*UPDATED! June 2, 2016
Dave Mirra confirmed to have had CTE damage at the time of his death!
His wife, confirms to BajaRacingNews.com, had his brain tested.
He committed suicide, as he suffered from depression, related to his CTE's.
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*December 11, 2015; NEWS BULLETIN!
John Hartwell logs onto BajaRacingNews.com and makes claim about Biker Sherlock:
"If the guy that wrote this article had done any research, he would have found that biker was suffering from repetitive head trauma. Biker recently had a bad fall downhill skating that broke his helmet and greatly aggravated his condition. I Know biker very well and have been his crew chief and friend since 2003. Biker was a true winner and friend and will be dearly missed, may he have Godspeed!"
Reported December 2, 2015:
Biker Sherlock, dies by suicide.
Sherlock was the team leader of a shortcourse off-road racing team called, Dregs Racing. The team competed in Championship Off-Road Racing back in the Chula Vista Track days (2006). The Dregs team ran in Desert Truck Class 7.
Biker also competed in the Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Series.
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His death was discovered on Wednesday, December 2. The death is confirmed by his family and his racing spotter from Dregs.
From SURFER board post; Suicide in Pacific Beach California:
"A buddy of mine said he went to check the surf yesterday at the point and there was a dead body just right of the stairs. He was pretty shaken up and said the guy had blown his head off. Turns out it was that street luge guy Biker Sherlock. Rough times for so many."
Back in the day, when OFF-ROAD LIVE! was producing live race radio shows with ESPN in San Diego, Biker was interviewed. He told us at the time, "Brian Deegan was a silent partner in his CORR team".
He also told us, "Deegan will be racing shortcourse in the near future". Deegans next venture was into shortcourse, but he ditched Biker and Sherlock told friends, "Deegan never paid up on his sponsorships of Dregs Racing".
Brian Deegan is now one of the lucrative personalities in shortcourse, with tires, rims and assorted off-road industry products named and sponsored for millions of dollars. One report claims Biker never recovered from Deegans ditching.
"Michael Sherlock, "Biker", grew up surfing on the Jersey shore. While one his passions was surfing, Biker always excelled in sports most popularly referred to as "extreme", including skateboarding (since age 11) and snowboarding. During one Championship Off-Road Racing season, Dregs participated.
Sherlock was entered into driving in the 2013 Baja 1000, the record reflects, "SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK–
1401 Hassim Mendez/Biker Sherlock/Enrique Gomez, Pomona, Calif., Toyota Tacoma".
In October 1995, a friend introduced 'Biker' Sherlock to street luging and he was immediately hooked-up. By June 1996, only 8 months after taking up the sport, Biker competed in the ESPN X-Games, his first professional race, and won gold, shocking fellow lugers and rocking the downhill racing world! He was the most decorated downhill skateboard and street luge athlete in the history of the ESPN X-Games (4 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze) and NBC Gravity Games (2 gold, 3 silver).
In 1998 Biker landed a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most gold medals won at the ESPN X-Games. He held the title of 2000 EDI Downhiller of the Year and 2000 EDI World Champion Downhill Skateboarder and held the title of EDI National Street Luge Champion from 1996-1999.
In conjunction with Tech Deck , Biker developed the Tech Deck Biker Sherlock Street Luge Play Set, which was offered in major retail stores during the 2000 Christmas season.
In 1996, Biker successfully sought business opportunities that complimented his competitive success. He became president and owner of Extreme Downhill International (EDI), the premier sanctioning body of downhill skateboarding and street luging. Biker took EDI to the next level of sport organizing when he served as consultant to NBC Sports and sport organizer to emap Petersen Publishing and Octagon Sports Marketing for the inaugural 1999 NBC Gravity Games. Heralded by NBC as the best sport organizer at the inaugural games, Biker and EDI eclipsed their performance as sport organizer at the 2000 Gravity Games and was contracted for the 2001 coverage.
Also in 1996, Biker founded and owned Dregs Skateboards Company, specializing in the sale of street luge equipment and longboard skateboards.
Biker Sherlock was also team leader and owner of Team Dregs, which was a downhill skateboarding company, that included other forms of extreme sports. 'Team Dregs' collectively won 50% or 6 medals awarded for downhill racing at the 2000 NBC Gravity Games."
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