35-year-old David Knight is best known as an extreme enduro rider, and has been named enduro world champion three times. After finishing runner-up in the 250cc class in 2001 and 2002, he moved to the 500cc class for 2003 and finished fourth. He took his first world title in 2005, repeating the feat in 2006, when he won all 14 rounds of the season, and in 2010. For the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Knight moved to the USA to take part in the Grand National Cross Country series. Despite mechanical difficulties and injury, he still managed to take the title in his debut season, and he defended it successfully the following year. Like many people born on the Isle of Man, Knight grew up with a desire to be a motorbike racer. However, it wasn’t the comparatively smooth and fast discipline of MotoGP that caught the young rider’s interest - it was the grit and grime of motorbike enduro. He was already competing in the Enduro FIM Junior Cup by the age of 20. Knight’s cool and determined riding style have made him one of the sport’s biggest stars, a status cemented by both his world titles and by numerous high-profile wins including the first and second annual Red Bull Last Man Standing events in Texas, the International Six Days Enduro, the Hell's Gate extreme enduro in Italy, and the AMA Endurocross in Las Vegas. His contribution to the sport was recognised by an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2011.
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