Motocross Star Jayden ‘Jayo’ Archer Has Died Aged 27

Credit: @jayoarcher/Instagram

Motocross star Jayden ‘Jayo’ Archer has been confirmed dead aged just 27.

Australian freestyle motocross star Jayden Archer has died.

The rider was the first to land a triple backflip in competition, at the Nitro World Games in Brisbane in November 2022.

Archer was one of only three people known to have performed the triple backflip, per the Guardian.

But today, tragic news about the motocross talent has been announced.

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Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1996, Archer was a huge name in the Australian motocross scene.

He earned a sponsorship deal with Powersports Kawasaki in 2011 at the age of 15.

This was after he became the youngest person on record to land a motorcycle backflip over 75ft.

He went on to have major success, becoming a medallist at the X Games in 2023.

Moments after his headline-making triple backflip in November 2022, Archer proposed to his girlfriend, Beth King.

The couple was due to be married later this year.

Jayden 'Jayo' Archer and Beth King
Jayden Archer and his girlfriend Beth King were set to marry later this year. Credit: @jayoarcher/Instagram

Archer was also reportedly working on a quadruple backflip trick, which has never been seen before.

He told ESPN: “I cannot describe this feeling. 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.”

However, this week, there’s been devastating news about Archer’s passing.

Nitro Circus, an action sports media brand started by multisport ace Travis Pastrana, released an emotional statement, as per the Mirror.

“The Nitro Circus family is mourning the loss of Jayo Archer,” it reads.

Jayden 'Jayo' Archer
Jayden Archer was the first to land a triple backflip in competition. Credit: @jayoarcher/Instagram

“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.”

Pastrana adds: “This really hit home. Jayo grew up in a time when action sports was at its biggest, and he always wanted to do the big stuff like the double and the triple, even though there weren’t a lot of places to showcase those bigger tricks.”

“He’d get up every morning at 4 a.m. and go to the gym before work so he could ride his dirt bike. When he came to Maryland to train, he stayed at my house and was an incredible role model to my kids. He was a great human first, a hard worker second and a bad motherf***er third.”

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“No one had a bigger heart or more determination than Jayo,” Ricky Melnik, senior vice president and GM of Nitro Circus, adds. “We called him the Incredible Hulk. He was a beast on the bike and a gentle giant off it.

“Watching him go through the process of learning and landing the triple flip in the competition was so inspiring. He wanted to take FMX to the next level and go further than anyone had gone before.”

Archer’s cause of death was a motocross accident while practising his triple backflip.

Rest in peace.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.