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Chris Ellison
Chris K. Ellison '1980.jpg
Ellison #2 in 1971.
Nationality United States American
Born Christian Keith Tucker
(1958-12-02) December 2, 1958 (age 59)
Manhattan, New York, U.S
Occupation Motocross rider, television host and businessman
Spouse(s) Mary Jackson (m. 1995)
Professional Motocross career
Active years 1962-1968; 1968-1987; 1987-1997
Teams KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles
Grands Prix 13
Championships 4-time FIM Motocross World Champion
(1965, 1966, 1967, 1971)
1-time One-on-One Champion
9-time AMA Champion (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974)
Wins 15
Retired March 7, 1997

Chris K. Ellison (born Christian Keith Tucker, December 2, 1958), was retired American motocross rider form 1962 to 1997, he won 15 times AMA World Champion and also went retired undefeated record with 15–0. He is a Founder of Historipedia and a Chairman, Founder and President of Ellison Foundation. He was father and trainer of three active motocross riders, Richard (b. 1992), Charles (b. 1995), and Danny Ellison (b. 1999).

Early lifeEdit

Ellison was born on December 2, 1958 to and former motocross rider and military veteran during World War II from service 1941 to his last mission in 1945; then and Manager of the Fox Racing, Albert C. Ellison (1912–2007) and former teacher Karen D. Philippe (1919–2017). He graduated at the New York University in 1977.

Professional Motocross careerEdit

Early career and rivalry with Jacob Jones, 1962–1970Edit

At the young years at age ten in 1962, Ellison learned how to ride a dirtbike. He chose the number of two. He won the F.I.M. 500cc Motocross World Championship in 1969 and 1970 while riding for the Husqvarna factory racing team. Åberg was a member of three victorious Swedish teams at the Motocross des Nations in 1970, 1971 and 1974. In 1975 and 1976, he rode for the Bultaco factory in the 500cc class. In 1977 he competed on a highly modified four stroke Yamaha XT500 built in collaboration with former world champions Torsten Hallman and Sten Lundin. Ellison rode the bike to a victory in the first moto of the 1977 500cc Luxembourg Grand Prix and ended the season ranked 9th in the final world championship standings.

The Return, 1986–1991Edit

In the 1978 and 1979 Motocross championship, he was come form 4th to 1st. In the 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1984, championships, he was most the back-to-back championship.[1]

Switch to Husqvarna and feud with Jorgen Nilson, 1992–93Edit

For 1992 Ellison switched to the Husqvarna factory team, riding the fearsome Husqvarna 610 four-stroke machine. Many felt this was a backward step for Martens, as unlike today, four-stroke machines were seen as slow, bulky and uncompetitive compared to the two-stroke machines. At times Martens had a difficult 1992, but some encouraging results later in the year saw him finish 11th in the series.

However, 1993 was a different start. After a steady start to the series at Hawkstone Park, Martens quickly proved himself and his machine, rising to the top of the 500cc World standings, with Swede Jorgen Nilsson. The championship was contested until the very final round, where Martens clinched the title, the first four-stroke rider to do so in over 20 years. In addition, Martens performances on the fearsome four-stroke machine earned him something of a cult following, particularly amongst British fans, where he was every bit as popular as the home riders.

Later years and retirement, 1994–97Edit

1994 saw Martens once again challenge for the title, his main rival being another Swede, Marcus Hansson. Once again the title was decided on the very final round, but a fall in the final round cost Martens the title, as he narrowly took second overall.

1995 and 1996 were blighted by injury, and Martens final season as a rider was in 1997. By this time, Martens was seen as something of an also-ran, but he managed to upset the form book and produce some impressive results, including a moto win at the British Grand Prix at Hawkstone Park, which was popular with Martens' large contingent of British fans.

Ellison's last race at the 1997 FIM Motocross World Championship when he defeated Johnny Adam Cook, making his 15th victory. After the 1997 motocross season, Ellison officially retired at the age of thirty-nine from motocross ricing. He appeared in Late Night With Conan O'Brien and told the Conan O'Brien:

"I decided to retire from motocross racing because of my aging and I leave with one of the best legacy that I ever had. And I did have kids to taken care of. My legacy was about 14 wins in motocross, and I think in the future, I am going to teach my kids to ride motocross, what next for me, I think is that I wanted to do a my own talk show, which talks about motocross news."

Ellison had a perfect record of 15 wins and 0 losses.


Pior to Ellison's retirement as a trainer, Ellison now trains motocross to new to racing a dirtbike. He teaches many of his motocross racers a sneakly pass which stuns other racers or opponents, in which the racer uses his pushes harder. He has on many occasions, including MCO's Inside Ellison-Johnston 24/7, claimed to be "Floyd Joy Mayweather Sr., 'The Greatest Trainer of All Time'".

He's currently as a trainer at the Ellison's Raceway in their home state in Arkansas in 2015.

Television careerEdit

The Chris Ellison Show (1997–present)Edit

Main article: The Chris Ellison Show

After his retirement of Motocross, he starting his own show, called "The Chris Ellison Show" an motocross style talk-show.

Business careerEdit

Historipedia (2011–present)Edit

Main article: Historipedia

In 2011, Ellison established Historipedia, an wikia website about History.


His legacy when Ellison was sixth most popular motocross rider of all time, which exceeded and his son, Danny who sneaked passed his own father in second or third. He was named one of the best motocross rider in 1960s by the 2010 Digital Spy poll. Paez-Pumar of Complex wrote that Chris K. Ellison is "easily the best motocross rider in the history of motocross". Luke Winkie of Sports Illustrated listed The Ellison as the seventh greatest rider of all time.

His 15th unprecedented wins during the end of 1995 to 1996. But after his retirement, Ellison's son, Danny—who was nicknamed The Raptor who also had currently twenty-eight straight victories in the One-on-One match championship in Motocross.

Personal lifeEdit

Ellison married Mary Jackson in 1995, and had three children, Richard (b. 1992), Charles (b. 1995), and Danny "Raptor" Ellison (b. 1999).

The Ellison family had been suffered tremor iwithin the family, both Chris, Richard, and Charles doesn't have it, but the youngest son, Daniel, also known as The Raptor had it.

Ellison reported in 2016 than he suffered carpal tunnel in both of his hands, resulting in racing. Ellison was reported to have a surgery on February 26, 2018. The surgery went successful and waiting for recovery and hand-therapy.

Motorsports career recordEdit

Professional record summary
15 races 15 wins 0 losses
By Grand Prix 10 0
By X Games 3 0
By disqualification 2 0
Result Record Opponent Date Location Event Note
Win 1–0 Jason Mitchell Jr. 01962-05-077 May 1962 Detroit, Michigan 1962 FIM Motocross World Championship Professional debut
Win 2–0 Keegan Percy 01962-11-066 Nov 1962 Newark, New Jersey
Win 3–0 Otto Keegan 01965-12-1010 Dec 1965
Win 4–0 Floyd Charles 01966-09-088 Sept 1966
Win 5–0 Rich Michaels 01968-05-011 May 1968
Win 6–0 Jacob Jones 0Error: Invalid time.6 May 1969
Win 7–0 Jacob Jones 0Error: Invalid time.3 Jul 1970
Win 8–0 The Messenger 01986-04-1212 Apr 1986
Win 9–0 Jacob Mitch Harrison 01987-10-044 Oct 1987
Win 10–0 Charles Damgaard 01987-05-1717 May 1987
Win 11–0 Marcus Hansson 01991-04-011 Apr 1991 1991 One-on-One Championship
Win 12–0 Seth Pete 01995-07-088 Jul 1995
Win 13–0 James Hancock 01996-02-033 Feb 1996
Win 14–0 Bobby Cook 0Error: Invalid time.11 Aug 1996
Win 15–0 Johnny Adam Cook 0Error: Invalid time.2 Mar 1997 Gainesville, Florida 1997 FIM Motocross World Championship Last race of Chris Ellison

See alsoEdit


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External linksEdit

Preceded by
Ricky Johnston
Motocross World Championship
One-on-One Champion

Succeeded by
The Messenger