Raised on a farm in the Australian town of Donnybrook, Josh Sheehan got his first bike to play around at the young age of 14. By the time he was 16, he was totally hooked up on riding and progressed from C-grade to A-grade in MX in only a year. One year later, he started to ride more FMX with his mates and, in early 2007; the West Oz native entered his first FMX competition. Despite crashing out of the competition, Josh knew he had the skills for bigger and better things. Finally healed up and with a few new tricks in his bag, he entered the Narrogin Revheads the same year and finished third.
The proof that the 26-year-old had talent- like if any proof was needed - , Sheehan won the AFMX round during the Brisbane Super X in 2008, beating the likes of Kain Saul, Cam Sinclair, and Levi Sherwood. He blew the competition and the crowd away during his run with the biggest Ruler Flip ever performed.
After his huge win, "Sheeny" was chosen to join the Crusty Tour in New Zealand, but an injury suffered as a result of a workplace accident forced him out. Unknown to the international FMX scene, Sheehan set a further benchmark in his young career when he became the first rider in the world to Ruler Flip a 450 four-stroke bike.
Today, Sheenhan is one of the freshest and biggest talents to emerge from Australia and was all fired-up when he made his long-awaited international debut at the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour finale in Rome in 2010, finishing eighth. After a few impressive victories on the Night of the Jumps series, Josh came into the 2011 Rome stop with a wildcard spot and was able to grab his first Red Bull X-Fighters podium. His third place in Stadio Olympico assured Sheehan a place in the most prestigious FMX event in Madrid and there, he took another third place, earning a chance to perform even better on home-soil for the tour finale in Sydney. Sheeny did not disappoint his fans, executing Double Backflips in every round and taking a well-deserved victory to rise to an overall fourth place, guaranteeing him a ticket for the 2012 season.
Sheehan started the 2013 season in Dubai and the Honda pilot barely missed the podium by ending in 4th place. Back home, while working on new tricks for the next event, Josh hurt himself and was not able to ride for most of the season. In September, the Double-Flipper gave it all at two events of the Night of the Jumps Championships to get back in competition mode for the upcoming event in Sydney.
Sheehan was not able to repeat the victory he had the year before on home soil, but his third place was impressive enough – considering the extraordinary performance of his rivals – since he just got back on his motorcycle after an injury.
The 2014 world champion dominated the competition – winning heat after heat with his unreal Double Flip and other sick combos. When the final world tour standings were tallied, it was Sheehan in first place. Going into the 2015 season put more pressure on Josh than in previous years, and not being able to ride the season opener in Mexico City lowered his chances to defend his title right from the start. The early meeting between Tom and Josh in Athens did not play into his cards as well, even he had a run that would qualify for the top 10 runs in the past years. At the end, he flew back to Australia with a 5th place in the pocket, repeating that result on the next stop in Madrid. Flying into Pretoria, Sheeny was hoping to claim another victory on African soil, but he missed the podium and ended up on the 4th spot. Even knowing that chances to defend the championship title were very slim, Josh gave it all at the final stop in Abu Dhabi and claimed his best result of the season with a third place. The triple flipper will be well awaited by the Spanish fans in Las Ventas as in the past years; he gave every winner a race for money with his unreal trick combos and flawless style on the double flip. Expect the Honda rider to spice it up again for the FMX highlight of the year and count him in for a top position.
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