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.
Ricky Carmichael was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2013. He is known as the GOAT, or the Greatest of All Time, because in his 11 years as a rider he managed to dominate the sport, with 150 wins in professional competitions.
He is the only AMA Motocross rider to have an undefeated season - and he did it three times, in 2002, 2004, and 2005. He was the AMA Pro Racing Athlete of the Year five times, in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006. After retiring from motocross he took up stock-car racing.
Carmichael is sponsored by Kawasaki, Honda, and Suzuki.
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Jeremy McGrath was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003. He became one of the most notable racers of all time in the '90s and was featured in commercials as well as on shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
His best tricks on the track included the high jump as well as the Nac Nac, which helped create freestyle motocross.
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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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Roger DeCoster was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. He is often referred to as "The Man" because of his stoic stature. He was the manager for the first US team to win the Motocross des Nations in 1981.
One of his signature moves was to watch other riders and study their posture and tricks, advancing his own technique on the track.
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