Motocross Crash Blamed on Mechanical Failure

A crash that killed a motorcross racer while he was practicing a jump at Texas Motor Speedway has been blamed on mechanical failure, an official said.

The accident occurred while 32-year-old Jim "The Real Deal" McNeil was practicing a jump between two ramps at an exhibition hosted by Boost Mobile on Sunday.

A mechanical failure on his Yamaha YZ250 allegedly caused the 10:30 a.m. crash, in which McNeil did not have enough speed or distance to make the landing.

McNeil was pronounced dead at a local hospital less than one hour after crash. He was wearing a helmet and protective gear at the time of the accident.