Thumb-Caselli-Baja-500-Start-6-1-13Just 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.

The JCR/Honda trio of Colton Udall, David Kamo and Timmy Weigand won the 45th SCORE Baja 1000. With a total time of 20:09:30, averaging 55.64mph. Colton Udall took the lead on adjusted around mile 100. Around mile 150 is the OX memorial, set up just outside of San Felipe. As Colton was passing the site he found some superhuman speed and was able to quickly pass all competitors and move into the psychical lead.  Was he inspired by OX or was OX there giving him a push, I don’t know but it was a reminder to everyone that OX was a passionate Baja competitor and his spirit continues to inspire. Once Colton had taken the lead he took control of the race extending his lead to 8 minutes when he handed the bike off to David Kamo at mile 347. Kamo rode a flawless race and handed the bike back to Colton at mile 614. The sun was setting and it was time for the headlights to go on. Colton rode another 170 mile section before handing the bike back to Kamo. Kamo rode a transfer section across some of the most technical water crossings on the course and then handed the bike to Timmy Weigand for the final 300 miles. Timmy brought the bike to the finish line in LaPaz with over an hour lead on the competition. After leading the race for over 970 miles the JCR/Honda team celebrated an dominate victory.

Timmy Weigand put in a dominating performance at this weekend’s Glen Helen Big 6 Grand Prix race. The JCR/Honda rider is riding better than ever and it showed this weekend as Timmy swept the day, winning all 3 motos he raced convincingly. Colton was also on fire and would take home a well deserved 2nd place. With Glen Helen’s rich history and signature elements it makes for an amazing GP that is fun to watch and race with lap times just under 13 minutes. The course totaled 8 miles and consisted of the MX track, REM track, surrounding ridge tops, pavement section thru the Glen Helen pavilion, back over the east ridge and thru the Lucas Oil truck track. Congratulations to the Prairie Dogs MC on their 22nd annual Grand Prix.

Colton and Timmy will join up with David Kamo, all pictured above, for the San Felipe 250 this coming Saturday. Colton Udall has won the San Felipe 250 for the past two years in a row and is confident in his team, bike and knowing they are the team to beat. With factory supported presence from the green and orange teams this is shaping up to be a Baja season for the record books!

Check out video from JCR Honda’s 2012 Photo Shoot:

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In every genre of competition there is a prestigious cornerstone event that sets the standards. The appeal for thrill seekers is to conquer the momentous chore, bask in the glory, and enjoy the legacy. In its short history, King of the Hammers (KOH) has forged an international sensation that is declared the toughest off road race on the planet, combining brutal rock crawling with high-speed desert racing.

Lucas Oil Products recognizes the significance that this event holds in off road motorsports and is proud to support King of the Hammers as the “Official Oil of Ultra 4 Racing.” In addition, Lucas Oil will be sponsoring an Off Road Short Course Demo featuring a handful of stars from the Lucas Oil Off Road Series, aerial helicopter support, and a dedicated street in Hammertown labeled “Lucas Oil Lane” located near Vendor Row. Also noted, Lucas Oil’s support starts with the racers themselves. 2011′s 9th place finisher #4478 Les Figueroa, driver of the Lucas Oil/ Figspeed.com machine, will be taking on the competition to better last year’s top 10 finish.

New for 2012, a standalone hybrid cross country enduro event has been added the KOH Event Schedule, taking place on Thursday, January 9th 2012. Titled “King of the Motos,” this treacherous & technical invitational race is designed to rival the world renowned Erzberg. Lucas Oil’s Pro EnduroCross rider Colton Haaker, will be riding a 2012 Kawasaki KX™ 450F, going for the winner-takes-all $10,000 purse in an event where few would even dare to enter.

Fort Mill, S.C. - As a kickoff to the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race, General Tire (GT), Method Race Wheels and Monster Energy invite fans to join all the race teams for an evening of fun Thursday, November 17 at Papas & Beer (located at Blvd. Lopez Mateos and Calle Ruiz 110 in Ensenada, Mexico) for the first annual Off-Road Street Fiesta. The event gets underway at 3:00 p.m. PST and will include driver autograph sessions from 5:30-6:30 p.m., a large display of race trucks, performance by Takon Machine, flame throwing exhibitions and other activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event will wrap up at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Fans will have the chance to meet Team GT members “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin, Bobby Baldwin, Mikey Childress, Rick D. Johnson, Ken Kroeker, Jim Riley and Colton Udall along with other participants in the 44th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 100.

The general public is invited to celebrate the start of the most grueling race of the year with drivers from 32 states and 15 countries before they attempt to cover the rugged 692.82-mile course that will start and end in Ensenada. It’s a test for both man and machine and one that requires a large dose of good luck. So come out and wish your favorite driver(s) good luck as they embark on their journey through the desert.

Be sure to check back with Off-Road.com for more on the 2011 SCORE Tecate Baja 1000.

We cornered JCR/Honda racer Colton Udall to get some questions answered about his 2011 ISDE ride for Team USA.

Colton where was the 2011 ISDE held?
In the Kotka, Hamina Region of Finland.

How did you get your invitation to compete?
Kurt Caselli invited me after Kyle Summers dropped out.

Tell me about your bike set up?
I raced the E1 class on a 2011 CRF250R. I went with a normal off-road setup with a stock reliable motor. The Pro Circuit suspension was setup soft for long hours on rough terain. I used Dunlop Enduro tires and Pro Circuit built me a quiet 94 Db pipe. My gearing was 13/48, just tall enough for fast road and short enough for technical sections. I used a Renthal 996 handle bar and AME full waffle grips.

What sections of the course stood out to you.
The transfer sections on days 1 and 2 were really tough. Super deep mud and really slippery sections made it difficult to ride.

What was the most fun?
The perfectly moist fire roads on the transfer sections were really fun! They reminded me a lot of Baja, except no dust. The motocross test on day 6 was also fun.

What was the most difficult part of this event?
Making the right decisions in the mud, line choice and traction was very critical. The special tests were also very difficult to go fast in, some tests consisted of giant deep sand whoops, some had tree roots, rocks and slick mud. It was a true test of an off-road rider.

Did your experience change your impression of international riders?
Yes, in a big way! There are so many great riders, I was taught a lesson daily. I think that everybody should do an international race! Most US national highly ranked racers don’t have a clue what’s really out there.

Was ISDE what you imagined?
No, I thought it would be easier. It is a very fast learning curve and you must always be on your toes!

Do you want to go back?
Ask me in a week or two! Haha Next year is in Germany! More rocks, mud and even snow! I will be there if I am invited.

How was it working with the other Team members?
Kurt Caselli, Russell Bobbitt, Destry Abbott, Nate Kanney, and Jimmy Jarrett are all great riders. They really earned the 3rd place for SA. Plus they are all positive and fun guys to be around!

Anyone you would like to thank?
Johnny Campbell(JCRHonda), Dana from General Tire, Joe Johnson, my girlfriend Krysta and Kurt Caselli.

Lucas Oil-backed Colton Haaker is one of the top riders competing in the AMA GEICO EnduroCross series, presented by E3 Sparkplugs. The northern California native was a top Trials competitor before shifting his focus to EnduroCross.

He moved to SoCal this year to get more riding time in at the motocross tracks and he even qualified for two AMA MX Nationals; once on the 250 at Hangtown and then on a 450 at Washougal. But all of that time on the MX tracks hasn’t taken away from his trials skills. The video link below highlights some of the amazing skills that Colton has developed with his unique background in motocross, trials, and more recently, EnduroCross.