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Scot Harden

Scot Harden

As a desert racer, OEM executive, event promoter, land use advocate, desert racing historian, brand ambassador, published author, and now a member of five motorsports Halls of Fame, Scot Harden impacts off-road.

With 14 overall wins and 38 class championships at the Baja 1000, Baja 500, Las Vegas 400, Parker 400, SCORE, BITD, SNORE, HDRA, and other major Baja/off-road events to pioneering Rally competitions in North Africa, to leading the first serious U.S. motorcycle team effort at the grueling Dakar Rally to building companies, and brands, Harden has impacted an entire generation of off-road enthusiasts. His contributions to iconic off-road companies like KTM, Husqvarna, Best In The Desert, and a whole host of aftermarket companies as race team manager, factory rider, sales and marketing executive, spokesperson, and brand ambassador, Scot has left a huge mark on the industry and sport. Already a member of several other prestigious Halls of Fame including the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Trailblazers, Motorcycle Racing Association of Nevada (MRAN) and Hot Shoe Hall of Fames, Harden has been named by SCORE Journal as one of the “All Time Baja Moto Greats” and one of the “Top 10 Riders” in the history of U.S. off-road motorcycle competition by Dirt Rider Magazine.

“MRAN (Motorcycle Racing Association of Nevada) is where I got my start, and was my first Hall of Fame,” Scot told ORMHOF. “I was part of the inaugural class back in 1996 along with my good friends Casey Folks, Jack Johnson, and Max Switzer.”

Scot’s passion, drive for excellence and hard work is what drove him to be a very accomplished off-road racer, not just winning his class, but winning 14-overall victories in the biggest off-road races, including the Baja 1000, Baja 500, Las Vegas 400, and Parker 400, to name a few. Scot went on to race international rally raids in North Africa, being one of the first Americans to race and win one of these complicated multi-day “raids.” He also represented America as a member of Team USA Trophy Team in the prestigious International Six-days Enduro, racing against the best in the world, winning a gold medal. 

Scot continued making major impacts beyond racing as Team Manager for KTM’s North American Dakar Rally Team, KTM North America marketing and sales manager, helping put the brand on the map through the 1980s, 1990s, and beyond. His ambassador role in the industry sets a large footprint and is much of what his focus is today. He is a major editor at Dealernews, a Cycle News contributor, and AMA magazine contributor.

Scot’s passion for the sport of off-road continues with the recent development of the “Handstands at 100 MPH” event with legendary SCORE Baja Champion and ORMHOF inductee Johnny Campbell. “Handstands” is designed to recognize the accomplishments of desert and Baja motorcycle racing legends from the past and present. “Scot Hardin’s efforts to continue the promotion and legacies of the sport’s great off-road racers will educate present and future generations to know whose shoulders they are standing on,” says Jim Ryan, SCORE VP Marketing. “Preserving the past and strengthening the future of motorcycle racers in Baja is important to SCORE and the motorcycle competitors overall.”