Jonathan Paredes

Mexico

Jonathan Paredes

Mexico

2018 was a patchy season for the former champion, whose three podium finishes were dampened by a 10th and 6th place. That's not to say he went backwards last year; in fact his points tally in those three podium finishes would have been enough to score three victories in the previous season. The problem was, when the Mexican found his form in 2018, he unfortunately ran into the juggernauts Hunt and LoBue, who were smashing records left, right and centre. Paredes needed to win in Italy and hope those two failed badly, but any doubters needed only to look back at 2017's finale to know that anything can happen.

"Honestly, I was very calm," says Paredes. "At this point I felt like I had nothing to lose and I had a lot to win." With his 3rd place in the overall standings, the Mexican now has four overall podiums and is listed behind the all-time heroes Gary Hunt (7), Artem Silchenko and Orlando Duque (both 5).

Throughout the World Series, the Madrid resident is envied for his rip entries, immaculate form in the air and technical proficiency. In order to toe the line, the 'style master' breaks new ground by adding ballet to his training routine. "I was not really flexible and ballet is all about flexibility. This workout helps me a lot with my body line and improves my muscle strength."