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


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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.

He is master

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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 guy in history around a supercross track, period. 2nd in all time supercross wins only behind Jeremy McGrath. Has untouchable moments in motocross. Invented the "Bubba Scrub" which is now a requirement if you're going to be a top pro. Showed us where the known limits of the motocross bike are and then pushed those.

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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

McGrath was an original... he dominated the sport for many years in a couple of classes and was the first to publicly demonstrate the table top, tail whips and superman.

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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

From my side he's been my hero from when I could remember and the best of all (travis pastrana) invented the double backflip and also began the nitro circus...all my respect to travis.

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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.

Ryan Dungey should not be this low in this list he should be 2nd and Ken Roczen be 1st. Ryan Dungey is a very sweet caring person with an amazing talent. He rides very smooth and smart.

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7 Stefen 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.

He was looking calm all the time..but he was flying

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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

Best rider ever and plays smart races fast and never sais never

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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!

Wardy and team green, match made in heaven. From 125's to the 500's the guy could just flat out ride. Allways in the hunt and more times than not on top. One of the all time greats, if not the best! Gotta be top 5 for sure. Sure do miss the 80's of motocross. A lot of really great riders and rivalry's. Take me back to the 80's with Ward, RJ, Glover, and Bailey. Miss that a lot!

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10 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

Amazing rider!

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The Contenders

11 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.

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

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

Strong and keen to win

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12 Roger DeCoster

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.

Roger, Robert, Everts, and Carmichael. If you are around 50 or more, you'd probably rate him #1. Far and away the best team manager of all time too.

We believe that Rodger decoster should be number one because he is a great manager and a great guy and everybody respects him he made a name for Motocross and everybody in it!

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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.


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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!

My name

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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

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18 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.

19 Jeff Stanton

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

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20 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!

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

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.

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