Britain’s Paul Bonhomme finished second behind Matt Hall at a dramatic final race of the season in Las Vegas which was enough to beat the Australian to the title by just five points, with Hannes Arch well behind in third.
Hall was consistent all season, finishing the year with two victories, but Bonhomme visited the podium seven times, recording four wins, and was unstoppable as he added to his 2009 and 2010 titles.
He now has 19 career wins, more than anyone in the history of the sport, but almost fell short in the finals due to technical problems.
“What happened today was a million miles away from what I had imagined would happen. All kinds of things happened that I didn’t expect,” he said.
“But as a team, we sorted it out and here we are. It was the toughest World Championship I’ve ever had. It was hard work. It’s amazing, just amazing.”
The end of the season also signaled the end of an era as Hungarian pilot Peter Besenyei retired from the sport he helped create. He racked up eight wins during his career and won the inaugural championship in 2003.