Taka Higashino

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Taka Higashino
Full name Takayuki Higashino
Nickname(s) Taka
Nationality Japanese
Born (1985-03-13) March 13, 1985 (age 32)
Osaka, Japan
Sport
Sport Freestyle Motocross
Event(s) X Games, Dew Tour, Red Bull XRAY, ASA World Championships, Nuclear Cowboyz

Takayuki "Taka" Higashino (東野 貴行?, Higashino Takayuki, born 13 March 1985) is a Japanese freestyle motocross rider who has competed in international events including the X Games.

Higashino began riding motocross when he was seven, and attended many races during his teens. He turned professional at age 18,[1] and moved to the United States in 2006 to compete. He appeared in his first X Games contest in 2007. His motocross career took off in 2010, when he finished first at the Dew Tour Salt Lake City FMX Contest,[2] Red Bull XRAY,[3] and earned a bronze medal for his FMX Best Trick performance at X Games XVI.[4] That year, Transworld Motocross named Higashino the Breakout FMX Rider of the Year.[5]

In 2011, Higashino took first place at the ASA World Championships of FMX[6] and competed in his fifth consecutive X Games competition. He also performed on the Nuclear Cowboyz Freestyle Chaos tour, an American motocross exhibition, and will ride on the tour again in 2012.[7] At X Games XVIII in 2012, he won gold in Moto X Freestyle and claimed second in Moto X Best Trick. He is the first Japanese medallist in the X games.

Career highlights[edit]

Winner, 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters Osaka, FMX[8]
Gold, X Games Foz do Iguaçu 2013, Moto X Freestyle
Gold, 2012 X Games, FMX
Winner, 2011 ASA World Championships of FMX
Winner, 2010 Dew Tour Salt Lake City FMX Contest
Winner, 2010 Red Bull XRAY
Silver, 2012 X Games, FMX Best Trick
Bronze, 2010 X Games, FMX Best Trick

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to a report from Yomiuri TV programme, "Gutto! Chikyubin" [1], in Japanese, Sep 18, 2011.
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/action/fmx/blog/_/post/5592149/taka-higashino-wins-dew-tour-slc
  3. ^ http://espn.go.com/action/fmx/blog/_/post/5569398/taka-higashino-wins-2010-red-bull-xray
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5425449
  5. ^ http://motocross.transworld.net/1000102854/features/twmx-2010-award-winners-announced/
  6. ^ http://www.motocross.com/features/la-county-fair-fmx/
  7. ^ http://www.nuclearcowboyz.com/Performers/MetalMulisha/
  8. ^ From Number, "RED BULL X-FIGHTERS OSAKA 2013 REPORT"[2], in Japanese, 2013.

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