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The 24 Best Motocross Riders Of All-Time

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Motocross is one of the riskiest international sports, with racers putting their futures on the line every time they jump on a bike. Some of the best motocross racers of all time end up retiring young because of accidents that left them unable to ride at champion-level speeds - but not before securing multiple world titles or being inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. 

The 2019 film Bennett's War explores the powerful nature of motocross. After leading man Marshall Bennett (Michael Roark) survives an IED explosion, he is discharged from the Army Ranger Motorcycle Unit and told he has to give up his future as a racer. With his family's stability and happiness on the line, Bennett must make a decision that could have dire consequences. Real-life motocross racers who were forced from the track too soon know as well what it's like to risk your well-being every day doing what you love.

While waiting for director Alex Ranarivelo's 2019 motocross movie to hit theaters August 30, vote up the most groundbreaking motocross racers of all time, keeping in mind that wins aren't everything, and up-and-coming champions have just as much potential for greatness as the legendary Ricky Carmichael. 

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    Ryan Villopoto

    Ryan Villopoto has 10 championship titles under his belt, but he is most noted for winning four supercross titles in a row.

    He worked though a lot of personal turmoil and contention with his opposition and channeled his negative energy into his races. 

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    Bob Hannah

    Bob "Hurricane" Hannah was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. He didn't start racing until he was 18 years old and by 1999 was one of only two racers to win titles in 125cc motocross, 250cc motocross, and Supercross.

    His versatile skills made him a champion across the board. 

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    Ricky Johnson

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    Rick Johnson was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. He is a champion on his own, but has also served on four winning US Motocross des Nations teams. He held the the record for all-time AMA Supercross wins in 1991, which was later broken by Jeremy McGrath.

    Johnson and David Bailey had a rivalry in 1986 that went down in history, and the racer retired at the age of 26 due to an injury. 

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    Stefan Everts

    Stefan Everts secured the record for 10th World Championship title in 2006 and retired shortly thereafter. Everts is know for his technical abilities and has partnered with brands such as Yoko and Suzuki.

    His teenage son, Liam Everts, is considered an up-and-coming motocross prodigy. 

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