Four Legends of Supercross premieres on CBS
With the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season approaching the halfway point while three of the sport’s youngest stars battle for the coveted title, Feld Motor Sports presents a special documentary celebrating four of the biggest names in supercross history.
Four Legends is a one-of-a-kind documentary that takes a look into the minds and the lives behind four of the most successful riders to ever throw a leg over a motorcycle: Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed and James Stewart. The show premiers this Sunday, February 28, at Noon EST following LIVE coverage of the Atlanta Supercross on Saturday night.
Each of the four champions featured on the show helped take the Monster Energy Supercross series to a new level. Distinct personalities, revolutionary riding styles and a shared commitment to winning helped make these four athletes household names and helped put supercross on the map. Each rider’s unique flair helped bring the sport to the with appearances on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live, television magazine features on ESPN’s E:60, as well as gracing the pages of Sports Illustrated.
McGrath is the proverbial godfather of supercross, dominating the 90’s with seven championships over an eight-year span. His "Showtime" image led to a surge in popularity among America’s youth which has carried over through today. As the winningest and most successful rider in the history of the sport (72 wins), he has rightfully earned his nickname "The King" and is a key reason why the sport has grown so much over the past 20 years.
These days, Carmichael goes by the well-deserved moniker "The Greatest of All Time" (G.O.A.T.) thanks to his prowess in both supercross and motocross. The dedicated rider proved that hard work pays off, showcasing the value of training in such a demanding sport. He fulfilled the hype he received as a youngster and left a legacy that will never be matched. After winning his first-career title in 2001, Carmichael went on to win five championships over the next six seasons. He sits just behind McGrath in the record books with 48 wins.
Since coming to America in 2002, native Australian Reed has been perhaps the most consistent rider in the history of the sport. If he isn’t standing on top of the podium after winning a race, he is almost certainly securing one of the two remaining spots on the pedestal.
His two championships have made him the most successful international rider the sport has ever seen and thanks to a heated rivalry with Stewart that came to a head in what many consider to be the greatest Monster Energy Supercross season ever in 2009, he has played an integral role in making the sport bigger than it’s ever been.
Since his arrival in professional ranks, Stewart has taken the sport by storm over the last five years. With 35 overall wins and an even more impressive winning percentage in the premier class, it’s surprising he has only two championships to his credit.
Injuries have held him back throughout his career, but fans can count on watching Stewart push the envelope when it comes to riding each time he is on the track, pushing the progression of riding more than any rider in the last decade. As the most well-known rider on the planet, he is the face of supercross and will lead it into a new era in his relentless quest to surpass McGrath’s all-time win record.