Jeremy is 42 years of age and resides in San Francisco, California. (3) Yoshiharu Nakayama made the drawings for the YZ250F in his spare time, and by luck and happenstance, got it put into production in 2001. He is one of the greats ranking with McGrath, Reed, and Carmichael. If you were there you would understand. While in college, Eyvind began racing motocross, met his future wife, and decided that Pennsylvania would be his new home after graduation. I like Ashley Fiolek because she is so good at motocross racing. When the music fires up you think 70s porn but this is all moto\u001F—back when men were men and bikes sucked. Bob had an uncanny ability to push himself beyond the bikes limit and not crash. He is motocross. No special training - just an incredible gift. Yet, Bruce Brown is largely responsible for the unimaginable success of motorcycling, and motocross, in the United States. Who really gets the credit? Rick Johnson, Broc Glover, Marty Tripes, Brian Myerscough, Heikki Mikkola, Kent Howerton, Georges Jobe, David Bailey, Donny Hansen, Ron Lechien, Johnny O’Mara, Jim Gibson, Chuck Sun, Scott Burnsworth, Jeff Ward and Danny Laporte. The injury might have been the greatest thing that ever happened to him, because he decided to shift his focus to the motorcycle business (with the help of his brother Dan). The man loved to tinker, and in 1972, Eyvind decided it was time to venture out on his own with Boyesen Engineering. Living in a motor home, Horst bet everything on his engineering background and creative mind. At one point Donnie had a studio apartment built at FMF headquarters so that he could work around the clock. Motocross super fan and statistician Chris Westfall has spent countless hours determining who, statistically, is the best motocross rider to ever strap boots on. I like to surround myself with bright, hardworking people.”. When asked what they plan to do after they retire, most motocross stars say, “I’d like to remain in the motorcycle industry.” In truth, very few do. Mark’s vision eventually returned and he kept racing with a special contact lens, but the eye injury eventually led to a cataract and, in 1975, Mark was forced to retired. Today, 34 years after his last Grand Prix, which he won, DeCoster is still the sport’s greatest ambassador and leads the KTM team in his 70s. Know the history of your sport before you vote Emig and Henry above this guy (anyone else remember how elated Emig was to beat Mac in the last supercross of 1996; to which Mac had won every previous race? Roger DeCoster was a dominant rider in motocross. It was a marvel of ingenuity, with its backwards-facing brake pedal, countershaft rear brake, single-sided/no-link rear suspension, airbox in the gas tank and snorkel intake system. DeCoster is generally recognized as the best-known racer in the first 50 years of the sport. Motorcycle manufactures were in close competition in the '70s. And he was exactly what Supercross needed to get off the ground. He achieved motocross glory with both a sense of humor and a sense of awe. All of them had outstanding careers and laid down big tracks for others to follow. I then add a complete line of related products and try to earn the endorsement of top riders. Allways in the hunt and more times than not on top. Before him I had only watched it here and there but I saw him race at Daytona. “When you think that you can do a better job at something than someone else, then you just do it.”. Lars has a room full of trophies and enough memories to fill a book the size of “War and Peace.” But racing prowess isn’t what changes a sport. Even if there was no 41 on his number plate you would still know its barcia because of his style. No competitor has been better the last 3 years or more. He would have won more titles. Bob and Jeff were both eggheads, physicists and mathematicians. Once the boot was done, Boyer moved on to form Hannah Racing Products (HRP) in 1980. Mitch Payton has done things that no one else in motocross history has ever done. A great shame he turned to road racing. To enhance their interest in four-stroke racing, Tom decided to put his company’s weight behind both the World Four-Stroke and World Veteran Championships. In the mid 1970s, suspension travel started to skyrocket upwards from four inches to eight inches to ten inches to 13 inches. His career was cut tragically short when he came up short on a double jump in the lead-up to the 1987 Supercross series. Eddie was Kawasaki’s first-ever factory-sponsored 125 rider (on the infamous 1974 rotary valve KX125), but after three knee surgeries, Eddie hung up his leathers. NMA minicycle racing was serious business in the 1970s, thanks to Ted’s vision. FMF’s Donnie Emler is one of those guys. Mitch’s Team Peak was the first team to have full support from an outside sponsor (Peak Antifreeze), the first privateer team to color-coordinate its equipment to enhance the sponsorship package. In 1988, his Simons Precision company was so successful that Steve dropped out of the suspension business for a while to focus on the machine shop. Bob decided that he could build a better shock and, in 1974, introduced the first single-pressure Fox Airshox. That first minicycle would eventually lead them to popularize the hop-up business for XR50s, CRF150s, TT-R125s and KLX110s. But then I realized that I needed a dual-pressure air shock and sold 20,000 shocks in 1976.”. Even in their early days, the Browns were entrepreneurs, buying their cousin’s bike shop that they named, with far too much alliteration, Brown Brothers Bike World. The motorcycle had become something of a “toy” for riders and was a far cry from the original motorcycle. I think we're forgetting that if he spent his time on one sport like freestyle or motocross he'd probably be number 1 but he races everything and is competitive with all of them some better than others but who else is racing rally car to stock to trying to flip a monster truck guy is number 1 when it comes to dynamics and versatility!Barney Schwarzkopf, Who ever said this is a bad person "Pastrana wasn't even a top 5 rider in his day its obvious no one that voted for him ever watched him race, he should not even be on this list, not that I don't like him... but he certainly wasn't a good racer". My idol got a lot of respect for this guy he's the one I look up to when I'm told I'm a girl I can't ride and he gets me across the line first he's the reason I go to nationals and wolds I got a lot of respect for him. Boyer began working for Scott USA on the most revolutionary motocross boot of all time — the original Scott plastic motocross boot. Super fast, super smooth raced with him in the British championship and in deep sand his feet never came off the pegs once, his stand up style worked for him because of his superb balance and control. I don't think any other rider could push as hard. The guys got so much dedication its just nuts. The list is amazing: reed valves, trapping valves, accelerator pumps, water pumps, Shokout grips, Boyesen Link and boost ports. It was a totally new motorcycle segment — that benefited the industry and the consumer. It had a hand-fabricated frame that incorporated a custom linkage-style single shock and swingarm combo, dual leading brakes, and a modified engine. The most famous riders of all time got their start with the NMA, including Jeff Ward, Brian Myerscough, Flying Mike Brown, Bobby Jones, A.J. Preston used this equipment to produce the first enduro headlight (now copied on every enduro bike), an innovative plastic skid plate, and the Hex Grip. In fact, Yoshiharu designed much of the YZ400 and YZ250F on his own time! I am also an aggressive marketer of the products. The idea for the plastic motorcycle fender came to Preston after the aluminum front fender on his Maico broke off. If he could of still raced he would have won the most championships back to back. He was just a pure rider. Today, Tom takes care of his 6000 square-foot vintage motorcycle museum, donates to charities, works as a consultant to other motorcycle companies and was voted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2014. R.V. Preston Petty was a brilliant inventor (and an amazingly talented racer). Dave Stevenson did not race. JT was the first company to actively sponsor riders. They are tremendous athletes and highly-skilled. John signed Joel Robert to a one-year sock contract for $100. Suzuki lured him back five years later to become their National Advertising Manager. He asked his sponsors to defer his salary payments, to use the money to pay his airplane hangar rent or to buy him a Ferrari (plus insure it and maintain it). Donnie’s reputation as a wild man has often been overstated, but not by Donnie. Bob Hannah: Robert Hannah also known as Bob Hannah was one of the most successful motocross racers in American history. More than half a century has passed since then, and Kawasaki has amassed countless victories in both road racing and off-road racing. He discovered emerging talent and nurtured it. When it comes to four-strokes, there is one engineer that every four-stroke rider, regardless of the brand of bike he races, owes a debt of gratitude to. This bike became the ATK 406 two-stroke. He was the sport’s face, winning five Motocross World Championships and peaking a record of 36 500cc Grand Prix wins. The flying freckle was one of my all time favorite's. There was a time during his career when Bob Hannah was collecting checks from Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki at the same time. He has also won too many races to list, with multiple championships and a X-games Gold medal. The suspension travel was much lower, they had no mono shock suspension, no water cooled motors and lower horse power. History of motocross racing . But, if winning doesn’t change a sport, what did Hannah do? JT was in the right place at the right time to take advantage of the shift from leather pants to nylon pants, and while John Gregory doesn’t take credit for the transition, he does take credit for making it happen in the USA, by having his lawyers threaten to sue the AMA. On the sand, as americans like, he won fantasticly! You just can't compare riders of today with the riders of the pre-1975 era. Donnie still spends almost every waking moment in the dyno room trying to squeeze out a few more horsepower — just like he did 42 years ago. One of the most recognized images of off-road riding, and possibly the sport’s most iconic photograph, comes from the early years when So, you had Hurricane Hanna, and a lot more. Born on November 27, 1979 in Florida, Ricky Carmichael holds the top spot with 150 total wins. Ted Moorewood was not only the founding father of minicycle racing, but he was one of its most famous tuners. He covered all of the bases. Success bred more success, and in 1991 Team Honda decided that it would be easier to hire Mitch to run their 125 team than to keep paying him top dollar for his expertise. Chris handles the development, Duane focuses on product testing, while Brent takes care of the business side of BBR. Not Hannah. And, when the riders complained about the whoops, he rode through them himself — even though he could barely ride a motorcycle. “On Any Sunday” was a critical success and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1971. He didn’t invent a widget that changed the sport. Making the "Bubba Scrub" to life makes the new generation riders be much more faster than anyone could think of! He was the perfect mix of promoter, enthusiast and carnival barker. Ricky Carmichael. He was a showman. All told, the Flying Freckle finished top ten in the supercross series eight times in the decade only missing out in 1980 and ’81. Super cool. The company has resurfaced, under new management, as a motocross gear company. Fierce competitor beyond compare. The then-28-year-old Lange employee was their go-to-guy. Love to watch him race. He is the victim of bad business deals. It took a special kind of man to realize that you couldn’t wait for a sport to grow, you had to water it. You’ve probably seen the guys who do the backflip jumps. And destroyed Anericans on sandy lMotocross of Nations! In 1978, Steve Simons (left with Brad Lackey) introduced a string of fork innovations that the sport is still using 30 years later. Not only was Roger in the very first group to bring motocross to America, he did the same in Japan, Tahiti, Peru, Africa and the Far East. Ken Roczen in my opinion is the best rider in whole world. Dave’s clients needed more than financial advice, so they started asking him to review their contracts. Jeff Ward ruled the 80's like McGrath ruled the 90's and Charmichael does now. The most complete racer ever born. Remember watching bayle as a kid he was the best he made it look so easy all time great in my eyes, The most professional in preparation and hugely talented. “I stopped racing professionally in 1981,” says Troy. No more needs to be said. If you were in his shoes would you like it if someone said something like that to you? “I only sold 400 shocks the first year. Kawasaki’s racing history started with a motocross race in 1961. I think you should back off even though I'm ten I know a lot of things and one of those things is to be kind to one another! He has over come many things and a lot of people underrate him and talk crap about him but he doesn't let that pull him back he still tries his hardest every time and does an amazing job! I hope he will move up on the charts as his career goes on. He fought for every cent. Bashers, haters, they're everywhere. Ricky was my idol growing up. Did you know a physicist started one of the biggest motocross gear companies on the planet? It may sound like peanuts now, but it was the beginning of gear contracts that today reach the $1,000,000 mark. Cairoli is the best, his records are amazing. The limited travel and erratic performance were major issues with 1970’s racers. After 1987 the 500 were slower! Extremely accurate and smooth riding style, A thinking rider too. They came to an equitable parting of the ways. During his time in the saddle, Eddie recognized that the profit in motocross lay in supplying products to racers, not racing. Keep in mind this list is determined by Westfall's statistical report, and not by the Racer X editorial staff. Both were the fastest ever period, and Stewart probably faster technically, but RC faster on a more consistent basis because he was the smoother and smarter rider. Very decorated competitor he will possibly be the greatest motocross rider of all time. Pretty soon Bob was making parts and selling them (mostly through his brother’s Moto-X Fox company). Geoff Fox’s first foray into gear resulted in Moto-X Fox fielding a team for the 1977 AMA 125 Nationals (Steve Wise, Gary Richter and Mark Barnett were the riders). Don Jones was just such a man. Legend! It grew so rapidly that investors came knocking on his door. While doing the professorial thing at Santa Clara, Geoff bought a small stake in Grand Prix Cycles with the belief that they could supply aftermarket parts to CZ, Maico and Suzuki owners. Unfortunately, Don passed away five years ago. As his company grew, the next logical step for Troy was to build his own helmet visors. And there's millions of people who think the same thing. As early as 1963, Don Rickman delivered a crippling blow to the agricultural British 2-strokes when he became the only British finisher and 3rd podium position at the British Grand Prix. Eyvind Boyesen owned more high-performance patents that any other man in the sport of motocross. As a major player in Torsten Hallman Original Racewear (a company that is now known as THOR), Larsson built the first successful motocross apparel company in the USA. (2) The success of the prototype led to production of the Yamaha YZ400 in 1998. He got me interested in motorcross 450. Although not a racer by any means, Dye decided that he would import these unusual two-stroke motocross bikes to America. His Pro career came to an end when he badly broke his arm at Saddleback Park. Eventually, Mark became the top American employee at Suzuki. Steve’s company, Simons Incorporated, developed the suspension parts that Brad Lackey used to win the 1982 500 World Championship. He rides with confidence. He is the eldest of all the motorcycle racer in the list above. He is one of the more fit riders out there he is one of my favorite he beats all the competition, there ever was. They looked like a team, dressed like a team and acted like a team — in startling contrast to the patchwork quilt of egos on the other teams. Horst Leitner has since moved on to make a name for himself in the mountain bike and automotive worlds. Mitch’s engines proved to be faster than what the factories had to offer. He imports motocross products to Europe, manages speedway racers and races whenever possible (and was the 2001 Over-60 World Vet Champion and two-time Over-70 World Championship). Things haven’t changed much. The Japanese manufacturers hadn’t started building them yet, and European bikes were in short supply. Who is everyone? Cairoli is excellent and a true champ. Miss that a lot! Not only is his company making motocross gear and racing helmets (mountain bike and motocross), but runs one of the strongest race teams in the USA — in both motocross and Supermoto. As Duane says, “We ask ourselves if the products we make are good enough to be outfitted on a factory bike. As hard as it is to believe, the bike that started the modern four-stroke movement, the Yamaha YZ400, was not a big-budget, corporate office, full-factory project. I would love to see today's generation of riders do what these guys did with minimal support and bikes and equipment far below what is normal for today. He would later go on to perform in 45 countries on six continents. Mx Bikes Dirt Bike Racing Ktm Exc Motocross Riders Off Road Bikes Vintage Motocross Dirtbikes. First, he turned his innovative ideas on chain torque into a series of products (the ATK System and the AMP Research Torque Eliminator). By far the most naturally smoothest and talented rider ever! John changed the way riders thought about the gear they wore. Whiting, Kelly … Joel Robert. Over the last 40, Eyvind Boyesen developed, patented (he has over 40 patents) and refined a host of products — some very practical and some hyper-theoretical. He always tries his best and is my idol, go Eli. Template:Expand list This is a partial list of notable current and former motocross riders, many of whom have competed in the World Championships, National Championships and supercross competitions. If he got a bad start he still blew through the pack to the front. Is the man he started to bring that talent that basically lets you test your own limits. “Before that I was racing full-time and painting helmets in my garage in my spare time, but the painting got to be a full-time job.”, Push came to shove for Troy; it was either a career as a journeyman Pro racer or helmet painter. 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