Courtesy JGRMX: It is with sorrow and regret that we learned Mark “Tex” Adams was killed while trying to help a stranded motorist yesterday morning, January 26th, 2012. Apparently a vehicle drifted over and hit Mark as he was trying to assist the driver of a car that had run out of gas on his way to work as James Stewart’s personal tuner in Florida. Tex was an original member of the JGRMX team, and since has worked with Travis Pastrana and The Nitro Circus, built award winning custom choppers, and most recently as mentioned above worked as James Stewart’s in-house mechanic. His talent, versatility, work ethic and friendship will be sorely missed.
Tex has been involved in motorcycling practically his entire life. His father owned a motorcycle dealership in the town of Tyler, and Tex enjoyed being around the shop. He started riding at the age of nine, and as a teenager, he raced motocross on the local circuit around Tyler.
By the age of 15 Tex had started working at nearby Broadway Yamaha. He told us how he remembered telling his associates there he would one day be a mechanic on a factory team, the pinnacle of professional tuning, and set his sites on achieving that goal.
In 2003 Tex started working as a tuner with privateer Adam Mennenga. Adam was subsequently hired as a replacement rider on the Holigan Walters Samsung Yamaha team and Tex was brought on to continue as Mennenga’s tuner.
In 2004, Tex secured a place with KTM working for the Supermoto team. Pleased with his performance, Tex was paired with Kurt Nicoll for the 2005 Supermoto season where the duo finished third overall in the series.
Nicoll was promoted to World Team Manager and reassigned Tex to work for Sebastian Tortelli in the 2006 MX1 GP Series as a test and practice technician. Tex relocated to France until Tortelli suffered an unfortunate injury, and Tex returned to the U.S. Upon his return, Tex was paired with the then injured Josh Hansen finishing out the 2006 National Motocross Championship. Tex continued with Hansen through the 2007 Supercross Lites West Series.
When the 2007 National Motocross Series kicked off Tex was working alongside Joaquim Rodrigues, and capped off 2007 with a Gold Medal wrenching for Ronnie Renner where he won the X-Games Step Up competition. In 2007 JGRMX team manager Jeremy Albrecht was building out the then new team and had heard positive things about Tex and contacted him about the opportunity to join the new team as a tuner. Tex felt the opportunity was right, and was especially encouraged when Dean Baker, who had worked at KTM with him made the move to the fledgling team as well.
Although he moved on after the 2008 season, he and the team remained in contact. Tex would attend races and join the team for dinner during the Texas rounds. When Tex began working with The Nitro Circus, he brought Travis and the crew by the Joe Gibbs racing Sprint Cup Shop for a day of fun, including challenging the 18 team to a pit stop contest (the 18 team won) and Travis and Andy Bell riding through the immaculate shop (after two years the tire marks are finally cleaned off the floor) on a pair of dirt bikes.
Tex then began creating high performance custom choppers, he built a “TP199” bike that took first place at the Dallas Progressive International Motorcycle Show in November of 2010.
As mentioned earlier, Tex had been handling the personal tuning duties for James Stewart at his training compound in Haines City, Florida, which again reunited Tex with the JGRMX team. Tex worked closely with the JGRMX testing and development personnel providing valuable assistance on the various areas Stewart and the team have been exploring. Tex was only 28 years old. God Speed Mark Adams.