Greatest Motocross Riders

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The Top Ten

Ricky Carmichael
He can ride outside his limits without crashing, he was the most physically fit rider of his day, hardest working, does not give up, has style and talent for miles, and seems to be genuinely kind and humble. Oh yea... He has also won too many races to list, with multiple championships and a X-games Gold medal.
He makes motocrossers look like they have never been on a bike before


Modest, fair, fast and style. Can sum him up
[Newest]Fun to watch! Great rider!

2James Stewart
His style belies his age. He's aggressively intelligent. Every newcomer to the sport would do well to watch the kinds of lines he takes!
I love him! I'm hopefully going to start racing soon and HE for SURE is my idol!
LEGEND that's all I can say much respects all the way from a little place called north devon
[Newest]He is cool and a Betty good rider.

3Ryan Villopoto
This needs to be updated. Villopoto easy 3rd best and will over take stewart for 2nd. Should already be2nd but injury stop him from 09 outdoor and 10 supercross and outdoor.
The outdoor season 09, season 10 and outdoors 2012 is the worst of villopoto because injurys, maybe win this years or not never now but is style, titles and dedication put on the top with guys like carmichael, mcgrath and others
I think he will win this year and is awesome.
[Newest]Best rider he always has an extra speed, and rides fast without crashing

4Jeremy McGrath
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? ). For that matter, 8 of the 10 racer above him are in doubt. In number of wins, consecutive wins, etc., he was the man until he retired.
he has been my role model ever since I was little I honestly wanted 2 get every peice of merchandise he had! I love him! he's freakin awesome!
He is the greatest of all time I remember watching him when I was a kid and other kids like Ricky Carmichael budda Stewart this in my opinion is why he is the GOAT
[Newest]I don't understand how he is in fourth he has to be the best on this whole list

5Stefen Everts
He won more then 100 GP became world champion in 125 cc, 250 cc and 500 cc. The only one who managed to win 3 GP in one day (125, 250 and 500 cc).10 times world champion. Did win a World championship on Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha.
Best motocross rider of all time, no doubt about that, broke all records, beat everybody!
10 time World Champ. He beat Stewart at least twice that I know of.
[Newest]At his best in his last years (2002-2004). Won everything. A very attractive style of riding: fluent, a lot of standing and effective.

6Travis Pastrana
His racing and freestyle is what got me interested in motocross in the first place. Maybe not the best racer of all time, but by far one of the best and should be included in any list of best riders of all time.
Travis pastrana legend in my eyes total talented confident guy inspiration in the extreme sport, from his young age mastered freestyle supercross rally. Total Genius
Pastrana should be number 1 on this list. All others are inferior compared to him. Not only does he do motocross he helped create Nitro Circus which an adreline rush JUST TO WATCH IT! AND he drives in NASCAR! The dudes awesome hands down absolute best.

7Ryan Dungey
He is an amazing fast rider, he won a 450 championship back in 2010 in his rookie season. He is one of the more fit riders out there he is one of my favorite he beats all the competition, there ever was. I hope he will move up on the charts as his career goes on.
He is a fast rider, and can still ride good under a lot of pressure from the riders that are challenging him for the big win and the mx/sx championship. Or the mega million for example he came second on his new bike.
He is the best motocross role model. Every top current motocrosser has multiple amatuer championships; not Dungey. He has one. When times were tough and things looked bleak, he went on. Even making it to the pros is amazing, let alone being at the top of his sport
[Newest]Awful car even ride a bike

8Jeff Ward
The flying freckle was one of my all time favorite's. He was always near the front of the pack in every race.
Jeff Ward ruled the 80's like McGrath ruled the 90's and Charmichael does now.
Awesome in his time!

9Chad Reed
He is the best! Love you Chad!
The only rider to come to America, win and win often. But better yet is The GOATS most respected competitor. Ricky Carmichael always watched for 22 because if anyone was going to challenge for the win it's Chad Reed. Legend!
I think Chad reed is the best look when had that nasty crash when he hit that kicker and hit the floor quit nastily and got up and got on is bike and his bike broken
[Newest]Chad reed is the absolute best of the best of the best.

10Antonio Cairoli
If he rides in AMA He will win as he does in MX! Do you remember the last Motocross of all Nations! On the sand, as americans like, he won fantasticly!
Needs to have more confidence in his own ability to beat the yanks in the ama Championship.
He is the best! Only reason he is not up there is he doesn't ride ama
[Newest]I like his style

The Contenders

11Rick Johnson
Hard to tell how many titles he would have won if he hadn't got taken out with the wrist injury. If he got a bad start he still blew through the pack to the front. Always tells it like it is wether you like it or not.
The best motocrossers are the guys who used to hang on to a 500cc two strokes. Johnson's hard riding and come from behind feats were outstanding. Ward is up there with Johnson - so perhaps it is a toss up. But 500cc open class two stroke racers had to be the best to hang on to one of these beasts of a bike.
If he were riding today, he would be even better

12Roger DeCoster
Definitely the best of all time. Known simply as The Man, he was instrumental in making motocross a great sport. Five World Championships.
Can't imagine a top 10 list omitting Roger. I surmise most of the voters don't remember him. The sports first true worldwide superstar.

He is must definitely in the top 5 all time.
[Newest]He was fast everywhere he raced. He raced a long time also

13Bob Hannah
Hannah was magic when he was at his best, a great sportsman too, I saw him after he broke his leg it was a comeback race not a national, he let everyone complete the first lap before he left the gate and still passed everyone in a couple of laps
Hannah was from the golden age. Those of us lucky enough to share the track with the Hurricane know that the riders that dominated during the late 70's and early 80's were in a class by themselves.
When Bob was racing he won Everything! I watched him a couple times. Smooth consistent ^^ FAST!
[Newest]Come on. The Hurricane deserves a higher rating than this!

14Dave Thorpe
He road on the fastest bike every made! After 1987 the 500 were slower!
This list is void if Dave Thorpe is not at the top. The most complete racer ever born

15Ken Roczen
Best rider of today he's going to become a legend
He's developing his techniques to be the best! He is the youngest rider in 450 class AMA supercross.
This guy needs to be moved way up the list!
[Newest]A huge inspiration to any young rider

16Joel Robert
Quite possibly the best natural rider of all time.
The greatest of all time
If he had raced in the open (500cc) he be ranked higher than 14th, he's my fave! I have seen all these greats live!

17Donny Schmit
If Donny were still around I'm sure he would be riding with the best of them, god rest his soul he was my inspiration, growing up in district 23 in mn, we called himpeanut, and this guy kicked ASS!

18Jeff Stanton
3 outdoor national 250 Titles and 3 250 supercross titles! Beat Sephan Everts 4 times in US GP


He would its his home gp but never raced a full world series

19Danny Laporte
250cc World Champion, what else needs to be said!

20Jeffrey Herlings
He is the best and will the best for the coming years.
He is the best and comes out the Netherlands!
He is the best

21Justin Barcia
Even if there was no 41 on his number plate you would still know its barcia because of his style
Barcia has been riding amazing this year! He's my idol👍👍

22David Bailey
The smoothest and best style on the bike

23Ashley Fiolek

24Doug Henry
Doug was both the hardest working and nicest guy in motocross. Doug basically gave away several championships by agreeing to pioneer the four stroke Yamahas during his prime. You couldn't have asked for a better competitor or a racer with a better attitude. The way he came back from several devastating injuries to compete for national titles was unprecedented. His victory in his first ever GNCC is still the talk of legend.
By far the nicest and in my opinion what he did after his back injury, is the best motocross rider there is again that is my opinion...
Doug is an inspiration and should be considered number 1!

25Joël Smets

26Eric Geboers
If you don't no

27Darryll King

28Jeff Emig
jeff emig is so fast in supercross and motocross


Best rider I've seen Nick Mihalich

29Adam Cianciarulo
Adam cianciarulo is a awesome rider

30Shayne King

31Trampas Parker

32Broc Glover
Smooth clean rider that rode on stock machines againdt factory bikes got robbed I 85 supercross title one of the best ever

33Ben Townley
Ben Townley is a very talented rider. He dominated the mx2 class in 2004 with getting 19wins from memory besting Tyla Rattray and others and won a ama supercross championship in 2007 and was only a few points behind Ryan villopoto in the 2007 ama outdoor season

34Malcolm Stewart

35Malcolm Smith
Do your history this man could change a tire in 5 min during a race
My 1st motorcycle hero! Won the Baja 1000 six times, Baja 400 four times, the Mint 400 twice, the roof of Africa rally twice and also took 1st in the Atlas rally in Morocco. Not to mention 8 gold medals within 10 years (1966-1976) at the invitation only International Six Day Trial. A featured rider in the cult classic "On Any Sunday".
He Is Genius Driver

36Blake Baggett
Great rider watched him at thinder vally and he killed it!

37Kevin Wyndham
By far the most naturally smoothest and talented rider ever!
One of the most consistent riders of all time.

38Brad Lackey

39Mike LaRocco
Best Longest Jump Ever and also a Champion and in the Early 90's more 20 riders can compete...
2 dozen riders ranked above who have never beat Mike
Beast. Had he been a better starter or the motos lasted 10 mins longer he would have won em all.

40Peniston Dublea

41Grant Langston
Grant and his family is a story in it's self. One of pride and love for children. Meeting Grants Dad removes all doubt why Grant is such an amazing father, husband and human being. I feel that if Grant wasn't such a nice and caring person, he would have taken many more wins, if you understand this.

42David Knight
Best Rider out there in all types of events, he beat Stefen Everts at the Weston Beach race.
Leaves his competetion to second place

43Tommy Searle
Complete beast NO ONE NOES

44Marty Tripps

45Kiara Fontanesi
***3 times World Champion***
The best person ever!

46Kurt Caselli
Kurt is simply a class act. One of the nicest most down to earth people ever! The fact Kurt could go 100+MPH across the desert is simply mind blowing. Motocross guys wish they could do what Kurt could do!
"Do one thing everyday that scares you be remembered as a person not a racer! "

47Eli Tomac

48Danny "Magoo" Chandler
My favorite racer as a kid. I haven't seen a racer go at it as hard as Danny did. He was awesome!
He rode hard and crashed hard, but he gave all he had at every race
Raw power and talent!

49Broc D Hepler
He is a very intelligent rider who knows the track when he rides it around town he can ramp really awesomely and does cool tricks

50Cooper Webb
Saw Cooper win his first AMA National at Muddy Creek TN this year. He is an awesome rider! NC in the house!

51Ryan Sipes

52Adolph Weil

53Jean-Michel Bayle
Beat Evert Stanton Mc Grath, clean style on the bike, won world titles as well as US titles! Who else did that?
Won everything he entered until he was bored and went roadracing. Unbelievably fast and smooth. Take Ron Lechien - personal demons + Bob Hannah desire/ego = Jean-Michael Bayle.

54Josh Coppins
Possibly one of the most unlucky motocross riders to race the FIM world mx championships in Europe, He has raced pro level for 17 years finishing 2nd in the world twice as well as many GP wins and national championships. Unfortunately for Coppins, he peaked during Stefan Evert's reign as ten times world champion and had the unlucky incident in 2007 that saw his massive points lead shattered, but I still believe that Josh deserves a place on this list for his honest contribution to our great sport.
Yeah go nz mx
Bloody good bastard too

55Matt Buyten

56Mike Alessi

57Cameron Sinclair
Cameron Sinclair is a great motorcyclist. He is a role model towards people who have been through times of hardship and want to advance their life.
Who left him out

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