Nitro Circus Live’s Travis Pastrana, Josh Sheehan and Gregg Duffy Make Action Sports History With Huge FMX World Firsts
Nitro Circus Live tore up the history books Saturday, May 14 in Brisbane, Australia with a spectacular show that took freestyle motocross (FMX) to the next level. The legendary Travis Pastrana, champion rider Josh Sheehan and motocross racer Gregg Duffy all landed massive world firsts that redefined what is possible in the discipline. Click here for footage of these barrier-breaking feats.
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The great Travis Pastrana led from the front on this historic night. He was first to hit the new, double sized takeoff ramp and attempted the world’s first Superman double backflip.
On his first attempt, Pastrana got the trick around on two wheels, but failed to ride out. Despite getting battered and bruised by that attempt, he went straight backstage and, without a moment’s hesitation, hurled himself back at the steepest freestyle ramp ever built and sent the crowd into a complete fever by perfectly landing and riding out of the world’s biggest new freestyle trick, a double backflip Superman.
Pastrana’s heroics were enough to convince Josh Sheehan, already the first rider on the planet to land a motorcycle triple backflip and the only man in the world currently performing the double backflip, to take the double to an entirely new, previously unthinkable level: adding a heel click while in the middle of the first of his two rotations. The packed house leaped to their feet and went absolutely ballistic after Sheehan came back down to earth.
Gregg Duffy’s landmark double frontflip is quite simply the biggest trick in FMX. It also is arguably the most dangerous, as fellow Nitro Circus teammate Bruce Cook knows first-hand. (Cook crashed on his 2014 attempt, fracturing his vertebrae, and became a paraplegic). Duffy, a longtime friend of Travis, trained for weeks at his Maryland, USA Pastranaland complex preparing for an opportunity to make history. When the moment came, Duffy stepped up in epic fashion, stomping the double front with almost perfect execution and riding away. Duffy was then absolutely mobbed by his fellow athletes and, in an incredibly touching moment, Duffy rode over to Bruce Cook where the two shared an extremely emotional and tearful embrace.
Afterwards Pastrana, the world’s greatest extreme sports athlete, said unequivocally, “I haven’t felt that type of energy in a crowd since X Games 2006 [when Travis landed world’s first double and won the gold, shocking the world]. That was without a doubt, one of the biggest nights in action sports history.”
Tour veterans consider Saturday night, Nitro Circus Live’s 205th performance, the greatest show in the global phenomenon’s 6-year history. Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director Mike Porra went even further, saying, “We’ve just seen the biggest night in the last decade of action sports, if not ever. This has been three years in the making for Travis and it shows the guys’ unwavering courage and commitment to progression.”
Even though 2016 is just now approaching the halfway point, it is already Nitro Circus Live’s biggest year yet. For the first time ever, the Nitro crew is touring multiple territories simultaneously. A month into an extensive North American trek, with over 40 dates in first-time markets across the United States and Canada, Nitro Circus Live also recently kicked off its 10th Anniversary tour in Australia, celebrating the Aussie release of the hit DVD series that started it all. Tours of UK, Ireland and France will follow in June and July.
For Nitro Circus Live tickets, tour updates, exclusive behind-the-scenes content and more, go to nitrocircus.live. Follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus.
About Nitro Circus
Named #22 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of America’s Most Promising Companies, Nitro Circus continues to position itself as the world’s leading youth action sports & entertainment brand. From humble beginnings in 2003 – with Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey and extreme sports superstar Travis Pastrana producing DVDs from a Utah garage -- to a smash TV series which has aired in over 60 countries, Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity. In 2012, Nitro Circus: The Movie, featuring cast members from the hit television series, was released in cinemas worldwide. In 2015, Nitro Circus announced a partnership with NBC Sports Ventures. The multi-year strategic alliance will feature TV specials and series programming airing nationally in the U.S. on NBC and NBCSN as well as streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.
The TV show was transformed by current CEO and action sports industry guru Michael Porra into a must-see live event in 2010, creating the global touring phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live. Since its inaugural Australian trek six years ago, the show has travelled the globe, obliterating box office records and cultivating a legion of diehard fans. Nitro Circus has now rolled across five continents, blown away over two million fans and sold-out shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, the Middle East and South Africa. After close to 100 shows globally in 2015 and with a packed 2016 touring schedule on the books, Nitro Circus is the world’s most successful action sports touring brand.
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