Greatest Motocross Riders

The Top Ten

1 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 - shelzza

Modest, fair, fast and style. Can sum him up

Simply the GOAT!

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2 Ryan 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.

"I think he is the best ever"

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3 James Stewart James Stewart James Stewart (May 20, 1908 - July 2, 1997) was an American movie star, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors of all time. He is best remembered for his roles in Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Stewart was known for his distinctive drawl more.

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

Fastest man alive. Period

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4 Jeremy 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

Stunning to watch, if you know what your looking for.

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5 Travis 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.

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.

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

He is the best I've ever seen

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6 Ryan Dungey

Ryan Dungey is an incredible motocross racer his training his ability to ride smoothly no matter what conditions he does not get frustrated any rides with Incredible passion and desire to win it is like no other I have ever seen and I have witness some of the greatest Motocross Riders of all time when I was 10 years old I saw that great Roger decoster race in Carlsbad Raceway against Rocky Johnson Brad Lackey I've seen the great Rick Johnson Jeff Ward David Bailey Glover Kent Howerton and we can go on and on Jeremy McGrath all the greats Villopoto Ryan is right there in the mix

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 motor cross rider he is fast and wins everything

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7 Stefen Everts

Best motocross rider of all time, no doubt about that, broke all records, beat everybody!

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.

10 time World Champ. He beat Stewart at least twice that I know of.

Without a doubt the best off all time

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8 Chad 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

Reed was and still is kicking it most AMA final starts probably doesn’t have the titles that others have but longevity Is unequaled

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9 Jeff 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!

I believe he is still the only racer to win every class championship! 125 mx, 250 mx, 500 mx. 250 SX. (2 stroke) Plus 450 super moto. All AMA national championships.

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10 Ken Roczen

Ken Roczen is the reason I'm confident in my self. Ken Roczen in my opinion is the best rider in whole world. He won Anaheim and had a horrible crash there as well. He never gave up and kept believeing in him self. He rides with confidence. Ken Roczen in my opinion should not be this low in this list and should be #1. I love Ken Roczen

Very decorated competitor he will possibly be the greatest motocross rider of all time. He is very quick and picks his lines around the tracks perfectly.

He's developing his techniques to be the best! He is the youngest rider in 450 class AMA supercross.

Kenny has huge potential and I can see him being the next G.O.A.T

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The Contenders

11 Antonio Cairoli

Cairoli is the best, his records are amazing. Sadly americans know very little about motocross outside of US, that's why he is not up there.

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

9 time (real) world champion

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12 Roger DeCoster

DeCoster is generally recognized as the best-known racer in motocross in the first 50 years of the sport. His racing accomplishments are simply remarkable. He won five 500cc Motocross World Championships; tallied a record 36 500cc Motocross Grand Prix victories; was a member of six winning Belgium Motocross des Nations teams; earned four Trans-AMA Motocross Championships; was a Gold Medalist in the International Six Day Trial (Enduro); and earned numerous national championships in his native Belgium, including a national Trials title.

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.

Definitely the best of all time. Known simply as The Man, he was instrumental in making motocross a great sport. Five World Championships.

No one could come back from a bad start and sift through the pack to win a race like Roger D. That was fun to watch!

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13 Bob 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

Bob had an uncanny ability to push himself beyond the bikes limit and not crash. I don't think any other rider could push as hard. Mentally he was focused to win like no other. Fierce competitor beyond compare. If you were there you would understand.

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.

Hannah is the best ever.

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14 Rick Johnson

Ricky was my idol growing up. He was just a pure rider. The talent he had was awesome, a shame it was cut short due to injuries. He would have won more titles. Jeff Ward just about always pulled a close second anytime these two were in the same race.

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.

RJ was at the top of his game in the mid to late 80's. I was fortunate enough to see him race Southwick 338 along with the likes of Jeff Ward, David Bailey, Johnny O'Mara, Broc Glover and even Bob "Hurricane" Hannah was there racing.

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15 Jeffrey Herlings

If in good health. No competitor has been better the last 3 years or more. Despite the floor surface, in sand even faster yet!

He is the best and will the best for the coming years.

He is the best and comes out the Netherlands!

This is the best rider 3 times world champion

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16 Dave Thorpe

The most professional in preparation and hugely talented. I saw him at the age of 17 on a Honda 250 floating over bumps that every other good rider hit hard. People said he was boring to watch because he wasn't throwing the bike sideways all the time. He knew that way wasn't going fastforwards, which he was the best at

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

Nunber 1 top man ars to 14th

17 Ashley Fiolek

Just because

Angle on dirt...


18 Jeff Stanton

3 outdoor national 250 Titles and 3 250 supercross titles! Beat Sephan Everts 4 times in US GP - ejrush

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

19 Justin Barcia

Even if there was no 41 on his number plate you would still know its barcia because of his style

This guy is a beast!

Barcia is a god

Barcia is a sick rider he has the style and skill. Have you seen him and eli tomac battling.

20 Eli Tomac

Tomac's gonna take everyone by surprise, if he hadn't crashed in 2015 AMA outdoor motocross, he definitely would have been running for the title!

Eli Tomac has good potential and should eventually become a champion. However, he is always pushing himself too hard and always gets injured. He always tries his best and is my idol, go Eli.

He is way better than anyone this day and he could very well be unstoppable

I saw him at Hangtown beat everybody else by a minute and a half.

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21 Joel Robert

Is this a list of the greatest motocross riders of all time? Because most of these riders are modern era supercross and "outdoor" riders. Nothing against these guys. They are tremendous athletes and highly-skilled. But the sport of motocross changed dramatically in 1975 with the introduction of huge advances in suspension technology. You just can't compare riders of today with the riders of the pre-1975 era. It's like comparing the Beatles with Deerhunter.

This man owned the 250 class, if I remember correctly, for six championships. No special training - just an incredible gift. It's almost impossible to imagine Joel Robert today with all the training aids that accompany our pro riders today. Joel Robert - the REAL GOAT!

The fact that Joel Robert is 20th shows this list is a tad off. He should always be in the top 1 if not higher.

From a different era. Dominated his time. Super cool. Hard to compare back then and the more modern time.

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22 Adam Cianciarulo

Adam cianciarulo is a awesome rider

He is an amazing rider he is my idol thanks for getting me into the sport

Adam is a good rider

Best rider in supermini

23 Donny Schmit

Yes, I was at a practice track one afternoon with different riders going over a particular section and he also would take it repeatedly, effortlesly crazy fast. Made me ( and everyone else ) look like a total squid...impressive!

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!

Seen him race and won it 125 cc inot Killinchy in North lreland he was class 1989

24 David Bailey David Bailey

The smoothest and best style on the bike

Best rider of all time.

You idiots have David Bailey listed this low?
He should be listed no lower than #3.

25 Danny Laporte

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

26 Doug Henry

He was and still is a great rider I've been to his house at his track it it was said to see him get paralyzed on that bike that day I'm glad to have called him a friend

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...

One of a kind, a humble fighter!

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27 Malcolm Stewart

He is a great rider!

28 Darryll King
29 Joël Smets
30 Eric Geboers

If you don't no

Without motorcrosstraining the greatest ever!

31 Kevin Wyndham

By far the most naturally smoothest and talented rider ever!

One of the most consistent riders of all time.

32 Shayne King

My dad stayed with him in a flat and he offered to sell him a helmet but he could not offered it and the next year he won 250cc world champion ship

33 Brad Lackey

Bad Brad brought America it's first World Championship and a lot of self sacrifice and self-denial went into achieving that Championship. 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.

If I have to explain, you are not an mx'er

You are good!

Without Brad Lackey, the others wouldn’t know how to race.

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34 Jeff Emig

jeff emig is so fast in supercross and motocross - shelzza

He is awesome! He should be the top 5. It would be a dream come true to meet him!

Best rider I've seen Nick Mihalich

If MC wasn't around, Fro would be at or near the very top. As is, he should be top ten anyway, for his mx skills alone.

35 Blake Baggett

Blake Bagget is a very talented rider and has amazing skills

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

36 Malcolm Smith

I don't think there is anyone ever who was more versatile on a motorcycle. He made those old beasts look smooth as silk.

Do your history this man could change a tire in 5 min during a race

He Is Genius Driver

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".

37 Guy Cooper

I had one of his old track bikes growing up. I thought he was the man.

Never say die aptitude, loved styling it over the jumps.

Killer on a 125

38 Broc Glover

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

Ryan dungey reminds me of my idol broc glover. Fast, smooth, consistent and always up front, truely underrated rider 6 national championships and of course he was robbed in 85 for supercross championship. ward rode backwards on track thesame infraction he got hit for earlier in that year. I was bummed true great

39 Håkan Carlqvist

A true legend and a killer racer! When he got mad, everyone walked away...

Pulled over for a beer and still won...

The hardest rider of all time

A true legend carla will be remberd for his fighting spirit he never gave up and in his best moments he was unbeatable

40 Trey Canard

Overcame more diversity than anyone and still wins races Got my respect.

He overcame the worst injuries and fought back to still win races!

Who is this?
#deez nuts


41 Cooper Webb

He is going to dominate the 450's like he did in the 250's. he will ride that Yamaha to the finish line in first. Overall, blue does mean first place.

Give him credit he's still young and he's doing great but he's still got a lot to learn.

He is the best supercross rider

He is so cool I want to be his # 1 fan

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42 Tommy Searle

Complete beast NO ONE NOES

British champion 2016

The boss rode in mx2 give him a chance

43 Mike 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

Just an out right hero and character

Beast. Had he been a better starter or the motos lasted 10 mins longer he would have won em all.

44 Nathan Wilson
45 Ron Lechien

Love Ron! The original motocross rockstar... Like you said he was a total natural talent... He barely trained and still won and or was always a front runner.

World championship year was untouchable


The Natural.

46 Kiara Fontanesi

***3 times World Champion***
The best person ever!

47 Glen Aguilar
48 Trampas Parker

Two world titles two different classes. In a class by him self.

49 Grant 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.

Completely underrated here... one of the best that ever was

50 David 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

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