Famous American Motorcycle Racers

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 1 Carey Hart

Carey Hart
Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Carey Hart is an American retired motorcycle racer and freestyle motocross competitor. Hart achieved popularity when he became the first motorcyclist to successfully execute a backflip maneuver during a competition on a 250cc motorcycle. He currently competes in off-road racing. Carey Hart is also known for founding the Hart & Huntington Tattoo & Clothing Company. 

 2 Dave Mirra

Dave Mirra
Famous As: Extreme sports athlete
Birthdate: April 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA
Died: February 4, 2016

Dave Mirra was an American BMX rider who set the X Games record for most medals won in BMX Freestyle. He was also a rallycross racer, competing alongside the Subaru Rally Team USA for many years. Dave Mirra committed suicide in 2016. Later that year, he was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame.

 3 Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden
Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: July 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Died: May 22, 2017

Nicky Hayden was an American motorcycle racer best remembered for winning the 2006 MotoGP World Championship by breaking Valentino Rossi's five-year streak. Hayden met with an accident while riding his bicycle in 2017 in Italy and died of traumatic brain injury at the age of 35. In 2018, he was inducted posthumously into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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 4 Travis Pastrana

Travis Pastrana
Famous As: Stunt Performer, Motorcycle Racer
Birthdate: October 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland, United States

Motorsports competitor and stunt artist Travis Pastrana has won several X Games gold medals, in categories such as motocross, supercross, and freestyle motocross. He launched a reality show called Nitro Circus, which later became a media company. He also hosts and extreme sports event and has been part of NASCAR.

 5 Adam Petty

Adam Petty
Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trenton
Died: May 12, 2000

Adam Petty was an American racing driver best remembered for his association with NASCAR racing. Born into the famous Petty family of racers, Adam Petty was a fourth-generation racer in the NASCAR racing scene. Adam died at the age of 19 when his car hit the outside wall during a practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in May 2000.

 6 James Stewart Jr.

James Stewart Jr.
Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: December 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bartow, Florida, United States

James Stewart Jr. is an American retired motocross racer best known for competing in the AMA Supercross Championships as well as the AMA Motocross. Over the course of his racing career, James became renowned for his speed, innovation, and athleticism which earned him the moniker The Fastest Man on The Planet.

 7 Glenn Curtiss

Glenn Curtiss
Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: May 21, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammondsport, New York, United States
Died: July 23, 1930

Glenn Curtiss was an American motorcycling and aviation pioneer. He is credited with founding the U.S. aircraft industry. He is also credited with forming the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company which merged with the Wright Aeronautical to form Curtiss-Wright Corporation in 1929. Glenn Curtiss’ company played a major role in the years leading up to the First World War.

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 8 Mark Donohue

Mark Donohue
Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: March 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Summit
Died: August 19, 1975

Also known by monikers such as Captain Nice, Mark Donohue was not just a skilled race-car driver but also a qualified engineer. A major force behind the Penske Racing team during he 1960s and the 1970s, he is remembered for his win at the Indianapolis 500 event.

 9 Kevin Schwantz

Kevin Schwantz
Famous As: Former Motorcycle racer who was the world champion of the 1993 FIM Road Racing World Championship
Birthdate: June 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Former motorcycle road racer Kevin Schwantz began his competitive career as a trials rider, gradually progressing to motorcross before taking up road racing, eventually accumulating 25 wins in the Grand Prix Motorcycle racing. Naturally talented, but highly aggressive, he became second most successful American road racer; but was forced to early retirement due to accumulated injuries incurred throughout his career.

 10 Peter Revson

Peter Revson
Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: February 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
Died: March 22, 1974

Born into a family of entrepreneurs that established the cosmetic brand Revlon, Peter Revson surprisingly ditched the life of luxury and stepped into the world of racing instead. Popularly known as the American Racing Hero in Formula One, he died in a car testing accident at age 35.

 11 William Kissam Vanderbilt II

William Kissam Vanderbilt II
Famous As: Motor Racer, Sailor
Birthdate: October 26, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: January 8, 1944

William Kissam Vanderbilt II was an American yachtsman and motor racing enthusiast. Born into the popular Vanderbilt family, William developed an interest in yachting and horse racing. He participated in yacht racing in 1900 and won the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup. A racing enthusiast, William owned many fast cars and launched an international auto racing event called the Vanderbilt Cup.

 12 Eddie Lawson

Eddie Lawson
Famous As: Former four-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion
Birthdate: March 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Upland, California, United States

Eddie Lawson is a retired Grand Prix motorcycle racer who was a four-time Grand Prix World Champion. His record of consistently finishing in the points and not crashing earned him the sobriquet Steady Eddie. In 1999, he was made an inducted of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

 13 Shaun Palmer

Shaun Palmer
Famous As: Snowboarder
Birthdate: November 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: South Lake Tahoe, California, United States

Shaun Palmer is a professional skier, snowboarder, mountain biker, and motocross rider. Fondly called "Palm Daddy," he is considered to be one of the forefathers of extreme sports. He developed a love of snowboarding as a child and later took up mountain biking and skiing as well. He has received many awards during his snowboarding career. 

 14 Joe Leonard

Joe Leonard
Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: August 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: April 27, 2017

Joe Leonard was an American racecar driver and motorcycle racer. In 1954, he won the A.M.A. Grand National Championship Series before going on to win it again in 1956 and 1957. After achieving 27 wins, Leonard retired from motorcycle racing and focused on auto racing. Leonard was inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

 15 Henry Segrave

Henry Segrave
Famous As: Raceā€“car driver
Birthdate: September 22, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: June 13, 1930

Henry Segrave was a British race car driver and an early pioneer in water speed and land speed records. The first person to travel at more than 320 kilometers per hour in a land vehicle, Segrave set one water and three land record during his career. He died at the age of 33, when his speed boat capsized at full speed.

 16 Jared Tebo

Jared Tebo
Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: February 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Jared Tebo is a radio-controlled car racer who specializes in off-road racing. One of the most successful and popular American radio-controlled car racers of all time, Tebo has amassed several victories including two IFMAR Worlds and 16 ROAR Nationals. In 2015, he was named among the ten best racers in the history of radio-controlled racing by Radio Control Car Action.

 17 Stephanie Reaves

Stephanie Reaves
Famous As: Race driver.
Birthdate: February 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maine, United States

Stephanie Reaves is a professional race driver who became the first woman in history to earn an AMA professional motorcycle drag racing license. She is also the first female to qualify at an NHRA national event. Throughout her career, she has broken several world records in racing venues. She played a cameo in the  1998 film Psycho. 

 18 M. L. Fredericks

M. L. Fredericks
Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States
M. L. Fredericks was a motorcycle racer who set a record of 120.3 mph (193.6 km/h), the fastest ever on a board track in 1926. Made while riding an Indian Altoona racing bike almost a century ago, the record still stands. He was also the 1928 AMA National Champion. He was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 1998.