Scott Summers Will Not Compete in GNCC…

Kit Palmer | February 24, 2003

Despite recent success versus top-level riders, Scott Summers cites poor timing as reason not to race this year – says 2004 still a “possibility.”

The following is a press release from OMS Sports:

Longtime Honda rider and cross country race legend Scott Summers put to rest any rumors of his return this year to the Grand National Cross Country Series in a statement released from OMS Sports’ headquarters this afternoon. Summers, who will not be on the starting line at the GNCC opener during Bike Week in Daytona, Fla., will instead continue his duties with American Honda Motor Company (AHM) during Bike Week.

Said Summers: “This January I started going to some SETRA and Mid-South Hare Scrambles and was happy to find out that my speed returned along with my health after such a long layoff. After winning the past three events against riders like Raines, Hawk and Woodford (all GNCC winners last year), I was motivated to try and put together a racing program for 2003 and come out of retirement.

“I fully understand what level of preparation that is needed to put together a championship program and to go racing without it would not be fair to Honda or any of my other longtime supporters. With this in mind, I’ve made the choice to continue focusing on my contracted duties with Honda and the HRCA for 2003 and will keep the 2004 race season in the back of my mind. Who knows? If my schedule allows I may even show up at a GNCC this year.”

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.