32 year-old Jim “The Real Deal” McNeil was killed over the weekend when his motorcycle malfunctioned during a practice jump in Fort Worth, Texas. McNeil practicing for the Texas Motor Speedway exhibition.
Witnesses say his motorcycle suffered mechanical failure, causing him to miss his landing following a jump. He died on the way to Fort Worth Hospital from blunt force trauma to his chest and neck after hitting the handlebars and then the ramp.
McNeil competed in the X Games five times and was a member of the Boost Mobile FMX team for nearly a decade. He was an experienced rider and was wearing all his protective gear at the time of the accident. This is the first accident in fourteen years, according to the tour’s manager.
Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.