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PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT: Monday, 1 March , 2010

MICK DOOHAN, PRESENTER: Hi, I'm Mick Doohan, five times Motorcycle World Champion. Tonight's
program is about a young man following hot on my trails. Glenn Scott and his brother and his sister
were orphaned six years ago. Incredibly the three siblings banded together to keep the family dream
alive. This is his story...

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: Sometimes Glenn would win races in Australia by more than 20 seconds, but we
knew in Spain that we were going to have our work cut out. It is fast, like it's... it is just...
it is unbelievable. The top ten could be separated by less than a second, so obviously it is very,
very, very competitive racing.

GLENN SCOTT: I vividly imagine what it would be like to win a world title. I'll work as hard as I
have to work to get there.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: I couldn't picture Glenn doing anything else really, like he is made for a

GLENN SCOTT: I definitely love speed. You know, going through those fast corners; it's just... it's
unbelievable, you know. You can hold the bike flat out in 5th gear and do the speeds up to 180 or
more. It makes you feel so good when you come out of it on two wheels still.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: We knew it would be expensive; but not quite as expensive as it's cost us
these last two years.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: I don't see myself as making a sacrifice because this is just... this is
normal for our family to do things for each other.

GLENN SCOTT: You know, everyone has their heroes and mine aren't superheroes, they're my brother
and sister.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: The three of us at young ages have always been on bikes. The passion came from
our parents; our parents were riding motorbikes when they first met and because of that we've been
riding since a young age.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: Glenn started at the age of four on a motorbike, so he has been on a
motorbike for a long, long, long time.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: He's always just had something about him that's... I don't know, he just... he
just... when he gets on the start line and puts on that helmet on, he's just... he's just all go.

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: I was quite amazed like that this kid could go out and win... basically
everything he was going in he was winning. It was quite phenomenal

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: Glenn won his first Australian title when he was around seven years of age,
and from then Greg started racing, and then I started racing when I was 14 years old. It's just the
pure adrenalin of beating the boys and I really did have a passion for the bikes.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: I heard that she made a few boys cry in the garages sometimes after the races,
which was pretty funny.

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: They got right into it big time; I mean they were full on. And I
suppose that's what happens - it's a little bit addictive, especially when you are winning - and
they were certainly winning. They were right on the top of the heap.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: Mum and dad were very, very family orientated. They would basically do
anything for us three kids. They used to take us racing obviously every weekend. You know, we'd
leave on a Friday night and basically travel to Queensland, anywhere in New South Wales or Victoria
and we'd get back at like 6 o'clock on a Monday morning and go straight to work. My parents started
a wholesale nursery 27 years ago. Greg's dream was always to be in the business. Basically from day
dot his passion was plants. I started to work my way into the business because I enjoyed the
accounting side of things.

GLENN SCOTT: It was going to be the family business no matter what. I definitely had different
views. I didn't like the nursery too much. I was always, sort of, forced to work and I didn't enjoy
it too much; I just wanted to get on my bike and go riding every afternoon.

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: The whole family was such a tight knit family and, you know, they all
lived together, they all worked together in the same business. They all raced together and they'd
done that their whole life, like they'd done basically everything together.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: Mum and dad wanted to, sort of, go travelling a bit more; sort of enjoy life
as well. And they went and purchased like a BMW sports touring bike and started riding and started
enjoying their weekends as well.

TONY FOX, FRIEND: We'd spent four days riding around the snowy mountains. We were making our way
back home on day four, which involved a stop for the night in Mudgee, with the intention that we
would have a quick trip home on the morning of the fifth day.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: I'd called their mobile - it was about 8 o'clock in the morning to basically
see, you know, what time they'd be home and so forth and they obviously didn't pick up.

TONY FOX, FRIEND: It was 8am, lots of school buses pulling over - country road - picking children
up. We were probably the only ones who were obeying the speed limit. And it wasn't actually until I
looked in my rear vision mirror to see that they were no longer behind me. So I pulled over to the
side of the road to wait for them and, um, they didn't come, so I turned around and went back and
saw that there'd been an accident.

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: I believe it was a coal mine... a guy coming off night shift had
actually stopped at the entrance from the coal mine to the road and then just drove straight out in
front of them.

TONY FOX, FRIEND: And unfortunately, um, it was evident from the scene that, um, there wasn't
really anything that... that we could do.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: That afternoon the police turned up at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon and
they basically told me about the accident.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: I came inside and I saw Candice crying with the policeman, and that's when I
thought 'oh geez, this is not good'. You're so lost and you're gutted, you know, you don't know
what you're thinking. I can't even explain how I was even feeling because it's just something you
only feel once in your life, I suppose, of losing your parents. Glenn came home and the policeman
told him and I just... he was just very confused and didn't understand and looked at Candice and I
and he was just like us - we did not know what was going on.

STEVEN BENNETT, SCHOOL TEACHER: I can remember meeting Candice and Greg for the first time, and
that was actually at their Mum and Dad's funeral. I've just got vivid memories of the three kids
standing around at the end of the service... and just together, just together and just the
closeness; the bond that they had. And I guess I made a personal promise to myself, you know, to
Denise and Denis that I would make sure that young Glenn would be OK, and whilst he was at school.

GLENN SCOTT: I was only twelve years old at the time. My brother and sister being those few years
older understood what had happened very clearly, and understood what they had on their shoulders
now, and I think they obviously were very frightened and very scared in a way.

AILEEN FOSTER, GRANDMOTHER: Overnight Greg grew up, so did Candy. She had to become mother as well
to Glenn; he was only young - he hadn't even started high school. I can remember Reg and I took him
to buy his first uniform, and it was sad because I thought of Denise - she should have been there
doing it. But he was so proud.

STEVEN BENNETT, SCHOOL TEACHER: I certainly know that there was a time where Glenn was going to be
removed from Candice and Greg and go and live with another family member, and they fought that and
the three of them were able to stay together.

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: I think they sort of huddled together and that's what made it work. You
know, they had each other and that was probably more important than anyone on the outside. They
wanted to take charge of themselves, and they did.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: Greg and I knew that from that point we were still going to run the nursery,
no matter what. I think there was some people that didn't have faith in us in running the business

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: I was only 20 years old and Candice was, you know, 18; ready to try and tackle
our parents business as well as looking after Glenn who was about to go to high school. So, nothing
prepares you for that; nothing.

GLENN SCOTT: They did have a little bit of experience, but they were nowhere near the level of
actually running what you could say was a multimillion dollar business, but they learnt the ropes
very fast.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: You've got to step up to the plate and make decisions, because no-one else is
going to do it for you. So you have to talk to banks about, you know, your borrowings; you have to
talk to your accountant about, you know, the structure of business and then you got to learn about
costings. You've got to learn how to run and how to operate and handle staff.

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: They inherited a reasonably large amount of money and they didn't go
out and blow it all. They invested a lot of it in the nursery and improved the property immensely.
I admire them greatly for that. They've done a fantastic job. I mean, the nursery has grown
probably double the size of what it was.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: And In 2005 we won the best medium production nursery for New South Wales,
which was just incredible; we did not expect it.

GLENN SCOTT: It was only two years after my parents that they got the award. It's amazing, I
suppose, for them to do that in such a short time and to deal emotionally with everything.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: Candice and I made a very big decision of continuing Glenn's racing path, as
well as us continuing the company. I think, you know, our parents would be disappointed in us if we
actually stopped racing because they all know that we enjoyed it very, very much.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: Glenn wanted to be the next Mick Doohan - that's all he could talk about, so
we didn't want to shatter his dreams. And so we continued on taking him racing every weekend. I had
my racing on at the same time as that, so basically during the week you'd be working 15 to 16 hours
a day, and then you'd leave late, like very late on a Friday afternoon. Greg would go, you know, to
Queensland and I'd be down in South Australia and we'd have to go our separate ways and then meet
back up here on a Monday to go back to work and for Glenn to go back to school.

STEVEN BENNETT, SCHOOL TEACHER: The thing that I liked about Glenn was he never complained; he
never really asked for any extra time for his schoolwork. He would just, you know... often sit
there with a torch in the back of the car reading his English novel or doing his schoolwork. I
guess on many ways they were on a roll because he was breaking records and winning races and there
was nothing that anyone was going to say that would stop them from competing.

GLENN SCOTT: In 2006 Candice had the opportunity to ride in the support class in the 125s at
Phillip Island at the World GP.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: She got a flyer of a start and she was actually out front winning and had a
very big highside, which is where the back end comes around and flicks you to orbit and you come
back down and theres no padding; it's just ground

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: I think the whole of Phillip Island could hear me screaming; I was in so
much pain. They cut everything off me, my leathers. That's the time I started crying, because they
were cutting my leathers. I was making sure they were cutting it a certain way so I could actually
restitch them.

STEVEN BENNETT, SCHOOL TEACHER: I've watched that footage a few times and I tell you, if you had
any doubts about whether or not you were going to race, that would certainly... if you'd seen the
footage, you'd certainly say 'no, racing's not for me'.

GLENN SCOTT: I was that age where I thought... when I looked at the tape I thought 'oh cool, how
good's that; look at the big crash'. But obviously I didn't like to see her bed ridden the way she
was and... but once again it was... it never crossed my mind to stop.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: I did a crush fracture in my back and I spent three months in bed. At that
point I thought that my time was up. Glenn was going to step up to the 125 GP bikes, and I was
willing to give up my bike so that Glen could ride it.

STEVEN BENNETT, SCHOOL TEACHER: As soon as he turned 15 he was determined he was going to be a road
racer. And the speed that they would do I could barely watch him, you know, race around the track
because it was just too frightening.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: I must admit there are times when you do worry, but... no, actually I don't
- I don't worry. I'm sorry, I don't, I don't worry! (laughs).

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: People who haven't ridden bikes or raced bikes don't really understand,
and it's pretty well impossible to convince them. Once the bug has bitten, or the adrenalin -
whatever you want to call it - once it's started it's pretty hard to stop it. And it's a bit like
people who climb mountains, you know, how often do people die climbing Everest, but people keep
still keep on queuing up.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: In '07, half way through the year, he stated dominating... he ended up with
like ten straight wins; had a few lap records throughout the year.

(Excerpt of Glenn racing)

COMMENTATOR: Glenn Scott's smashed the lap record for the third race in a row, and made it three
from three at Symmons Plains.

(End of excerpt)

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: Glenn at aged 15 - his first year of road racing - won the Australian
Championships and that really is a big deal.

GLENN SCOTT: The next step really was Spain. Everyone asks why Spain; it's the best domestic
championship for the racing that I'm doing. Once you become very dominant in the Spanish
championship it's a very easy step to move to world championship, which is where we want to go.

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: A lot of people didn't agree with it. It's a very, very expensive path,
but to go against it was not going to work because they were so determined that that was the road
they were going to go down. So you basically stand to the side and say 'well, good luck' and we'll
see where we go, you know.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: Glen and I turned up to the track and there were no mums and dads with bike
trailers; it was full on, like semi trucks all lined up; all very professional teams. You could see
all the pit crew pulling out all the stuff... out all the gear and I said to Glenn 'oh wow, what've
we got ourselves into'. You know, very, very scary to what we were used to in Australia.

GLENN SCOTT: We couldn't find any sponsors for 2008, so it was all from my family business. We
didn't have the best team, you know, we didn't have the best bike and my crew were very young also.
I had a terrible year. I crashed in a lot of races, but there was laps there that I did quite fast
lap times and if you can do fast lap times people see this, and they know that you have potential.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: Glenn was approached by Stop and Go Honda, which a factory Honda team. But
to be a part of this team but we do have to pay a few hundred thousand dollars - for one year.

GLENN SCOTT: Going into this team was a very good option. Very, very professional, very good bikes,
10 plus staff, and this team is very well financially backed with large sponsors, but the amounts
are that big that each rider still has to just top that pot with money from themselves.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: In 2008 Glenn and I flew back and forth from Spain to Australia, but at the
end of the year that all changed. Candice and I and Glenn made a decision that he would have to
make the move to live in Manressa, which is about an hour north of Barcelona. As Candice and I
would have to stay back here and work to pay for the new contract, because we didn't have that in
our bank account at the time. That to me shows how much he wants to do it. Because I know if I was
17 - like Glenn - to move over there... I wouldn't do it, no way; I'd be too scared! 2009 for
Glenn's first round, which was at Albacete, he actually got a 7th, so he was very, very happy with
that result.

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: That's an outstanding result in that all the guys around him are
Spanish or Italian, so they've all been racing over there on these circuits since they were 12
years old.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: Halfway through the year he had a massive high side on training the week
before the race and fell on his head and actually fractured his left wrist. All the mechanics were
saying 'oh no, there's just no way you can ride - that was a huge crash' but Glenn said 'no, no,
it's all good'. So next day, he got a pair of scissors, cut off the cast and went out there and

GLENN SCOTT: I couldn't take any painkillers or anything like this. I just sort of had to really
mentally prepare myself that it was going to be a very painful 18 laps, and I actually finished

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: And the poor kid came in with tears down his face, because you've got to
finish top 15 to actually get points. Candice and I sort of knew of the commitment we'd have to put
in of doing our Spain campaign. To date with '08 and '09 we're close to half a million dollars of
funding from Candice and I personally. So sometimes you may miss a few bills here and there and
like sometimes Candice and I wouldn't pay ourselves for a couple of weeks.

GLENN SCOTT: I'm well aware of how much it costs and the sacrifice that my brother and sister have
made. The amounts are... they equal a house, you know, on the beach waterfront.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: We need to start finding personal investors or sponsors oversees. Greg is
trying very, very hard; he's getting packages together to send out. He is trying to push Glenn as
much as he possibly can.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: We may have to face reality of where we just can't continue this anymore, and
I don't think I could actually tell Glenn that!

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: It's very difficult for Australian riders to be successful in Europe,
because Australian companies are not going to back you. I mean you can't just keep throwing a
$250,000 a year at something; it's just not feasible.

GLENN SCOTT: We're at Valencia in the south of Spain and it's the last round of the Spanish
championship. Everyone important is at this race. It sort of that last chance to prove yourself. It
always comes down to results and to get these results is very, very difficult.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: Obviously, for myself I'm very nervous, being the last round and seeing Glenn
nervous makes me nervous.

GLENN SCOTT: I was riding the best I was all year. My lap times were very fast; it was just that
the other 75 riders I was up again were just as fast. Unfortunately, the fourth lap in I crashed;
lost the front end; a 'don't know why crash', you know, it was just very unlucky.

(Excerpt of after race discussion in Honda pit area)

GLENN SCOTT: It was my first clean lap - it was bad luck on the exit.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: That's racing, I suppose, isn't it. Obviously the last two rounds have been
the most important rounds. It's really made it hard for us to... it's, sort of you know, closed a
lot of doors I think. It's just bad luck, isn't it really.

(End of excerpt)

GLENN SCOTT: After the race, you know, obviously I was very disappointed with myself, but in the
first year in 2008 I finished 37th overall, and in 2009 I finished 16th overall. So my progression
is massive. I just think I have this goal and I'll work as hard as I have to work to get there. I
don't know if it's the way we were raised or it's the incident that happened in our lives, but I
know that my parents were very positive people and that's definitely what I've got and so have my
brother and sister.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: The three of us never really sat down and actually really talked about our
parents - like what actually happened because it hurts... it hurts a lot. What actually happened to
the person that actually did it, I don't actually know because I never really asked what actually
happened, because wee... like, we're not really angry, because what's the point? You know.

CANDICE SCOTT, SISTER: We do think about our parents a lot. I visit them at least once a month,
just to purely go out there and sit out there; take photos with me and, you know, think about them
and so forth because you don't want to forget about them.

AILEEN FOSTER, GRANDMOTHER: They had a very happy life, the five of them. They were a very close
knit group. I think, you know, in the background there is that driving force for all of them.

(Excerpt from Eastern Creek raceway Sydney, a week ago)

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: So, you very excited about seeing the new bike today?

GLENN SCOTT: Yeah, I hope it's not too big.

(End of excerpt)

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: Honda were going to pay for our ride this year, due to Candice and I not being
able to be able to afford the budget.

GLENN SCOTT: It would have been the best scenario, but the way economics is at the moment, yeah, it
didn't come through.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: I made a phone call to one of our friends Robert Dunstan, who actually by
chance is actually starting a BMW race team this year in the Australian superbike round.

ROB DUNSTAN, FAMILY FRIEND: Glenn's dream is to be a GP champion - world champion; that's his
dream. And this is just another path probably a wiser more economical path... affordable path to be
able to do that .

GLENN SCOTT: We've spent two years in Europe and it's been unreal and we've learnt a lot, but
because that's doors closed, I think another ones opened with BMW.

GREG SCOTT, BROTHER: We don't look back and say 'gees, we've just wasted a lot of money'. It's more
as we're still working towards Glenn's dream and we haven't given up. Glenn refers to us as like
the tripod. You know, we've always stuck together and we just maintain happy. We don't think sad
and our parents wouldn't want us to do that, you know. They would want us to do what we're doing
now; you know running the business and being successful at it and Glenn chasing his dreams as well.

AILEEN FOSTER, GRANDMOTHER: I feel wonderful that Greg and Candy and Glenn have kept that little
core; that family unit and looked after each other.


Glenn will take part in his first superbike race, in New South Wales, later this month.

A junior dirt bike race is held each year in memory of Denis and Denise Scott.