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
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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
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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
The best! No more needs to be said. The only thing that could take away his chance to pass Ricky for #1 is injury. He seems to be a little fragil. I hope he can stay heathy he's fun to watch ride! Best burm rider ever!
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4Stefen 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.
The results says it. all
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5Jeremy 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 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
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!
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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.
He is the best of all time for one reason he landed the first double back flip of any one in the world no one can diagree whith that so that's why he is is the best rider of all time your welcome
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.
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7Jeff 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.

8Ryan Dungey
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 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 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
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9Antonio 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!
He is the best! Only reason he is not up there is he doesn't ride ama
Needs to have more confidence in his own ability to beat the yanks in the ama Championship.
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10Rick Johnson
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
All thing equal. I believe Rick Johnson would be number one today
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The Contenders

11Chad Reed
He is the best! Love you Chad!
Awesome dude he is awesome dude
Worst poll ever pastrana above ward and reed what!
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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.
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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!
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14Dave Thorpe
He road on the fastest bike every made! After 1987 the 500 were slower!
Nunber 1 top man ars to 14th

15Joel Robert
Quite possibly the best natural rider 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!

16Donny 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!

17Jeff 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

18Danny Laporte
250cc World Champion, what else needs to be said!

19David Bailey
The smoothest and best style on the bike

20Ashley Fiolek

21Doug 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...

22Eric Geboers
If you don't no

23Joël Smets

24Darryll King

25Jeff Emig
jeff emig is so fast in supercross and motocross


Best rider I've seen Nick Mihalich

26Shayne King

27Trampas Parker

28Ben Townley

29Ken Roczen
He's developing his techniques to be the best! He is the youngest rider in 450 class AMA supercross.
Best rider of today he's going to become a legend
This guy needs to be moved way up the list!
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30Malcolm Stewart

31Broc Glover

32Blake Baggett
Great rider watched him at thinder vally and he killed it!

33Kevin Wyndham
By far the most naturally smoothest and talented rider ever!
One of the most consistent riders of all time.

34Justin Barcia
Barcia has been riding amazing this year! He's my idol👍👍

35Jeffrey Herlings
He is the best and will the best for the coming years.
Best sand rider in the world
Not as good as Tommy BUT YOU KNOW>

36Danny "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!
Raw power and talent!
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37Adam Cianciarulo
Adam cianciarulo is a awesome rider

38Peniston Dublea

39Grant 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.

40David 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

41Mike 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.

42Malcolm Smith

43Broc 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

44Tommy Searle
Complete beast NO ONE NOES

45Cooper Webb
Saw Cooper win his first AMA National at Muddy Creek TN this year. He is an awesome rider! NC in the house!

46Marty Tripps

47Kiara Fontanesi
***3 times World Champion***
The best person ever!

48Jean-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.

49Josh 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

50Matt Buyten

51Mike Alessi
Known for his holeshot!

52Cameron Sinclair
Who left him out

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