American freestyle rider ‘Mad’ Mike Jones is regarded as one of the founding fathers of freestyle motocross. His greatest moment came in 2001 when he became the first ever rider to win the Red Bull X-Fighters competition, beating Edgar ‘ET’ Torronteras and Xavier Fabre at the event in Valencia, Spain. He also competed in the X Fighters competition the following year, this time losing out to Torronteras in the race to the title. Mike was the 1989 world champion of supercross, the 1998 world freestyle motocross champion, and won a Winter X Games gold medal in 2001. He is also thought to have invented many FMX tricks, including the ‘nothing’, the ‘no handed landing’ and the infamous ‘kiss of death’ in which the rider moves his head towards the front fender as if to kiss it, while bringing his legs upwards from the bike. Mad Mike started his motorcycle racing career way back in 1972 and has been wowing audiences around the globe ever since. Now retired from professional competitive motocross, he is currently a motocross and freestyle motocross coach based in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. He still rides in freestyle shows for the Crusty Demons of Dirt tour in Australia, and at the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. but has quit doing backflips. “I won my gold medal and silver medal,” he says, “so I don't need to do backflips anymore. If you're not backflipping then you're out of the loop these days. I'm having fun with shows.”
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