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Mr. Deegan, considered a pioneer in action sports, began racing at age 17. According to an EnerSys press release, he left his hometown of Omaha, Neb., outfitted with only a credit card, a dirt bike and an old truck, and headed for Southern California with dreams of becoming the next big name in motocross. His skills landed him on a Supercross Team.
In a pivotal moment in 1997 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Mr. Deegan “made history and pioneered what is known today as Freestyle Motocross by ‘ghost riding' his bike across the finish line — astonishing the crowd, stunning the AMA officials and setting into motion a new breed of competition,” EnerSys said.
The company noted that today Mr. Deegan is the most decorated Freestyle Motocross rider in the competition's history with 13 X-Games medals to his name, including X Games 17 Gold medal in Rally Cross. He also holds the distinction of being the only rider to compete in every X Games competition since the games' inception.
In the last year, Mr. Deegan has dominated the off-road trucking world, taking both Lucas Oil Pro 2 Unlimited and Pro Lite Unlimited Championships, being named Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year in Pro 2 Unlimited, and taking home the 2011 Lucas Oil Driver of the Year — which he also won in 2010.
Mr. Deegan competes in Motocross, Freestyle Motocross, Rally Car and Short Course Trucks as founder and owner of the Metal Mulisha.
Described as being fearless and having a “rebel attitude that has established him as one of the top talents and competitors in the sport,” EnerSys noted that Mr. Deegan's road to the top “has not been without challenge. His career is marked by multiple near-death experiences, several broken bones, a lost kidney, and a severe spleen injury.”