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Jeremy Lusk hardly forgotten, still 'on the ride of his life'


In the wake of Jeremy Lusk's tragic death early Tuesday, as a result of a weekend crash during a freestyle motocross competition in Costa Rica, I was asked by a few people if any other top rider had perished at an FMX event.

The answer, which might surprise some, is no, according to memory and experts in a motocross discipline that began to flourish in the late 1990s.

These athletes are meticulous in training and are not reckless, contrary to some comments on a previous blog item.

The grace they exhibit, while performing handstands and seat grabs above and below their flipping bikes while soaring across 100-foot jumps, is a result of countless hours of practice in foam pits and on home courses.

The problem is, execution has to be nearly perfect to avoid serious consequences--and top riders, all of whom have experienced injury and concussion, understand that death is possible. Now a fatality has occurred and the FMX community remains in shock and mourning.

Here's a Metal Mulisha statement making the rounds, and it is inspirational:

We want Jeremy to be remembered as the hardcore warrior that he was. He was never one to back down from any challenge life had to offer him on or off the track.

As a fierce competitor, he rode to the top of the freestyle world embracing the risks of the sport with hardcore passion. As a Christian, Jeremy had faith that no matter what, he would always be on the ride of his life.

To Jeremy, there was never a question of there being any consequences, especially doing something he loved. His drive, love, passion and commitment drove him to become the 'baddest-ass' rider of his time.

'He and his wife Lauren will always be part of the Mulisha family, and his memory will continue to push our group of friends to the outer limits of life.'

Lastly, funeral arrangements for Lusk have been announced: 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at Revival Christian Fellowship Church,  29220 Scott Road, Menifee, Calif. All are welcome.

—Pete Thomas

Photo: Jeremy Lusk

Credit: Metal Mulisha

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Comments (53)

RIP Jeremy. *Riders Never Die*

Jeremy was such a great rider it is so sad to see him go i only got to see him once and that was the best show i have been he is a sick rider and even though i hardly know him it still makes me sad.....Prayers go out to you and your family..

im a fan of jeremy lusk great rider keepin it real it is very sad to here about this R.I.P my man jeremy god bless you M/M

To the family, I was reading some of the comments posted about Jermey, I read that he was a christian with strong faith,I am sorry for your loss but take refuge in knowing that he is now in Heaven above with God in all his glory.I pray that the Lord will help you all through this tough time and that you will have peace knowing he is with God.


Man jeremy was great, he will be missed alot, i though he was the greatest but atleast he died doing what he loved, but it was terrible how it ended. R.I.P. Jermey lusk and all my hopes and prayers go out to his family

we miss you REST IN PEACE <33333333

i didn't really know about lusk that much i only knew about jimmy fitzpatrick/my cousin...umm brian deegan tod potter twitch and scummy anywayz it sucks to have one of the metal mulisha riders die im sure he was a great friend to all of them i mean if my cousin jimmy died that would be so crappy i like his freestyle jumps in his yard being out in the wine fields was cool sucks they made him tear it down and his dads house is all made out of stone and has diamond chandalears hanging from his cealing but ya his dad if i remember right his name was randy he was cool very nice house but anywayz....R.I.P JEREMY LUSK...GREAT FREESTYLE METAL MULISHA RIDER


Sometimes God wants the best and brightest stars to come home early. Ride on in a better place bro.

so stoked he was a Christian. Lusk and his family will be in my prayers.

Ride Free

Jeremy you aren't forgotten never will be the mulisha troops March on with you in front. Mulisha 4 life. To jeremys family and loved ones sorry for the loss. Not only the freestlyle community but the the racing community will miss Jeremy. Jeremy you will never be forgotten. Shawn 271

i feel horrible that this happened. i am a huge mx and fmx fan. i'm not crazy enuf for fmx but i give a lot of respect to every mx and fmx rider and i was a fan of jeremy. i wish i lived in CA so i could go to his funeral, he was an amazing rider and will obv be truely missed. <3 Dana

he was my all time favorite rider and when i heard about this tears were brought to my eyes

My heart goes out to the Lusk family and friends. He was far to young, and far to talented to go, but God needed his expertise up there, and not down here. Jeremy, have fun up there, where you can perform tricks you never would have been able to before, without the worry of being injured. You died doing what you loved, much like my racing hero Dale Earnhardt, and for that reason, I know you left this world happy. Jeremy, We'll miss you.

he was one of my favorite riders and i am very sad that he died. when i first saw him ride i wanted to be just like him and even though he is dead I will work my hardest to be like him.

The world needs to know that these guys are real athletes. They are more talented than most people think.
I never in a million years thought I would see the day that FMX would make it to the Xgames. Its the most hardcore sport on the face of the earth.
Jeremy was a true professional and an amazing athlete. He will be greatly missed.

there are so many risk and so many rewards in this sport. he was an excellent rider and had soo much potential. Jeremy will be greatly missed. *never ride faster than you angel can fly*

To The Lusk Family....
I can't even imagine the loss that you are feeling at this moment. Know that he is no longer hurting and he is watching over you everyday.

Im here to post again. dang it i was a huge fan of him and I'm a freestyle mx rider. I'm 15 years old. But no matter what happens i'll never quit. I'm sorry for his death I'll miss seeing him do insane trick in X-Games. I'll never quit just for him. God Bless you. Loved watching you ride

dang it i was a huge fan of him and I'm a freestyle mx rider. I'm 15 years old. But no matter what happens i'll never quit. I'm sorry for his death I'll miss seeing him do insane trick in X-Games.

as a fan of jeremy i most defentily loved watching him ride and compete. he was an awesome rider.. and is in a happy place we will be missed greatly by all his fans..

Jeremy and my son have been friends for many years and I always considered Jeremy as one of the "good ones"... one of the guys I always enjoyed having in my home and spending time with my son. Both of them enjoyed living life to the extreme, but I always felt my son was safe when in Jeremy's company. I had the unfortunate task of having to let my son know on a phone call today that Jeremy had passed on from this life, doing something he loved doing so much. My son was on the top of a mountain in Mammoth ready to take his last snowboard run of the day and was going to ride it out for Jeremy. You will be greatly missed by many.... God Bless you Jeremy, and your family ~

noooooo man why....=/

As the mother of an MXer, it saddens me to hear of this. But as a Christian, it is good to know where he is and that he went out doing something he loved. God Bless.



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