Alan Scott began to make a name for himself in the world of amateur motocross during the 2019 season, building solid results on top of solid results throughout the year which culminated in top-five finishes to end the season at both the Baja Brawl and The Motoplayground Race at Ponca City. The young Texan also finished on the podium and won a couple of races on the local level at the Texas Winter Series throughout the fall, bolstering his confidence heading into 2020. Scott came out swinging at Spring A Ding Ding and grabbed 4th place overall in the 51cc (4-6) Limited class and earned his place on the podium with a 2nd overall in the E-Bike Mini division, capping off a solid weekend at Underground MX. He kept his head down over the course of the elongated suspension from racing and kept his skills on the bike sharp, showing up at the Baja Acres Mid-East Youth Regional with a point to prove in the (4-6) classes. Scott tore up the sands of Millington as he finished on the overall podium in both the 51cc Jr. and Mini-E classes, earning two spots on the gate for the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championship at the beginning of August. We caught up with Alan to see how he spent his time over the last couple of months, take a look back at some of his recent races, and see what he has planned for the future.
What did you do during the few months that there was no racing happening with the coronavirus lockdown in effect?
The few months with no racing we continued to train at Quick’s Moto Ranch. Trying to stay focused on my goals for Loretta’s. It was really hard not knowing when the next race was going to be.
Did you take some time off of riding when racing was initially canceled and postponed back in March?
Initially yes, we took some time off. Spending time with family and getting caught up on bike maintenance. I took the time to help my dad change oil, air filters, check and tire pressure! It was tough getting back to the grind, but it felt good.
What was your riding situation like the last couple of months during the quarantine?
Riding was good. We missed racing, but my trainers Zak Mashburn and Kyle Regal continued to keep the tracks fun with new jumps to train on.
What do you like to do for fun and entertainment outside of motocross?
My favorite activity outside riding is fishing. I like to ride my bikes at home and play basketball. I also like to play Minecraft with my sisters.
How did the weekend of racing go for you last year at The Motoplayground Race at Ponca City?
Last year at Ponca was great! It rained a bunch and was cold. In the (4-6) P3 class I just fell a little short of the podium in 5th place. We had some good motos. In the (4-6) Jr, I rode hard and ended in 11th. The competition was tough!
Tell us about how things went for you last season at the AZ Open in December.
The Arizona Open was good fun for sure. Finishing 2nd on my P3. On my Jr, still with a good position, ended up in 7th and 6th in the (5-6) class. The track wasn't something I was used to riding, but it was fun.
How did the racing go from your perspective at Spring A Ding Ding back in March?
Spring a Ding Ding was AWESOME! Has to be my best race yet! I got my first podium on my E-bike, landing me in 2nd. I was in a podium position on my Jr until bad line choice and lappers slowed me down putting me in 4th overall. Learning pains! Overall the weather conditions were good and the gates were stacked. Great way to end racing before COVID-19 hit.
What do you think about the track layout at Underground MX?
Underground has to be my favorite track hands down. I love the deep ruts and big jumps. The track is long and the dirt is really good. What more could you want?
What’s your opinion on the Super Regional format for Loretta’s this year?
The great thing about Super Regionals is the gates were stacked and the pressure was on. That's racing! We need more races like that. It definitely gave you a preview of what Loretta's will be like. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to get that ticket.
What did it feel like to finally be back on the gate at the Mid-East Youth Regional at Baja?
It felt amazing to be at Baja. Super excited to see how I placed after all my hard work over the past few months. I had some bad starts on my E-bike and Jr so I had to work my way back to the top. Overall I placed 3rd on my E-bike and 2nd on my Jr. I got both my tickets and was super excited!
Do you have any goals and expectations set for yourself going to Loretta Lynn’s this year?
My goals would be to podium in both the E-bike and Cobra Jr, hoping to pull some holeshots. This is my last year as an AMA 6-year-old and will be turning 7 while at Loretta’s. That would be an awesome birthday present. Also, fingers crossed for the Cobra E-bike, can't wait to check them out.
Have you thought about what you’ll do after Loretta’s heading into 2021 in terms of what classes you’ll be racing?
After Loretta’s I will be focusing on my 65 and Cobra Sr. I watched a lot of super-fast riders not get their tickets, so I know the competition is tough. You have to stay mentally and physically strong.