Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour

Moore knocks out Pagès to seal X-Fighters title

Clinton Moore wins the quarter-final duel with his title rival on the way to victory in Abu Dhabi.
By Sam Bloomfield

With two riders going into the final Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour stop on 280 points each, this was always going to be the Tom Pagès and Clinton Moore show.

A couple of crashes from Pagès in Thursday's qualifying meant we were denied the dream title-deciding final, but the Frenchman sailed through his first-round match-up with Javier Villegas and Luc Ackermann to set up the quarter-final battle with Moore.

Pagès came out of the gate with the air of a rider determined to erase the memory of Thursday's frustration, busting out his biggest tricks from the word go. As Special Flip followed Bike Flip, it looked like an insurmountable run might be in the offing from the Frenchman, who is unmatchable on his day. However, he failed to get enough height on his Alley-Oop Flair, the trick that had so comfortably seen him through the first round, and crashed on the landing.

That left Moore just needing to avoid any big mistakes in his run in order to progress to the semis and take the 2015 title in the process. Staying true to his form this year the Australian showed no sign that he was feeling the weight of expectation, with a huge Bundy the stand-out trick of an almost flawless performance.

Watch Clinton Moore’s run from the UAE in the video player above and more action from Abu Dhabi in the player below. 

The Australians dominated the event's latter stages, as Moore defeated Maikel Melero of Spain in his semi-final to ensure that he would meet Rob Adelberg, who had earlier seen off the challenge of compatriot Josh Sheehan.

Adelberg was first out in the final and looked like he might be able to rain on Moore's parade, setting down a tough marker with a tight, well-executed version of his semi-final run, although he will have been disappointed that he only managed to fit one extra trick into the additional 15 seconds.

However, it woudn't have made any real difference. With the pressure off his shoulders, Moore came out all guns blazing, nailing an incredible Bundy to No-Hander Lander within the first few seconds. He continued to push the limits throughout the rest of a run that demonstrated just why he was the deserving winner of the title of Red Bull X-Fighters Champion 2015.

Tom is the legend of this sport – he’s the biggest innovator and always pushing us to new boundaries.

– Clinton Moore

"This feels like all the hard work and determination has finally paid off," said Moore after the event. "This was always a dream and the dream has come true for me now."  He also made sure to pay tribute to his title rival, commenting, "Tom is the legend of this sport – he's the biggest innovator and always pushing us to new boundaries. He's unlucky he went down."

Pagès, who revealed that injury had prevented him from training for two weeks prior to the event, could not hide his disappointment, "It went really well in the first round, but there was a lot of pressure and everything – I don't know, I made the mistake again, I guess I should have tried a new trick."

Red Bull X-Fighters Abu Dhabi 2015 final result

1. Clinton Moore (AUS)
2. Rob Adelberg (AUS)
3. Josh Sheehan (AUS)
4. Maikel Melero (ESP)
5. Remi Bizouard (FRA)
6. Dany Torres (ESP)
7. Taka Higashino (JPN)
8. Tom Pagès (FRA)
9. Javier Villegas (CHI)
10. Luc Ackermann (GER)

Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2015 final championship standings

1. Clinton Moore (AUS) 380 points
2. Thomas Pagès (FRA) 305
3 Rob Adelberg (AUS) 215
4 Josh Sheehan (AUS) 210
5 Levi Sherwood (NZL) 185
6 David Rinaldo (FRA) 145
7 Dany Torres (ESP) 135
8 Remi Bizouard (FRA) 135
9 Taka Higashino (JPN) 125
10 Maikel Melero (ESP) 105

Relive the entire event as video on demand right here.

For more from Abu Dhabi, head to the World Tour’s official website at RedBullXFighters.com.

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