8. Bob Hannah
1977-1979 AMA 250cc (Premier Class) Supercross Champion
Premier-Class Wins: 27
Most Premier-Class Wins in a Season: 6 (1977, 1978, 1979)
One of the earliest heroes of the Southern California MX/SX champion-building machine, Bob “Hurricane” Hannah was the first truly dominant force in supercross and the sport’s first superstar.
Racing Yamahas in his early years, his dominance on the track was only matched by his mouth off of it. Hannah was the first racer to “three-peat” in the premier supercross class, and in his three championship seasons alone, he won 18 out of 31 main events. He might’ve had many more titles if not for some inopportune and unfortunate injuries, including a broken leg suffered in a water-skiing accident (which is a story for another day), and a broken wrist that took away his shot at the 1983 Supercross title after he won five races that season in his first year racing for Honda.
Hannah made no secret of his motivation, either. He once said that the reason he won so much was because he thought of anybody else on the track as thieves; if they were in front of him, they were stealing from him, and if they were behind him, they were trying to.