Motocross offers some of the most action-packed photos and videos of the entire action-sports industry, which makes viewing it a great way to wake up in the middle of a slow work day. Since the desk computer likely is off-limits, your smartphone may be the best option for catching the latest shots from the AMA Western Regional 250SX Championship or ogling athletes’ bikes. For their talent on the course, energy in the industry, and personality in photos, these athletes are GrindTV’s top five motocross riders to follow on Instagram.
Ken Roczen @kenroczen94
Followers: 393k Posts: 3,059 Self-description: “German/ CA and FL living/ 20 years young/ Dirt Bikes RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy John’s Suzuki” Why we like him: Ken Roczen is undoubtedly one of the most talented motocross and Supercross riders in the industry right now. In 2011, he signed on with Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing Team and immediately set a precedent for himself, winning eight out of 15 Grind Prix for that season and making a mark in the world by finishing out the season with his KTM 250 SX-F factory bike. Then the ball really got rolling for Roczen as he won AMA Western Regional 250SX Championship and moved to the premier class for 2014 in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Naturally, he won that too. The craziest part is that, at 20 years old, Roczen is only going to improve. What to expect: A young gun’s photos with lots of love for his dog, Rocky, road cycling, golf (surprisingly), and plenty of classic Instagram-style food photos.
Ashley Fiolek @af67
Self-description: “Deaf • Former professional motocross racer • 2x XGames gold medalist • 4x women’s mx champion • #67”
Why we like her: At 24, Ashley Fiolek has retired from the racing scene with more titles to her name at a younger age than most motocross riders gain in careers older than hers. That doesn’t mean the four-time WMX championship winner has stopped biking altogether. She’s just taken the skills she learned for racing and honed them into some pretty impressive stunts. Fiolek became the first female rider to be featured in action on the TransWorld Motocross cover and has appeared on “Conan.” Currently she is building up the Ashley Fiolek Foundation, a not-for-profit organization to help women and youth groups in need.
What to expect: Plenty of loud colors, big-air stunts, goofy moments, and other sports to keep any Instagram follower interested.
Malcolm Stewart @malcolmstewart
Followers: 238k Posts: 935 Self-description: “H.A.M Until I Die Snapchat (Predator_34) http://www.twitter.com/predator_34” Why we like him: Malcolm Stewart is pure, raw power and a force to be reckoned with on the track. The younger brother of motocross superstar James Stewart, Malcolm has been carving his name into the Supercross discipline. He also has the drive to push past adversity, like when no one signed him onto their team late last year: In response, he bought his race and practice bikes so he could compete and grab some attention. He knew what he was doing: After a third-place finish at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm and taking fifth overall at the Monster Energy Cup, the GEICO Honda team snagged him in no time. This 2015 season will be the new turn for the young racer. What to expect: This Instagram account is pretty much all-out action: bike racing, car racing, gym workouts, classic cars, nighttime parties, and a pug in a Cookie Monster costume.
Justin Barcia @justinbarcia
Self-description: “JGR AutoTrader Toyota Yamaha Alpinestars Arai N-Fab Monster Energy GT bikes Shimano http://justinbarcia.com”
Why we like him: When most kids were learning how to pedal bicycles, Justin Barcia was already learning to shred dirt bikes, learning at 5 years old and racing at 7. During his amateur racing years, Barcia took 25 national titles, with four of them from the Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur Motocross Championship. Barcia is currently the defending AMA Supercross Lites East champion.
What to expect: Probably the most hippie of all the riders’ Instagram accounts, a well-rounded biker with motocross, road cycling, and mountain biking shots. Also, seriously, an Instagram photo with an espresso drink topped with a foam heart.
Chad Reed @crtwotwo
Self-description: “Be YOU do YOU #dreamBIG http://www.twotwomotorsports.com”
Why we like him: Red Bull has referred to Chad Reed as one of the greatest motocross racers of all time, and there’s no exaggeration in it. He earned his first international podium spot placing second in the FIM World 250ccc Motocross Championships in 2001, and he’s been hitting top-three podium spots across world championships since then. Reed’s also a bit of an extremist, reaching some of the most impressive wins and falling into a few of the worst crashes in motocross history. At 32 years old, Reed is considered old for the sport, but his latest win at the Atlanta 450 Supercross in February shows he plans to remain one of the elite.
What to expect: A mix of adorable children, Kamakazi, and some of the more sensitive and personal photos among any of the athletes featured on Instagram.
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