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Cycle News 2021 Issue 21 May 25

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VOLUME 58 ISSUE 21 MAY 25, 2021 P29 Scott Sheak, 1974-2021 O n May 1, former factory motocrosser Scott Sheak was hospitalized after sustaining injuries when he crashed while training on his motorcycle in his home state of New York. Unfor- tunately, Sheak passed away as a result of those injuries, and other complications, Tuesday, May 18. He was 47 years old. Sheak first made a name for himself as a top-ranked amateur racer while a member of Kawa- saki Team Green. He graduated to the pro ranks in the early 1990s and eventually got a fac- tory ride for one year, 1997, with Team Honda as a 125cc rider. Sheak finished out that season third behind Ricky Carmichael and Kevin Windham. Sheak rode for a number of top teams throughout his career, eventually retiring from profes- sional racing in 2002 after suf- fering a series of concussions. His last Pro Motocross National was at Hangtown. Sheak stayed in the mo- tocross industry for a while, becoming the team manager for Plano Honda. He then worked for the WBR Team before mov- ing over to the factory Kawasaki squad for a short stint there. Sheak's love for racing and motocross never completely went away, and he went on to compete in the vet classes at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's Ranch. In fact, Sheak was training for this year's Loretta Lynn's race when he suffered the accident. Sheak is survived by his wife, Amy, and two stepchildren. The Road 2 Recovery Foun- dation has been working closely with the Sheak family to help them navigate this unforeseen tragedy and have set up a fund to help them offset the immense costs of his hospitalization and care; they will continue accept- ing donations in his memory, with all funds going to support his family. You can donate here on Sheak's R2R Fund page. Sheak will be remembered during a service at Bates & Anderson Funeral Services in Hudson, New York, May 27, at 10:00 a.m. A celebration imme- diately following will take place at Claverack Motocross Track in Hudson, New York. CN Former factory motocross racer Scott Sheak passed away from injuries he sustained earlier this month. He was 47.

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