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.