Taka Flies High at Red Bull XRAY

Taka Flies High in Australia at Red Bull XRAY

Taka takes the win in FMX, and second in speed & style as Metal Mulisha World Domination Continues Down Under

Taka doing a Rock Solid at the XRAY event at Razorback Ranch

Taka doing a Rock Solid at the XRAY event at Razorback Ranch

Taka and Robbie Maddison celebrate their 1-2 finish in FMX

Taka and Robbie Maddison celebrate their 1-2 finish in FMX

Irvine, Calif. (September 15, 2010) – Metal Mulisha continued its dominating 2010 campaign this weekend, as Taka   Higashino took home a gold and silver for the Mulisha at the Red Bull XRAY event in New South Wales, Australia.

Joined by Mulisha teammate and X Games gold medalist Cam Sinclair, along with event creator Robbie Maddison, one of the best freestyle motocross events of the year saw Taka steal the show with a surprise win over Maddison in the FMX event and silver behind another Aussie, Robbie Marshall.

With more than 15,000 Australians cheering on hometown hero Maddison at the scenic Razorback Ranch, outside of Sydney,
the veteran rider qualified for the FMX finals and was on his way to a repeat of his win in last year's event.  But Taka landed some huge maneuvers to bring home the gold for Mulisha in the head-to-head finals.  The battle came down to one extra jump, and a solid score in the style department capped a Mulisha win for the 24-year-old from Japan.

Taka then went on to face Queenslander Marshall in the Speed & Style finals, a competition which saw some fierce battles between local riders and international FMX stars.  Marshall edged out Taka for the win, but the fan-favorite from Osaka showed his typically positive attitude afterwards.

"I'm so happy to take home two podium finishes, including a first," said Taka.  "We rode so much over the three days, and it has been great fun here in Australia.  Maddo gave me a good challenge today, so I'm so grateful to win two more medals for Mulisha and show them off to the guys back in California."

Mulisha's Cam Sinclair, 2010 X Games star and comeback story of the year, also performed well in front of his home country crowd, narrowly missing a medal in FMX while taking 4th.

For more information on Mulisha athletes and news, visit the Metal Mulisha Facebook page or www.metalmulisha.com.

Red- Bull XRAY Results

Speed and Style
1st Robbie Marshall
2nd Taka Higashino
3rd Dan McCoy
4th Tye Simmonds
1st Taka Higashino
2nd Robbie Maddison
3rd Brody Wilson
4th Cameron Sinclair
5th Robbie Marshall

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About Metal Mulisha
Known for winning gold medals, breaking world records, and turning industry tradition upside down through the sport of freestyle motocross, pro riders Brian Deegan and Larry Linkogle launched Metal Mulisha Clothing in 1999.   What began as a group of friends riding dirt bikes in Metal Mulisha gear and competing to see who could do the best tricks has grown into one
of the most recognized and respected brands in action sports.  Metal Mulisha speaks the language of nonconformity with distinctive apparel that includes graphic tees, jerseys, boardshorts, fleece, tanks, denim and accessories; and encourages
guys and girls to "join the domination."

Today, the Metal Mulisha lifestyle continues to expand, launching product collaborations with major brands like Rock Star Energy and Etnies, and introducing new product categories each year.  With strong distribution in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, Metal Mulisha can be found at over 2000 retailers worldwide.    For more information, check out www.metalmulisha.com.