As if the trio of Robby Bell, Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson wasn’t strong enough, now Destry Abbott will bring even more firepower to the THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki squad, aiming not just for the race win at the 45th Tecate/SCORE Baja 1000 but the overall motorcycle championship in the SCORE Desert Championship Series.

A mere six points separate the three teams fighting for SCORE’s Class 22 title. The FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team–winner of the San Felipe 250 and third at the Baja 500–leads with 146. Johnny Campbell Racing Honda–runner-up at both–is second with 144 and THR–sixth at San Felipe due to a crash early in the race–is third with 140 after winning the 500. That was no easy feat, with some early mistakes setting the team back a bit, but it rebounded to overcome the Honda group and hand the Red Riders their first Baja 500 defeat in 15 years.

Corona, CA – The summer break is almost over for most people in the off-road racing world, though the THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki team certainly hasn’t been on vacation. After its history-making triumph in the 44th Tecate/SCORE Baja 500 in June, the focus switched to the classic BITD General Tire Vegas-to-Reno, and that 534-mile marathon is now upon us with the green flag set to wave at 5:45 A.M. on Friday, August 17, outside of Beatty, Nevada.

The stakes are higher this year for everyone with the introduction of a $10,000 winner-take-all bonus compliments of THR Motorsports, Hoosier Precision Machining, Monster Energy, GPR Stabilizer and Best in the Desert. It doesn’t matter what team or bike or rider–the $10,000 goes to whoever beats everyone else to the finish in Dayton, making this not only the longest off-road race in the U.S. but now the richest.

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.

The 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is nearly in the record books. SCORE officials say 278 racers took the starting line for the 44th running of the 1000. Although race results are unofficial pending SCORE data tracking review, racers for many of the premiere classes have already crossed the finish line.

Andy and Scott McMillin earned the overall four-wheel win and Trophy Truck victory with a time of 14:51:36 (hours, minutes, seconds), holding off the first Trophy Truck team of Nick Vanderwey, Larry Vanderwey and Curt LeDuc off on corrected time by 1 minute, 35 seconds in second place. Finishing in third place, and earning the SCORE Trophy Truck Championship for the 2011 season, is Bryce Menzies, who drove with Ricky Johnson for the race. Menzies and Johnson finished 2 minutes, 27 seconds behind Vanderwey.

Finishing first in Class 1 and earning the SCORE season championship at the same time was the 149 Green Army Motorsports buggy of Justin Davis, who finished 10th overall with a time of 16:17:55. Ronny Wilson earned second place finishing just under 10 minutes behind Davis at 16:27:31. Third place in class went o Brian Parkhouse with a time of 17:16:13.

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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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.

KTM 7x Bike Out of 2010 Baja 1000 After posing a serious threat to the Honda dominance at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the Bonanza Plumbing/FMF/KTM Off-Road Racing Team appears to be out of the race.

After Ivan Ramirez started the first stretch of the race, David Pearson jumped on the bike at the KTM pit at roughly race mile 183 near San Felipe. After getting about three miles into his section the motor blew. The news was confirmed by the team.

The five-man Bonanza Plumbing/FMF/KTM Off-Road Racing Team went off the line this morning for the 43rd running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

For the past few months, the team has prepared their bodies and machine for the long 1000-mile trek on the KTM 530 XC-W. The Bonanza Plumbing/FMF/KTM team did a great deal of pre-race testing, including a 24-hour test ride to prepare for the race.