The program has become an essential component of Honda-mounted competitors because the speed and efficiency of a pit stop can make or break your race. A Baja 1000 can require up to 22 pit stops, roughly 60 miles apart. Each pit provides services to an average of 50 teams over the course of a race, and the pits contain an assortment of spare parts and maintenance items, as well as fuel.
ERENDIRA, BC – BajaRallyMoto.com announced today that 11-time BAJA 1000 champion and DAKAR veteran Johnny Campbell of HONDA fame will compete in the inaugural BAJA RALLY this October 4-6 in Northern BAJA. Campbell’s name rounds of a fine list of Champions vying for top honors at this event including Larry Roeseler and Ricky Johnson.
“I’m really excited to help bring rally racing to Baja”, Campbell explained today, “I love to navigate for the challenge and added elements that come along with that. I’m sure with all the rally rookies, there will be some great memories that develop from this inaugural BAJA RALLY.”
Campbell is a living legend with an unheralded legacy of BAJA wins under his Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) program that extends the multi-decade HONDA dynasty of the late Bruce Ogilvie. Moreover, Campbell’s rally record is as robust as any American with 3 DAKAR finishes and back-to-back podiums in the Nevada Rally capped by a win. His first DAKAR appearance in 2001 was the best result by an American rookie at the time.
Johnny Campbell’s new retail business, JCR Speed Shop, has teamed with 12-time motorcycle champion Laia Sanz to battle the world’s best women racers at XGames Los Angeles. Laia will pilot a purpose-built HONDA CRF250R in the Women’s Enduro X event on Sunday, August 4th at Staples Center.
“We are excited to announce the opening of the JCR Speed Shop. We are focusing on specialized replica race bike building and prepping for sportsmen to world class athletes like World Champion, Laia Sanz. Laia is a True Champion with 12 World Trials titles and 3 Dakar Rally campaigns to her name, and most of all she is an amazing person.” — Johnny Campbell
“I m very excited to ride this XGames race on a JCR Speed Shop built Honda, and happy to be helped by Johnny Campbell a person and rider that I admire a lot, I want to say thanks all people from JCR, and Johnny s family, for their big help. We’ve been training at Colton Haaker’s track, and preparing the bike and I love it, also they help me train on the starts. Now I feel ready for the race and I hope to get a good result, I have no excuses, the bike and team is perfect.” — Laia Sanz
Torrance, CA: For the next round of the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship taking place in Michigan, Team Honda Muscle Milk will showcase its bikes and riders in patriotic-themed Red, White and Blue designs to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Round seven of the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship will mark the 39th annual Red Bud National in Buchanan, MI, and the team CRF450R race bikes will feature Red, White and Blue graphics and seat cover designed by Throttle Jockey, along with blue D.I.D wheels. In addition, Justin Barcia and Trey Canard will both don patriotic-themed riding gear for the holiday weekend.
Just minutes before the start of the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500, the motorcycle and ATV teams gathered at the starting line in Ensenada, the pre-dawn peace and quiet was occasionally shattered by staccato exhaust notes in anticipation of the start.
Gathered at the front of the line, four motorcycles, led by THR Motorsports/Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Robby Bell, was the picture of focus in anticipation of a repeat of the team’s 2012 race victory. Bell said that he just wanted to have a mistake-free race.
Torrance, CA: American Honda proudly announces Dan Betley as the new Honda Muscle Milk team manager beginning with the opening round of the 2013 Motocross season at the Hangtown Classic in Sacramento, CA. Betley successfully filled the role during the 2013 Supercross season as he led the team to two victories and six additional podiums.
Since he began his career with Honda in 1989, Betley has held multiple positions within the race team, including his most recent as Engine Development and R&D specialist. He has worked with many high profile motocross champions such as Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael, making him highly qualified for the role as team manager.
“Dan has been with Team Honda for many years and has played an important role in the team’s success,” explained Honda Race Team Director Ray Conway. “It seems natural for him to move up to Team Manager and he has done a great job filling in during the 2013 Supercross season.”
“I’m looking forward to transitioning into my new role,” explained Betley. “It’s a challenging job but I got a good feel for what it entails while filling in during the 2013 Supercross season and I’m grateful Honda chose me to continue as team manager. We have two extremely talented riders in Trey Canard and Justin Barcia and a great team behind them, so I am looking forward to a successful Motocross season.”
The opening round of the 2013 AMA EnduroCross season did not disappoint as JCR/Honda EnduroCross sensation Colton Haaker shined in the Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. Battling all night long, Colton Haaker showed he has the speed and endurance to challenge for the championship.
“I am very proud of all the hard work the team has put into 2013 and it shows in the results. We made some big commitments this year and with the help of our sponsors, racers and team we intend to make good on those commitments.” — Johnny Campbell
Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia finished fifth, wrapping up his rookie year fourth overall in the championship points chase. It was an unbelievable night for Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn, who secured his first-ever 250 Supercross Championship with a second-place-overall finish in the main event. Although his teammate wasn’t able to bring home the West championship, Eli Tomac rode an incredible race, taking home his fifth main-event win of the season.
450 Supercross rookie Justin Barcia had a successful 2013 season, winning two main events, earning three more podium finishes and placing in the top five seven additional times. With the fourth-quickest qualifying time in practice, Barcia got a less-than-desirable start in his heat race but put together an incredible come-from-behind charge to finish fourth. In the main event, he jumped off the line to a mid-pack start and was able to work his way into fifth overall, which is where he finished.
Torrance, CA: As a further extension of its growing commitment to grassroots racing in North America, Honda announced today that it is making a major commitment to the 2013 running of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as both a sponsor and race participant, with plans to field products in nine race classes, a first for any OEM in a single Pikes Peak event.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will serve as the Partnering Sponsor for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the first time the company has participated as a corporate sponsor of the legendary race event. The 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled for June 30, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“Pikes Peak presents us with a unique opportunity to showcase Honda’s diverse product lineup and to energize Honda fans around world, as we work to further strengthen Honda’s presence in racing at all levels,” said Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations for American Honda. “Our associates will be working hard between now and Race Day to prepare this diverse field of race vehicles and showcase the Honda racing spirit.”
Timmy trailed in second for the first half of the race, taking advantage of a pit strategy he took over the lead at the 1 hour mark of the 1.5 hour plus one lap race. The pressure continued as he was challenged up to the final 2 laps. Colton Udall ran strong and finished a solid second. Rounding out the podium with a come from behind push to the front runners was Evan Kelly.