Here’s a bird’s eye view of the X Games Brazil freestyle course from Foz do Iguaca. ESPN televised many events live, with the weekend wrapping up with freestyle. Taddy Blazusiak won Endurocross, rookie Bryce Hudson won Step Up, Jeremy Stenberg was voted number one in Best Whip, Lance Coury took home the Speed & Style gold, and Taka Higashino won freestyle.

    Known for many reasons?125 Supercross winner, freestyle motocross pioneer, “The General” of the Metal Mulisha, multi-time X Games winner, Rally car racer, mini parent?Brian Deegan has had a long and prosperous career, reinventing himself every so often. I could make a reference to Deegan being a phoenix that has risen from the ashes, but that doesn’t sound hardcore enough for Brian. Let’s just say that no one can keep this guy down. He’s a winner, and he’s also incredibly crafty at marketing himself. I spoke with Brian on the eve of the first X Games world event, held in Brazil, to talk about a variety of subjects.

Brian Deegan. Photo courtesy of Odyssey Battery (

MXA: What’s going on, Brian?
Brian: I am getting ready for the season. I’ve been racing Pro 2 and Pro Lites of the Lucas Oil Offroad Truck Series. I’ve also been focused on Haiden’s racing. He has been riding a lot of motocross, and he’s in the peewee class.

Did you ever imagine being a “Mini Dad”?
[Laughter] No, I never really thought about it. Honestly, I was trying to avoid it, but Haiden wanted to go to the races so badly that I couldn’t ignore it. Eventually we went to the race track, and he started doing pretty well in his class. I have to at least give him a chance to race and progress.

Haiden raced the KTM Junior Supercross at Anaheim 2 and he did very well. You were actively involved with the program that day. Can you describe the experience?
I used to watch the KTM Junior Supercross back when I was racing, and the crowd always loved it. I’m glad that they brought it back. I put Haiden in it, and he had a really good time. He was treated pretty much like a factory rider for the day. It gives kids like him to see what the professional racing scene is like, and it gives them something to shoot for.

Are you fully prepared to travel to Loretta’s and all of the other big amateur events if your son is interested?
I definitely wasn’t pressuring him; however, it’s what he wants to do. I put him in a kart to see how he would do with four wheels, but he’s not interested in that. Right now he’s at the top of his group in the 4-6 peewee class. I need to give him a chance to succeed.

How did you get involved in Rally?
Rally came from Rockstar Energy drink giving me the opportunity. That had to be back in 2010 at the X Games. I went out and did well. It has escalated since then.

How much longer do you plan on racing Rally?
I feel like I still have a lot of time. In Rally racing there are a lot of older guys that are still racing. I’d like to be racing for another five or ten years.

How is the Metal Mulisha doing?
The Mulisha is doing well. Since it took off it has been steady and it’s continuing to grow. We haven’t even touched international distribution yet. We are going to focus on building our brand internationally soon. We want to grow it from an outgoing freestyle brand to more of a serious company that sponsors racers in motocross. That is the turn that my life has taken.

Did you ever dream that, when you started the Metal Mulisha, it would be as successful as it is today?
No. I still remember the day that I filed for the LLC on it [laughter]. I just figured things out and went for it. I always try to imagine that things are going to be successful, and I work hard at it. There are a lot of failures in life, but then something might happen and you have that one hit. Everything happened at the right time for the Metal Mulisha. The X Games were becoming really popular, and there was a lot of hype around freestyle. As of right now the economy is rough, and companies seem to have their focus on just surviving. It’s tough to build a company right now.

What gave you the idea to ghost ride your bike when you won the 125 Supercross race at the L.A. Coliseum all those years ago?
I really didn’t have a plan. I trained really hard that year, and I felt that I should have had a factory Suzuki ride. I went out and charged through the pack. I passed Robbie Reynard for the lead, and Kevin Windham was behind me but fell. On the last lap I realized that I was going to win the Supercross race, and so I thought about doing something cool over the finish line. This was before backflips and all the freestyle tricks were out. If I could have done a backflip after winning a Supercross I don’t think that could ever be topped. Can you imagine how wild the crowd would have gone?! i decided to launch my bike over the finish line and I was standing at the finish line while everyone else was racing for second and third. I didn’t even care! It was such a cool moment that I’ll never forget.

How did you get into freestyle?
I lived with Mike Metzger back when we were racing the 125 Pro class, and we would always go out into the hills and mess around. Then “Crusty Demons of Dirt” filmed us and showcased it to the masses. That’s when things started rolling. The next thing I know I’m getting paid to ride freestyle motocross. It was crazy.

Several riders have passed away in recent years from freestyle crashes. What are your thoughts on the current state of freestyle?
When freestyle first started I was just excited to be a part of it. Then things started becoming more and more professional. It became corporate and sponsors started coming into the sport. I thought it was cool. There comes a point where it became a really dangerous sports. Accidents started happening and there were promoters doing shows that weren’t safe. It seemed like everyone was trying to make a buck off freestyle, and in turn that jeopardized the safety. Guys started getting hurt, and then they were passing away. It’s definitely not the intention I had when we started freestyle. It seems like it’s going out of control. I just hope that it stays around. From the looks of it right now, freestyle is taking some serious hits.

What’s your opinion on the X Games canceling Best Trick?
Them doing that was a recourse of the snowmobile crash. Where it all went sideways was when they started inviting these YouTube sensation guys. For me, I thought that Best Trick would have the top ten freestyle riders in the world do it. That’s the way it should be, instead of inviting these no-namers and putting them out in front of a big crowd. I don’t think that helped at all. I think if they had a qualifying system and only allowed the key players in, such as Nate Adams, that they will almost always land their tricks.

What’s in your future?
I am going to continue on trying to win championships in offroad truck racing and also Rally. Rally is growing, and I think it’s going to get really big. I feel good that I’m a part of that. I think that I will always be at the racetrack. It’s what I’m into, and it’s what I plan on doing for a long time.


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450 Supercross
    Ryan Villopoto controls his own destiny in the chase for the championship. Sound familiar? The two-time defending champ holds a 25 point advantage with two rounds remaining. Last year RV clinched the title in Houston, a full three rounds early. Odds are that this time around Villopoto will hoist the number one plate this weekend in Salt Lake City. It will take a serious oversight by the Monster Energy Kawasaki team for Ryan to squander such a lead. Stranger things have happened, but the odds of Villopoto throwing it away is like buying oceanfront property in Arizona. Expect RV to fight for the win in Salt Lake and leave nothing to chance at the Las Vegas finale.
    While on the subject of Villopoto, it’s baffling to think that since 2011 the pride of Poulsbo has pretty much handled everyone else in the 450 class. Had it not been for a blown knee at the end of last year’s Supercross series there’s a strong possibility that RV would have swept every championship since he began his reign.

250 East Supercross
    Wil Hahn has a five-point lead heading into Las Vegas, but momentum is on Marvin Musquin’s side. Neither rider has ever been in the hunt for a Supercross title going down to the wire, so it will be interesting to see what transpires in Sin City. I don’t anticipate any dirty riding tactics from those two?although I expect fireworks between Blake Wharton and Tyler Bowers.
    Who is going to win the title? It’s too close to call. It’s apparent that Musquin has been the fastest rider as of late, and confidence is on his side. Hahn has very little breathing room. If Marvin wins, Hahn must finish second. Should Wil finish third and Marvin wins, then both riders will tie on points, but the title will be awarded to the rider with the most wins between the two. That person is Marvin Musquin. Wil Hahn is in the driver’s seat, as long as he finishes first or second.

250 West Supercross
    There are two rounds remaining in the 250 West, where Ken Roczen has a stranglehold over everyone else. It’s a bit surprising, not because Roczen is incredibly talented, but because he’s remained remarkably steady while Eli Tomac has made costly mistakes. Tomac gave up 24 points at Oakland and then slipped up this past weekend in Seattle while leading.
    Through seven rounds Roczen has finished second place four times and won three races, stacking up a 20-point lead over Tomac. It is possible for Kenny to wrap up the title a round early, which would surely give team manager Roger DeCoster a relief heading into Vegas.
    It’s interesting to note that DeCoster wasn’t shy last summer in expressing his opinions on Musquin and Roczen?both riders struggled for much of the National series?saying that they couldn’t handle the heat and weren’t fit enough. Will the Red Bull KTM riders shine this summer, especially if they win their respective titles?

450 (MX1) Grand Prix
    News flash?Tony Cairoli lost! It was the first time this year that the Italian stallion lost an overall. Gautier Paulin (a name you should recognize, since he raced select 250 West Supercross rounds a few years back) did the deed. Paulin went 1-2, while Cairoli logged 4-1 moto scores. Tony is a four-time defending champion, and although it’s still early, expect him to tie Joel Robert for most consecutive MX1 World titles.
    A note on the Grand Prix of Bulgaria: rider turnout in the 450 class was pitiful. A total of 20 riders lined up to the gate. The FIM tried to disguise the poor showing by blocking off the farthest gates with signage and hay bales. The ploy didn’t fool anyone.
    The excuse that the 450 class had such a poor showing because of rider injuries is to plead ignorance at best, stupidity at worst. Recall last year’s 450 Supercross series, where riders were dropping like flies. Although many of the heavy hitters were sidelined, every race brought more than enough riders to fill the gates for the night show. Need proof? Of all the Supercross rounds last year, Salt Lake City drew the least number of 450 riders, at 47. This means that seven riders didn’t qualify for the night program, while another 20 didn’t make the main event. So while Stewart, Reed, Villopoto, and Canard weren’t racing, there were plenty of other guys willing to fill those spots. That’s not the case in the Grand Prix series. Why? Chalk it up to a greedy promoter, exorbitant entry fees, the lack of a purse, or the need to travel around the world to race in faraway lands with tracks not fit for practice, let alone racing. Bulgaria was a sign of things to come for the Grand Prix series if something drastic doesn’t change. The sport needs privateers as much as it needs factory superstars. Giuseppe Luongo is alienating privateers. I can understand the “pay to play” idea, but there must be a reward. Would you spend thousands of dollars to line up to an empty gate, only so you can go back home without any chance of monetary gain?

Photo: Ray Archer

250 (MX2) Grand Prix
    Jeffrey Herlings remains undefeated, stretching his moto win streak to ten motos this year. It’s not surprising. His competition consists of young riders still wet behind the ears, or seasoned riders that don’t have enough speed to run with Herlings. To be frank, it’s hard to imagine any rider in Europe who could compete with Herlings on a 250. The Dutch sand master has youth, speed, confidence and a great team on his side.
    It’s a shame that Herlings will probably forego a racing career in the U.S., opting to remain a big fish in a small pond. I can’t blame the kid if he chooses to stay in Europe. He can be the new king of the Grand Prix circuit in a few short years, raking in the big bucks (from contract deals, not purse money) and avoiding any growing pains of learning to ride Supercross or adapt to a different lifestyle. Supercross, in particular, is a tough task. However, all of those reasons mentioned kept Cairoli in Europe, and just like another Tony, this one from the past (Tony DiStefano), Cairoli will do his styling at the bank.      


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    Last week I was privileged to be invited to the unveiling of the Fox Museum at their headquarters in Scotts Valley, CA (only about five miles from the beach of Santa Cruz). Honestly, I wasn’t to sure what I was getting myself into, and when I heard the words “air shock,” repeatably buzzing around the anxious crowd of about 300 awaiting for the doors to open, I got all excited to see some new air shock technology. Boy was I wrong.
    Bob Fox the owner of Fox Shox made a short speech before the opening. You could tell he was filled with excitement as tears filled his eyes telling us about all the rough times the company has been through and how it triumphed through adversity each and every time. Building a company that now has about a 1000 employees. Bob worked hard, he had a vision, and he made it into a reality producing some of the best suspension technology available. Now, Bob turned his vision as a young man into a museum for others to see and appreciate.

    Bob cut the ribbon and a stream of people flowed through the doors. I walk in, and the first thing I saw was Kent Howerton’s and Marty Smith’s 1976-77 500cc Championship winning bikes. These bikes were equipped with Fox “air shocks,” I had no clue that “air shock” technology existed until just this last year when Ryan Dungey ran the controversial air shock in a few Supercross rounds. Bob claims that those back-to-back championships launched his suspension career and made Fox the company that it is today. Since the Fox air shocks were proven by champions, everyone wanted to get their hands on one (actually two).

    From that point on Bob put his head down and kept the momentum going. He expanded his knowledge into mountain bikes, off road trucks, and snowmobiles with plenty of championships along the way to show his success in each area. Mike Marquez, who heads the motocross department at Fox, took me under his wing for the night and took me on a tour not just through the museum, but through the whole facility. And what an impressive sight that was, checking out the huge suspension dynos, R&D department, and he even let me check out some of the impressive projects they were working on for the future.
    With checking out the 35 plus years of history at Fox through the museum, I’m nothing but excited to see what the future brings for them. They are steadily getting more and more involved into the motocross industry again looking to repeat another Championship to bring back the roots of how the Bob Fox legacy all started.


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April 21st, 2013
Sand Hollow, Utah
Photos: Harlen Foley

    The promise of a race course measuring over 13 miles in length led to an air of anticipation as racers arrived at the Sand Hollow State Park in southern Utah. The area was uncharted territory for a WORCS race and I don’t believe any of us, the WORCS staff included, knew what we were in for. It didn’t take long for the first seven miles to turn into some of the deepest sand whoops this series has seen; terrain that made Southwick look like a child’s backyard sandbox and would leave more than a few muscles in your lower back screaming for mercy. Then, after seven miles spent relentlessly pounding sand whoops had taken it’s physical toll, the course opened up into flowing third and fourth gear sand dunes, full of razor backs that you could float over and catch your breath. With the added variety of about a mile of slick rock, the Sand Hollow circuit was incredibly varied and seriously demanding, but extremely enjoyable and with lap times averaging around twenty-two minutes, the two-hour pro race was going to be quite unique.
    With such a long lap time, the WORCS crew decided to combine the Pro bike main with the Pro ATV main, making the first time to my knowledge that bikes and quads would race on the same track at the same time at a WORCS event. Other than the slight inconvenience that lapping any of the slower ATV riders posed, I was genuinely excited by the prospect of a show down with the four-wheeled pros; I feel they’re some of the gnarliest racers on the planet. The start procedure would be dead engine with Pro and Pro2 bikes on the first row, followed three minutes later by the ATV Pros, then the Pro2 lights and finally the Pro-Am quads. Did I mention how unique this event promised to be?

    I knew the formula for a race like this: deep sand plus first lap intensity equals chaos and so a good start would be crucial. I did a couple practice starts and my bike fired right up, so I was feeling confident and just waited for the flag drop. As the 30-second board went sideways and we all stood statuesque awaiting the slightest movement of the green flag, my foot pushed through the kick starter and off my ideal starting position of top dead center. I had no time to rectify the situation and as the flag waved high into the air my initial kick left the motor unfired as the rest of the line began to ignite their machines and jet away. With a second swift kick my bike roared to life and I accelerated down the start straight around mid pack. The chaos formula was proving true and after just a few corners I’d passed two riders who had either stalled or crashed. Another rider suffered a pretty impressive swap and I managed to dodge the carnage and slip by, inching my way into the top five. Justin Jones was the first rider I comprehended as the pack started to file out and a quick burst of speed through some deep whoops shot me through to fourth. The next rider in my sights was Justin Seeds and, in a similar pass to the one I had made moments before on Jones, I powered through yet another set of deep whoops and took over third. Just up ahead was the KTM of Ty Tremaine and as we turned onto a fourth gear fence-line straightaway, I used a little Baja experience as I held the throttle on, riding  just inches away from the barbed wire, and made my way by. Just one rider remained ahead of me, David Broderick, and I was content to follow him through a narrower and slightly rocky section of the course. Once the terrain opened up into an uphill set of rolling whoops I made the commitment, pushed my way by him an into the lead. It was time to set sail.
    It’s tough toexpress how much I enjoyed the race as from the moment I passed into the lead I was feeling very strong through terrain I don’t normally excel, riding my own pace, using the edges where I could to save energy, then clicking up to fourth and pounding the whoops when I needed to. With such long lap times the race seemingly flew by in a flash. Before I knew it the white flag was out and I had built a comfortable lead. I spent the last lap jumping the sand dunes, cruising through the rougher sections, showcasing some of my goon riding talents and I was elated to cross the finish line to grab my second win of the season (though I wouldn’t have minded another lap or two).

    It was a sensational weekend for me as my race was absolutely flawless. My bike handled the demanding terrain so well that it seemed, at times, all I had to do was point the front end and hold the throttle on. Any concerns I had pre-race about lapping slower bikes and quads were quelled as everyone I approached was incredibly considerate and would leave room for a pass. I must say that the WORCS team did a great job all weekend long with the course conditions becoming much tougher than anyone expected, as they spent tireless hours bringing in broken bikes, quads and SxS’s. I want to thank all of my sponsors for providing yet another great effort: Precision Concepts, Alamo Alarms, Fox Racing, USWE drink systems, PodMX knee braces, Northland Motorsports and THR Motorsports, as well as all of the tremendous team sponsors listed below. Big thanks to my mechanics: Phil, Ty and John at Precision for everything they do to help me out and congratulations to Jacob Argubright and my teammate Justin Seeds for earning their first WORCS pro podium finishes. I’m really enjoying myself on the bike right now and I’m excited to continue improving and representing my team and sponsors to the best of my ability. Up next is the Silver State 300 and I’m looking forward to teaming with David Pearson, holding the throttle to the stop and having some more fun!

Robby Bell

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If Chad could do anything he wanted, he’d want to be a V8 Supercar racer. This is Chad’s ride for the day.

    Chad Reed said, “I am really excited to be given the opportunity to drive a V8 Supercar at the Circuit of the Americas. I am huge fan of V8 Supercars and it is exciting that the series is making its debut here in the USA. The last time I drove a V8 Supercar it was with the old H pattern gearbox so I am looking forward to driving the Holden car of the future prototype.” Reed will get to drive a couple laps in a Holden VF Commodore prototype alongside NASCAR champion Kurt Busch. Aussie V8 drivers James Courtney and Fabian Coulthard will give Chad guidance.


Valentino is a good ‘ol boy. Photo: Milagro

    Valentino Rossi lapped quick enough to be in the top half of the NASCAR Nationwide Series field as he tried Kyle Busch’s car this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rossi said, “It looks like it’s a completely different type of racing than what we do in Europe and I expected something more like this ? exciting, high speed and a great feeling in the corners. On the banking you have a lot of grip, so you are glued on the racetrack. At the beginning it was a bit strange because it’s difficult to go straight.” Rossi has tested in the past with the Ferrari F1 team and reportedly even had an offer, but elected to keep collecting his $30,000,000 MotoGP salary.



Arnaud Tonus will miss most of the 2013 season.

    CLS Kawasaki Pro Circuit team leader Arnaud Tonus underwent surgery last week and will return to racing later in the summer after a period of rehabilitation. Successful surgery for Arnaud Tonus. For the time being Jimmy Decostis is filling in for Tonus.  A crash earlier this season during a training session aggravated his shoulder injury and Arnaud was forced to miss all the pre-season races. He made his first appearance of 2013 at the first GP of the season in Qatar, but after the practice sessions he took the decision to postpone his come back. Arnaud finally underwent surgery to his shoulder this week in Switzerland.
    Arnaud Tonus said, “I feel lucky as I have very nice and talented people working with me at the hospital La Tour in Geneva, alongside other sportsmen and under control of specialized doctors who are used to working with sportsmen. I don’t know how long it will take me to get back to my best level, but I will not return to racing until I will be ready. The team and I made this choice as we want to be fully ready for 2014, which will be my last season in the MX2 class.”


The official Team USA paint scheme was blue with two white stripes.

    In what we think is a really cool promotion, Vemar’s Bill Berroth, a two-time ISDT Silver Medalist himself, will paint a special run of classic Team USA skunk stripe helmets starting in May. The neat part is that these special Vemar helmets will only be sold to former American ISDT riders. If you raced the ISDT (Vemar has all of the AMA’s ISDT team records), they will paint one for you. No one, but fomer American ISDT riders will be eligible for this special offer. Orders must received via email at [email protected] by May 1, 2013, in order to be included in the special paint run. This is a one -time deal. The price per helmet is $425 plus tax and freight (and a $250 deposit is required at time of ordering).



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