Awe-inspiring Pagès proves unstoppable in Madrid Qualifying

Madrid Spain (July 9, 2015) – Hungry for a record-breaking third straight victory in the cradle of freestyle motocross, Pagès put in a brilliant performance in Qualifying in Madrid that left his rivals shaking their heads in awe – and possibly quaking in their boots with fear as well. The Frenchman was on fire in the Las Ventas bullring, with gravity-defying jumps of up to 15 meters in height and 30 meters in distance. Pagès finished far ahead of New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood in second place with Moore third.

The tight course is playing right into Pages' favor... (Photo: Jorg Mitter)

The tight Madrid course is playing right into Pages’ favor…
(Photo: Jorg Mitter)

Reflecting the huge development of the world’s most prestigious FMX series, most of the riders did either a Body Varial or used one of the three Quarter Pipes – tricks that only one or two riders dared to try a year ago. David Rinaldo (FRA) epitomized the advances with three impressive new tricks to take a solid fourth in Qualifying.

Pagès, who has pushed the boundaries of FMX in recent years with ever-more-daring tricks, was flawless with his Alley-oop Flair, the Volt, his Special Flip and the 360. Crowning it all, Pagès showed his Bike Flip that no one else has yet managed to dare.

“I want to do well in Madrid and have practiced hard for this — it’s a special event for me and the most important event of the year,” said Pagès, the 2013 World Tour winner who is a close second overall this year to Moore after the Australian won the first two stops in Mexico City and Athens.

Clinton Moore will be looking for his third straight win in tomorrow's final. (Photo: Jorg Mitter)

Clinton Moore will be looking for his third straight win in tomorrow’s final.
(Photo: Jorg Mitter)

Pagès, a favorite of the knowledgeable Madrid crowd because of his fearlessness and creativity, is aiming to become the first rider ever to win the most important stop on the FMX calendar three straight years, a feat that not even the legendary Travis Pastrana (USA) managed as the American only managed to get his three wins here over a four-year period between 2004 and 2007.

Sherwood is still looking for his first win of 2015... (Photo: Jorg Mitter)

Sherwood is still looking for his first win of 2015…
(Photo: Jorg Mitter)

Sherwood, who won in Madrid in 2012 en route to winning the World Tour, may turn out to be his toughest challenger in Friday’s competition, was also close to perfection. He nailed his first-ever Flair and signature Superman Transfer Flip while Moore was stronger in his second run, scoring well with a Flair, his trademark Bundy and a Volt. Sheehan had a powerful run going with the Indy Flair but he crashed on top of the dirt landing at the end of the Double Backflip. Sheehan bounced right back up and brushed himself off.

Two-time winner Dany Torres (ESP) did not start after he crashed while training his first-ever Flair but will be ready to ride in the main event on Friday.

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