Andy Bell (freestyle motocross rider)
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December 31, 1975
Penticton, B.C., Canada
|Occupation||Owner, Sweatpants Media, Professional Stuntman, FMX Athlete, Nitro Circus Legend|
Bell was born in Penticton, BC, Canada. He rode FMX professionally from 1998 – 2002, ranking top 10 in the world for 3 years and winning the Canadian FMX Championship in 2001. He was the first "factory" sponsored FMX rider, getting sponsored by KTM Motorcycles in 1999. Before that, he raced motocross professionally from 1993 – 1997 and was ranked top 10 in Canada for 4 years. He has appeared in over 30 motocross movies and is the holder of 9 Guinness World Records. Bell has ridden and performed in over 20 countries throughout his career. He was also the Vice-President of promotions for Ogio for 6 of his 8 years there.
Television and film work
Bell has appeared on many TV shows and stations including Fox Sports Net, MTV, MTV2, Fuel, Bluetorch, 54321, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, Daily Habit, Red Bull X Fighters, Eurosport, Loiter Squad and National Geographic. He also had appeared as himself in Jackass 3D and Jackass 3.5, performing a number of different stunts. Bell has also hosted numerous TV shows including Fuel TV's Dew Underground, The Daily Habit, MTV's The Ultimate Parkour Challenge and the Red Bull X Fighters Live TV broadcast. Bell fought in EllisMania and was defeated by Jason Ellis in a close bout.
Bell is also an accomplished SAG stuntman and Precision Driver, appearing in movies and 2 recent Super Bowl commercials, one for Time Warner and one for Mercedes as the precision driver of the new Mercedes CLA in the commercial featuring Willem Dafoe, Usher, Kate Upton and Sebastian Beacon.
Bell raced the 2011 Dodge Viper Cup in Millville, NJ, where he finished 4th overall in his first Viper race. Bell was invited to compete in the 2012 Dodge Viper Cup race in Watkins Glenn, NY, where he finished in 2nd place to the series champion in the race. Bell is an accomplished desert racer, winning the SCORE Stock Mini Class Championship in 2012 his rookie season, with wins in the Baja 500 driving for Toyota & Long Beach Racers. Bell also competed in the 2013 Toyota Celebrity Grand Prix of Long Beach where he qualified in second place and lead the race for 5 laps before a mishap while battling with Adam Carolla put him in the wall. Bell also won his first Baja 1000 for Toyota in Stock Full class in a TRD Pro Tundra, leading a team composed of Jamie Bestwick, Ryan Millen and Ted Moncure, with the legendary Ivan Stewart as the teams mentor.
Following his departure from Nitro Circus, Bell started working behind the camera. In April 2012 Bell founded a film production company with director Jonny Zeller called Sweatpants Media. Bell works as the executive producer of Sweatpants Media. Sweatpants Media first project was a web series for Red Bull featuring Travis Pastrana. Since then they have worked with athletes from Louie Vito, Elena Hight, Bob Burnquist and Jamie Bestwick. Clients include Toyota, Panasonic, Dodge and WACOM. Sweatpants Media just announced an upcoming project with Red Bull to do an 8 series online series featuring Bryce Menzies as he defends the pro 2WD championship at the TORC off road Racing.
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