David Pearson is one race away from reclaiming the title he first won in 2007: king of the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series. The THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F-mounted racer maintains his lead in series points after a strong runner-up finish at round eight of the series on October 14 at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area outside of Lucerne Valley, California, behind Kurt Caselli. Purvines Racing Kawasaki’s Nick Burson rounded out the podium in third.

Caselli of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team got the holeshot and immediately tried to gap the field with Pearson sticking close, the two title rivals never far apart. In fact, Pearson made a few passes that put him in the lead during the first two 40-mile loops of the So Cal Motorcycle Club’s three-loop race. Their battle would separate them from the rest of the pack as the race wore on, the pace they ran a brisk one.

The THR / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F team of Robby Bell, (rider of record), Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson outperformed the factory KTM, a slew of hard chargers and broke factory Honda’s 15 year winning streak to take the victory at the SCORE, Baja 500 in Ensenada Mexico. Steady riding and quick pit stops kept them in front of the 1x Honda team for most of the day. The 4x team overcame every obstacle in their path to put themselves in commanding control in the late stages of the race. When the 1x team pitted for tires late in the race, THR matched their move putting on fresh Dunlop’s while maintaining the gap. THR Motorsports boss Scott Jacobson said before the race that “our time has come” and couldn’t have been more right. We cannot thank Monster Energy, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki and all our other sponsors enough for standing behind us.

The win did not come easy however; Robby Bell got out front right off the start but due to some miscommunication did not see his first pit at race mile 48. He soon realized something was wrong so he scavenged for a splash of gas. The team’s Precision Concepts built Kawasaki motors are a lot closer to what comes directly from the factory than most people think. They are meticulously prepared but far from exotic so they can run on Pemex if necessary. After a few attempts he got some fuel from a fan and set out to reclaim the precious minutes that were lost.

The THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F-mounted trio of Robby Bell (the Rider of Record), Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson heads into the 44th Tecate/SCORE Baja 500 on Saturday, June 2, confidently riding a wave of momentum that promises to see them challenging three factory-backed teams for the overall victory.

Pearson, of course, won the recent Cherry Creek National hare & hound in Utah. That marked his first series triumph since winning the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series opener last year and catapulted him into the series points lead for the first time; he now has a fairly comfortable margin over the injured Kurt Caselli of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team with three rounds remaining after the traditional summer break, 142-120.

That same weekend saw Bell take his first podium at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) with a 2-2 score in California. He’s a close sixth in points with four rounds left.

THR Motorsports ace David Pearson kicked off the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series with a strong runner-up finish to defending series champ Kurt Caselli after a fast, dusty 45th Winter Classic hosted by the Desert Motorcycle Club in Lucerne Valley, California.

“Getting second overall at the first round behind Caselli [means you’re] pretty consistent and you’ve got to be consistent all year to have a chance at winning the championship,” Pearson pointed out.

Pearson was second off the start behind Caselli, but Destry Abbott snuck past Pearson in the early going, the five-time series champ putting in an inspired ride until brake issues popped up.

“I came into the pits [and] I was right behind [Abbott]; Caselli was probably 25 seconds ahead of him or whatever,” Pearson explained. “I went out on the second [loop] and put my head down and caught up and passed Destry. He didn’t have any brakes; I’m not sure when he lost them. I took a different trail than him and was able to pass him.

“From there, I just rode solid.”

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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Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto helped lead Team USA to its seventh-straight victory after an impressive third moto win aboard his Kawasaki KX™450F amongst the best in the world at the Motocross of Nations (MXoN) at Circuit du Puy de Poursay in St. Jean-D’Angely, France. After finishing third in his first moto, Villopoto stepped up to claim the best overall result of the day with a 3-1. USA teammate Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett placed 17th in both motos. Showcasing his talent aboard a big bike, Tyla Rattray put his 2012 Kawasaki KX450F on the podium of the final moto of the day and helped propel South Africa to sixth in the final country standings with a 5-3. Dean Wilson’s Team Great Britain finished fourth overall as he rode through an injured wrist to finish 9-27 in his motos.

Bringing It Home
Going into the final moto of the day, Villopoto knew that his team sat nine points back of France in the overall standings. Compared to a mid-pack start he got in his first moto, Villopoto was near the front and made a great pass for the lead on the fifth lap.  He was leading by more than 10 seconds, but slowed to celebrate the finish with Team USA teammate Ryan Dungey.

“Every win at this event feels incredible,” said Villopoto. “This one is definitely special because I haven’t raced the event since 2008. It was hard to watch from the sidelines those two years and now that I’m back, it’s better than I remembered. Coming into the final moto, it wasn’t looking that great, but I knew that if Dungey and myself rode how we do in the states, we had a good chance.”

IRVINE, Calif. (August 11, 2011) – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer will debut the 2012 Kawasaki KX450F on Saturday at the AMA Motocross Championship at Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y.

The 2012 Kawasaki KX450F features many upgrades to an already championship-winning bike including improved chassis performance and enhanced ergonomics. The Monster Energy Kawasaki race team was able to make the switch to the newer bike since the release of the new model came out in early June.

“We could tell right away that the guys were comfortable on the bike and after successful testing over the break, we decided to go ahead and race it,” said Motocross Team Manager Mike Fisher. “Having the option to go to the 2012 KX450F gives us an advanta ge over our competition to utilize the latest technology that has been provided to us by Kawasaki.”

To see all the latest technology the 2012 Kawasaki KX450F has to offer, check out the info page here: http://kx.kawasaki.com

Kawasaki recently introduced its new 2012 KX450F to the media at Red Bud Track and Trail in Buchanon, Mich. The bike features a new launch control system and a number of other updates from the previous version.

The new 2012 KX450F definitely has big shoes to fill considering the 2011 model was the Supercross Championship-winning bike.

A number of dirt bike journalists took the new KX through its paces at the Red Bud Track. Check out all of the new features as they talk about the new bike in the video below to get their take on the new KX450F.

It’s tough to beat the factory teams in any form of racing, but it can be done with the right equipment and personnel, as well as a little luck. That’s why THR Motorsports has assembled a team that can only be considered front-runners for its targeted races in Best in the Desert, SCORE and SNORE.

By combining youth and experience in race-winning riders Shane Esposito, Bobby Garrison and Steve Hengeveld along with a Kawasaki KX450F meticulously prepared by proven master tuner Bob Bell of Precision Concepts, the THR Motorsports Kawasaki Team promises to be at the front of the field in any event entered, starting with the Tecate/SCORE San Felipe 250. A Kawasaki R&D rider for years, Esposito has a long track record of desert wins on both sides of the border. Garrison is the youngest member of the team, but he’s also a proven winner, both in motocross and WORCS. Hengeveld is also no stranger to victory as a seven-time overall co-winner of the Baja 1000 as well as numerous other triumphs. As for the bike, the KX450F is solid and versatile, having racked up victories in the off-road arena as well as professional motocross and supercross for which it was originally conceived.

You’ll see the new THR Motorsports Kawasaki Team in action right away with a shake-down run by Esposito and Garrison at BITD’s GPR Stabilizers Laughlin U.S. Hare Scrambles outside of Laughlin, Nevada, on March 5. A week later, they’ll be joined by Hengeveld in Class 22 at San Felipe.

In addition to Precision Concepts, THR Motorsports Owners Scott Jacobsen and Rob Sims have chosen to partner with Corona Motorsports and Hoosier Precision Machining as primary backers of this team. There will also be several valued associate sponsors.

THR Motorsports also supports several other teams in various Pro, Expert and Amateur classes in addition to sponsoring a Class 1 car and a Class 7200 truck. It’s backed internally by its Machining Services Division, a full-service machining company with more than 35 years of manufacturing experience.

For more information on or images of the THR Motorsports Kawasaki Team, to arrange interviews or schedule photo sessions, contact THR Motorsports Sales and Marketing Manager Russ Scarce at 1751 California Ave., Ste. 101, Corona, CA  92881. His phone number is 951-738-8213 and his e-mail is russ@thrmotorsports.com. The THR Motorsports Web site is www.thrmotorsports.com.