South African Tyla Rattray’s first GP was the 125cc race at the GP of Europe in 2001, and he secured his first win in Bellpuig, Spain in 2004. He continued competing in the MX2 class until 2008, when he won his 15th and last GP, the GP of Benelux in Lierop on his way to claiming the world title.
In 2009, he made the switch to the AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Championship, riding for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki team. He finished ninth in his rookie year in the competition, and, the following year, he claimed the runners-up spot, a feat he repeated in 2011. He then moved up to the 450 class, finishing 10th in 2012 and 14th in 2013.
Tyla (or ‘Ratters’ as he is known to friends and fans) was born in Durban on 8th November 1985. He was only 13 when he hit the headlines by finishing in third place in the FIM Junior World Championship on a Honda for the Vangani Racing team, and the same year he also became African 80cc champion.
In 2014, he returned to the FIM World Championship, riding for the Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing team in the MXGP class. He finished sixth overall at round 5 in Sevlievo, Bulgaria, and is progressing well towards his ambition of becoming MX1 world champion.