V8 Supercar driver Craig Lowndes at Cockatoo Island in Sydney,Australia.
Photo credit to Mark Watson Red Bull Content Pool.

Your one of the only riders in the world that can perform the double backflip,what do you think would top that in your ultimate future trick list ?

That's a tough one not knowing what is possible, but a bike flip or a front flip would have to beat it i think.

Or even the T.P. roll !

You were the first ever rider to ruler flip a 450,where do you start to learn a trick like that ?


All the hard tricks like that are learnt into a foam pit. I was lucky enough to meet someone at the time who had one.

What for you are the advantages of a 450 over a 250 ?


I like the extra power. It comes in handy when you have a short run up and gets you out of trouble sometimes.

What made you start riding freestyle and who have been your biggest influences ?

I have just always loved bikes, going fast/high.

I watched the FMX movies when i was younger,but Travis Pastrana was definitely the most influential.

Josh Flying Fast and High

 

Travis and yourself will be performing together on the upcoming Nitro Circus Live European Tour.

What can we expect to see from you at the shows ?


Well a whole lot backflip tricks, some 360's and possibly some double backflips! Some of the tricks are done next to other riders as well, its a great show.

 

What is the best thing about being on the Nitro tour and whats the worst ?

 

It is such a great bunch of people to hang out with, so it really makes it a fun time.

The worst thing is just being on the road all the time, missing those few things you only get at home.

 

Whats is the craziest thing you have seen since joining the Nitro crew ?


Some of the contraptions they make up are just crazy !

 

Contraption's aplenty,highlights from this years tour of Australia


Have you seen the Nitro 3D movie,if so what is your favourite scene ?

 

No unfortunately i haven't seen it yet. Really want to though !


There is talk of a three way double flip as part of the Challenge Travis competition Red Bull are running at the London O2 stop.
How do you feel about that and how would you deal with the pressure if you are called upon to do it ?

 

Wow that sounds insane. Well 3 wide would need a pretty wide landing for a starters.

But if i was asked, i think i would just focus on my own jump and pretty much block out the other 2 riders next to me.


Cam Sinclair and Travis Pastrana performing the first ever synchronised double flip at Nitro Circus Live

photo courtesy of GAS

 

If you weren't riding dirtbikes for a living ,what else would you like to do ?


I love cars, so it would be awesome to race rally cars or road racing.

 

There are more and more young riders like yourself,trying to break into the scene,what advice do you have for anyone starting out in the sport ?


Anything is possible so just keep at it. It can take a lot of hard work.

 

Do you have a message for the fans and members of FMXWorld ?


Live life to the fullest! Make the most of every opportunity.

Also follow me on my website www.joshsheehan.com or on twitter or Facebook.


Thanks again for talking to us Josh and good luck with the rest of the tour.


Thanks a lot !


For tour dates and tickets for Nitro Circus Live visit www.nitrocircuslive.com

Interview by Mick Fenwick For FmxWorld

 

 

 



 

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Comment by Mickstrana £1.99 on September 22, 2012 at 5:51pm

F.A.O. Dimmy.

It would be the same as in the picture,with Travis and Cam

but with another ramp added next to them,so Josh can double flip at the same time.

Its hot favourite to win the challenge Travis comp,

If it is chosen we can see it ourselves at the 02 in London :)

Comment by Emlee on September 21, 2012 at 2:46pm

How would a 3 way double flip work. My brain can't compute. Can someone explain to dimmy over here please?

Comment by Bob on September 17, 2012 at 9:13pm

Oh cool - I love the story - Mick you RULE!

Comment by RaNa. Ana Orduño on September 17, 2012 at 8:34pm

Really cool! congrats Mick ;)

Comment by Mickstrana £1.99 on September 17, 2012 at 12:24pm

Thanks guys,

I couldn't bring you all these story's and interviews if it weren't for Dan and Bob letting me loose to represent FmxWorld over the past few years.

The guys at Nitro live are grateful to us too you know,so big ups to all of us.

FmxWorld Forever,Nitro For Life :)

Comment by Alexa on September 17, 2012 at 11:09am

Thank you Mick for this amazing interview!! :)

Comment by Marcos Maia on September 16, 2012 at 6:00am

Very cool job Mick!!!

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