» ABOUT SCOT HARDEN
In the history of off-road motorcycle racing few riders have been able to establish themselves as true "legends"; Scot Harden is one of them. With a career spanning nearly 35 years as one of the top professional off-road racers in the country, Scot has achieved an impressive record that speaks for itself. Numerous overall victories in almost every major off-road event held in the United States and Mexico, including three overall wins at the prestigious Baja 1000, ISDE Gold and overall wins in major international competitions such as Marathon Rallies in Africa earned him a reputation as a true "world class" off-road racer. The longer the race, the tougher the challenge, the more remote the geography, Scot Harden possesses a unique combination of speed, endurance, mental toughness and pure savvy that long distance off-road racing demands, and off-road legends are made of.
Besides his personal accomplishments, Scot’s played a key role in the development of many stars of the sport. Dan Smith, Danny Hamel, Nick and Russ Pearson, and Jimmy Lewis began their professional careers under Scot's tutelage as Offroad Team Mgr. for KTM and Husqvarna. In addition to his racing achievements, Scot has been a fixture in the motorcycle industry in the United States Scot since 1982. He's served in executive sales and marketing management positions for a number of prestigious motorcycle manufacture firms. He currently serves as KTM North America's Vice President of Media Relations. Since 2003, he has also served as the Manager - spiritual leader - for the Red Bull KTM USA Dakar Team.
For Scot, the world of off road racing and the business that surrounds it are always expanding. Check any decade, the 70's, the 80's, the 90's and now the 21st century, Scot continues to leave his mark as one of the sports most influential persons.
• Kristi Harden
Circa 1971 Moapa To Vegas Hare n Hound. Letting it all hang out.
The "Glory Days" of Factory Husqvarna Desert Off-Road Team was a tremendous experience. This is the 1981 Las Vegas 400, which was one of the largest Desert races in the 70's and 80's. Husky plain dominated for nearly two decades . I was blessed to be a part!
My first Rally experience was with Danny Laporte and Dan Smith as part of Team Foltene in 1987. I was the only one to finish on the team that year at the Atlas Rally. I won three stages. Danny Laporte is one of the most remrkable men I have known
1988 Incas Rally finished 3rd overall, flew to Peru from Atlas Rallye where I finished 2nd overall. After Incas I flew directly to Italy to compete in the Titano Rally. 3 Rallies, 7500 miles in 45 days.
1993 Nevada Rally was filled with drama. Tagged a cow at 80 miles an hour and flipped massively. Rode the rest of the event with fractured wrist. Worked my way into 8th overall only to have the motor blow on the final day.
Finish line at the 2003 Baja 1000. I was 11th overall and 3rd in my class. Rode the big bad KTM 950 Adventure. First 500+ lb bike with 100 hp to ever finish the Baja 1000. If its not a record, I'm claiming it as one