(Agua Dulce, Calif.): The NORRA Mexican 1000 is an epic race that travels the length of the Baja Peninsula. Known as “The Happiest Race On Earth,” its rally based format is fun for those seeking adventure and challenging for those who relish competition. The event has classes for many different bikes which draws a diverse and talented bunch of riders. There could be no greater demonstration of that point than to look at this year’s top finishers.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): When was the last time you rode in Baja with two motorcycle racing legends? Ricky Johnson and Steve Hengeveld will be racing the NORRA Mexican 1000 in 2016. Johnson has multiple motocross titles, championships in the TORC series, Pro-4 class, Baja 1000 wins in 1997 and 2003, and a long list of accolades including being inducted into the AMA motorcycle hall of fame in 1999.
With the motorcycles and ATVs already off the line earlier this morning, it was time for the trucks, buggies and UTVs to take to the 821.38-mile course for this year’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000.
Racing is well underway after the four-wheeled vehicles left the line this morning for the 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. We spoke to a number of the lead Trophy Truck and Class 1 teams this morning about the race and how they felt before leaving the line. Most of them all talked about the difficulty this rough course will present .
Tavo Vildosola, who hopes to earn another Baja 1000 win this year with his Farther Gustavo Sr., knows the importance of this year regardless of the team’s peformacne thus far in 2013.
The mecca of short course off-road racing witnessed big crowds, fast course conditions and door-to-door racing at rounds 13 and 14 of the Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL and the World Championship races this past weekend. When all was said and done drivers on BFGoodrich Tires claimed three wins and 12 total podiums to go along with eight World Championship race titles.
Team BFGoodrich member Rob MacCachren put in a veteran performance by sweeping the Pro 4 races and finishing second and third in Pro 2 respectively to dig his heels into the Pro 4 standings. After the Crandon weekend, MacCachren has 285 points and stands just eight points out of first place, behind Johnny Greaves (293) and Ricky Johnson (290).
Drivers on BFGoodrich Tires continued their successful run in the Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL at the Red Bud MX track on Aug 10-11. A podium sweep of the Pro 4 class in Round 12 on Sunday served as a tremendous finale in what was a big weekend for the tire manufacturer which claimed five wins and 13 total podium finishes in the pro classes and won 10 of the 12 the sportsman class races as well.
Red Bud has notoriously technical and natural terrain to maneuver through which can and did prove to attract aggressive racing. Team BFGoodrich member Bryce Menzies swept the Pro 2 class both days while Rob MacCachren captured two podium spots in Pro 2 on the weekend.
In one of the premier events on the schedule of the Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL, BFGoodrich Tires continued its assault on the podium at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. With five class wins and 12 podium finishes, drivers on BFGoodrich Tires claimed the most top finishes. Additionally, drivers on BFGoodrich Tires won nine of the 12 total sportsman class races.
Team BFGoodrich members Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies and Brad Lovell all collected wins in their respective classes. With Lovell’s win in Pro Light, his first of the season, BFGoodrich Tires is the first and only tire manufacturer to record a win in every class this season on the Traxxas TORC Series schedule.
“Our season has been rough,” Lovell said. “We’ve lost engines, we’ve had fires; we even broke before a race started out in the desert. Tonight is just vindication. We’ve been trying and struggling and you just get down.
Bark River, Mich. — Andrew Caddell rebounded from a tough day in the opener at Bark River (Mich.) International Raceway on Saturday, Aug.11, to pick up a win on Sunday, Aug. 12, for Mopar® and Ram Truck with the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series, making it four wins on the weekend for the brands. Mopar and Ram have won more races this season than any other manufacturer in the series, and Mopar Ram drivers currently lead the standings in the each of the three PRO classes.
“It was another fantastic weekend for Mopar and Ram Truck at Bark River with the TORC Series, as Andrew Caddell won today, along with Ricky Johnson, Bryce Menzies and Luke Johnson winning yesterday,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “To have 19 wins this season is pretty remarkable. With only two events and four rounds of racing left, we are excited to have Mopar Ram drivers contending for the championship in each of the three PRO classes for the second straight year.”
CRANDON, WISCONSIN—It wasn’t the start he was looking for, but definitely the finish. Scott Douglas came back to win round six of Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL PRO4 action at Crandon International Raceway after being shuffled all the way back to sixth on the start.
“I was using a different starting line technique that has worked extremely well in practice,” commented Douglas after the race. “Our manual transmission uses a torque converter and I was loading up the converter holding it with the brakes. It started to creep on the starting line so I had to get out of it and as soon as I did they threw the green flag.”
Sixth into turn one, the off-road veteran wisely let the pack settle in before making his charge to the front. At the mid-race competition yellow, number 7 AMSOIL Borla Ford was up to 4th quickly reeling in Adrian Cenni. After contact between Greaves and Johnson, Douglas was able to pass for the lead and charged hard to the checkered flag. Coming into Crandon, Scott Douglas was second in PRO4 points behind Ricky Johnson. The win closed the gap to 18 points and increased his lead to 10 points over third place Adrian Cenni. Scott Douglas now has five podium finishes in five starts for the 2012 season.
Buchanan, Mich. — Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies earned two more victories for Mopar® and Ram Truck on Sunday, May 27 in the finale of the two-day event for the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich.
“It was another fantastic weekend for Mopar and Ram with Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies winning today, along with Andrew Caddell, Rob MacCachren and Ricky Johnson winning yesterday,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “To earn five more wins against the world-class competition in TORC is a true testament to the power of Mopar engines and the reliability of the Ram Truck. We look forward to contending for many more wins this season, as well as the championship in each of the three PRO classes.”
Johnson, who was victorious in the opener at RedBud on Saturday in his Mopar Ram, has now won all four PRO 4 rounds this season and extended his win streak to eight races dating back to last year. The defending class champion started sixth on Sunday, after the six-truck inversion and gained a spot on the start and two more on the second lap to work his way into third.