I like to surround myself with bright, hardworking people.”. One of the most recognized images of off-road riding, and possibly the sport’s most iconic photograph, comes from the early years when It appears Ryan Dungee has been doing more than just eating his Wheaties! Being smart, aggressive and entrepreneurial is. And, instead of California, his race shop was located in the rolling valleys of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. Bob, tired of the academic life, left math behind to pursue life as a professional poker player (the perfect career for an egghead with a background in math and physics). They are tremendous athletes and highly-skilled. Before Ted Moorewood had the vision of a National Minicycle Championship, minicycles were just a minor part of the American motocross scene. Bob and his brother Geoff started out on similar paths. For Answer, Scott designed the oversized ProTaper handlebar. And he is super fast and trains super hard for what he has. Scott was happy to work in the ski industry, but the constant traveling wore on him, so he took up motorcycling as a hobby. And, when the riders complained about the whoops, he rode through them himself — even though he could barely ride a motorcycle. Although not a racer by any means, Dye decided that he would import these unusual two-stroke motocross bikes to America. Showed us where the known limits of the motocross bike are and then pushed those. Often, the men who changed the sport did it by business savvy, the force of their personalities, or by being in the right place at the right time. Whiting, Kelly Moran, Jimmy Holley, Bobby Moore, Kurtie Hendricksen, Michael Koemans and Lance Moorewood. When Edison Dye started his Inter-Am motocross series in 1971, Larsson won four of the five Inter-Am 500cc support races on a special, titanium-framed Husqvarna racer. RC is amazing! DeCoster is generally recognized as the best-known racer in motocross in the first 50 years of the sport. Roger de Coster was a dominating figure in motocross in the 70s. But the sport of motocross changed dramatically in 1975 with the introduction of huge advances in suspension technology. Dave Stevenson did not race. 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. The talent he had was awesome, a shame it was cut short due to injuries. And with Jim Pomeroy before before them the top American rider was trying to not get laped, If I have to explain, you are not an mx'er. John changed the way riders thought about the gear they wore. The only thing that could take away his chance to pass Ricky for #1 is injury. He is the victim of bad business deals. (Czech CZ riders Zdenek Velky and Jaroslav Falta, the only two GP riders to race the Inter-Am Series that year, finished 1-2 nonetheless … He is motocross. 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. None other than a state-of-the-art FlakJak — the first-ever plastic chest protector. To modern motocross fans, Don Jones must seem like a Stone Age version of Tony Alessi. He spent massive amounts of money on TV commercials. In 1966, Dye flew World Champion Torsten Hallman over to race a handful of select American races. And a Championship in 2010 in his rookie season. Super cool. From a different era. “I wanted the four-stroke engine to be seriously considered for motocross.” The last 18 years have seen Yoshiharu’s wish come true. He discovered emerging talent and nurtured it. The most complete racer ever born. And the air shock is making a comeback on all fronts. Donnie’s reputation as a wild man has often been overstated, but not by Donnie. Worth every penny. See more ideas about motocross, vintage motocross, vintage bikes. Surprisingly, Preston Petty isn’t a rich man. You’ve probably seen the guys who do the backflip jumps. He didn’t invent a widget that changed the sport. He drove a Cord-like Clenet. See more ideas about dirtbikes, vintage bikes, vintage motocross. The only rider to come to America, win and win often. R.V. Whiting, Kelly … Bruce approached Steve McQueen. The success of Edison Dye’s traveling circus convinced him that America needed a professional motocross series, which led Dye to form the Inter-Am (International-American) motocross series. Absolute guru of the sport. Greatest Motocross Riders of All Time 10. Riders used to ride for free clothes, while the apparel companies were making more money and selling more product than today!”. Very decorated competitor he will possibly be the greatest motocross rider of all time. Gotta be top 5 for sure. Before Preston Petty came on the scene, offroad motorcycles had metal fenders. One of the all time greats, if not the best! But Mark Blackwell didn’t want to be a team manager, and he left Suzuki to become Vice President of Marketing for Husqvarna. I am just so amazed of how well he raced! But Mark didn’t really retire. Roger DeCoster has Joel to thank for paving the way. Boyer began working for Scott USA on the most revolutionary motocross boot of all time — the original Scott plastic motocross boot. Thank you Jeremy, I bought a lot of tickets to watch you kick ass. Those metals fenders, steel or aluminum, were not only dangerous to ride with, but prone to fatigue cracking. Has untouchable moments in motocross. In 1975, an ad agency guy suggested to Geoff that he needed a catchy logo. Bob decided that he could build a better shock and, in 1974, introduced the first single-pressure Fox Airshox. 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! It wasn’t long before the factory teams came knocking. From 1976 until 1984, virtually every fast rider was under their tent. Hands down number 1...He helped change motocross and raise the bar. “I have no engineering degrees, so I consider myself to be a designer — actually more of a product development manager.”. His victory in his first ever GNCC is still the talk of legend. In 1974, Geoff’s newly established mail order business, now named Moto-X Fox, was born in a 1500-square-foot machine shop. Fastest guy in history around a supercross track, period. Although Pro riders have successfully transitioned into the aftermarket business, only one has ever trod the halls of a major manufacturer as an executive, Mark Blackwell. 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. # ...more. The sport exploded. Eli is a Supercross Superstar! He was the sport’s face, winning five Motocross World Championships and peaking a record of 36 500cc Grand Prix wins. Kawasaki’s racing history started with a motocross race in 1961. But whether you favor Rutherford, Franck, Hertz, Cockcroft, Meitner, Fermi, Strassmann, Walton, Szilard or Einstein, all of these men changed the world as we know it. Cairoli is the best, his records are amazing. I've seen the guy dislocate his shoulder on a bail, relocate it HIMSELF and get bike on and keep riding. A lot of really great riders and rivalry's. 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. Then, he sold it and started a new company with his sons — Matrix Racing Products. He never gave up and kept believeing in him self. Bob Hannah will go down in history as one of the greatest motocross racers of all time, but fast racers don’t change the sport. Troy still had grander plans for his future. Invented the "Bubba Scrub" which is now a requirement if you're going to be a top pro. Keep in mind this list is determined by Westfall's statistical report, and not by the Racer X editorial staff. He's untouchable right now. 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. It had a hand-fabricated frame that incorporated a custom linkage-style single shock and swingarm combo, dual leading brakes, and a modified engine. They win races, earn championships and then disappear, leaving in their wake a few lines in the record books, but no lasting contributions. 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. Ricky Carmichael #1, Jeremy McGrath #2 James Stewart #3 Ryan Villopoto #4 And Chad Reed is Awesome. Roger was selfless in his goal to spread the sport of motocross worldwide. Don bought a failed motorcycle brand, changed the name to Ammex, and started building his own bikes. 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... Had a chance to watch him and John Dowd at Dowd's practice track in West Springfield Massachusetts simply awesome. Simpson spent many years as a works rider, primarily with AJS and Norton, and was one of the most successful riders before the Second World War. It wasn’t a success. Most dominant rider ever, when he was in his prime. He would its his home gp but never raced a full world series, 3 outdoor national 250 Titles and 3 250 supercross titles! You couldn't have asked for a better competitor or a racer with a better attitude. Some are racers, some are pencil pushers and some are Gyro Gearloose inventors, but every one of them made a significant impact on where the sport of motocross is today. (5) Whether it is a CRF, KX-F, YZ-F, RM-Z or KTM, its wellspring was Yoshiharu Nakayama’s mind. MXA TECH SPEC: FORK-OIL HEIGHT IS THE MAGIC BULLET, BIKES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: 1973 PENTON MUDLARK 125 ENDURO, MXA HEAD-TO-HEAD SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 2021 HONDA CRF450 VS. HUSKY FC450, BEST OF JODY’S BOX: THE MOTHER LION APPROACH TO RACING, IT’S HERE! 2nd in all time supercross wins only behind Jeremy McGrath. Subscribe to Nuculear T.V. Just truly amazing and talented! I've been through a lot, you know like stuff like that and it hurt so EVERYBODY should stop being rood (ONLY the ones ACTULLY being rood at least) and give him a chance because we all are beginners and if he's not a beginner it doesn't mean anything, so what if he needs more practice that's him not you. Geoff’s original intent was to sell directly to retail customers, but as with most rapidly expanding businesses, he ended up becoming more like a distributor (selling to dealers around the country). Eventually, Don decided that if he was going to develop race bikes, he should do it for himself. This bike became the ATK 406 two-stroke. Mitch Payton’s career as the number one desert racer ended in a ravine 38 years ago — but not his racing career! In the early to mid 1970s, virtually all of the motocross bikes had traditional vertical mounted twin-shock rear suspension - and this suspension left much to be desired. Dye’s marketing plan would change the face of motorcycle racing in the United States. Today, Preston Petty lives quietly in Los Angeles and works as a computer programmer. On the sand, as americans like, he won fantasticly! He is the eldest of all the motorcycle racer in the list above. JT’s initial contracts weren’t big, but they were watershed moments in moto history. Not only did Larsson set up the original Husqvarna dealership network across America, but he established a business for his buddy Torsten Hallman to sell European motocross gear in America. Amazing on a 250/450f but was most dominant in his 125 days of outdoor mx when he was with Kawi. The 1971 AMA 500 National Champion’s career came to an end when he suffered an eye injury at the 1973 Luxembourg GP. Soon he was approached by Can-Am to build a prototype to replace their aging fleet of offroad bikes. During this period, Eyvind discovered that he had as much fun working on his bike as riding it (and he rode very well). 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. Let's talk about famous dirt bike riders. Mitch’s engines proved to be faster than what the factories had to offer. Lars Larsson was a pioneering motocross and off-road racer from Sweden who immigrated to the United States to help introduce motocross racing to America in the late 1960s. It was a totally new motorcycle segment — that benefited the industry and the consumer. We I'll know if that means breaking bones. Spanned an era of limited travel bikes to long travel suspension and remained super fast. Also his trick jumps ( the nack nack ) led way to what we know now as freestyle. Don Jones was the man responsible for fixing that. The end…until the next genius comes along. Because most of these riders are modern era supercross and "outdoor" riders. Eli Tomac has good potential and should eventually become a champion. Valentino Rossi Motocross Riders Moto Cross Off Road Racing Vintage Motocross The Golden Years Dirtbikes Vintage Bikes Street Bikes. Doug basically gave away several championships by agreeing to pioneer the four stroke Yamahas during his prime. Things haven’t changed much. Indoor or out, it didn't matter. AMA Motocross- 2008 - - Brian Stonebridge: 1950-1959 - - - 6 David Strijbos: 1984-1994 125cc- 1986 - - 27 Kevin Strijbos: 2000-present - - - 5 Chuck Sun: 1976-1983 - AMA 500cc- 1980 - - Torao Suzuki - - All Japan 250cc- 1972 All-Japan 125cc- 1973, 1976 - 4 “When you think that you can do a better job at something than someone else, then you just do it.”. Once Ted and partner Ron Hendricksen started the National Minicycle Association (now called the National Motosport Association), minicycle racing became a major portion of the motocross lexicon. His racing accomplishments are remarkable. “I wanted to change the concept and image of the four-stroke engine,” says Yoshiharu. The limited travel and erratic performance were major issues with 1970’s racers. Don't know why he's below Stewart. 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. Many of the riders listed here, and some that are not, had fantastic amateur careers … 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. It's almost impossible to imagine Joel Robert today with all the training aids that accompany our pro riders today. He rides with confidence. Ken Roczen in my opinion is the best rider in whole world. Next, he designed and built motocross frames that would accept Honda XR350 engines (in turn building Rickman-like motorcycles for the 1980s). About the same time, Scott USA, a maker of ski poles and goggles, was interested in developing a cutting-edge motocross boot. Old School. A major portion of Fox’s success has to be laid on one thing, their distinctive fox head logo. Very physically fit and could ride anything, THE REAL GOAT! In fact, his only connection to racing was that he was Danny LaPorte’s tax advisor. If you were there you would understand. 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". He should be idolized as the father of Supercross, but he isn’t. We like to think of motocross as a sport that is driven by racers, but in fact it is moved forward by businessmen, inventors and dreamers from seemingly unrelated walks of life. Without Simon’s design ideas the modern motorcycle would be severely limited by its suspension design. 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. As we continue to pursue all possibilities, Kawasaki’s indomitable racing spirit burns brightly. He was just a pure rider. “I always try to offer a high-quality and race-proven product. The worlds leading publication about motocross and supercross. His fenders were the choice of all serious racers in the 1970s, and Preston’s innovations forced the Japanese and European manufacturers to keep up with him. John signed Joel Robert to a one-year sock contract for $100. 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. All of them had outstanding careers and laid down big tracks for others to follow. You just can't compare riders of today with the riders of the pre-1975 era. Troy Lee did it by being artistic. Mitch Payton has set the prototype for the next generation of factory motocross teams; independent teams funded by outside sponsors. But Roger did more than that. Mario Edison Dye invented American motocross. The company has resurfaced, under new management, as a motocross gear company. He’s a connoisseur of business, a developer of startup companies and a former factory racer. It may sound like peanuts now, but it was the beginning of gear contracts that today reach the $1,000,000 mark. If he got a bad start he still blew through the pack to the front. Brown’s film-making experience, with surfing films like the “Endless Summer,” convinced him that he needed a movie star to help him open the doors with film distributors. 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. True class act! But Steve didn’t stay away for long, and in 1989, Steve used his suspension expertise to help his old racing buddy Paul Turner start a mountain bike company called RockShox. You have to remember back in the 1970 era, There were a lot of awesome Motocross racers that didn't have the equipment they have today. You sure is my IDOL! You just can't compare riders of today with the riders of the pre-1975 era. • The rider must have qualified for an AMA Supercross or an AMA Motocross national. Mike Goodwin is the father of Supercross. Miss that a lot! Dave laughs off the criticism. At one point Donnie had a studio apartment built at FMF headquarters so that he could work around the clock. Yes, there are many and we all have our favorites because motocross history goes back quite a few years. Not to mention look at all of those wins! Today, Eddie’s name is most closely associated with Matrix, but he is also closely linked with Atlas neck braces, 1.7 lubricants and Next Components. While hosting motorcycle tours to the Isle of Man TT races, Edison saw his first motocross race. It went big overnight, selling not just thousands of tickets, but 10,000 Husqvarnas a year. His accident shocked the world and was a massive reality check for motocross. Edison Dye is solely responsible for motocross coming to America. This is nuts,this dude is easily top five all time behind only JMc RC Stewart and even with Jeff Stanton any to disagree due to his early switch to road racing didn't see this guy dominate the early 90s with Bradshaw.shame he didn't stay for few more years or I'm sure he'd be recognized as clear no. Cairoli is excellent and a true champ. Doug was both the hardest working and nicest guy in motocross. This list is not exhaustive by any means and represents many of my favorites and those I grew up watching and admiring. He seems to be a little fragil. Wardy and team green, match made in heaven. Roger was a bad ass his whole carrer, not a show boater, a competitor all ways. On the Southwick Mass track it felt like thunder when he passed me in practice. He stepped into this arena when he … It pained Tom to see the company he built fail, but he had already moved on. In number of wins, consecutive wins, etc., he was the man until he retired. Ricky was my idol growing up. The former Grand Prix racer and ISDT Gold Medalist packed his bags and moved to the United States in 1980. Best rider I've ever seen. An Australian taking it to the best of the world, that alone speaks for what Chad is made of. While in college, Eyvind began racing motocross, met his future wife, and decided that Pennsylvania would be his new home after graduation. He hired Larry Huffman to do the announcing. In case you don’t know the history — here it is. Once Dye had convinced the Swedes to sell him bikes, he had to find some way to get American riders to buy them. I like Ashley Fiolek because she is so good at motocross racing. I love Ken Roczen, I love Ken Roczen he is my favorite rider in the world (: he inspires me every day to ride and just get some fresh air instead of playing video games all day! His name is Yoshiharu Nakayama. Yea we … Continued Before Bob Hannah came along, the teams held the upper hand in every negotiation, and the manufacturers wielded this power like a scalpel. Herlings is the quick kid for now, but until they compete in sx they're just fast mx riders. 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). He signed a deal with Husqvarna of Sweden to supply him with as many motocross bikes as he could get for the American market. I don't think any other rider could push as hard. Eyvind Boyesen moved to Pennsylvania from his home in Oslo, Norway, to go to college in 1959. The List: 10 Greatest Honda Riders - Motocross; Developed in the USA and tested on the toughest tracks in the world, Maxima Racing Oils are proven to … 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). Pretty soon Bob was making parts and selling them (mostly through his brother’s Moto-X Fox company). When the music fires up you think 70s porn but this is all moto\u001F—back when men were men and bikes sucked. He has always been a top 5 rider his whole career and still is. He would travel across America with a troop of fellow riders, putting on stunt shows to thousands of people at a time. Eyvind Boyesen owned more high-performance patents that any other man in the sport of motocross. 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