Terrible news has hit our community. We are saddened to report the passing of former professional motocross racer Scott Sheak, who passed away on Tuesday at the very young age of 47.
Earlier this month, Sheak sustained major injuries while preparing for the upcoming Loretta Lynn AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in a practice crash at Walden Motocross Track in New York.
According to Road 2 Recovery, “he was found unresponsive, not breathing, and without a pulse at the site of his crash. He was rushed to MidHudson Medical Center, where he was stabilized then transported via helicopter to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, where he underwent surgery to stabilize the cervical spine in his neck.
“After arrival at Westchester Medical Center, it was determined that Scott had sustained a collapsed lung and fractured cervical spine, as well as a severe concussion, damage to the spinal cord, and major soft tissue damage. On Saturday, May 1, Scott underwent surgery to stabilize the C7 vertebrae with rods and screws, and they decompressed the spinal cord.”
Due to complications following the injuries, Scott passed on Tuesday.
Sheak won two Loretta Lynn titles in 1993 and raced for a variety of teams during his long pro career, including FMF Honda, Pro Circuit Kawasaki, Boyesen Yamaha and even a full-factory ride with Team Honda in 1997, which served as his best season, where he won the High Point National and finished third in the 125cc AMA National Championship standings behind Ricky Carmichael and Kevin Windham.
By the early 2000s his racing career was nearing its end, with his final pro result a 14th place finish at the Glen Helen National in 2002.
The Road 2 Recovery Foundation has been working with the Sheak family and have set up a fund to help offset the costs of his hospitalization and care. They will continue accepting donations, with all funds going to support his family. Please click here for more information.
Sheak is survived by his wife, Amy and stepchildren Ryan and Brooke’lyn.
Everyone here at Vurb offers our sincere condolences to the Sheak family during this difficult time.