'The General' Brian Deegan will look to improve on his silver medal in Super Rally with a brand-new custom Ford Fiesta, which features a black, red and white Metal Mulisha tiger shark design. The much anticipated Rally Racing events will take place in Lot 7, outside of Staples Center, on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st. Earlier in the week, Deegan will also compete in Step up on Thursday, July 28th.
Todd Potter will have the busiest week of any Mulisha team rider, competing in Best Whip, where he aims to capture a fourth consecutive gold medal, Speed & Style for the first time in his career, and Step Up.
Looking to make a big impact on American audiences, Australia's Jackson 'Jacko' Strong, has been preparing to land the first-ever front flip in competition during this year's Best Trick event. In 2010, Mulisha rider and fellow Aussie Cam Sinclair won gold with a double backflip, an honor he's looking to repeat in 2011.
The Mulisha team will be missing another one of its family members during X17. Fan favorite and X Games 16 veteran Jeff 'Ox' Kargola passed away in April from injuries sustained while riding in Baja, Mexico. Ox will be honored with a tribute video prior to the Step Up competition on Thursday, July 28th. Metal Mulisha riders and fans will also be wearing memorial Ox tees, which are available at www.metalmulisha.com, benefitting the Jeff 'Ox' Kargola Fund.
Japanese rider and fan favorite Taka Higashino is riding for his home country this year, which experienced a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. Taka has been active in recovery efforts for Japan relief, specifically with the local freestyle moto community. In April, Mulisha created a special Taka t-shirt to benefit the Banzai Fund and Red Cross.
X Games veteran Ronnie Faisst, bronze-medal winner in last year's dramatic Speed & Style final, is looking to increase his medal count, shortly after breaking his femur on the Nuclear Cowboyz tour.
Brandon Dosch, gold medalist in BMX Dirt on the 2010 Dew Tour, will look to have the same success at BMX Park, which kicks off on Thursday, July 28th at the L.A. Live Event Deck.