"Flyin" Ryan Griffiths — United Kingdom
Flyin Ryan Griffiths of Kettering Northhamptonsire, UK started riding a motorcycle in 1975 at the of 3 years. In 1980 he started racing with local schoolboy motocross clubs and won the first of many championships. Throughout the next 18 years Ryan raced almost every weekend picking up many race wins and championship victories along the way, and this soon earned him the nickname "Flyin Ryan" with the off road press.
In 1998 after 6 Adult South Midland Championship titles and hundreds of race victories Ryan was looking for a new direction and Flyin Ryan the Entertainer was born.
In 1999, Flyin Ryan started performing with some of the country's most experienced stunt teams and since then has performed his motorcycle skills all over the United Kingdom at many varied events and shows.
In 2000 Ryan started to perform his favourite stunts altogether in a motorcycle stunt show of his own. Since then he has added humour, style and on bike commentary to his list of acclaimed stunts and now performs a show like no other entertainer in the UK.
In 2004 Ryan attempted to break the ramp-to-flatland world record jump of 194 ft which resulted in a spectacular crash. (See photos below) He's coming back in 2009 to attempt to break the record again!
However. Ryan has not forsaken his off road roots and still races at selected events in the UK. Such as the Weston Supermare Beach Race and the Wild 'n' Woolly scramble on Boxing Day.
The above two photos are of Ryan's failed record attempt at Donnington Park in October 2004. He tried to break the longest ramp-to-flatland jump ever on a motorcycle. The current world record at that time was held by Eddie Kidd at 194 ft. Ryan's attempt ended badly, with a huge crash and two broken ankles and a broken jaw. Thanks Ryan for the use of the above two photos!
Special thanks to Rebecca Griffiths forth the use of these photos and for supplying Flyin Ryan's bio.
Ryan's MX Fact File
1980 Started racing NSMXC Cadet Champion