After Ivan Ramirez started the first stretch of the race, David Pearson jumped on the bike at the KTM pit at roughly race mile 183 near San Felipe. After getting about three miles into his section the motor blew. The news was confirmed by the team.
The five-man KTM team – which also had multi-time Baja Champions Steve Hengeveld, Mike Childress, Shane Esposito and Ivan Ramirez – was running physically in the second position behind the 1x bike. They posed a serious threat to the two JCR Honda teams on the 1x (Kendall Norman) and the 8x (Colton Udall). Although the team might still try and continue once they reach San Felipe, it appears they are out of the running for the win. There were also rumbling that team rider Shane Esposito was feeling ill with stomach issues, so the team appeared to have its work cut out for it.
At the last pit the lead bikes came through the two JCR Honda teams appeared to have pulled away from the pack, with the 1x bike still in the physical lead.