Ben Townley

Ben Townley is a former professional motocross and supercross racer originating from Taupo, New Zealand.

BT as he is known has competed globally since the age of 8 years old. Along the way he became 2004 MX2 World Champion compiling 13 World Championship MX1 and MX2 round victories and also became 2007 USA 250 Supercross Champion along with 6 USA 250 MX Championship round victories to his name.

During his 16 years as a pro Ben raced in every corner of the globe and not only won major championships but also raced many national championships in different countries and was able to see the entire spectrum of what dirt bikes offer the world, so he has a great understanding of the diversity that riders will encounter. 

Since retiring in 2016 Ben has been coaching dirt bike riders from New Zealand and around the world and helping riders develop through improving their techniques using his methods to help them achieve their goals. This has allowed him to develop his method for dirt bike coaching and he has continued to develop those techniques. 

Ben’s love of dirt bike riding has been passed onto his kids Levi, Jaggar and Dot. They are very passionate about the sport and Ben enjoys sharing and developing his methods with them. But most importantly he loves seeing them have the same enjoyment and thrill that he has experienced from dirt bikes.

Bens Coaching methodology

 “Riders are looking for areas they can improve, technique is extremely important as it gives you the comfort and confidence to start improving your riding and allowing yourself to literally change up another gear”

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Ben's Rider Profile


Ben Townley
Nickname: BT

What was your first bike and how old were you when you started riding:

Yamaha PW50 - I started riding at 6 years old.

What has been your biggest achievement, racing highlight in your career? 

Both Championships I won - MX2 World Motocross Champion 2004 and SX Lites Supercross Champion 2007.

Race number is 101. Where did that come from?

When I moved to race in America you couldn’t have any numbers below 100 if you hadn’t raced the previous year, so I was the first rider issued a number and I liked it, it stuck!

Do you have any race day rituals?

I always put on my left side first, left everything, left sock, left knee brace, left glove.

What was your ultimate goal in the sport? Do you feel you have achieved it?

To win a 450 supercross title.

What is your day job? 

Since I retired from pro racing I spend most of my time coaching - I also have my partnership with Yamaha so I am actively helping the Junior Development team and other various projects. I also have my business 101 Adventures but unfortunately due to COVID that's on hold.

How would you describe your coaching philosophy? 

My coaching philosophy is centered understanding riders using correct techniques, helping them to break down old habits and implement new methods that allow them to gain a lot more confidence than they once had with their old techniques.