Scott Samuel: Still Racing And Winning After 25 Years
February 21, 2013
Scott Samuel, a 39-year-old racer from Medway, Mass., near Boston, began competing aboard ATVs in 1988, riding fluorescent machines that combined a pink-green-yellow-orange color scheme. He earned the Southwick (Mass.) Motocross Series 4-Stroke ATV Championship title in 1990. In 2012, he was crowned the Overall class champion in the AMA ATV Hare Scrambles National Championship Series.
Samuel says he’s “super excited” about winning the championship against a talented field of riders.
“The old guy pulls one out!” he says.
His major competition?
“Landon Wolfe for most of the year,” Samuel says. “He is young and talented. Towards the end of the year, Adam McGill became a factor.”
Samuel earned his title aboard a Honda TRX450R but has switched to a Yamaha YZF450 for the 2013 season. He also bought a YZ250 dirtbike to race.
“Yamaha really supports ATV racing and riding more than any other manufacturer and I applaud them for all their efforts,” Samuel says.
“I plan on racing for life but will only chase after championships as long as I am competitive,” he adds. “For 2013, I think I will race my dirtbike at all the events as well as the ATV. My fitness level is not really an issue as I train year-round, but I am not that fast when I take my training wheels off so I will just run the Vet B bike class.”
The attraction of hare scrambles racing, he says, is that it offers motocross sections, slow sections, fast sections, technical sections, water, mud, dust and more.
Besides speed, it requires endurance and strategy, he says. It’s a true test “of every riding skill you can have,” he says.
When he’s not racing, Samuel enjoys creating artworks and metal sculptures, reading, creative writing and relaxing on the beach.
“I also run, cycle, cross-fit, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, snowboard, and operate Leumas Enterprises,” he says.
Samuel has many people he wants to thank for their support.
“A big thank you to all my family and friends for their support over the years,” he says, “and I definitely could not race without my 2012 sponsors: Leumas Enterprises, Greater Boston Motorsports, Moose Racing, G4 Graphics, FMF, Streamline, Derisi Racing, Hiper Wheels, JD Performance, Cylinder Works, Pivot Works, Hot Cams, Hot Rods, Vertex Pistons, Tire Balls, Clarke Fuel Tanks, Uni-Filter, Harry’s Machined Parts, Adam’s Welding, Stone Concepts, Bower’s MC Shop, Smith Goggles, Cantabrigian Mechanics, FAH-Q MC Club, SAMMY RULZ! And, of course, my wallet.”
Does he have some advice for riders and racers?
“I competed all year with an FMF Q (quiet) exhaust and gave up nothing in horsepower to my competition,” he says. “Loud machines are stupid and unnecessary, people. Let’s get ’em all quiet for everyone’s benefit!”