Top 5 most influential people in sx/mx

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1/4/2019 10:35 PM

This pertains to the USA mostly

Who would you pick for top 5 most influential.

5.Fox racing


1/4/2019 10:45 PM

Decoster, Mitch, McGrath, RC and James Stewart.


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1/4/2019 11:12 PM

1. Lackey. US MX is where it’s at largely due to him.

2. McGrath. He took the sport to levels never before seen.

3. RC. Changed the entire game with his training and made the sport not so fun anymore for the athletes.

4. Stewart. Made the scrub just part of the normal lap in a race.

5. DeCoster. Spearheading the US team often. Also brought KTM to the promise land here in the US where it appears they’re here to stay.


1/4/2019 11:18 PM

Just had a flashback. Smoothwakey has a perfect summary ready to go if this thread gets sidetracked.


Yes, I had pizza tonight.


1/4/2019 11:34 PM

What about K-Dub?


1/4/2019 11:38 PM

hgrove99 wrote:

What about K-Dub?

He is a legend. Miss him out there.


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1/5/2019 12:48 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/5/2019 1:19 AM

Roger Decoster
Jody Weisel (Like it or not, Its true)
Davey Coombs Sr
Cant decide on Carmichael or Stew for 5th. Its a toss up.


1/5/2019 6:11 AM

Influential today?

Hard to say.

But it looks like most of the responses are geared towards most past impact. If that’s the case, there are 3 people that have to be at the top of any list, probably all tied for first in my opinion.

Edison Dye
Bruce Brown
Steve McQueen


1/5/2019 6:14 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/5/2019 6:15 AM

McGrath, Decoster, Mitch, RC, Reed.

Stewart isn't even part of the sport anymore so he can't be influential.


1/5/2019 6:20 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/5/2019 6:27 AM

David Coombs

The guy that runs Feld. Whoever that is.

The guy that runs WADA.


The guy that runs VitalMX. Tied with the guy that runs Youthstream. I mean, look at the uproar he created by
extending his series.


1/5/2019 6:31 AM

People with boobies


1/5/2019 6:46 AM

js451 wrote:

People with boobies

The five Monster girls?


1/5/2019 6:57 AM

decoster, bailey, everts, mcgrath, carmichael


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1/5/2019 7:04 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/5/2019 7:08 AM

Well, in the history of the sport, i can easily say Mcgrath was the most influential rider ever ! He really tooks the sport to an another level of popularity hands down. People who even doesn’t care about MX/SX have heard about Mcgrath back in the days

And if we speak about nowadays, i would say right now Roczen is the most influential rider. I honestly thought when he moved to Honda and started crushing the field, being outspoken, changing the game by wearing a suit and so on, he would have take Mcgrath place. But his arms injury set it back


1/5/2019 7:11 AM

Decoster, mitch payton, rc, DC


1/5/2019 7:16 AM

Well, I can’t give an order but most of the guys mentioned above defiantly fit the profile. But. They say, that Mr Reed sells a ridiculous amount of product, so that has to count for a bit doesn’t it? And based over 20 years, well there you go....


1/5/2019 7:22 AM

Torsten Hallman inspired a lot of people in the states to buy bikes and start riding.



1/5/2019 7:50 AM

What about Pastrana? I think from a motocross bike standpoint he has been very influential and brought about a lot of publicity. Not to mention rode pretty damn good at the MXDN after having not raced in a decade plus..


1/5/2019 8:30 AM

Mr Honda
Mr Kawasaki
Mr Suzuki
Mr Yamaha
Mr KTM/Husky

Then MC. ?


1/5/2019 8:35 AM

If we are talking about top five influential people now. How would Steve Matthes not make someones list. I think he has the loudest voice in the industry.


1/5/2019 9:01 AM

#1 - Roger Decoster - Racer - OG

#2 - Roger Decoster - Team manager - inovator - Bike builder - brand ambassador - MXoN Team leader - over all bad ass. - OG

#3 - Torsten Hallman - OG

#4 - Malcom Smith - OG

#5 - Edison Dye - OG

I don't think much else happens if these guys do't do their thing.


1/5/2019 9:22 AM

Im not american so i dont know most of the old timers, but THE guy that made me want to ride my bike is TP199, the first nitro videos were insane


1/5/2019 10:01 AM

"Influencing" what?

Influencing change to the sport?

Influencing an athletes performance?

Influencing customers to buy products they endorse?

Be more specific.


1/5/2019 10:02 AM

Preston Petty helped a lot too and don't forget Marty Smith.


1/5/2019 11:43 AM

If "influential" means who has the most influence in 2019 in terms of effecting change, growth or just plain 'ole how things are done, the field is narrowed down to those actively involved in the sport right now. I'd say RC, DeCoster and Payton. In terms of riders, I'd go with Reed.


1/5/2019 11:47 AM

1. Jlaw


1/5/2019 12:04 PM

Brad460 wrote:

What about Pastrana? I think from a motocross bike standpoint he has been very influential and brought about a lot of ...more

You took the words right out of my mouth about TP.


1/5/2019 12:58 PM

4 Japanese gentleman and one Austrian gentleman is very expensive suits.


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1/5/2019 1:11 PM

The guys that run motorsports for Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar are 1,2 & 3 no question about it. Think of where SX/MX would NOT be if they decided they could no longer reach their target audience via this sport.

After them it is the main guy(s) at Feld and then Decoster and Coombs.

FIM and WADA assholes are a big plague but not truly influential.


1/5/2019 1:18 PM

Jimmy Button, Aaron Plessinger, and the obvious answer, the FMOTP... Glenn Coldenhoff.