For the 17th year in a row, a Honda crossed the finish line first in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The Johnny Campbell Racing Honda team of Tim Weigand, Colton Udall, David Kamo and team newcomer Mark Samuels came into the event with a lot of question marks but finished the race with an exclamation point. The team won the overall motorcycle race, covering the 883.1-mile distance in a time of 18 hours, 29 minutes, 14.240 seconds, at an average speed of 47.768 mph.
UPDATE: As of 8:15 a.m. PST on Friday, November 15, SCORE Ops showed the 2X FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM and the 1X JCR Honda together at Race Mile 454. The 349X Honda was at Race Mile 411, and the 4X THR Motorsports/Monster Energy Kawasaki was at Race Mile 402.
FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM’s Kurt Caselli made a little history right off the starting line at the 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the 30-year-old becoming the first rider to start the race at night, leaving Ensenada promptly at 11 p.m. to start KTM’s quest for a Baja 1000 victory.
The 14th annual Glen Helen 24-Hour Endurance race will go down in the history books as one of the all-time greatest battles. For the JCR/Honda team of Colton Udall, Timmy Weigand, David Kamo and Ryan Dudek the start of the race would be more than a feat, as a minor setback would have them at an 8 minute deficit from the second lap of what would turn into a 22 hour game of catch up. The course this year was rougher and tighter than usual, close to 10 miles around, comprised of Glen Helen’s Nat’l and REM MX tracks, The Lucas Oil truck short course, and the neighboring natural terrain consisting of multiple single track trails, sand washes, and rough, square-edged ridgeline trails.
All involved, lap times ranged from 20-22 minutes depending on bottlenecks and dust. As the rock-a-round-the-clock chaos continued, The JCR team would chip away at the leaders but not without a blistering pace on their Honda CRF450R. During the night, the time split, would bounce between 20 seconds to 3 minutes depending on dust and planned maintenance pit stops between the JCR Team and the competition.
With the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 now in the books, we wanted to take a look back at some of the class winners of the 502-mile off road race that was held last weekend in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
There were 276 vehicles that left the starting line of the 2013 Baja 500, with 162 of those reaching the finish time in the allotted time (a finishing percentage of 58.71 for the field). Racers from 25 different U.S. States and 15 different counties participated in this year’s race.
As is often the case, there are hundreds of unique stories that come out of every off-road race – especially those held in Baja. Here’s a brief look at some of the class winners from the race along with some comments from them after crossing the finish line.
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
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.
Fueled by Rockstar Energy, Timmy Weigand and Colton Udall strike first in what is shaping up to be a record smashing season of SCORE racing. The duo took command of the race early with Colton Udall on the bike and on the gas passing his way up to 2nd in physical and 1st on adjusted by JCR/Honda Pit 1. Timmy got on the bike and had a collision with a large rock that split the rear rim. Johnny Campbell radioed in an emergency strategy change and JCR/Honda journeyman tech Mitch Hamm was on hand to do an unplanned 1X wheel change. His poise under pressure allowed for a smooth, fast pit and got the bike back underway. Now the racers would have to regroup and push hard to make up time.
Johnny Campbell checked in after day one of the six-day 1300-mile Morocco Rally to let us know Honda took the stage 1 victory for the HRC Rally team in dominating fashion. Enthusiasts the world over have been longing for Honda to return to Rally racing and now they have something to cheer about. Honda is back and the engineers at HRC have built the ultimate Rally bike.
“The track today was very fast, let’s say 90% very fast track and 10% off track in the dunes,” Campbell said. “There was a lot of rocks and dust but in general it was ok. This is the first major rally race I have competed in since 2001 so it takes me a little time to get into the race rhythm again, in terms of speed and intensity, while physically I’m ok. I made some navigation mistakes and I lost 10 minutes before arriving at the service. Then I regrouped and finished 16th. The CRF 450 Rally is working really well, it has strong power and I look forward to the next stage.”
Fifty years ago Dave Ekins and Bill Robertson Jr. rode two new Honda Scramblers from Tijuana to La Paz in a timed promotion to prove the durability of these new bikes. Today the Baja 1000 is the premier, toughest and longest running off road event in the world involving trucks, cars, ATVs and motorcycles.
You are invited to come and socialize, share stories, and introduce the family to the legends: Dave Ekins (original Scrambler rider) and Johnny Campbell (11 time Baja champ and owner of JCRacing). Baja 50th Anniversary “Warm Up Celebration”
When: Saturday, August 4 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Congratulations to David Kamo and Colton Udall! The JCR teammates put in amazing rides taking home 2nd and 4th place overall respectively, at the 3rd round of the AMA National Hare & Hound series, on Sunday, March 25 near Murphy, Idaho. Loop 1 started with a 1.5 mile 5th gear bomb run through the low sage brush and funneled into a 60 mile loop containing a series of single track and two track trail including deep water crossings and waterfall sections. Loop 2 presented a tighter more challenging 40 mile track through the southern Idaho desert. Lead racers completed the 100 mile race in just over 2.5 hours.
Everyone was raving about the amazing course the Dirt Inc. crew had put together. Kamo started just outside the top 5, having to battle dust, but made quick, calculated passes, moving up to 2nd overall by the end of the 1st loop. Kamo continued his steady push to the top of the field and ultimately finished a strong 2nd at the end of the 100 mile sprint. JCR teammate Colton Udall rode a smart race finishing a Nat’l H&H career best in 4th overall just seconds behind the last podium step. The JCR/Honda racers were mounted on twin, Eric Siraton built Honda CRF450X machines.
“David, Colton and Eric did a great job this weekend up in Idaho. We are going to continue to work hard and push to the top step of the podium for the next national in April. Big thanks to American Honda and all our great sponsors for their support!” –Johnny Campbell