THR_baja-500_SCORE-5-28-13Corona, 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.

As if the trio of Robby Bell, Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson wasn’t strong enough, now Destry Abbott will bring even more firepower to the THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki squad, aiming not just for the race win at the 45th Tecate/SCORE Baja 1000 but the overall motorcycle championship in the SCORE Desert Championship Series.

A mere six points separate the three teams fighting for SCORE’s Class 22 title. The FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team–winner of the San Felipe 250 and third at the Baja 500–leads with 146. Johnny Campbell Racing Honda–runner-up at both–is second with 144 and THR–sixth at San Felipe due to a crash early in the race–is third with 140 after winning the 500. That was no easy feat, with some early mistakes setting the team back a bit, but it rebounded to overcome the Honda group and hand the Red Riders their first Baja 500 defeat in 15 years.

CORONA, CA - THR Motorsports has partnered with Bonanza Plumbing to prepare for the grueling 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Together for a second assault on the famous “1000,” this time they will be flying the Precision Concepts-backed Kawasaki colors. The experienced crew and team of talented riders are all poised for a race win in the 2011 Baja 1000.

The five-rider team combines youth with experience, and includes Shane Esposito, Robby Bell, Bobby Garrison, Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson. The team will ride a Kawasaki KX450F prepared by Bob Bell of Precision Concepts. The all-star lineup of riders and the winning know-how of Precision Concepts combine to form a potent and formidable force; one which will be gunning for glory in November.

The Team:

* Shane Esposito, fresh off his 2011 Vegas to Reno win, has a long track record of desert wins on both sides of the border.
* Robby Bell has filled his resume with numerous Baja 500 & 1000 wins, and is also a formidable WORCS racer.
* Bobby Garrison is the youngest member of the team, but is a proven winner, both in motocross and WORCS.
* David Pearson is a seasoned racer with numerous wins and desert racing championships to his credit. He currently sits second in the AMA National Hare & Hound series on his Purvines-backed bike.
* Steve Hengeveld is also no stranger to victory, and is a familiar star in SCORE racing with seven overall Baja 1000 wins and co-wins to his name.
* Bell and Hengeveld each know the path to victory, having ridden with the coveted “1x” plate of the reigning Baja champion.

The Bike:
The fuel-injected Kawasaki KX450F is a solid and versatile platform, which has celebrated victories in off-road races from the deserts of the West to the mud and trees of the GNCC series. Bob Bell considers its strong power and light weight to be a distinct advantage for this year’s event, which will feature one of the roughest courses in recent memory.

In the SCORE pre-race drawing the team has been selected to start 11th off the line. The 11x Bonanza Plumbing/THR Motorsports/Precision Concepts Kawasaki Team promises to be a front-runner at the SCORE Baja 1000 and show the way to the checkered flag.

In addition to Bonanza Plumbing, THR Motorsports owners Scott Jacobson and Rob Sims have chosen to partner with Precision Concepts and Purvines Racing. Several additional valued associate sponsors have stepped up to help support the team.

THR Motorsports also supports a Class 1 car that recently added a win at the SNORE Mint 400 to its long list of successes. THR Motorsports is backed internally by its Machining Services Division – Hoosier Precision Machining – which is a full-service machining company with more than 35 years of manufacturing experience.         Media Kit
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