Yes, we all know that Ricky Carmichael is a great motocross racer, he has won all these titles and championships, he has never lost an outdoor series, two undefeated series, blah, blah, blah…. I agree that the “Tallahassee Tornado” should always be brought up when you bench racing who is the greatest of all time, but I feel that the world’s greatest motocrosser lives up above the 49th parallel.
I agree that RC probably had tougher competition (Tim Ferry) during his run, but for giggles’ sake, let’s take his 29 titles and, using today’s U.S.-Canadian exchange rate….divide it, carry the one…and it still works out to 26! Much better then RC’s 10 titles. The Medicine Hat, Alberta Machine also found time during his moto beat-downs to travel south and try his luck against the mighty Americans. Did you know he got third overall at the ‘87 Hangtown National? What about another third at Red Bud? Didn’t think so. What about him getting eighth O/A in the 1987 AMA 250 Nationals, despite missing some races? The GOAT just did that in supercross, but he raced seven times; the whole ’87 250 outdoor tour was only six rounds!
One final thought, while RC was out winning all of his championships, he was racing two 35-minute motos. That’s pretty tough, except that the Maple Leaf Missile was racing three classes, six 40-minute motos in a day—with no Aldon Baker in sight! I heard he ate lightning and crapped thunder, but that can’t be confirmed.
So remember all of this next time you’re saddled up to the local watering hole discussing who the greatest Moto-X rider is.
Take this bench racing ammo and cram it in your pie hole:
1980: 500 MX Champ
1981: 250 and 500 MX Champ
1982: 125 and 250 and 500 MX Champ
1983: 125 and 250 and 500 MX Champ
1984: 125 and 250 MX Champ
1985: 250 and 500 MX Champ
1986: 125 and 250 and 500 MX Champ
1987: (Yawn) 125 and 250 and 500 MX Champ, plus 8th AMA 250 MX
1988: 250 MX Champ
1989: Injured in an off track bar fight where he beat up the whole bar
1990: 125 and 250 MX Champ
1991: 125 and 250 and 500 MX Champ
1992: 125 and 250 MX Champ
1993: 125 and 250 MX Champ