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Red Bull Pro Nationals – Meet The Freestyle Team

Chris Birch

Age: 28

Hometown: Cambridge, Cambs

When he’s not jumping at locations across the globe Chris is based for most of the year in Torrevieja near Alicante in Southern Spain. A past contestant in the prestigious Red Bull X-Fighters tournament, this heavily-tattooed FMX athlete goes by the nickname Swampy and is the go-to Brit when long-distance backflips are called for!

“I’m training hard for the Weston shows,” says Chris. “I’ve been working on some backflip variations which really are pushing me to my limits and I’m going to unveil a new trick I’ve developed especially that I’m calling the ‘Super Pier’. There have been some seriously sketchy moments but the harder I ride the more I’m getting them dialled in.”

Jamie Squibb

Age: 30

Hometown: Exeter, Devon

The nearest we’ve got today to a hometown hero for the Weston fans, Jamie’s one of the founding fathers of the UK FMX scene and is famed for his ability to tail whip a 100kg-plus motorcycle almost to – and sometimes beyond – the point of no return.

“I can’t wait for Weston,” says Jamie. “Being from Exeter it’s pretty much a home show for me so I’m really excited. It’ll also be my first show on my brand new Kawasaki KXF450 which just adds to the excitement. It’s going to be an amazing day.”

Dan Whitby

Age: 29

Lives: Harleston, Norfolk

A member of the Bolddog FMX display team, Dan’s a regular on the Top Gear Live circuit and has recently returned to the UK after back-to-back engagements in the United Arab Emirates and Moscow. He’s also a thoroughly nice guy!

“Weston is going to go off,” says Dan. “We’ve all been hard at work at home preparing for this event. New tricks, new bikes and a new location – I can’t wait to get there and bust big for the crowds!”

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