American Ricky Carmichael’s nickname - the GOAT (Greatest of all Time) - sums up his incredible motocross career. He won an astonishing 15 championships (ten consecutive in motocross and five in supercross) between 1997 and 2006, as well as recording a record 150 career wins, and being named Athlete of the Year by the AMA a record five times. He also recorded two perfect motocross seasons and is the only rider ever to go undefeated in the 125 SX series.
He is also a three-time X Games gold medalist – twice in Moto X Step Up and once in Moto X Racing - and was four times named individual champion at the Motocross des Nations. He bid farewell to professional motocross racing in 2007 by leading Team USA to another Motocross des Nations victory in Budds Creek, Maryland, winning the final race he entered.
Born in Clearwater, Florida in 1979, the GOAT was given his first dirt bike at the age of five by his parents, and it wasn’t long before he was winning races. After a dominant amateur career, he experienced his first taste of professional motocross racing in 1996, and was awarded the title of AMA Motocross Rookie of the Year in the same year.
Having achieved everything he could on two wheels he switched to stock car and NASCAR truck racing after his retirement, but it is for his thrilling on-the-edge riding style, aggressive starts and impeccable sportsmanship in motocross that his many fans will remember him most vividly.
- Age: 34
- Height: 1.68m
- Weight: 68kg
- Nationality: USA