The golden child of Kobe, Japan, Shin Kinoshita aka “Shinja” is clearly one of the most creative, technical, and fun to watch riders in the realm of sportbike freestyle. Monster Energy teammate Nick Brocha said it best comparing Shin’s unique riding style to a “Tasmanian devil." As Japan’s top ambassador for the sport, Shin has proved that his impressive control mixed with ninja like balance is the magical recipe to land him podium finishes around the globe. Showing much dedication to his craft Shin spends a huge portion of his year preparing to compete in the U.S. based XDL championship series with 2012 being Shin’s fourth year in contention for the XDL championship. When not pounding the pavement on his motorcycle you can most likely find him fishing for squid in the south Pacific or wrenching on bikes at his Kobe based motorcycle shop.