Kendal Norman and Quinn Cody Earn SCORE Baja 500 Motorcycle Win

Jun. 05, 2011 By Josh Burns, Photos by Mark Kariya
Kendall Norman (shown here in second place just after Ojos Negros during the start of the race) once again teamed with Quinn Cody and led much of the race. In fact, Norman physically finished in a dead heat with Udall so with the start times factored in. The team was awarded the win after penalties were assessed on the 0x bike that had unofficially finished 30 seconds ahead of Norman and Cody.

Although the Johnny Campbell Racing Honda team earned both first and second place at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, it turns out that Colton Udall and David Kamo, who rode the 0x bike to honor fallen teammate Jeff “Ox” Kargola, didn’t earn the motorcycle win after all. SCORE officials reported that after tracking data was reviewed, the 1x CRF450X of Kendall Norman and Quinn Cody earned the win after 10 minutes of penalties were handed out to the 0x for violations.

Colton Udall (shown) and David Kamo were thought to be the overall motorcycle winners, but 10 minutes of penalties were assessed after SCORE officials reviewed tracking data. They finished in second place after the penalty.

The win gave Honda its 16th overall motorcycle victory in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and 15th straight title. Norman and Udall ran neck and neck down the final street section in Ensenada, crossing the finish line at essentially the same time. Since Norman started 30 seconds ahead of Udall, it appeared that Udall and Kamo earned the win initially. Ultimately, it was still a tight battle between the Honda “A” team of Norman and Cody and the “B” team of Udall and Kamo.

“The thing is, it is always going to be a really aggressive race between us (and Colton Udall) because we have the same support, we've got the best bikes and the best pits so it's always going to be a dogfight,” Norman said after the race.

Though partner Brandon Prieto crashed during his stint, he and Ivan Ramirez (shown) held a solid third almost all day on their privately backed Bonanza Plumbing KTM 450 SX-F.

After the release of SCORE official results, the KTM450 SX-F of Ivan Ramirez and Brandon Prieto remain in third place, finishing more than 28 minutes behind second-place Ox bike. The fourth fastest motorcycle, and winner of Class 30, was the team of Mike Johnson, Steve Garnett and Brian Pinard. Finishing in fifth place was another Class 30 bike piloted by Francisco Septien, Jason Trubey, Scotty Myers, David Fry and Jim O’Neal.

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SCORE Baja 500 - Pro Motorcycles Overall
Making his first appearance with the JCR Honda team, David Kamo and Colton Udall finished second at the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 500. 1. Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody
- Honda CRF450X, 8:47:07 (51.76 mph), Class 22

2. Colton Udall/David Kamo Honda
- CRF450X, 8:57:07 (50.79 mph), Class 22

3. Ivan Ramirez/Brandon Prieto,
- KTM 450XCW, 9:25:16 (48.07 mph), Class 22

4. Mike Johnson/Steve Garnett/Brian Pinard
- Honda CRF450X, 9:56:05 (45.58 mph), Class 30

5. Francisco Septien/Jason Trubey/Scott Myers/David Fry/Jim O’Neal
-Honda CRF450X, 10:13:25 (44.29 mph), Class 30

6. Jeff Kaplan/Ron Wilson/Jeff Sheets/Brett Helm
- Honda CRF450X, 10:18:45 (43.91 mph), Class 40

7. Trevor Insley/Matt Eddy/Max Eddy Jr./Bill Gilbert
- Honda CRF450X, 10:35:13 (42.77 mph), Class 21

8. Adam Neuwirth/Brandon Prieto/Ricky Brabec
- Honda CRF450X, 10:37:36 (42.61mph), Class 21

9. Brody Kunz/ Phil Cowan/Chris Parr
- Kawasaki KLX450, 10:57:59 (41.29 mph), Class 21

10. Francisco Arredondo/Connor Penhall
- Honda CRF450X, 11:05:20 (40.84 mph), Class 22 Newsletter
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