Sebastien Tortelli was ranked near the top of both the AMA National and Supercross competitions, as well as the Motocross Grand Prix World Championships, throughout his career. He won the 125cc FIM World Motocross Championship in 1996, and then went on to take the 250cc world championship title in 1998, beating legendary racer Stefan Everts in the process.
Another highlight of his twelve-year pro career came in 1999, when he claimed the 250cc National in San Bernardino, California. For much of that year he was leading the MX championship, but an air-to-air collision at Unadilla ended his season. He improved in 2000, finishing sixth in supercross and second in motocross, and consistently finished in the top five in both disciplines over the next five seasons.
Born on a farm in the small town of Agen, France, Sebastien was born to race. At only four years old he received his first motorcycle, a QR 50, as a Christmas present, and, as an only child, he stayed out of trouble by riding the bike around the farm while his parents worked. His father built tracks for him on the farm and he was already winning races by the age of six.
Noted during his career for his fighting spirit, aggression, and incredible cornering speed, Seb still races occasionally in charity events, but now concentrates primarily on his ChampFactory MX School. "For me, the best thing about motocross is that you can express yourself through racing," Tortelli says. "I live for racing and winning; it has always been my drive."
- Age: 35
- Height: 1.79m
- Weight: 78kg
- Nationality: France