Hometown hero Taka Higashino of Japan won the first Red Bull X-Fighters event of his career, upsetting World Tour leader Tom Pages of France in a thrilling final in front of Osaka Castle watched by 11,000 fans and a global television audience as the world's most prestigious freestyle motorcross series made its eagerly awaited debut in East Asia.
OSAKA (Japan) – Japan's Taka Higashino pulled off a spectacular upset victory over Tom Pages at the Red Bull X-Fighters first-ever stop in Japan, giving his home country a fascinating first taste of FMX with an unlikely win against the Frenchman and his big bag of tricks. American Adam Jones took third place in Osaka. The fourth stop of the six-round 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour that has now produced four winners in four races. Pages still leads the overall Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour heading to the next stop in Madrid next month.
Results: 1. Taka Higashino (JPN), 2. Tom Pages (FRA), 3. Adam Jones (USA), 4. Rob Adelberg (AUS), 5. Levi Sherwood (NZL), 6. Dany Torres (ESP), 7. Javier Villegas (CHL), 8. David Rinaldo (FRA), 9. Josh Sheehan, (AUS) 10. Daisuke Suzuki (JPN)
World Tour Standings: 1. Pages 325 points, 2. Adelberg 265, 3. Torres 245, 4. Sherwood 190, 5. Higashino 165, 6. Sheehan 110, 7. Jones 110. 8. Rinaldo 105, 9. Villegas 85, 10. Maikel Melero (ESP) 60.