X Games medallist, Nitro Circus star Jayden ‘Jayo’ Archer killed after motocross accident in Melbourne

A popular freestyle motocross star and X Games medallist has died while practising a trick he made famous after becoming the first person to ever land it successfully in competition.

Jayden “Jayo” Archer, 27, died after the motorbike incident in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Nitro Circus, an actions sports group, confirmed the motocross star’s death in a statement on Instagram.

“The Nitro Circus family is mourning the loss of Jayo Archer,” the statement read.

“Jayo was the epitome of passion, hard work and determination.

“He pushed what was possible on a dirt bike to heights never seen before.

“A positive influence to those around him. And above all else, a great human being and friend to us all.”

Archer was the first freestyle motocross rider to land a triple backflip in competition when he successfully landed the trick at Nitro World Games in Brisbane in November 2022.

“I cannot describe this feeling,” Archer said after landing the trick.

“This is so much more than a trick to me. I’ve dedicated my entire life the last three years to this moment.

“There were a lot of obstacles and broken bones and knockouts, and I would do it 100 times over to relive that moment again.”

After the interview, Archer proposed to his girlfriend Beth King in front of the cheering crowd.

The couple were set to be married this year.

Only two other motorbike riders have ever landed a triple backflip in official records but none were performed during a competition.

Archer had worked for Nitro Circus before performing in his first show in 2012.

He’d won two X Games medals, including his most recent bronze medal at X Games California last year.

Nitro Circus founder Travis Pastrana shared the news on Instagram with his followers after news broke of his friend’s death.

“Thank you for the memories friend. Thank you for being such a great human and positive role model for all of us,” he said.

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