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It is a sad day in the motocross world. Freestyle motocross rider Jeremy Lusk was killed last night after he sustained head injuries during an X-Knights event in Costa Rica. He was performing a move known as the Seatgrab Indian Backflip when he lost control of his bike.

Lusk, 24, was taken to Calderon Hospital ICU in San Jose where he died at 11:03 p.m. on February 9, surrounded by his parent, Chuck and Linda Lusk, his wife Lauren, and fellow Metal Mulisha riders Brian Deegan, Ryan Hagy, Cameron Steele and Erik Apple.

Lusk had an impressive year in 2008, grabbing X Game gold in the FMX event and silver in Moto X best trick. He was also names FMX rider of the year, appearing on the cover of TransWorld Motocross magazine’s January 2009 issue.

We have photos and the video of the crash below. Please be advised that it is graphic.

July 2009 UPDATE: Cam Sinclair lands Double Backflips in competition.