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Josh Sheehan Double Flips His Way To Munich Red Bull X-Fighters Victory

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Josh Sheehan double-backflipped his way to a spectacular victory at the Red Bull X-Fighters stop in Munich, a mid-summer fairytale that threw the championship battle into a heated two-way contest ahead of the season finale in South Africa.

The Australia beat Taka Higashino of Japan in an action-packed Red Bull X-Fighters final in Munich on Saturday under brilliant blue skies and sizzling temperatures in front of 18,000 frenzied spectators on a first-of-its-kind freestyle motocross track built on a lake next to Olympic Stadium.

Sheehan powered his way to his second career win and first victory since 2011 with three perfectly executed Double Backflips that had the big German crowd on its feet and begging for more of the mid-summer fairytale performance.

Sheehan‰Ûªs victory, which was worth 100 points, also tightened the Red Bull X-Fighters championship battle as it slashed the lead of World Tour leader Levi Sherwood (NZL) to just five points ahead of the season finale in Pretoria, South Africa on August 23.

Sherwood, who leads the World Tour with 265 points to Sheehan‰Ûªs 260 points, had to settle for his second straight third place while local hero Luc Ackermann, just 16 years old, delighted his home crowd watching from the shores of the picturesque lake with a stunning fourth place in his first Red Bull X-Fighters competition, a best-ever result for a German that kept the nation‰Ûªs sporting festival rolling week after Germany won the World Cup in soccer.

‰ÛÏDoing that Double Backflip was really scary,‰Û
Kiwi Levi Sherwood ensured a ANZAC 1-2 finish and will carry a slender points lead into the season finale - Credit: Armin Walcher
‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs a bummer that Sheehan beat me in the semis,‰Û
Munich Red Bull X-Fighters Podium - Credit: Sebastian Marko
World Tour Standings:
1. Sherwood 265 points,
2. Sheehan 260,
3. Pag̬s 190,
4. Torres 185,
5. Higashino 150,
6. Adelberg 120,
7. Bizouard 110,
8. Jones 75,
9. Rebeaud 70,
10. Melero 60

Top Image: Josh Sheehan Double Flips His Way To Munich Red Bull X-Fighters Victory

Credit: Sebastian Marko

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