Taka Higashino

Disciplines: Moto X, Moto X, Moto XFrom: Osaka, JPN JPNBorn: 03/13/85

About Taka

Taka has many firsts at XG: In 2007, he became the first Japanese athlete to compete in an XG MTX event. In 2010, he became the first Japanese MTX competitor to medal, earning Best Trick bronze. In 2012, he was the first Japanese with Freestyle gold. In 2013, Taka was the most dominant freestyle competitor in the world. He won his third straight Freestyle gold in LA (the only competitor besides Travis Pastrana to do it thrice). Hasn't competed at XG since. XG 2014 Freestyle was canceled because of weather and Taka pulled out of QuarterPipe in 2015 with injury. Had a season-best 3rd at Red Bull X-Fighters in South Africa in 2015.

  • 3 XG Freestyle gold, only rider other than Travis Pastrana to win XG Freestyle more than twice. 5 XG medals total.
  • Missed XG 2015 QuarterPipe because he injured his right foot during practice.
  • XG 2012 Freestyle gold made him first Japanese Moto X competitor to win gold at XG. Also was first Japanese to compete in XG Moto X ('07) and the first to medal (2010).
  • 3rd at 2015 Red Bull X
  • Fighters South Africa. Best finish of year.

X Games Medal Count




X Games Competition History

X Games Los Angeles 2013 MTX Freestyle1st
X Games Foz do Iguaçu 2013 MTX Freestyle1st
X Games Foz do Iguaçu 2013 MTX Best Whip5th
X Games Los Angeles 2012 MTX Best Trick2nd
X Games Los Angeles 2012 MTX Freestyle1st
X Games 2011 MTX Best Trick4th
X Games 2011 MTX Freestyle4th
X Games 2010 MTX Best Trick3rd
X Games 2010 MTX Freestyle10th
X Games 2009 MTX Freestyle9th
X Games 2008 MTX Freestyle10th
X Games 2007 MTX Freestyle10th