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Name: Scott Russell
Date of Birth: 28/Oct/1964
Nationality: USA

Russell had his first race (Talladega GP) in 1986, between 1987 and 1988 he raced mainly AMA Supersport events (being named Rookie of the year in 1988), he won the AMA 750 Supersport championship in 1990 and finished 2nd overall in the Supersport 600's riding Kawasakis after moving from Suzuki.

In the AMA Superbikes championship in 1991 he had an impressive four wins but finished 2nd overall after a flat tire at Road America cost him precious points. But in 1992 and as Team Muzzy leader he won the AMA championship for Kawasaki.

1993 was a great season for Kawsakaki with Russell moving to World Superbikes and winning the championship, the first and only world Superbike victory for the team green. During the season he had five wins, twelve 2nds and a 3rd leaving 2nd place overall for Carl Fogerty and 3rd going to Russell's Kawsaki teammate Aaron Slight

Russell and Slight also paired up and won the Suzuka 8-hour endurance race in 1993 on a ZXR7 in what was the final year for formula-1. In 1994 Russell was back at Suzuka (with Terry Rymer this time) and almost won again, losing by a fraction of a second to Polen and Slight on their Honda.

In the 1994 World Superbikes Russell won both races at Sugo, Donington and Hockenheim, and one each at Mugello, Brands Hatch and Misano to end the season 2nd overall and a mere 20 points behind winner Fogerty on the Ducati.

1995 started well for Russell with a win at Daytona after crashing during the race, remounting and finally beating Fogerty. Unknown to Team Muzzy however he was in negotiaions with the Lucky Strike team and with the timely retirement of Kevin Schwantz ended up leaving the team to race Suzukis in Moto GP. Kawasaki Motors and Rob Muzzy were less than impressed with the switch and a legal battle ensued.

In 1996 Russell had a dissapointing result at Daytona (a track he usually favoured, ending with 5 career wins there) riding a Suzuki in the superbike event, being beaten by then Honda rider Miguel Du Hamel.

He joined Yamaha's World Superbike effort for 1997, and raced full-time in the AMA for 1999 with the Harley-Davidson factory team. After sustaining a number of injuries, one resulting in nerve damage in his foot, Russell's last race was in 2001 at Daytona.


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