Flip­ping hell for freestyler

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SEV­ERAL dou­ble back­flips put Cam Sin­clair third in the Texas round of the XFighter World Games last week­end. In Fort Worth, the Pearcedale-based rider be­came the first to pull off the ou­tra­geous dou­ble backflip in a full-length freestyle mo­tocross con­test.

Sin­clair was con­tro­ver­sially beaten by Swiss de­fend­ing cham­pion Matt Re­beaud in the semi-fi­nals in Texas. The crowd be­lieved Sin­clair’s dou­ble flip was enough to earn a fi­nals berth.

Re­beaud ad­vanced, but was no match for in-form Amer­i­can rider Nate Adams in the fi­nal.

Sin­clair was lucky to even make it to the semi af­ter badly bruis­ing his an­kles while land­ing from a backflip and was in so much pain he couldn’t kick­start his bike.

‘‘Dur­ing the dou­ble flip in the quar­ter fi­nals, I landed with my feet not on the foot­pegs prop­erly. I’ve had them checked out and there’s noth­ing bro­ken, they’re just re­ally sore,’’ Sin­clair says.

SUZUKI rider Chad Reed still leads the 450cc AMA mo­tocross se­ries af­ter a fourth in Colorado on the week­end.

Reed strug­gled for pace and started from 11th, but had worked his way into third by the time the flag fell on the first race. He lost touch with the lead pack in the sec­ond out­ing and fin­ished sev­enth.

‘‘Each race is a real bat­tle and it was good to come away from Thun­der Val­ley with a fourth place and the cham­pi­onship lead,’’ Reed says.

The hel­met worn by Reed at Thun­der Val­ley, fea­tur­ing in­dige­nous art­work sup­port­ing the cause of Red Dust Role Mod­els, is be­ing auc­tioned on­line.

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