Rodney Smith became the most
famous of the elite motocrossers who
made the switch to off-road. After five
Brazilian MX titles and a third-place
finish in the 250 GP class, Rodney
dabbled in U.S. moto before enter-
ing the Virginia City Grand Prix. Larry
Roeseler had dominated the event
and even had a bounty on his head.
Rodney destroyed the competition,
and this is what prompted Mike Webb
to hire him for Team Suzuki Off-Road.
He went on to become a five-time
GNCC titleholder, five-time Reliability
Trials champ, two-time national Hare
Scrambles champion and a two-time
ISDE gold medalist.
PICKING THE TOP 10—NO, 12—U.S. HEROES
If there is one man who single-handedly encompassed the vision of
the GNCC competitor, it was Scott
Summers. Racing against two-stroke
machines that were much lighter and
more sophisticated, Summers manhandled a Honda XR600 to five GNCC
titles, four Hare Scrambles championships and three gold medals at the
ISDE. His ability to carve through bru-tally-tight terrain on the big machine
was legendary. His work ethic was
superior, and his commitment to fitness was a driving force in his quest
to become the fastest man in the
woods. Scott brought the low-profile
world of eastern woods racing into the
mainstream and can take some credit
for the rampant growth of the GNCC
series throughout the 1990s.