Rider: Kyle Chisholm
Team: Jeff Ward Racing
Machine: Kawasaki KX450F (#11)
Born: December 6, 1987 in Clearwater, FL
Often overlooked in America, Kyle Chisholm and his riding skills have made him a champion in Canada. Since turning pro in 2004, Kyle has broken into the top-20 in the 250 MX class. His success was much better in Canada, however, where in 2005 he finished second in the MX2 East CMRC Canadian Motocross Championship.
The 2006 season was one of Chisholm’s best to date, as he and his Kawasaki team would claim the title in the Canadian Motocross East MX2 series. After becoming champion in Canada, Chisholm moved south to the U.S. to compete in the AMA Outdoor Nationals. He earned two top-10 finishes, one at Glen Helen Raceway and the other at Southwick. With a limited season in the 2006 AMA Supercross Lites East series, he was able to finish 10th at St. Louis.
In 2007 Chisholm entered the AMA Supercross West Region Series opener at Anaheim and finished ninth. He also raced in the AMA 250 Motocross Championship, earning four top-10 overall finishes aboard his Motosport Kawasaki.
For the 2008 season Chisholm competed in the AMA Supercross Lites East Region again and netted another four top-10 finishes. He then raced in the outdoor nationals, this time with a top-five finish at Southwick.
Despite missing five rounds in the 2009 Motocross season Kyle finished 16th, with his best race coming at Jacksonville. Overall, the 2009 season was good to Kyle as he rode alongside James Stewart for the San Manuel
Band of Mission Indians Yamaha squad. Unfortunately, despite strong performances, Kyle is most remembered in ’09 for his team tactics in the midst of Stewart and Chad Reed’s championship battle.
2010 was Chisholm’s best yet as the 22-year-old took 10th overal in the Supercross series. Although he didn’t make it to the top step of the podium Chisholm had many top-10 finishes, including some top-five results. In Motocross he had a very consistent season which was highlighted by a fourth place overall finish at the Southwick National. Overall, Chisholm finished his outdoor season in sixth.
In 2011 Chisholm continued performing well, this time finishing 13th overall in supercross after making the transition to MotoConcepts Yamaha. Chisholm’s outdoor season was hampered by lingering injury, however, as the 24-year-old had to sit out most rounds due to a lung contusion.
Chisholm grabbed points in all but the final round of the 2012 SX season, earning a season best finish in Toronto in seventh. He earned top-10 finishes in four rounds and was 23 points short of tying his career-best 10th overall finish in the series. He upped his game in the outdoors, finishing eighth overall, but was short two positions of his career best MX finish in 2010 when he took sixth.
2012: 11th (SX), 8th (MX)
2011: 13th (SX), 22nd (MX)
2010: 10th (SX), 6th (MX)
2009: 16th (SX)
2008: 12th (ESX), 8th (250 MX)
2007: 27th (WSX), 11th (250 MX)
2006: 20th (ESX), 19th (250 MX)
2005: 44th (125 MX)
2004: 51st (125 MX)