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Red Bull X-Fighters freestyle motocross tour hits Texas this Saturday

Above is a promo video for the Red Bull X-Fighters freestyle motocross tour, which comes to Texas Saturday, June 27.

The third stop in the five-round global series, this will be the only X-Fighters event held in the U.S. this year. After Texas, riders move on to Leg 4 in Madrid on July 16 and 17 and then London for the Aug. 22 finale.

Those invited to compete include previous X-Fighters winners Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Mat Rebeaud, Robbie Maddison and Danny Torres.

Stenberg recently had his motorcycles stolen from his Temecula home and there has been no news as to if they have been recovered, so he may be riding some different bikes.

Also, newcomer Levi Sherwood, winner in Mexico City, had a bad landing during a training session last week and will not be able to ride. His replacement will be Metal Mulisha rider Jeff "Ox" Kargola. Sherwood should be back in time for Madrid.

With the riders coming out of the bull chutes at the historic Fort Worth stockyards in head-to-head competition featuring jumps of 75 to 115 feet, this should be an exciting event.

Enjoy the video.

-- Kelly Burgess

Video courtesy of Red Bull Motorsports

Jeremy 'Twitch' Stenberg has FMX bikes stolen; Mulisha seeks your help

Jeremy Stenberg performs a backflip at the Panasonic Open Dew Tour event in 2006. Breaking news in the freestyle motocross universe: Thieves have broken into the Temecula home of FMX superstar Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg and stolen his bikes and those of Metal Mulisha teammate Taka Takayuki Higashino on Thursday night.

The Mulisha lists the items on its website:

--Twitch's YZ250 Freestyle Contest Bike
--Twitch’s 450
--Twitch’s 250F
--Twitch’s 110
--Twitch’s 50
--Taka’s YZ250 Freestyle Contest Bike
--All of Twitch’s old helmets (If you read his etnies interview then you know how much those mean to him.)
--All riding gear

The Mulisha states: "If you did this please return the bikes … we have investigators on the case right now. If you have any information about who may have done this please email us at metalmulishaclothing@gmail.com, or use the contact form, with any info you have.

"If you see some really nice bikes that look like Twitch's or Taka’s on Craigs List, eBay, etc., let us know. Please, only serious leads so we’re not chasing our tails. If you provide info leading to the recovery of the bikes we will give you a ton of Metal Mulisha gear and hook you up with passes to X Games to hang out with the Mulisha."

This represents a major setback for the riders, with the X Games and other events just around the corner. Hopefully, the bikes will be recovered and justice will be served.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Jeremy Stenberg performs a backflip at the Panasonic Open Dew Tour event in 2006. Credit: Bo Bridges

Jeremy Lusk Legacy Foundation gala, poker tournament tonight

Lusk The shock that reverberated throughout and beyond the global freestyle motocross community after Jeremy Lusk died days after sustaining head injuries during an early-February crash has ebbed and life, as they say, goes on.

But tonight it goes on in the beloved Lusk's memory.

The Lusk Legacy Foundation's Gala and Poker Tournament is tonight from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, and if you cannot attend the star-studded event it will be broadcast live for two hours beginning at 7 p.m.

Those scheduled to attend include FMX stars Brian Deegan, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Taka Higashino, Robbie Maddison and many others. Also slated to participate: skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, supercross pros Donny Hansen and Rick Johnson and snowboarder Keir Dillon.

Celebrities from film, fashion, music and TV also are expected to show. Tickets are $150 per person and $300 for the poker buy-in (grand prize is 10% of the total buy-in). Five-star dining and live music (San Diego's Dynamite Walls) are included.

Proceeds will support the Lusk foundation, which will strive to improve FMX safety on the pro and recreational level. For more information, check out the Metal Mulisha website.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Jeremy Lusk. Credit: Metal Mulisha

Jeremy Lusk Foundation keeps memory alive and helps FMX move more safely forward


The period of mourning may not have ended but the Metal Mulisha has been pressing forward since the falling of one of its stars, freestyle motocross rider Jeremy Lusk, who died Feb. 9 as a result of injuries suffered during a crash in Costa Rica.

On Wednesday, the Jeremy Lusk Tribute Exhibit will open at the San Diego Hall of Champions at 2131 Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park. The San Diego-born rider's bike, gear and trophies will be on display. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Lusk Legacy Foundation is accepting donations and has numerous items for sale, including a Jeremy Lusk action print signed by the Temecula-based Mulisha.

The foundation will attempt to achieve a higher standard of safety at freestyle motocross events and "embodies positive values, such as courage, individualism and family."

It "recognizes the value of an involved membership and seeks to encourage that involvement with accurate and transparent communication."

Last among its core values: "The Jeremy Lusk Foundation embraces the values of which it was founded upon in recognition of Jeremy Lusk -- friendship, camaraderie, enthusiasm for each other and the spirit of freestyle motocross."

Lusk was 24. He'd recently become a Christian and had the words "In God's Hands" tattooed across his chest. You can buy T-shirts stamped with those very words from the foundation and Mulisha websites. The $25 cost, Lusk's thousands of fans will agree, is money well spent.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Metal Mulisha

Jeremy Lusk NASCAR ticket auctions ending soon


The Metal Mulisha website is listing some auction items, offering fans the opportunity to bid on ticket packages to the NASCAR races this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

Packages include admission, infield terrace parking, access to a VIP terrace suite, an opportunity to meet Metal Mulisha riders plus caps and other assorted goodies. Bidding closes Friday at 3 p.m.

In addition to the auction items, there are also 100 single general admission packages being sold on the site.

All proceeds will go to the Jeremy Lusk Trust fund.

Lusk died last week as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash at a competition in Costa Rica.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo credit: Metal Mulisha

Jeremy Lusk, in remembrance, said to be 'more alive than ever' in heaven


That was a touching service in remembrance and honor of Jeremy Lusk, wasn't it?

Lusk died last Tuesday as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash, and was said during Monday's eulogy to have proceeded directly to heaven and is now "more alive than he ever has been."

I don't know about that, but it might be true and believing it's true probably helps ease the pain swelling inside those closest to him.

Lusk was a Christian and, as many have called him, a "bad-ass" star of the dangerous but thrill-filled and close-knit freestyle motocross universe.

Just days before he died, Lusk had the words "In God's Hands" tattooed across his chest.

The Temecula rider was a cherished member of the Metal Mulisha family and a loving husband who leaves behind a lovely wife and many relatives who remain devastated.

Perhaps Monday's highly emotional funeral service helped deliver some measure of closure. But it'll be a long spell before the pain subsides and they -- especially Jeremy's wife and parents -- can get on happily with their lives.

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Jeremy Lusk funeral no longer open to public; will be shown on webcast


**Update with publicist's clarification

Because of overcrowding concerns, only family, friends and industry associates will be allowed inside Revival Christian Fellowship church in Menifee, Calif., for Jeremy Lusk's funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday.

However, fans of the freestyle motocross star, who died Tuesday from injuries suffered during a crash at a competition in Costa Rica, can watch the Lusk service online.

Here's the brief announcement issued Saturday night by Metal Mulisha's publicist:

"Due to the outpouring of love, affection, admiration and sentiment regarding Jeremy, please note that funeral services will be webcast simultaneously.

"Limited church capacity mandates that only family, friends and industry associates attend, please."

On Sunday afternoon, Cheryl Lynch, the publicist, clarified that no invitations have been issued and that if people were friends of Jeremy and/or worked with him in some capacity they're urged to attend. Lynch added, "Many, many people around the world are mourning his passing and having this webcast it is our hope that many more will feel part of this most difficult task of saying goodbye."

--Pete Thomas

Photo: Jeremy Lusk. Credit: Metal Mulisha

Jeremy Lusk funeral forecast calls for rain, lots of tears and a fond remembrance

Jeremy Lusk flips his motorcycle during a competition last Saturday in San Jose, Costa Rica. The popular rider from Temecula died Tuesday of injuries suffered in a crash during the competition.

The forecast calls for rain Monday, but that's not likely to prevent fans of Jeremy Lusk from attending the freestyle motocross star's funeral.

If reaction to Lusk's death days after a horrific accident last Saturday is any indication, hundreds, perhaps thousands will be on hand for the 1 p.m. service at the Revival Christian Fellowship Church at 29220 Scott Rd. in Menifee, Calif.

"WE WOULDN’T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD. WE WOULD EVEN HITCH HIKE IF WE HAD TOO," reads one of hundreds of comments Metal Mulisha website.

Another reads, "I wish all the boys will fire up their bikes for you one last time and lead you to your final resting place."

This website had more than 200 comments related to the Lusk tragedy, and Lusk items had more than 150,000 viewers from all over the world. An overwhelming majority expressed sympathy, shock and  good  wishes to Lusk's wife, Lauren, his family, and the Metal Mulisha group.

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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:

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Jeremy Lusk dies from injuries suffered in freestyle motocross crash


*Updated with funeral service announcement **Updated with link to story on Lusk in today's L.A. Times

***Updated with statement from Brian Deegan

Freestyle motocross star Jeremy Lusk, 24, has died as a result of head injuries sustained in a weekend crash during a competition in Costa Rica, and it's with a heavy heart that Outposts shares this news.

The Temecula rider passed away in his hospital bed late Monday night in San Jose, Costa Rica, while surrounded by his mother and father, Chuck and Gina Lusk; his wife Lauren, and mother- and father-in-law Lynne and Larry, along with fellow Metal Mulisha riders Brian Deegan, Ryan Hagy, Cameron Steele and Erik Apple.

Deegan, founder of Metal Mulisha, issued this statement Tuesday at 3 p.m.:

"Jeremy motivated me to be a better person, he was my best friend. The bond of this team is one that will never be broken. We know Jeremy is looking down from a great place, continuing to move mountains and touch the lives of those above.

"One day, we will all be reunited and will ride together again. In the end, all dust turns to ash. Metal Mulisha will continue to live and die by that creed. Jeremy, we can't wait to see you."

Please keep Lusk and his family in your thoughts and prayers. He did his best to live life to its fullest and entertain, and for that his many fans are deeply appreciative.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Revival Christian Fellowship Church at 29220 Scott Road in Menifee, Calif. To learn more about Lusk please click here for a story posted in the L.A. Times obits section.

--Pete Thomas

Photo of Jeremy Lusk courtesy of Metal Mulisha

Jeremy Lusk still in critical condition as a result of FMX accident in Costa Rica


Action sports fans continue to pull for Jeremy Lusk, who remains comatose after a freestyle motocross accident in Costa Rica that was so painful to watch I refuse to post the video on this blog.

(Anyone who wants to see it knows the process.)

Seriously, all I hope for, as it pertains to Lusk and his family, is a happy ending to this story, which remains possible.

A Monday night update from a spokeswoman for the Metal Mulisha, for whom Lusk rides:

--Jeremy remains in a medically induced coma at Calderon Hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica.

--He's still in very critical condition.

--Doctors have lowered his core body temperature to continue to treat swelling of the brain.

--Thankfully, his brain is functioning.

--Plans remain to transport Jeremy to a U.S. trauma center as soon as possible, perhaps as early as Tuesday morning.

--Jeremy's parents, Chuck and Gina Lusk, are with their son in Costa Rica.

The Metal Mulisha publicist reminds fans that an emergency fund to help defer costs of medical care has already been established and is set up to take donations.

All donations made through this site are earmarked directly for Jeremy's care. Donations are appreciated, but so are good wishes, which can work wonders.

--Pete Thomas

File photo of Jeremy Lusk courtesy of Metal Mulisha

Jeremy Lusk fund is accepting donations to help pay for injured FMX star's care


The action sports world remains stunned but in support of freestyle motocross star Jeremy Lusk, who remains hospitalized and in critical condition after suffering a horrific weekend crash during a competition in Costa Rica.

An emergency fund to help pay for medical care has been established and is accepting donations. Those able to help can visit the Athlete Recovery Fund website and click on the donation button.

All donations made via this website are earmarked specifically for Lusk's care. As soon as Lusk's condition stabilizes he will be transported to a U.S.-based head trauma center.

Lusk, of Temecula, is a beloved action sports figure and member of the Metal Mulisha team of riders. The latest report posted on the MM website: "Jeremy’s condition is critical and the latest we've heard is that he's out of surgery and they're waiting for the swelling to go down on his brain."

Fans might also wish to visit the Pray for Jeremy Lusk blog for updates.

---Pete Thomas

Photo courtesy of Metal Mulisha


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