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Mat Rebeaud

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About Mat

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Bike: KTM SX 350

FMX since: 2003

Web: www.matrebeaud.com

Swiss Air Force

Mat started to ride dirt bikes at the tender age of four, following at an early age in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, who were both motocross riders. Like most of his fellow riders, he spent most of his youth racing and embarked on a professional motocross career before switching over the FMX. His competitive FMX career took off in 2005 when he won multiple titles on the IFMXF series. But that wasn’t enough for the young man from Payerne. Mat decided moved to California for part of the year to take the opportunity of training in more favorable weather conditions because back home in his native Switzerland the weather is often dominated by rain and snow during parts of the year. The move paid off and his international career got a boost - in January 2006 he won his first silver medal at the Winter X-Games. In March 2006 he won the Red Bull X-Fighters event in Mexico City, beating his idol Travis Pastrana (USA): “This is the best day of my life!” he called it.

After recovering from a broken femur, Rebeaud was back on track stronger than ever in 2007. With only two weeks of training on the motorcycle, he just missed the podium at the Red Bull X-Fighters 2007 stop in Mexico City. Shortly afterwards, he won the Night of the Jumps on his home turf in Basel, Switzerland and came in second behind Travis Pastrana at the Red Bull X-Fighters tour stops in Slane Castle, Ireland and Madrid.
Rebeaud was the dominant force in 2008, so far the best of his career – he won the first stop of the series in Mexico City and then got second in Rio de Janeiro (BRA). He also claimed his first victory on U.S. soil at the Red Bull X Fighters in Fort Worth, Texas, went on to win the prestigious event in Madrid, claimed an X-Games Silver Medal in Moto X Freestyle, and won his fourth Red Bull X-Fighters event of that year in Germany to become the Tour Champion even before the final event in Poland.

Even though he was unable to get back to top form after a series injuries in 2009, Rebeaud still had a chance to win the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour at the season finale in London, but eventually missed out on back-to-back titles as Nate “The Destroyer” Adams powered to victory. The year 2010 started with an almost fatal crash while practicing ahead of the first event in Mexico. Rebeaud was glad to back on the bike in summer to ride the event in Moscow as his first contest in the year. The 10th place showed that he was not really back into top shape, but it was a good opportunity to gain new confidence for the event in Madrid, where he grabbed a strong second place. Finishing sixth in London and ending up fifth in Rome helped give him a seventh overall in the final Tour Ranking, a remarkable achievement considering he missed the first third of the season.

In March 2011, while practicing the Volt (Body Varial), Mat broke his left femur and was sidelined for almost the entire season. His comeback for the Red Bull X-Fighters in Dubai did not work out as planed, as the pain in the injured leg was still too great to perform. He was back for part of 2012, taking ninth in Madrid as well as 10th at Dubai and 10th in Munich even though Rebeaud left the impression, that he was riding in pain.

The last two years have been difficult for the high flyer from Switzerland and he was definitely down but is not out as recent film footage from his training and a few shows prove. His comeback in 2005 demonstrated that he is someone who can bounce back strong so his opponents should be ready for a phenomenal return in 2013.

 

 

Career Highlights

2012
• 10th, Red Bull X-Fighters Munich, Germany
• 9th, Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid, Spain
• 10th, Red Bull X-Fighters Dubai, UAE

2010
• 7th, Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour
• 5th, Red Bull X-Fighters Rome, Italy
• 6th, Red Bull X-Fighters London, UK
• 4th, X-Games 16 Moto X Freestyle
• 2nd, Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid, Spain
• 10th, Red Bull X-Fighters Moscow, Russia

2009
• 3rd, Red Bull X-Fighters World Series
• 6th, Red Bull X-Fighters London, UK
• 4th, X-Games 15 FMX Park, USA
• 6th, Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid,  ESP
• 2nd, Red Bull X-Fighters Fort Worth, USA
• 3rd, Red Bull X-Fighters Calgary, Canada
• 3rd, Red Bull X-Fighters Mexico City, Mexico

2008
• 1st Red Bull X-Fighters Global Series
• 3rd, Red Bull X-Fighters Warsaw, Poland
• 1st, Red Bull X-Fighters Wuppertal, Germany
• 2nd, X-Games 14 L.A., USA
• 1st, Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid
• 1st, Red Bull X-Fighters Fort Worth
• 1st, Red Bull X-Fighters Mexico City
• 2nd, Red Bull X-Fighters Rio de Janeiro
• 3rd, AST Panasonic Open Baltimore
• 4th, EXPN Moto X World Championships San Diego
• 1st, Night Of The Jumps Basel Day 2, Switzerland
• 2nd, Night Of The Jumps Basel Day 1, Switzerland

2007
• 2nd, Overall Red Bull X-Fighters Series
• 2nd, Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid
• 2nd, Red Bull X-Fighters Slane Castle
• 8th, AST Dew Tour Vans Invitational
• 9th, AST Dew Tour Playstation Pro
• 1st, Night Of The Jumps Mannheim, Germany
• 1st, Night Of The Jumps Basel, Switzerland

2006
• FIM IFMXF World Champion 
• 3rd, Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid 
• 2nd, Summer X Games 2006
• 1st, Red Bull X-Fighters Mexico City 
• 2nd, Winter X Games Moto Best Trick 
• 1st, freestyle.ch

2005
• 1st, freestyle.ch
• 3rd, Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid 
• 1st, IFMXF-Ranking 
• 8 Wins on the Night of Jumps Tour

2004
• 3rd, IFMXF Ranking 
• 2nd, IFMXF World Championships Hamburg, Germany
• Holder of World Highest Air record (11 metres)