Ensenada, Mexico – The FMF/Bonanza Plumbing/KTM Team earned 3rd overall at the 44th Annual running of the Tecate SCORE/Baja 500.

The 7X KTM team had a stacked line-up of KTM’s top athletes competing for the win at the SCORE/Baja 500. The team was headed by Kurt Caselli. He was joined by Mike Brown, Ivan Ramirez and Marc Coma.

The team started 7th off the line with Kurt Caselli behind the bars. He quickly passed the bike off to Ramirez who was scheduled to ride until mile marker 97. Unfortunately, within the first 15 miles of the race course, Ramirez suffered a hard crash going over the bars. He was able to recover but the bike had suffered some serious damage and the team lost approximately 8 minutes to the front runners before it was back in riding condition. Once repaired, Ramirez finished his stretch of the race and then handed the bike over to Brown.

June 4th saw the 43rd running of the historic SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico. KTM riders Ivan Ramirez and Brandon Prieto rode their way to a third place finish on their 2011 450SX-F.

Third time is a charm for team sponsor Bonanza Plumbing. The extreme nature of the Baja is a test of both riders and machinery. In just their third attempt racing in Mexico the team was able to put together all of the elements of a successful ride: bike, rider and support team.

Starting 9th off the line, lead rider Ivan Ramirez quickly worked his way into fourth position. “I actually like starting last because it gives me people to pass…keeps me focused and motivated” says Ivan. At the mile 100 mark, Ivan was up to third position on the course and nearly tied with the lead bikes on adjusted time.