WITH a successful junior career in dirt track it was only natural Glenn Scott would look to bigger things, and those bigger things are a professional career in road racing on the world scene.
Glenn, who hails from the Central Coast, came to notice of road racing fans in this country when he won the Australian 125GP championship in 2007, dominating the series. It all seemed easy for the youngster, who at the time was only 15. Glenn rode for Team 27, helped along the way by Colin Stoner, father of Casey.
“We were helped by the Stoners in 2007,” said Glenn. “I started off riding a standard 125, then as the season progressed and I got more experience, Colin updated the bike to go faster. It was great to win the Australian championship but I knew I wanted to race on the world scene.”
2007 culminated in a wild card ride at Phillip Island when the MotoGP circus came to town. Due to a family tragedy Glenn was helped by his older brother and sister, who were running their own business and trying to cope with everything at the same time. For 2008 the idea was to race in the Australian Supersport Championship, the family bought bikes and all the gear.
But then this changed, Glenn heading to Spain to try his luck in Europe. “We decided to contest the Spanish 125 Championship, it was the strongest championship in the world outside of GP. “Most of the big names in the sport have come through the Spanish CEV championship, Stoner, Pedrosa and more. We knew I had to go there if I was ever going to make it,” said Glenn.
In 2008 Glenn rode a Honda for privateer team 7C in the Spanish championship, his sibling’s business paying the bills. Glenn and brother Greg flew in to Spain for each round. “It was a very steep learning curve for me,” said Glenn. “Here I was fresh from an Australian championship and thrown into the deep end where basically every rider was at a high level”.
Even though the Scott family had spent plenty of funds in 2008 the dream was still burning inside them. “We knew we had to have another go in Spain if I was to succeed with my dream of racing in the world championship,” said Glenn. “We also knew it was going to cost a lot of money. I got a ride with the Honda Stop and Go Castrol Team. Instead of flying over for each round I’m staying in a flat owned by the team near its workshops.”
You would think living in Spain would be a fun but life is too busy for Glenn to lie around the beach taking in the sun and senioritas. “We don’t test that often because of the costs so I spend much of my time training,” said Glenn. I practice drifting a bike on tar. I use a little Honda 100 four-stroke. I also do lots of trials riding and Motocross which is good for both fitness and bike control. “I love the Spanish lifestyle but it’s not all play, it’s very expensive for my family for me to be competing in Spain so I work very hard to make the most of it.” With the 2009 season drawing to a close it’s been a much better year for Glenn.
“I’ve had a couple of top ten results, finishing much better than my qualifying positions, so far it’s been a big success for me. “We are unsure what we’ll be doing next year, maybe Spain again or hopefully the World 125 Championship. It all depends on whether we can fund it or get sponsorship to help us,” continued Glenn. Plenty of riders want to make it big on the world stage but it’s not often you see a family as willing as this one to make the sacrifices they have to get there. If you want to follow Glenn’s progress or help out, visit www.glennscott.com.au.