FMX world champion Luc Ackermann wins gold at the X Games in California

Luc Ackermann is the youngest FIM Freestyle Motocross World Champion and nine-time world record holder. Now, the German extreme athlete was able to fulfill another dream. On Thursday, the 23-year-old Thuringian (Niederdorla) won gold at the renowned X Games in the USA in the freestyle motocross competition.

X Games, known by many as the Olympic Games for Extreme Sports, are hosted annually by the American US sports broadcaster ESPN. This year, due to the pandemic, the freestyle motocross competitions did not take place inside the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, but instead at the exclusion of spectators at Axell Hodges' FMX Park in Ramona, California. The fact that no fans could cheer on the athletes this time left no impression on Luc. In his very first freestyle run, the German showed a Seat Grab Indy Backflip at the beginning of his 75 seconds, followed by the flattest 360 in the FMX world. After a Tsunami Flip, Luc set the first Double Backflip and followed a Flair (540) over the quarter pipe ramp. After a Double Nac Double Flip, he jumped another Cliffhanger and finished his extremely clean, spectacular run with a massive Holy Grab. He not only impressed the judges, who put him at the head of the field with 92.33 points, but also seemed to have made a visible impression on the competition.

The favoured Australians of Jackson Strong, Josh Sheehan and Rob Adelberg all had mistakes in their runs. Josh Sheehan won the silver medal with his tricks, Rob Adelberg came third with three Front Flip combos.

Luc Ackermann was the first German FMX athlete to win a medal at the X Games in the freestyle motocross competitions. As the medal was shining in gold, it capped off Luc’s incredible success story.

“I am super happy. Winning a medal at the X Games has always been a dream of mine. We never expected to get them here in the first competition after 1.5 years. Thanks to my girlfriend and family, my sponsors, my friends, my manager and everyone who has supported me for years,” said Luc Ackermann after his run when he was given the gold medal.

The first world record at the age of 12: in October 2010 Luc Ackermann jumped at the NIGHT of the JUMPs in Cologne, the “youngest motorcycle backflip of all time”. Two years later he crossed the 9.00 meters mark in the same city, in the high jump competition of the series. In March 2013 he was one of 18 FMX riders who simultaneously jumped a backflip at the Nitro Circus film premiere in London and entered the Guinness Book of Records. Another world record was added in October 2017 with the “youngest motorcycle double backflip”. This was followed in 2018 by the first double backflip in the FIM FMX World Championship Contest and he became the youngest FIM European Champion in the history of the NIGHT of the JUMPs. In 2019 he landed the first dirt-to-dirt contest double backflip and became the youngest FIM freestyle motocross world champion of all time. In 2020, Luc Ackermann broke a 12-year-old world record set by FMX legend Travis Pastrana with 10 backflips within 30 seconds. Now, adding X Games Gold as the first German FMX athlete.

Link Gold Run Luc Ackermann:

X Games 2021

Ramona / California / USA

Results FMX Contest

1. Luc Ackermann (GER) 92,33 Points

2. Josh Sheehan (AUS) 89,66 Points

3. Rob Adelberg (AUS) 89,33 Points

4. David Rinaldo (FRA) 88,33 Points

5. Taka Higashino (JPN) 87,33 Points

6. Harry Bink (AUS) 85,00 Points

7. Jackson Strong (AUS) 68,66 Points

8. Ben Richards (AUS) 56,00 Points


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