Taka has many firsts at X Games: In 2007, he became the first Japanese athlete to compete in an X Games MTX event. In 2010, he became the first Japanese MTX competitor to medal, earning Best Trick bronze. And in 2012, he made history again as the first Japanese with Freestyle gold. Oh, and he landed a first-in-competition trick, too: The Rock Solid backflip. In 2013, Taka was the most dominant freestyle competitor in the world. He won his third straight Freestyle gold in LA, becoming the only competitor besides Travis Pastrana to do it thrice. While his 2014 X Games bid was derailed because of weather, Higashino returns to the roster again in 2015 -- this time for the inaugural Quarterpipe competition.
- Taka claimed Gold at X Games Foz do Iguacu 2013 and also won X Games Freestyle gold in 2012, becoming the the first Japanese Moto X competitor to win gold at X Games. The five-time X Games medalist is making his 8th appearance at Austin 2015.
X Games Competition History
|X Games Los Angeles 2013|| MTX Freestyle||1st|
|X Games Foz do Iguaçu 2013|| MTX Freestyle||1st|
|X Games Foz do Iguaçu 2013|| MTX Best Whip||5th|
|X Games Los Angeles 2012|| MTX Best Trick||2nd|
|X Games Los Angeles 2012|| MTX Freestyle||1st|
|X Games 2011|| MTX Best Trick||4th|
|X Games 2011|| MTX Freestyle||4th|
|X Games 2010|| MTX Best Trick||3rd|
|X Games 2010|| MTX Freestyle||10th|
|X Games 2009|| MTX Freestyle||9th|
|X Games 2008|| MTX Freestyle||10th|
|X Games 2007|| MTX Freestyle||10th|