Gomez Completes Comeback with World Title

BMX Flatlander Viki Gomez returns from Japan on a high, having won his first championship since 2007

Viki Gomez at Pannonian Challenge 9 at Tvrđa (Osijek), Croatia, 21 Aug 2008
Viki Gomez in Osijek, Croatia, 2008© Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

Spanish BMX Flatland legend Viki Gomez returns from Japan on a high, having won his first world championship since 2007. Second place in the last round of the Flatland World Tour 2010 in Yokohama (Japan) sees the Madrid-based rider reclaim his world championship crown. 

Second place in Japan came hot on the heels of his win Barcelona and a third place in France, making Gomez one of the most consistent riders in the world championship
 
Sasaki Moto of Japan won his home event and France’s Matthias Dandois – who has dominated to the world-wide scene in the last two years – took third.
 
It marks the climax to an exceptional year for Gomez, who in addition to adding a fifth world championship title to his collection but also added his own unique spin on the sport with Red Bull Flamenco Flatland, which brought five of the sport’s top riders to Granada, to compete to the tune of flamenco guitars.
 
Perhaps what makes his achievements all the more remarkable is the fact that Gomez had decided to take a break from competition to focus on developing new tricks and manufacturing new kit for bikes. But Gomez insists the break actually helped him to grow stronger: “Nobody has a repertoire of tricks to match mine right now,” he said. “I have tricks using the back wheel, the front, with brakes, without brakes – most riders specialise in one style but I like to try them all.”