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Cycle News 2002 03 20

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o lJm G'iJ:lC~ O\X7 o [l)dJ o o Steve Hatch (Suz) won the second round of the Grand National Cross Country Series in Macon, Georgia, March 10, Finishing second was Mike Kiedrowski (Suz), with Mike Lafferty (KTM) completing the podium. Fourth went to Brian Garrahan (KTM), and Fred Andrews (Kaw) completed the top five. Round-one winner Jason Raines (Yam) finished sixth. Defending champ Rodney Smith (Suz) did not finish. In 1985, Scott Russell sat in the stands at Daytona International Speedway. On the track, Freddie Spencer was dominating the Daytona 200, adding that victory to the two others he'd already scored at the Speedway that year. It was then that Russell decided he wanted to road race profeSSionally. Three years later, he competed in his first Daytona 200. Who knew that 17 years after watching his first race at the Speedway, Russell would retire as the most decorated motorcycle racer in the history of the racetrack, Its only five-time winner - and the man simply known as Mr. Daytona? On Friday, March 8, Russell held a press conference at Daytona International Speedway to announce what we knew was coming - that it was over, the serious injuries he'd suffered in last year's 200 were simply too much to overcome. "Right now, I'm retiring because of the injuries I got here last year,· Russell said. "It's not going to allow me to ride the way I need to ride, at the level I was riding before - so my career is over. It started and then kind of ended here at Daytona, which is good_ That's basically why I'm here - to announce that I will not be racing anymore_· And what a career it has been. The Georgian came from basically nowhere, starting his racing career relatively late. What followed was success, almost immediately. Russell went on to not only win five D

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