Corona, CA – May 28th – With more than a year under their belts working together as a team for THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki, Robby Bell, Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson know exactly what it takes to win. And as the defending overall motorcycle champions in the 45th Tecate / Monster Energy / SCORE Baja 500, they’ve added a new weapon: Taylor Robert.
The 22-year-old from Arizona may be new to racing in Baja, but he has years of experience in many other arenas. He’s the defending WORCS champion, where he’s had a solid career having won the WORCS Pro 2 championship in 2008. He’s also represented Team USA abroad, earning gold medals at ISDEs in Mexico and Germany. This year, he’s concentrating on EnduroCross both domestically and internationally thanks to the inclusion of Enduro X at X Games in Brazil, Germany, Spain and the U.S. Racing is definitely in his blood.
So, he welcomes the opportunity to join Bell, Hengeveld and Pearson as they attempt to make it two years in a row on top aboard the KX450F prepared by veteran Bob Bell of Precision Concepts.
While Robert has been keeping race sharp with EnduroCross and a few select other races–winning the two WORCS rounds he’s contested to prove he’s lost none of his speed–the rest of the THR Motorsports crew has also stayed on a winning track. Bell and Pearson teamed up for the victory at BITD’s Canidae Tap It Silver State 300 earlier this month, with the THR Motorsports “B” team of Ricky Brabec and Ty Renshaw less than two minutes behind for the runner-up spot after leading early,
Having officially finished fourth at the series-opening 27th MasterCraft Safety/Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 after being being penalized for course deviations–as were most of the competitors, it turns out, after SCORE issued last-minute rules–the THR Motorsports squad goes into the 500 highly motivated and with nothing but winning in mind.
For more information and updates on the THR Motorsports Team, visit the THR Motorsports Web site at www.thrmotorsports.com. THR Motorsports thanks and is proud to represent Monster Energy, Kawasaki, Hoosier Precision Machining, Precision Concepts, Northland Motorsports, FMF, Renthal, IMS, Dunlop, VP Racing Fuels, DT1, BRP, Kal-Gard, ONE Insurance, LAPC, Zipty, GPR Stabilzers and ZLT.
Photography By: Mark Kariya