Some of the most influential, successful and famous American dirt bike riders, include Mike Metzger, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana, Ricky Johnson, Bob Hannah and Jeremy McGrath. Some dirt bike riders may be more famous within the dirt bike scene, while others, such as Carey Hart, may have additional fame outside of the sport due to their association with celebrities who have mainstream fame. Hart is at least somewhat famous outside of the dirt bike scene as the husband of Alecia Moore, a pop singer best known by her stage name, Pink.
According to industry publication Motosport.com, Ricky Carmichael is one of the most important famous dirt bike riders in the history of the sport. Carmichael had a highly successful career, winning supercross and motocross events for more than a decade starting in the early 1990s before retiring from dirt biking and transitioning to life as a NASCAR driver.
Dirt bike sports have many European fans, and international names such as France's Jean-Michel Bayle are well known in the pro dirt bike world. Bayle has won races in both France and the United States. He has also been inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.