Thumb-Caselli-Baja-500-Start-6-1-13Just minutes before the start of the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500, the motorcycle and ATV teams gathered at the starting line in Ensenada, the pre-dawn peace and quiet was occasionally shattered by staccato exhaust notes in anticipation of the start.

Gathered at the front of the line, four motorcycles, led by THR Motorsports/Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Robby Bell, was the picture of focus in anticipation of a repeat of the team’s 2012 race victory. Bell said that he just wanted to have a mistake-free race.

Haaker-ENDuroX-Off-Road-5-8-13Timmy Weigand came out swinging at round 4 of the 2013 AMA West Coast GP series, taking home a dominating win and extending his grasp on the 2013 championship with his 4th win of the season.

The opening round of the 2013 AMA EnduroCross season did not disappoint as JCR/Honda EnduroCross sensation Colton Haaker shined in the Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. Battling all night long, Colton Haaker showed he has the speed and endurance to challenge for the championship.

“I am very proud of all the hard work the team has put into 2013 and it shows in the results. We made some big commitments this year and with the help of our sponsors, racers and team we intend to make good on those commitments.” — Johnny Campbell

JCR-Honda-San-Felipe-SCORE-3-11-13Fueled by Rockstar Energy, Timmy Weigand and Colton Udall strike first in what is shaping up to be a record smashing season of SCORE racing. The duo took command of the race early with Colton Udall on the bike and on the gas passing his way up to 2nd in physical and 1st on adjusted by JCR/Honda Pit 1. Timmy got on the bike and had a collision with a large rock that split the rear rim. Johnny Campbell radioed in an emergency strategy change and JCR/Honda journeyman tech Mitch Hamm was on hand to do an unplanned 1X wheel change. His poise under pressure allowed for a smooth, fast pit and got the bike back underway. Now the racers would have to regroup and push hard to make up time.

The JCR/Honda trio of Colton Udall, David Kamo and Timmy Weigand won the 45th SCORE Baja 1000. With a total time of 20:09:30, averaging 55.64mph. Colton Udall took the lead on adjusted around mile 100. Around mile 150 is the OX memorial, set up just outside of San Felipe. As Colton was passing the site he found some superhuman speed and was able to quickly pass all competitors and move into the psychical lead.  Was he inspired by OX or was OX there giving him a push, I don’t know but it was a reminder to everyone that OX was a passionate Baja competitor and his spirit continues to inspire. Once Colton had taken the lead he took control of the race extending his lead to 8 minutes when he handed the bike off to David Kamo at mile 347. Kamo rode a flawless race and handed the bike back to Colton at mile 614. The sun was setting and it was time for the headlights to go on. Colton rode another 170 mile section before handing the bike back to Kamo. Kamo rode a transfer section across some of the most technical water crossings on the course and then handed the bike to Timmy Weigand for the final 300 miles. Timmy brought the bike to the finish line in LaPaz with over an hour lead on the competition. After leading the race for over 970 miles the JCR/Honda team celebrated an dominate victory.

Robby Bell enjoyed a clean sweep, winning all four races he entered at round four of the Big 6 AMA West Coast Grand Prix Series aboard his THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F. The sole round of the eight-race series held outside of Southern California (though it almost qualifies, being in Primm, Nevada), it provides a unique set of challenges for both the rider and his mechanic.

“The Shamrocks Motorcycle Club marked out an enjoyable course with a balanced mix of twisty sand whoops and high-speed, choppy straightaway’s,” Bell shared. “Bike setup would be a compromise: too stiff and the chop will rip your hands apart, but too soft and the deep whoops will be more than happy to kick your back end out from under you. I felt my bike was set up perfectly for the course conditions and was ready to get out there.”

As usual at GP races, the Unclassified race was the first event of the weekend, and Bell established a pattern that he’d follow both days.

“Unclassified went well for me,” he said, “as instead of my usual routine of just cruising around, I felt good enough to jump out front and win, passing both of the Honda boys (Timmy Weigand and Colton Udall) and hopefully, from my point of view, setting the stage for the races to follow.”

San Felipe, Mexico – The Bonanza Plumbing/FMF/KTM backed team of Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez took home a long awaited victory in the 26th running of the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.

The talented duo raced aboard the KTM 450 SX-F in 248.64 grueling miles of rugged race course to come out on top of the podium. It was the first overall victory for both riders and the third victory for the KTM brand in the history of the event. Ramirez also made history as the first native to win in his home country.

Caselli started for the team and moved into the lead shortly after the first 30 mile check. He had one small crash shortly after but recovered without losing the lead. He passed the bike off to Ramirez who quickly set to work to grow their lead. Meanwhile the second KTM team of Mike Brown and Quinn Cody were off to a decent start sitting in third position.

Timmy Weigand put in a dominating performance at this weekend’s Glen Helen Big 6 Grand Prix race. The JCR/Honda rider is riding better than ever and it showed this weekend as Timmy swept the day, winning all 3 motos he raced convincingly. Colton was also on fire and would take home a well deserved 2nd place. With Glen Helen’s rich history and signature elements it makes for an amazing GP that is fun to watch and race with lap times just under 13 minutes. The course totaled 8 miles and consisted of the MX track, REM track, surrounding ridge tops, pavement section thru the Glen Helen pavilion, back over the east ridge and thru the Lucas Oil truck track. Congratulations to the Prairie Dogs MC on their 22nd annual Grand Prix.

Colton and Timmy will join up with David Kamo, all pictured above, for the San Felipe 250 this coming Saturday. Colton Udall has won the San Felipe 250 for the past two years in a row and is confident in his team, bike and knowing they are the team to beat. With factory supported presence from the green and orange teams this is shaping up to be a Baja season for the record books!

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