Australian rider Jackson Strong fits perfectly into the matrix we know from Down Under. Like Robbie Maddison, Blake Williams, Cameron Sinclair, Clinton Moore and Josh Sheehan, the Metal Mulisha rider grew up in a small remote town and made a big name for himself on the international freestyle motocross scene through his gnarly tricks and hardcore style.
Strong is a typical Aussie larrikin and is tough as nails when it comes to pulling off big stuff on the bike. In 2010, he became the first rider in the world to land an 85-foot frontflip to dirt when riding on the Crusty Tour. Indeed, it was riding the Crusty Tour from the tender age of 14 that made him a star in his native Australia, but since Brian Deegan called him up to become a part of the notorious Metal Mulisha Army, he has had the fire in his belly to step it up a level and become a major player on the international FMX scene.
With two Best Trick X-Games gold medals in the past years, Strong has proven that he can deliver big innovative tricks and make his full freestyle runs interesting and exciting. The judges honour innovative spirit and offered him a wildcard entry at the 2012 tour finale in Sydney and as many experts expected, Strong did not disappoint. Throwing down massive frontflips and other big tricks with true Aussie grit, Strong had his home crowd out of their seats. With an impressive 4th place on Cockatoo Island, the Yamaha rider proved – once again – that he is not a one-trick-wonder and should be seen more often on the tour.