Corona, CA: Brian Deegan will be Dave Despain’s special guest this Sunday night, July 26 at 8:30pm ET. Deegan is a man of many talents – freestyle motocross pioneer, former Supercross winner, off-road truck racer, rally car racer and one of the founders behind Metal Mulisha, a hugely successful sports lifestyle clothing and accessories company. Dave takes the opportunity to probe the psyche behind one of the most accomplished ‘life on the edge’ talents ever to compete successfully in the multiple disciplines of today’s action sports world.
“My definition of hardcore is guys who do stuff others won’t.” Brian Deegan
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Deegan began his extraordinary career first as a professional Supercross rider at the age of 17. He rose to fame in 1997 by winning the 125cc main at the Los Angeles Coliseum and in true rebel fashion, ghost rode his bike across the finish line beginning, what we know of today, as Freestyle Motocross. But it was competing in ESPN’s X Games that he really hit the spotlight, becoming the first ever rider to do a 360 (Mulisha Twist) in competition and is the most decorated Freestyle rider in the sport’s history with 10 total medals (3 golds and 7 bronzes).
But success at this high level rarely comes without near-death experiences, and Deegan is no exception. In 2004 he crashed and broke his femur and both wrists while attempting a 360 over a 100-foot snow double, and in 2005 lost a kidney while under rotating a back-flip while taping a segment for MTV. A tribute to his toughness is that Deegan returned to competition six months after his 2004 crash to finish fourth in the Summer X Games.
In 2009 Deegan switched from two wheels to four, competing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, winning the ‘Unlimited Lites’ class on his first attempt. In 2011, 2012 and 2014 he captured the elite Pro 2 Class championships, all the while diversifying into Rallycross. In 2011 at the Los Angeles Coliseum X Games, he took home the Rallycross Gold Medal.
In 2015, Deegan is still maintaining an extraordinarily busy racing schedule. In addition to switching classes from Pro 2 to Pro 4 in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and manhandling the Metal Mulisha Monster Truck, he has been hired by Chip Ganassi Racing to compete in Global Rallycross events nationwide, teaming up with motocross legend Jeff Ward.