Our Honored Legend - Scott Burnworth
Scott Burnworth, Where is He Now?
Complements of RacerXOnLine.com
Photo by Chris Hatounian 2007
Hailing from the Golden State, Scott Burnworth got his first motorcycle in 1974 when he was 10 years old. Shortly after his father had removed the headlight, Scott began to show signs that he had some immense racing talent. In 1977, Scott became a minicycle national champion and was soon staring down a pro career.
1980, Burnworth received support from Suzuki.
He used that year
to learn the ropes of the professional divisions and
picked up enough speed to really turn some heads,
becoming the AMA Rookie of the Year.
notice of this effort and rewarded him with a factory
ride with a goal for him to compete for the 1981 AMA
125cc national championship.
While Scott would
come up short in his efforts, he had proved himself
enough to earn a ride for the 250 class. In ‘83,
“Burner” moved back to over to Team Suzuki and would
compete against some of the greatest riders the sport
has ever seen. He would finish a solid second to David
Bailey in the 250 outdoor nationals, earning AMA
national # 8 for the 1984 season.
With his professional career at full song, it seemed like things could not get any better. Unfortunately, Burnworth would suffer a broken collarbone that knocked a little wind out of his sails at the time he needed it the most. Still, he continued to race among the elite motocross racers in America at a time when motocross was at its peak. Then came what is arguably his most famous moment, at the 1986 Anaheim Supercross. Scott was a factory Yamaha rider and wore that super-cool-looking black-and-red Hallman riding gear. Shortly after grabbing the holeshot, he tried to square off a high-speed corner when a hard-charging (and, according to Scott, an “out of control”) Ricky Johnson came in and cleaned him out. It was a fairly hard crash that pinned Burnworth under his machine for a while "Yeah, I didn’t really understand why I was suddenly cart-wheeling,” Burnworth says. “I was a little upset about it, so when I got up I was just kind of riding around, and when Johnson caught me I decided to help Bailey out a little and make it a little hard for Ricky to pass me. Just a little bit, though!”.
As the 1987 season came around, Burnworth began to suffer a little burnout and needed a change of scenery. It was during the time he met up with the Spanish KTM distributor and moved to Manresa, Spain, which is right next to Barcelona, to compete in the GPs. Burnworth enjoyed this time, as he was able to see most of the world. He would soon become homesick, however, and made the trek back home.
Here are just a few of Scott's achievements:
- 4x CMMC Minicycle Champion
-1977 NMA National Minicycle Champion
-1980 AMA Rookie of the year 125cc
-1981 Factory Yamaha Rider 125/250cc MX-SX
-1982 Factory Yamaha Rider 250cc MX-SX
-1983 Factory Suzuki Rider 250cc-* 2nd-AMA 250cc Natl.
-1983 Bourdeaux Supercross Winner
-1985 Factory Suzuki Rider 250cc MX-SX
-1985 Factory Yamaha Rider 125/250cc MX-SX
-1986 KTM Spain Rider 250cc Spanish National
A friend of Scott’s had broken ground on a Jet Ski
company called Jet Pilot. Most of you may recall this company, as it was
the preeminent Jet Ski wetsuit and accessories business,
which was at the time a booming industry. Burnworth would
begin working as a graphic designer, a trade he would
master and eventually use to create a great life. During
this time he would meet his future wife, Debbie, who was
a model who worked at Jet Pilot.
they had two beautiful daughters, Breanna and Brittin
Today Scott has his own graphic-design company, and his designs can be seen all over the motocross industry and on the bikes of race teams like
Moto XXX. He also does work for Alpinestars, Maxima, Thor, CoopSport, Amp’d Mobile, ready Racing, Motostik, and more.
If you have any graphic needs, you can email Scott by clicking here.