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Taka Checks In With The Haps

Updated: September 9, 2008, 11:57 PM ET

Japan's Takayuki Higashino ventured to the states in 2006 to live the American dream and become a top contender in the "sport" of freestyle motocross. Along the way, Metal Mulisha's Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg took Takayuki under his wing—giving him a place to live, a bike to ride, a place to ride it—and most importantly—a mentor.

Now known to the world simply as Taka, this 23 year-old ripper has improved his riding skills tremendously and is slowly, but surely becoming ...

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