Daredevil Sheehan eyes rare feat in Madrid

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Josh Sheehan, at home in his workshop, the Donnybrook rider won a major competition overseas. Picture by David Bailey
Camera IconJosh Sheehan, at home in his workshop, the Donnybrook rider won a major competition overseas. Picture by David Bailey Credit: David Bailey

Donnybrook daredevil Josh Sheehan is preparing to become just the second person to win two Red Bull X Fighters championships at this weekend’s iconic freestyle motocross event in Madrid.

The 31-year-old won the prestigious event in 2014, but has since finished fourth and third.

The World Tour was changed to a one-off annual event last year, with the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid chosen to hold the annual competition.

Sheehan will have his work cut out for him with former champions Clinton Moore (2016) and Levi Sherwood (2012) also named to compete in the iconic event.

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If any of those three men win this year’s event, they will join Nate Adams (2009, 2010) as dual Red Bull X Fighters winners.

Sheehan told the South Western Times, from the USA, he was feeling sore after a tough schedule.

“The Nitro world games hammered my body then I drove 32 hours to the east coast with a couple of other guys,” he said.

Sheehan has never won in Madrid, but this has not deterred him from heading into the competition with confidence.

“It would be huge for me,” he said.

“It is the only event left I have not won.

“Madrid is a lot of fun, the people are great and the crowd get right into it.

“Plus we are usually looked after pretty well so we have a good time.

“It’s always tough and now it’s the only X-Fighters round so it’s more prestigious.”

Sheehan heads into the event in good form, having placed third at the Nitro World Games in the freestyle motocross event.

“I wasn’t feeling too great going into the event so I was pretty happy to walk away with a podium,” he said.

Sheehan said plenty of planning went into the event.

“We need to do all of the biggest and best tricks we can to be competitive,” he said.

“We don't know where we are going to do the tricks or in what order until we get there and feel out the jumps.”

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