|Full name||Takayuki Higashino|
March 13, 1985 |
|Event(s)||X Games, Dew Tour, Red Bull XRAY, ASA World Championships, Nuclear Cowboyz|
Higashino began riding motocross when he was seven, and attended many races during his teens. He turned professional at age 18, 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, Red Bull XRAY, and earned a bronze medal for his FMX Best Trick performance at X Games XVI. That year, Transworld Motocross named Higashino the Breakout FMX Rider of the Year.
In 2011, Higashino took first place at the ASA World Championships of FMX 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. 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.
Winner, 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters Osaka, FMX
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
- According to a report from Yomiuri TV programme, "Gutto! Chikyubin" , in Japanese, Sep 18, 2011.
- From Number, "RED BULL X-FIGHTERS OSAKA 2013 REPORT", in Japanese, 2013.
- TAKA FMX (personal blog, in Japanese)