Another world’s first! No one ever had landed a backflip body varial until the unheralded Frenchman did it in Run 1 of Moto X Best Trick. He earned gold. Of course.
Had anyone even attempted a backflip body varial to dirt before Minneapolis? Rinaldo hadn’t; he’d only practiced it to a foam pit and airbag, and he broke his right ankle trying the trick into an airbag barely 6 weeks before X Games. He didn’t start riding again until July 20th, two weeks before he made history.
Rinaldo wasn’t considered a favorite before XG Minneapolis. He never had competed in X Games Best Trick prior to MPLS 2019. In fact, he’d only attended X Games twice, with a best finish of 5th in Freestyle at X Games Foz do Iguacu 2013. The trick: Rinaldo performs a California Roll body varial mid backflip, meaning he spins 360 degrees off the bike while upside down. Insane. It’s the first single backflip variation to win X Games MTX Best Trick since Jeremy Stenberg in 2005.
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