Not only is his company making motocross gear and racing helmets (mountain bike and motocross), but runs one of the strongest race teams in the USA — in both motocross and Supermoto. That’s not hyperbole or me wearing some JS7 glasses, that’s the real facts. Dave Stevenson did not race. “On Any Sunday” was a critical success and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1971. If Dye hadn’t imported the bikes, brought the stars of the sport to demonstrate it and promoted the first-ever races, the sport would still be in the stone ages today. First, he turned his innovative ideas on chain torque into a series of products (the ATK System and the AMP Research Torque Eliminator). He beat the best in the world (RC and MC) straight-up and took the AMA series by storm early this decade. He took a privateer team and won endless AMA National Championships. Next, Bob Smith, the owner of Smith goggles, wanted to introduce a goggle into the highly lucrative motocross market, so he contacted Scott Boyer to design the Roll-Off system. Mitch Payton has set the prototype for the next generation of factory motocross teams; independent teams funded by outside sponsors. Well, I wonder that kids of 2020 are going to be doing on a bike? 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. “Before that I was racing full-time and painting helmets in my garage in my spare time, but the painting got to be a full-time job.”, Push came to shove for Troy; it was either a career as a journeyman Pro racer or helmet painter. So Kawasaki dirt bikes and yamaha MX bikes where only a twinkle in a riders eyes back then. John signed Joel Robert to a one-year sock contract for $100. The Fox Airshox was a major hit, and with it came the foundation of the suspension tuning business. And he was exactly what Supercross needed to get off the ground. Dave should be credited with turning motocross racers into professional athletes. The sport exploded. Bob and Jeff were both eggheads, physicists and mathematicians. Dye’s marketing plan would change the face of motorcycle racing in the United States. And he did it with total focus on a single piece of motocross gear — the helmet. The Best Supercross Riders of the 2000’s! Success bred more success, and in 1991 Team Honda decided that it would be easier to hire Mitch to run their 125 team than to keep paying him top dollar for his expertise. 9th-1 point (1) Nakayama designed the YZ400, which was turned into the CNC-machined works bikes that Doug Henry and Andrea Bartolini raced in 1997. 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. 8th-2 points He signed a deal with Husqvarna of Sweden to supply him with as many motocross bikes as he could get for the American market. 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. They will continue to make revolutionary products for the mini bike market they invented. Elizabeth Taylor. James is blowing all the laws of gravity away and making us rethink what is possible on a motorcycle. It had a hand-fabricated frame that incorporated a custom linkage-style single shock and swingarm combo, dual leading brakes, and a modified engine. JT was sold to Brass Eagle, a paint-ball gun manufacturer. 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 (ISDT), and earned numerous national championships in his native Belgium, including a national Trials title. I think MC’s 72 wins is going to be in danger here shortly.What’s scary is that you know how each generation is better than the last? Not Bob Hannah. Every year Rider magazine chooses a Motorcycle of the Year. He’s a connoisseur of business, a developer of startup companies and a former factory racer. Motocross is a sport that has continuously captivated the senses of millions of people throughout the world. Dave was so good at representing his riders that he has been accused of raising the cost of racing. Edison Dye is solely responsible for motocross coming to America. One of the most famous motocross riders in the world is Ricky Carmichael since he is regarded as the all-time greatest in the motocross world by critics and fans alike. But Mark didn’t really retire. Wait, first my super-secret, major, gnarly points system for the riders. He wouldn’t take the lowball offers and would walk if the money wasn’t commensurate. First, he took over the management of the Husqvarna/Suzuki School of Motocross at Carlsbad Raceway. He’s won 16 supercrosses in his career (second most ever for a rider who hasn’t won a sx title-behind Bradshaw) and it’s funny that, of those 16, 9 have come in years that RC or Stewart didn’t compete in. Steve Simons’ contributions cannot be overstated. Hallman won every one of them. To enhance their interest in four-stroke racing, Tom decided to put his company’s weight behind both the World Four-Stroke and World Veteran Championships. The idea for the plastic motorcycle fender came to Preston after the aluminum front fender on his Maico broke off. He admits that he wasn’t the best businessman in the formative days of motocross and, after all of FMF’s successes in the 1970s and the down times in the ’80s, FMF rebounded in 1988 with a host of two-stroke pipe innovations, chrome plating, four different powerbands, and a try-it-before-you-buy-it marketing campaign. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. What is Eddie’s secret for making his companies into massive success stories? But of course you knew that already if you’re reading this right? Today, Fox Factory has re-entered the motocross business with its line of shocks and fork kits. And, instead of California, his race shop was located in the rolling valleys of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. Without Simon’s design ideas the modern motorcycle would be severely limited by its suspension design. Bob changed the dynamics between the rider and the manufacturer. During the 1980s, the White Brothers’ sales exploded. Suzuki lured him back five years later to become their National Advertising Manager. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. (5) Whether it is a CRF, KX-F, YZ-F, RM-Z or KTM, its wellspring was Yoshiharu Nakayama’s mind. Mike was a steady force almost every year with three 3rd place finishes early in the 2000’s and although he wasn’t in any championship battles, will always be remembered as a fan favorite and a hard charger. We’re definitely selling to the Porsche-type guys, and it trickles down to every little piece that we make.”. Dave’s clients needed more than financial advice, so they started asking him to review their contracts. His technique was one that was never copied by anyone. Bruce approached Steve McQueen. But Mark Blackwell didn’t want to be a team manager, and he left Suzuki to become Vice President of Marketing for Husqvarna. 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. NMA minicycle racing was serious business in the 1970s, thanks to Ted’s vision. But, if you think that path was a career in motocross, you are wrong. Once the boot was done, Boyer moved on to form Hannah Racing Products (HRP) in 1980. -. In 1988, his Simons Precision company was so successful that Steve dropped out of the suspension business for a while to focus on the machine shop. Perhaps one of the most underrated riders if that is possible, when Reed’s all done here he will rank amongst the greatest riders that has ever raced supercross. These cookies do not store any personal information. 8th- Tim Ferry- Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki-20 points. Being smart, aggressive and entrepreneurial is. Just like Stewart, MC makes the list with just three scoring years in the decade. Once Dye had convinced the Swedes to sell him bikes, he had to find some way to get American riders to buy them. Then Can-Am came calling. In 2000KTM wins six World Championship titles! They are tremendous athletes and highly-skilled. Windham fits in at third and that’s a fitting spot for KW. Eventually, Don decided that if he was going to develop race bikes, he should do it for himself. Don and the clan then moved to Honda and did the same thing. It’s that simple. JODY’S LIST OF 25 MEN WHO SPLIT THE MOTOCROSS ATOM. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. I then add a complete line of related products and try to earn the endorsement of top riders. It was a far cry from Tom’s first catalog, which had eight products in it. He fought for every cent. 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. His starts almost always sucked and he was forced to put in twenty laps at the same speed. FMF’s Donnie Emler is one of those guys. Like, literally he flies his plane under the radar. Camier started his racing career in grass track, becoming a multiple British Champion, a feat he repeated on the tarmac during the 2000s. The 60’s and 70’s had improved Japanese bikes. Perhaps one of the most underrated riders if that is possible, when Reed’s all done here he will rank amongst the greatest riders that has ever raced supercross. As a matter of fact RC won the title every year that he competed in the series full-time but two (’99 and 2000.) He was always someone that you had to factor in as being capable of winning a race. He brought in half-time shows that bordered on the ridiculous. Heath is a guy that flies under the radar. His 3rd place in ’07 was a career high for him. In their 25,000 square-foot building, BBR manufactures 90-percent of their products in-house (no out-sourcing to other countries). A real old-school legend. Seven times in the decade, KW has finished inside the top ten in points and that’s a remarkable record. (3) Yoshiharu Nakayama made the drawings for the YZ250F in his spare time, and by luck and happenstance, got it put into production in 2001. As his company grew, the next logical step for Troy was to build his own helmet visors. And, when the riders complained about the whoops, he rode through them himself — even though he could barely ride a motorcycle. He achieved motocross glory with both a sense of humor and a sense of awe. Troy then expanded into the gear business, a bold move for someone so recognized in one specific faction of the industry. Eventually, Mark became the top American employee at Suzuki. You just can't compare riders of today with the riders … He made it not just functional, but fashionable. Over the years, many more agents have appeared on the scene, but Dave was the first purpose-driven financial adviser and agent in motocross. Today, Tom takes care of his 6000 square-foot vintage motorcycle museum, donates to charities, works as a consultant to other motorcycle companies and was voted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2014. My personal opinion is that MC was the better supercrosser based on more wins and titles but if you disagree, I would understand. Perhaps you’ve heard of Answer Products, ProTaper handlebars, Atlas neck braces or SixSixOne — all the brainchildren of Eddie. 7th-3 points Mitch’s engines proved to be faster than what the factories had to offer. Never content to be pigeonholed, Mark moved to snowmobile manufacturer Arctic Cat, then to Polaris, finally to Victory Motorcycles and today is a consultant to Husqvarna Motorcycles. It went big overnight, selling not just thousands of tickets, but 10,000 Husqvarnas a year. Soon he was approached by Can-Am to build a prototype to replace their aging fleet of offroad bikes. 1. The end…until the next genius comes along. For Answer, Scott designed the oversized ProTaper handlebar. Living in a motor home, Horst bet everything on his engineering background and creative mind. If Roger’s career was based on his win record, it would be enough for most men. Troy Lee did it by being artistic. He was a showman. He hired Larry Huffman to do the announcing. “I have no engineering degrees, so I consider myself to be a designer — actually more of a product development manager.”. Before JT, racers were happy to just get free gear. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio, hosted the induction of 11 new members into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. 12th- Andrew Short-14 points-Moved up to early to make it on the list, he’s on his way with two 3rd place finishes in two years racing 450 sx. Something had to go. “I wanted to change the concept and image of the four-stroke engine,” says Yoshiharu. Fox’s race efforts launched them from the parts business into the clothing business. At this time in the sport’s history, motorcycle shocks were low-tech tubes filled with oil. What was HRP’s first product? Top 10 Motocross Riders of All Time Sibaya 6 years ago Comments Off on Top 10 Motocross Riders of All Time 7.8 K. 0. 9th- Nick Wey- Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, KTM-19 points. Then, he sold it and started a new company with his sons — Matrix Racing Products. On weekends! “I only sold 400 shocks the first year. The Flying Frenchman came into the decade with a bang and then exited with a whimper. In the iconic film, The Wild One, Brando rode a 1950 … What happened to JT Racing? 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. John Gregory of JT Racing fame is the Ralph Lauren of the motocross world. Before Preston Petty came on the scene, offroad motorcycles had metal fenders. Playing poker left a lot of free time, which Bob filled by riding his dirt bike. Tom raced from 1969 until 1975 against some of the greatest dirt trackers of all-time, including Kenny Roberts, Mert Lawwill, Dave Aldana and Gene Romero. Ted Moorewood was not only the founding father of minicycle racing, but he was one of its most famous tuners. If you asked any motocross racer from the 1970s what influenced him to become a motorcycle racer, “On Any Sunday” would be high on his list. 15K likes. Who really gets the credit? The list is amazing: reed valves, trapping valves, accelerator pumps, water pumps, Shokout grips, Boyesen Link and boost ports. None other than a state-of-the-art FlakJak — the first-ever plastic chest protector. Then MDK Honda and Wey started to shine here, getting his first podium finishes on the CRF 450. Liz is the most surprising Harley rider on this short list. Yet, Bruce Brown is largely responsible for the unimaginable success of motorcycling, and motocross, in the United States. And built the prototype with a work force of three! The names of the riders who have used Pro Circuit products is staggering. CMA 250cc- 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993. Donnie’s reputation as a wild man has often been overstated, but not by Donnie. In the heady days of the 1960s, motocross bikes were hard to come by in the United States. On number 3 in this list of top 10 greatest motocross riders of all time, we have Stefan. Anyways, after that it was onto a Mach 1 Yamaha ride and a 5th place finish for the two-seven. The unsung heroes of motocross are the engineers who design the bikes we ride (with nothing more than an idea and a number-2 pencil). Goodwin, whose previous experience was in hosting rock concerts, set the standard by which all future Supercross promoters would be judged. They made contributions, large and small, to the overall understanding of the complex makeup of the world. Geoff took the idea and went to Bob Baptiste, who created the original fox head logo for $300. First and foremost, Don Jones was more than just the dad of four-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones. Relatively few of the early 1970's small-displacement motocross bikes still survive. 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. Danny was so impressed that he told Broc Glover about Stevenson’s financial wizardry; Broc told Rick Johnson, who told Ron Lechien, and the next thing you know the sport’s first “super agent” was born, although don’t call him that. In 1992 he won all classes – 125, 250 and 500s – aboard a Suzuki, joining Gary Flood and Jeff Leisk who are the only other riders to achieve this feat in the history of the sport. While some might know Marie has a strong-voiced country musician who charted a few singles in the late 2000s, her passion for motorcycles has arguably outgrown her music in terms of popularity. 14th- Ezra Lusk- 12 points-He won a race in ’03 and scored three top ten finishes this decade. JT was the first company to actively sponsor riders. 2000s Motocross. 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