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

Please show your support for Justin ImHof by buying a raffle ticket for a new Honda CRF250R. The drawing is set for January 22nd at the 1st round of the AMA National Hare & Hound series. Tickets are available online till midnight pacific time January 17th 2012. Tickets will be available on site at the Hare & Hound leading up to the drawing for $100.00 cash only at the event. Justin and his family will be on hand to celebrate with the winner. You do not have to be on hand to win but it would be fun if you were…

Go to www.TrueChampion.org or www.JCRHonda.com and click on the win this bike graphic to purchase your tickets now. 100% of the raffle goes to supporting the recovery of Justin ImHof. The cost is $100.00 at the event and our goal is to sell 200 tickets.

“Justin is an inspiration to me and so many people. He is the most determined kid I have ever come across. Please support Justin by purchasing a ticket for this raffle.” — Johnny Campbell

Thank you to everyone that has supported Justin’s recovery with your time money and prayers. With your support Justin can continue his much needed speech and therapy sessions along with any possible upcoming surgeries. Team ImHof is truly blessed to have the support from the entire Off-Road community, his friends and his family. You can read more about Justin’s journey thru the message board links below.

http://www.district37ama.org/forums/showthread.php?t=41725

http://www.race-dezert.com/forum/showthread.php/88283-Please-Pray-for-Justin-Imhoff-8x

Justin’s mom Karen sent in this update:

When Justin was racing in the 2010 Baja 1000 crashed and he landed mostly on the right upper portion of his body, his ribs, arm, neck, shoulder, scapula and head were all injured. His arm doesn’t work as of yet, the injury he has is called brachial plexus.

http://www.assh.org/Public/HandConditions/Pages/BrachialPlexus.aspx

The nerves in his arm are damaged, so the brain cannot communicate with the arm and tell it to function properly.

Speech is still difficult for him so he attends speech therapy. He also attends occupational therapy and physical therapy and continues to improve, never giving up.  This kid is able to do one armed push-ups with his left arm and kick out a bunch of sit ups with a 20 lb weight on his stomach. He always says, “If there is a will, there is a way.”

Justin recently underwent a 7 hour double nerve transfer surgery at UCLA with our amazing doctor, Dr. Nader Pouratian to help repair his right arm. He was suppose to stay 3 days in the hospital, but was out of the hospital by 1:00 the next day.

Seriously, he is one tough kid, he never complains of pain and never says “I can’t.” When asked if he wanted pain medication for home, he said “No.” I didn’t even fill the prescription, because I knew he wouldn’t take it.

Justin is in the process of being accepted to Coastline Community College and if all works out, he will start attending in January 2012. Coastline has a brain injury program and he will benefit tremendously from this cognitive program.

Justin is a miracle.  Going from being in a coma for 20 days, on life support, a ventilator, feeding tube and a screw in his skull to measure pressure in the brain. He is now driving himself to the many, many medical appointments.

Yes, he did have to relearn how to walk, eat, and tend to the normal daily hygiene routines. He is able to text left handed on his iphone and loves to communicate on Facebook. Show your support and friend Justin on Facebook either on Team Justin ImHof or Justin ImHof.

He is ALWAYS shining with that huge “Justin” smile. He believes he was “reborn” on November 18, 2010 the date of his accident.

The largest and most difficult off-road race in the world is only days away, and the JCR/Honda squad is focused on winning. The teams have been prerunning and are prepared for battle.

JCR/Honda will field two competitive teams: the 1st team consists of  Baja dominators Kendall Norman, Quinn Cody and new young blood, Logan Holladay. The defending SCORE champions are running the 1X plate synonymous with JCR/Honda’s legacy of success in Baja.

JCR’s 2nd team consists of the current SCORE points leader Colton Udall, David Kamo and features the return to Baja, of JCR/Honda’s own Timmy Weigand. The team will be running the 0X plate in honor of Jeff “OX” Kargola.

“The challenge and adventure of racing the Baja 1000 is impossible to compare to anything else. To win you need to be tougher, faster and more prepared than everyone else. That’s why the Baja 1000 is the ultimate proving ground for man and machine. We are proud of the brands that work with us all year long and this is our opportunity to once again prove that they are the best. We are racing with two of the best teams we have ever had. The bikes (Honda CRF450X) built by Eric Siraton are faster than ever and I am expecting it will be a very competitive race to the finish.” — Johnny Campbell

Johnny Campbell Racing gave American Honda the top two overall motorcycle finishing positions and their 15th straight Baja 500 title as Kendall Norman and Quinn Cody take the win and Honda’s 16th overall motorcycle victory in the very demanding 452.84 mile SCORE Baja 500 with a winning time of 8:47:07 at 51.76 mph on a Honda CRF450X. Their times were the fastest of all vehicles on the course. This race marks the second straight overall SCORE Baja 500 race win for Norman and Cody. Norman now has five career race wins in this event in the last six years. It was the second triumph for Cody. Udall was teamed with Kamo for the first time as Johnny Campbell Racing dedicated the race to the memory of Udall’s former teammate Jeff “OX” Kargola, who passed away recently following a motorcycle riding accident in Baja. During Saturday’s race, the two JCR/Honda vehicles actually crossed the finish line together in what was one of the closest races in the history of the Baja 500. Early reports had the win going to the 0x bike ridden by Colton Udall and JCR/Honda newcomer David Kamo however after final data review the win was awarded to Norman/Cody. Both teams were racing identical Eric Siraton prepped Honda CRF450X’s.

JCR/Honda congratulates the following teams, winning their respective motorcycle and ATV classes, all relying on the popular JCR/Honda race support pit service: Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., (Class 25, Honda TRX700XX), Brandon Brown, Umatilla Ore. (Class 24, Honda TRX450R), Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 30, Honda CRF450X), Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X), Trevor Insley, San Clemente, Calif. (Class 21, Honda CRF450X), Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X), Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X).

JCR Honda’s Quinn Cody was not only able to finish his first Dakar race, he also was able to crack into the top 10! As JCR’s press release noted, “It cannot be overstated that Quinn was nothing short of spectacular in his first DAKAR Rally effort and earned top rookie status!”

The year’s Dakar saw more than half of the competitors that started on January 1st not making it to the finish. The specials were long and hard until the very end, and unexpected weather like heavy rainfall made for dramatic day to day changes in the conditions and tested the competitors to the limit every day.

 Canidae Pet Foods Trophy Truck at The Laughlin Leap 2010Race fans may have heard of the accident of 17-year-old dirt bike racer Justin Imhof, who was severely injured while riding for the JCR Honda team on the 8x bike at the Baja 1000 in Mexico. ImHof was at UCSD Hospital for several weeks in a coma.

Although he recently came out of hte coma, he still has a long road toward recovery. Canidae Racing decided to organize a an auction, with money raised to benefit the young racer.

“All of us at Canidae Racing were very moved when we heard about his injuries,” said Scott Gailey, driver for Canidae Racing. “We know how difficult recovery from such a devastating racing injury can be, and also understand the financial difficulties that can go along with the medical care and rehabilitation. We all decided to help Justin and his family by auctioning off a ride in our Trophy Truck for the Laughlin Leap on January 14th. We are putting the winner in the navigator seat!”

With an unofficial overall race time of 19 hours, 20 minutes and 52 seconds, the JCR Honda 1x bike of Kendall Norman and Quinn Cody earned the motorcycle win at the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The team finished hours ahead of the next nearest bike, having an average speed of 54.874 mph during the 1061.69-mile race.