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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Motorcycle racer killed in crash at Brainerd International Raceway

A retaining wall at Brainerd International Raceway was struck by a motorbike driven by a 50-year-old New Yorker, who died in the accident.

The collision was reported at BIR, north of Baxter, at 3:45 p.m. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office arrived. The motorcycle rider crashed into a retaining wall while competing in a qualification race for the MotoAmerica Superbikes competition, according to the sheriff’s office.

Scott Briody of Hannacroix, New York, was identified as the motorcycle’s rider by MotoAmerica on their website. Briody was a Stock 1000 participant for MotoAmerica, and the collision happened in the opening round of qualifying. Briody was declared dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office, and his corpse was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

For the remainder of Friday at BIR, all on-track activities were postponed out of respect for Briody, according to MotoAmerica.

According to the press statement, Chuck Aksland, chief operating officer of MotoAmerica, “We are extremely grieved by the demise of Scott Briody.” The MotoAmerica paddock, his family, and his crew are in our thoughts and prayers.

One of the teams competing in the MotoAmerica competition at BIR, Disrupt Racing, posted a memorial on Facebook on Friday night in honor of Briody.

Scott had a significant impact on our team, according to the post. “Scott had a large impact on our team, he was the first person to ever assist me out when we arrived into MotoAmerica, he continued to and will always be a great influence on me and our team, and he was always cheering us on,” it said.

On Saturday, the motorcycle apparel and accessory business Bison Track posted an homage to Briody.

“We struggled for over 24 hours to find the right wording. Prior to becoming a customer, Scott Briody was first and foremost one of our friends. His funny manner, eagerness (no, demand) to help everybody, and large heart made him a remarkable personality in the paddock, according to the Bison Track article.

On the website of the business, co-founder of Bison Track Robert Lackey also published a blog entry in honor of Briody.

“Let’s all take a minute to collect ourselves, realize that Scott died suddenly while doing what he genuinely enjoyed. Because of his passing, he wouldn’t want us to modify our plans or lifestyles, Lackey wrote.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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