Scott Lindley | At Random
At any given track on any given weekend, you’ll find all types of people, getting their motocross fix and time away from the daily grind. Everyone has a day job—doctor, artist, photographer, mechanic, or lawyer like our good friend Scott Lindley. During the week, Scott pours over legal documents for the huge action sports agency Wasserman Media Group. But on the weekend’s, you can find him twisting the throttle on this Honda and getting dirty with the rest of us. We ran into him at REM Saturday motocross doing just that, and between motos, caught up with him for this edition of At Random.
When did you start riding?
I started riding right after the Christmas of 1979. My parents got me a 1978 RM50 and we started riding a day or two after that Christmas, but it took a year to figure it out before I started doing some races. Through High School, I was just your typical B rider back in Chicago, riding tracks like Maplehurst, Byron, and even trekking over to Red Bud sometimes.
What does moto mean to you?
Literally from the day I started doing it, it has been a closet obsession of mine. At times, I’ve had to put it on the shelf when I was going to college, business school, or just working really hard, but I always keep coming back to it, even if I had to take a couple years off. It’s a passion, and it’s so different from my day-to-day where I sit at a desk all day long doing emails, conference calls, reading documents, and using my brain. This gets me out, sweating, and it couldn’t be further from what my day job is. Any time you can get out there and hit a new jump or rail a turn, there is nothing better.
Where’s your favorite place to go ride?
Out west, I’d say Zaca Station. That place is amazing when it’s in its prime. I also really like the Mammoth race. Back east, I love Red Bud, and I’ve been able to race it a few times—it’s the epitome of what a motocross race is. I’d also add Loretta’s to that list as well. Maybe the track isn’t the most epic, but the whole vibe of racing out there is awesome, especially for a guy like me who has never been a pro. It’s your one time where you feel like you’re in the show.
What was your first bike?
It was a 1978 RM50. I was on it for two years—probably a year too long, as I was getting too big for it. I can remember the first time riding it, I felt like I was on a 450, because I got on the thing, gave it too much gas, popped the clutch, wheelied down the driveway, and almost hit the neighbor’s car. After that, I rode the thing on the idle for the first two or three times. My dad had to stop running the gas so rich, because I wasn’t revving it (laughs). I still have a picture of it on my desk in the office.
When you’re not riding, what are you doing?
I’m usually working, honestly. I take the theory that you have to prioritize three things in life. The career is number one, then family time, and moto. I took some time to get married this past summer, and now I have an amazing person to come home to, and she is super supportive of moto.