Anyone who’s ever raced in Baja will tell you that you battle the race course as much as the other racers. Wayne Matlock is a multi-time champion ATV racer who recently switched to piloting UTVs, and at this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 Matlock gave a perfect example of maintaining the will to win in Baja. After losing his right front tire while leading the race, Matlock and his co-driver managed to limp the machine to the finish with only three wheels and earn a second place in class and fourth place overall.
Johnny Campbell Racing gave American Honda the top two overall motorcycle finishing positions and their 15th straight Baja 500 title as Kendall Norman and Quinn Cody take the win and Honda’s 16th overall motorcycle victory in the very demanding 452.84 mile SCORE Baja 500 with a winning time of 8:47:07 at 51.76 mph on a Honda CRF450X. Their times were the fastest of all vehicles on the course. This race marks the second straight overall SCORE Baja 500 race win for Norman and Cody. Norman now has five career race wins in this event in the last six years. It was the second triumph for Cody. Udall was teamed with Kamo for the first time as Johnny Campbell Racing dedicated the race to the memory of Udall’s former teammate Jeff “OX” Kargola, who passed away recently following a motorcycle riding accident in Baja. During Saturday’s race, the two JCR/Honda vehicles actually crossed the finish line together in what was one of the closest races in the history of the Baja 500. Early reports had the win going to the 0x bike ridden by Colton Udall and JCR/Honda newcomer David Kamo however after final data review the win was awarded to Norman/Cody. Both teams were racing identical Eric Siraton prepped Honda CRF450X’s.
JCR/Honda congratulates the following teams, winning their respective motorcycle and ATV classes, all relying on the popular JCR/Honda race support pit service: Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., (Class 25, Honda TRX700XX), Brandon Brown, Umatilla Ore. (Class 24, Honda TRX450R), Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 30, Honda CRF450X), Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X), Trevor Insley, San Clemente, Calif. (Class 21, Honda CRF450X), Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X), Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X).