MANILA, Philippines – Red Bull motorcycle stunt rider Aaron Colton is in Manila to treat local motorcycle enthusiasts with his brand of "Sportbike Freestyle," a sport that involves riding stunts with the use of sports bikes.
The multiple US freestyle riding champion said he became interested in promoting Sportbike Freestyle after witnessing the motorcycle culture in the Philippines.
“The first time I've been in the Philippines was actually for vacation, I came here with Danielle, my girlfriend,” the 22-year-old said during his press conference at the Eastwood City Walk in Quezon City.
Colton will hold several nighttime runs in Metro Manila from Tuesday until Friday to give local riding fans a glimpse of Sportbike Freestyle.
He will entertain the crowd with his 2 KTM 690 Duke, the latest generation of its type. His Streetbike Freestyle routines consist mainly of wheelies, endos, burnouts, drifting, and acrobatics.
He has praised Filipino hospitality, saying that Filipinos “are among the nicest people” he met.
“It's been amazing just from the time I landed on the airport to now, I've had an amazing reception from everyone. I also got to experience of the non-beach, non-vacation image of the Philippines. It's been really cool to see more of Metro Manila, it's been a great, great experience as I got to see multiple sides of this beautiful country,” said Colton.
Coming from Shakopee, Minnesota, Colton started young with a 50cc motorcycle when he was 2 years old.
His fame and success began when he became the youngest XDL National Stunt Riding Champion at the age of 15. Since then, his career continued to boom, having joined over five competitions and 30 events in the US.
Colton has joined different prestigious competitions such as XDL National Stunt Riding Championship, AMA Pro Road Racing, AMA Pro Flat Track, Street Freestyle, and MotoGP throughout his professional career.
He said Filipino riders can also do freestyle riding even while using smaller bikes.
“You should never be discouraged to think that the reason that I'm able to do what I do is because of the motorcycle I'm on. Right now I ride a KTM 690 and it's a pretty fun ride... but it's not what you need right away because there's a lot of step between when I started to now that I was able to work on,” said Colton.
He also put paramount importance on using safety gears while riding and doing stunts. He said it is the primary reason he has minimized injuries throughout his career.
“If I'm cool enough to wear my gear, I think everyone else should too… I know a lot of people think I had a lot of injuries compared to the average. But I'm really, really lucky actually to have a very safe career compared to most of my competitors. I've made a lot of choices to preserve what I have to make a quite longer career,” said Colton.