Mike Jones (motocross rider)

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Mike Jones
Personal information
Full name Michael Jones
Nickname(s) "Mad" Mike Jones
Nationality American
Born February 28, 1966
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Sport Freestyle Motocross freeride

Michael Jones, (born February 28, 1966 in Export, Pennsylvania) is an American freestyle motocross competitor, with over 35 years of professional rider experience. He started his motorcycle racing career in 1972[1][2] aged 6, and became the 1989 world champion of Supercross. Continuing to race up until his last Fastcross in Italy 2000, he became increasingly involved in the emerging sport of Freestyle Motocross, performing half-time jump shows at football games as early as 1987. He is attributed as being "one of the founding fathers of the sport of freestyle motocross", and became known as "Mad" Mike Jones after an Italian promoter described his stunts as "Mad" and "the name stuck".[3] He has appeared in numerous movies including Crusty Demons, and also goes around North American schools to share about his experience.

Career Highlights[edit]

Mike is the 1989 world champion of Supercross, 1998 world freestyle motocross champion, and a 2001 Winter X Games gold medalist and 2002 Winter X Games silver medalist in the Winter X Games Big Air events. In 2001 he was the first ever to win the Red Bull X-Fighters competition.

Trick Development[edit]

Jones is attributed to being co-inventor of the trick ‘kiss of death’ along with Ryan Leyba. The trick was developed by the two riders at Manny's yard in Elsinore. He went on to use this trick at X Games Vermont, where Jones achieved a gold medal.[4] He also claims in an interview that he invented the 'Coffin', the no-handed landing, and various trick combinations including 'Kiss of death Indian' and 'Heal clicker nothing'.[5]

Arrest at Miami International Airport[edit]

Returning home from Costa Rica, Jones reportedly shoved a baggage cart at two airport employees carrying out maintenance work. He then proceeded to punch one of these employees in the face. Police arrived and ordered Jones to lie on the floor, he ignored this command charging at the police officers, and punched one of them. He was then reportedly tasered several times before being subdued.[6] Friends who spoke with Jones before he departed for Miami described him as acting strangely, and Jones' wife stated that the incident was due a bipolar disorder. He was later charged with battery, assault and resisting arrest with violence, and was held on a $12,500 bond.[7]

Movie Appearances[edit]

  • Children of a metal god trilogy, 1998
  • Disturbing the peace, 1997
  • Surviving Extreme Sports, 2001
  • Global Addiction, 2002
  • Crusty Demons 8, 2003
  • Mad Mikes Mayhem, 2005
  • Fall Out 2, 2006
  • Crusty Demons XII: Dirty Dozen, 2006
  • MotoXmania, 2008


Mike also likes Nu- and alternative metal. He has released the compilation album Mad Mike Presents: Mototrax, Vol. 1


  1. ^ Dirt rider online: http://www.dirtrider.com/community/staff-blogs/tonight-s-show-ricky-carmichael-mad-mike-jones-other-pit-pass-radio-guests
  2. ^ http://racerxonline.com/2012/08/28/lh-tour-to-honor-jones-at-steel-city
  3. ^ "Mad" Mike Jones profile - FMX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahZByT6XYjI
  4. ^ ‘Freestyle Motorcross 2: Air Sickness’ Garth Millan, MBI publishing, 2002.
  5. ^ "Mad" Mike Jones profile - FMX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahZByT6XYjI
  6. ^ http://espn.go.com/action/fmx/news/story?id=5020951
  7. ^ http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_673113.html