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Saturday, April 25, 2015

LIVE! Baja Sur 500






FAKE RACE PULL DETERMINES BAJASUR 500 
By Gary Newsome, Editor, Baja Racing News

A potential world class race, was relegated to a third class dumpy event, by SCORE International. LOADING>>>

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MOTORCYCLE WINNER COMPLAINS OF NO HELICOPTER HELP 

"I wish I had a helicopter because there was a lot of scary stuff out there"


LAGUNA WINS AFTER FAKE RACE PULL

Laguna, 24, of Mexicali, was gifted his starting position with a fake race pull. Aftert the green flag, he led racers from 12 U.S. States and f ive countries to the finish line in Loreto, covering the tight, technical 424.52-mile course that started in Cabo San Lucas in an impressive time of seven hours, 35 minutes, 41 seconds, averaging 55.90 miles per hour in the No. 17 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck. The victory also represented the 83rd overall win in SCORE Baja racing for long-time SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires.



Unknown necessary penalties assessed the results were made official early Sunday morning following data tracking review by SCORE race officials.


Competing in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, the race had 82 starters of which 59 officially finished the 424.52-mile course. With an exceptionally high finishing rate of 72.0 percent, the elapsed time race had a 17 hour time limit to become an official finisher.


4-WHEEL TOP FIVE
 
Spending over half of the race trying to run down early leader Carlos Lopez, another RPM Racing young gun who started first and kept the physical lead for over 300 miles, Laguna had a victory margin of three minutes, 49 seconds over now Roger Norman favorite MONSTER Energy sponsored Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany) and their No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado. With Schwarz driving nearly the first half of the race and Eugenio the second, the pair covered the course in 7:39:30 at an average speed of 55.47mph.


Third in SCORE Trophy Truck and fourth overall was Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren with a time of 7:47:15 (54.54mph) in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150. Rob is now unliked in the SCORE camp, after voicing his displeasure at the unprofessional handling of the Imperial Valley event, last year.


With SCORE Trophy Trucks claiming eight of the top 10 overall four-wheel vehicle positions in this race, fourth overall and in the featured racing class was RPM’s Lopez, just 20, of Tecate, Mexico, in the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck in 7:54:46 (53.65mph). Completing the top five SCORE Trophy Truck finisher’s list was 2015 SCORE San Felipe 250 winner Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico, in the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor in 8:38:36 (49.116mph).


LAGUNA COMMENTS
 
An obviously elated Laguna commented in his native language during the finish line interview, saying (translated to English), “This was just my second race in a SCORE Trophy Truck and I’m proud of the win and to be representing Mexico and winning in Mexico. We caught our teammate Carlos Lopez, who was the leader at about race mile 310 but had a hard time getting around them. At one point we went over a jump and got a flat tire.”


“We decided about race mile 160 to skip our scheduled tire change in favor of track position. One tire shredded and we finished the race on the left rear rim. But this BFGoodrich Tires KR2 tires are made for desert racing and they are tough to beat. They are designed to last about 160 miles but they are so tough. RPM Racing has helped me so much and let me race in several classes it’s an honor to race for them.




MOTORCYCLE MAGIC
 
In the motorcycle action Colton Udall of Oceanside, Calif., was the overall two-wheel vehicle winner for the second straight SCORE race, riding solo to victory in the Pro Unlimited class, finishing the race in an elapsed-time of 7:41:38 (55.18mph) on the No. 5x Ox Motorsports Honda CRF450X.  His Ox Motorsports teammate Mark Samuels, of Yucca Valley, Calif., was runner-up for the second consecutive race on another privateer Honda CRF450X in 8:08:04 (52.19mph).


Udall said afterwards, “I iron-manned this race and that’s the biggest milestone for me. This Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 was an awesome experience but I wish I had a helicopter because there was a lot of scary stuff out there. One exciting moment in the race for me was when Justin Morgan (Ricky Brabec No. 1x co-rider) and I were racing just after La Paz (approximately race mile 160) and we battled back and forth and we both had the bikes wide open. It was a battle for the power of the dust. I’m happy that I’m here and I didn’t put the bike on the ground once. We used a different strategy for this race by using a four-gallon tank that is nearly a gallon bigger than our normal race tank.”


“When you are starting in Cabo it is a different game because it is harder to stay focused because it is a party town. I love it down here. There was a lot of the terrain similar to races starting in Ensenada but not so many whoops and the course is very fast. I’m holding the bike wide open a lot down here.”


“I really like the fact that SCORE races are being televised because that is huge for our race team. We are running this race team on heart and that is pretty much all. We have some key sponsors like our new deal with Michelin Tire that are getting the job done but it is a lot of work and a huge investment that I hope will pay off in the end.”


CLASS 1
 
Winning Class 1 for the first time in a SCORE race while finishing fifth overall among four-wheel vehicles was Carlos Olmos of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He drove a Chevy-powered Jefferies open-wheel desert race car in a time of 8:30:31 to defeat a race-high 15 starters in the class.


None of the rest of the CLass 1 field put on serious racing attempts to win this race. 


RACE RESULTS FROM LORETO ARE IN! 

Official Finishers
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
  SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)—1. Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 7:35:41 (55.90 miles per hour); 2. Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 7:39:30; 3. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 7:47:15; 4. Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico/Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Luis Ramirez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 7:54:46; 5. Gus Vildosola Jr/Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 8:38:36; 6. Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 8:47:31; 7. James Bult, Monee, Ill./Jacob Bult, Sandpoint, Idaho, Dodge Ram 1500, 9:10:57; 8. Flavio Navarro, Tepic, Mexico/Jose de Jesus Flores, Caluiacan, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 10:37:22;  9. Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 10:37:59. 10. Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Ford F-150, 13:25:05. (12 Starters, 10 Finishers)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)—1. Carlos Olmos/Nicolas Ambriz, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy, 8:30:31 (49.89 mph) 2. Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Darren Ebberts, Corona, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 8:53:09; 3. Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Brian Burgess, Menifee, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 10:34:08; 4. Victor Barreda, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy, 10:37:03; 5. James DeGaine, Santa Ana, Calif., BTC-Subaru, 10:53:37; 6. Rob Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 11:09:49; 7. George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif./Luke Babb, Camarillo, Calif./Joe Bednar, Agua Dulce, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 11:32:43; 8. Sandy Hall, Culpepper, Va./Andrea Tomba, La Paz, Mexico, Jimco-Viper, 11:35:53; 9. Edgar Romero, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico/Luis Ramirez Jr, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 11:37:06; 10. Luis Camarena/Francisco Morales, Cabo San Lucas, Porter-Chevy, 12:20:31; 11. Armando M. Molina/Armando A. Molina, Los Barriles, Mexico, Barriles-Chevy, 14:28:23. (15 Starters, 11 Finishers)
CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)—1. Aaron Ampudia/Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Alumi Craft, 8:52:47 (47.81 mph); 2. Greg DiStefano, Cory Fowler/Cameron Steele/Jeff Richardson, San Clemente, Calif., Kreger, 9:20:17; 3. Hector Olmos/Adolfo Arambula, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Romo, 14:47:00. (6 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited Baja Bugs)—1. Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Gerardo Iribe, Santa Ana, Calif./Martin Collins, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 11:33:17 (36.74 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)—1. Enrique Zazueta/Enrique Zazueta Sr., La Paz, Mexico, 13:26:34 (35.30 mph); 2. Armando Garcia/Sergio Frias, Ensenada, Mexico, 14:48:41. (2 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)—1. Dan Chamlee, Summerland, Calif., Ford Ranger, 12:50:37 (39.23 mph);  2. Guillermo Rojas/Mario Rojas, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 16:07:18. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)—1. Enemecio Lopez/Armando Angulo, La Paz, Mexico, Ford F-150, 12:37:59 (39.87 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)—1. Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Corey Goin, Clovis, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 8:52:32 (47.83 mph); 2. Steve Lawler, Upland, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif./BeauMorton, Mentone Beach, Calif./Ray Griffith, Downey, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy, 8:53:52;. 3. John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 9:41:23; 4. Morgan Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Kory Holapoff, Orange, Calif., Racer-Honda, 9:46:50; 5. Clay Lawrence, South El Monte, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy, 10:57:22. (5 Starters, 5 Finishers)
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimited Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)—1. Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Jason Ruanme, Temecula, Calif./Neal Mason, Chevy Silverado, 9:10:28 (47.70 mph); 2. Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 11:19:02; 3. Jordan Brenthel/Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevy S-10, 11:28:23. (7 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 19 (Limited, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—1. Brandon Schueler/Chad Hammer, Scott Kiger, Phoenix, Polaris RZR XP1000, 10:29:38 (40.57 mph); 2. Derek Murray/Jason Murray, Eastvale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick Max, 10:35:38; 3. John Angal, Mesa, Ariz./Branden Sims/Eric Ringler, Polaris RZR XP4-1000, 10:50:56; 4. Alonzo Lopez/Hector Jimenez, Murrieta, Calif., Polaris XP1000, 11:04:17; 5. Thomas Graves, El Cajon, Calif./Richard Morel, Poway, Calif., Polaris RZR900, 11:18:12; 6. Ben Wilson/Kenny Green, Kenwood, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000, 12:03:23; 7. Scott McFarland/Joe Owens/Mickey Thomas Jr, Moab, Utah, Polaris RZR XP1000, 12:22:52; 8. Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif./Fernando Flores, Polaris RZR XP1000, 13:58:08; 9. Alejandro Rodriguez/Gabriel Romo/Eduardo Tello, Arctic Cat Wildcat, 16:28:53. (12 Starters, 9 Finishers)
CLASS 3000 (unlimited Mini-Truck, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine—1. Chad Broughton/Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy (12:28:42 (34.14 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
PRO MOTORCYCLES
OPEN M/C (450cc or more)—1. Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 7:42:58 (55.18 mph); 2. Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 8:09:24. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—1. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Kevin Murphy, Camarillo, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Cedar Hill, Texas, Honda CRF450X, 9:06:29 (47.46 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. Collie Potter, Las Vegas/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Dave Glass, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:43:19 (50.22 mph); 2. Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M./Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M./Paul Luce/Tim Fitzpatrick, Albuquerque, N.M., Alan Cameron, Reno, Nev.,KTM 500XCW, 9:00:40. (4 Starters, 2 Finishers)
SCORE IRONMAN (Solo Riders)—1. Kevin Daniels, Bishop, Calif., KTM 500XCW, 9:48:00 (43.32 mph). (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
SPORTSMAN
SPT BUGGY—1. Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., RPM-Chevy, 14:17:31 (34.09 mph) (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
SPT M/C—1. Pedro Ibarra/Isaiah Reyes, Loreto, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 11:54:01 (35.67 mph). (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
SPT QUAD—1. Fabio Davis/Ricardo Larringa/Luis Leon/Alexis Ortiz/Luis Romero, Loreto, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 12:01:03 (35.33 mph); 2. Stephen Davis, Los Barriles, Mexico/Juan Sanchez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Sergio Valverde, Constitution, Mexico/Pedro Loya, Constitucion, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 10:16:30 (41.32 mph); 12:28:55; 3. Christian Avila/Ivan Lopez/Lomely Acosta/Juan Castanon, Loreto BCS, Honda TRX450R, 13:29:29. (4 Starters, 3 Finishers)

Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 April 18-19, 2015—Round 2 of five-race SCORE World Desert Championship Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico (424.52 Miles) TOP OVERALL FINISHERS Pro Cars & Trucks
1. Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 7:35:41 (55.90 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2. Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 7:39:30 (55.47 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
3. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 7:47:15, (54.54 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
4. Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico/Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Luis Ramirez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 7:54:46 (53.65 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
5. Carlos Olmos/Nicolas Ambriz, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy, 8:30:31 (49.89 mph) (Class 1)
6. Gus Vildosola Jr/Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 8:38:36 (49.12 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
7. Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 8:47:31 (52.13 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
8. Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Corey Goin, Clovis, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 8:52:32 (47.83 mph) (Class 10)
9. Aaron Ampudia/Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Alumi Craft, 8:52:47 (47.81 mph) (CLASS 1/2-1600) 10. Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Darren Ebberts, Corona, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 8:53:09 (48.49 mph) (Class 1)
11. Steve Lawler, Upland, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif./BeauMorton, Mentone Beach, Calif./Ray Griffith, Downey, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy, 8:53:52 (47.75 mph) (Class 10)
12. Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Jason Ruanme, Temecula, Calif./Neal Mason, Chevy Silverado, 9:10:28 (47.70 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
13. James Bult, Monee, Ill./Jacob Bult, Sandpoint, Idaho, Dodge Ram 1500, 9:10:57 (46.67 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
14. Greg DiStefano, Cory Fowler/Cameron Steele/Jeff Richardson, San Clemente, Calif., Kreger, 9:20:17 (45.46 mph) (CLASS 1/2-1600)
15. John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 9:41:23 (43.81 mph) (Class 10)
Pro Motorcycles
1. Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 7:42:58 (55.18 mph) (Open MC)2. Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 8:09:24 (52.19 mph) (Open MC)
3. Collie Potter, Las Vegas/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Dave Glass, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:43:19 (50.22 mph) (Class 40)


POST RACE QUOTES

PRO CARS & TRUCKS
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK
EDUARDO LAGUNA, No. 17 (First in class and first overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — This is my second race in a SCORE Trophy Truck and I’m proud of the win and representing Mexico. We caught the leader Carlos Lopez at about race mile 310 but had a hard time getting around them. At one point we went over a jump and got a flat tire. The tire shredded and we finished the race on the left rear rim. We had a refueling problem today as well.
STEVEN EUGENIO, No. 1 (Second in class and second overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Armin Schwarz started the race and drove to race mile 150.) — The course was really good and really fast. I had a flawless run. When I got the truck we were down some time and I made back about seven minutes but I was behind Rob (MacCachren) and in his dust. I wanted to push harder than he did but the course was fast and to pass Rob I would have to be taking some serious chances. I had a blast and the course was awesome. The people were great and I’m here safe and my team is here safe so it’s an awesome day.
ROB MacCACHREN, No. 11 (Third in class and third overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — Our day went fairly well. We started fourth and got tied up behind B.J. (Baldwin) for a while. We had a good clean run but had a flat on the way in after we clipped a rock. The race was awesome. Racing from Cabo San Lucas to Loreto and seeing the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California is incredible. When do you get to finish with a picture like we have here with the ocean being 100 feet away? It was not an easy race and the pace was very fast. When I first started pre-running I thought it was going to be very slow but the more I pre-ran the more I started picking up the pace. The SCORE Trophy Truck competition is so tough and everybody is pushing hard to try and win. Five of the top 10 trophy truck guys were here running the race and the pace was as if none of them were missing.
CARLOS LOPEZ, No. 5 (Fourth in class and fourth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — We tried to run an intelligent race. We led for much of the race but lost the lead when we had a flat tire and it took us about 30 minutes to fix it. Steven Eugenio and Rob MacCachren passed us while we were fixing it. After repairing the flat we collided with Eduardo Laguna and ruptured our fuel tank. The course was interesting and much different from the courses in the north because it is much faster.
GARY MAGNESS, No. 45 (Sixth in class and seventh overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — We blew out one tire and made a few small errors in course judgment but didn’t lose any time. I thought the course was going to be really tight but we wiggled right through it.
CLASS 1
CARLOS OLMOS, No. 107 (First in class and fifth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — I kept the car in good shape and we didn’t change tires the entire race. I pre-ran the course four times so I did my job. We had some problems with the throttle so we lost about 15 minutes.
SHELBY REID, No. 168 (Second in class and tenth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Reid shared driving duties with Danny Ebberts.) — At the SCORE Baja 1000 we blew a motor and then put a spare in. We went to the Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 and we went three miles on the spare motor and it blew up. The new motor is done and we came here to test it out. I’m mad at myself because I would have finished higher if I hadn’t screwed up a few times. I was told that at the beginning of my section there would be some silt and in the middle of it there is a tree. When we did the driver change I got passed so I was right in that guy’s dust and I drove right into the tree. I had to back up through the silt and get going again. I missed a corner in another silt bed and went through some trees and cactus. We had a flat tire that killed us.
VICTOR BARREDA, No. 160 (Fourth in class.) — It was a pretty tough day and pretty tough race. We had a problem with cars in front of us creating a lot of dust. I had a flat up in the mountains about 20 miles from the finish line that cost me two places. The last 50 miles of the course was really slow and rocky. It is winding, you are tired and you want to get to the finish line so it seems like it takes forever.
GEORGE PETERS, No. 131 (Seventh in class. Peters shared driving duties with Joe Bednar.) — Joe (Bednar) brought me the car in third place about five minutes behind the leader. We were changing drivers at race mile 255 and three other cars went by. I got in and immediately started having motor problems and air filter problems. We drove for 35 minutes like that and I decided to stop. We stopped at a random pit and a bunch of the locals jumped on it and knocked the air filters out. We started going again and I lost every gear except third for the last 70 miles. It made it tough. Baja beats you up.
CLASS 1/2-1600
AARON AMPUDIA, No. 1636 (First in class and ninth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Ampudia shared driving duties with Alan Ampudia.) — We had a pretty good day. We had one flat during the first leg but after that we had a clean race. We race all of the SCORE races but this one was definitely faster. It wasn’t that rough on the car but it is a fun track and has a little bit of everything.
GREG DISTEFANO, No. 1616 (Second in class. Distefano shared driving duties with Cameron Steele.) — I got a flat tire near race mile 360 after I hit a big rock, centered it and it came up and hit the left rear wheel and gave us a flat in a really cruddy section. It really slowed us down through there. We lost our GPS note from race mile 150 to 262 so we were a little down in there. All we had was a track line so that was kind of a bummer. There were a lot of fast and smooth sections without rocks and easy S turns and then other sections were really rocky.
CLASS 5
VICTOR CESENA, No. 528 (First in class. Cesena shared driving duties with Gerardo Iribe) — CO-DRIVER GERARDO IRIBE said: We had a great time. The course was incredibly beautiful and probably the most beautiful course I’ve ever been to and I’ve been racing for 21 years. I think they did a great job in bringing us a great event.
CLASS 7
DAN CHAMLEE, No. 700 (First in class. Chamlee drove the entire race.) — We have a new motor and we were worried about it because we didn’t have test time but the motor did really well. We had one hose pop off in the first five miles but it was flawless from then on. I’m really happy. The course was different and kind of suited the UTVs more than us but I need a course with giant whoop-de-dos. My brakes weren’t doing great so I was nervous to go really fast because there are a lot of corners to sneak up on you. My tires hooked up good and we laughed at all the silt.
CLASS 8
ENEMICIO LOPEZ, No. 823 (First in class) — Ten miles into the race we got stuck in a hole and it took us over an hour to get unstuck.
CLASS 10
CODY REID, No. 1000 (First in class and eighth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Reid shared driving duties with Corey Goin.) — Corey Goin gave me the car in second place at race mile 260. We were five or six minutes behind Morgan Langley (1011) so we went out on a mission chasing them. We made it to our fuel stop at race mile 340 and they told us that we were first car on the road. With about 40 miles to go we missed a turn because our GPS wasn’t tracking quite right so he got around us there. It was a battle for the last 30 miles to the finish.
STEVE LAWLER, No. 1002 (Second in class. Lawler shared driving duties with Ray Griffith.) — CO-DRIVER RAY GRIFFITH said: Cody Reid (1000) was in front of me and in the last 100 miles I reeled him in. I passed him and tried to put as much time as I could on him but I needed a few more miles. We are soaking wet because in the speed zone we decided we had to take our chances flying through the water.
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC
LARRY CONNOR, No. 871 (First in class. Connor shared driving duties with Jason Ruane.) — CO-DRIVER JASON RUANE said: We got held up in a couple of spots with some farmers and some stuck people. There were some guys stuck and we had to motor around them and it drove us into a tree. Mexico is tough and we know that. We like to play it smart and we come well prepared for how bad Baja can be. The biggest thing is beating Baja.
ELIAS HANNAH, No. 874 (Second in class. Hannah drove the entire race) — The day started really well but around race mile 80 we started having a lot of problems with the fuel pumps. From mile 80 to the finish line it was unbelievably hard to drive. Changing from fuel pump one to two and back every five minutes was a hustle. The course was really nice but the fuel pump issue kept me from driving my rhythm.
CLASS 19
BRANDON SCHUELER, No. 1932 (First in class. Schueler shared driving duties with Scott Kiger.) — CO-DRIVER SCOTT KIGER said: We got screwed up on our pits and didn’t make it to the pit we were actually supposed change drivers  in. I’ve never been in this car until today so I actually stalled it once and didn’t know where the ignition switch was. We looked like rookies and we had some mechanical issues.
DEREK MURRAY, No. 1917 (Second in class. Murray shared driving duties with Jason Murray.) — We followed a truck for about 90 miles and I didn’t have brakes in single-lane dust. Every time I would come up on him to pass he would jackrabbit. I was frustrated because if I could have gotten around him I could have picked up five more minutes. I was just pissed off for the last 80 miles. We were overheating at  anything over about 65 miles-per-hour for some reason and we lost brakes too. We pushed it as hard as we could all day.
JOHNNY ANGAL, No. 1921 (Third in class. Angal shared driving duties with Branden Sims.) — CO-DRIVER BRANDEN SIMS said: We started second and Johnny led all the way through race mile 100 until we broke a clutch and had to get the chase trucks out there to replace the clutch. The clutch failed again so we had to repair it again. We had a hard time getting back on the highway to catch up to the race car at the scheduled pit so he had to wait a few minutes for us. We made the driver change and from that point on it was gas on. We passed everybody and then we got a flat tire.
ALONZO LOPEZ, No. 1949 (Fourth in class. Lopez drove the entire race.) — It is a long trip coming all the way down to Cabo from Rosarito so we didn’t have any pre-running time. We had issues with the GPS the whole day and got lost four times.
BEN WILSON, No. 1927 (Sixth in class. Wilson drove the entire race.) — My day went flawlessly. We had a small issue with the suspension early in the day but we got it fixed around race mile 40 and after that I never got out of the driver’s seat. We never had one mechanical issue. It was an awesome race, an awesome course and it was very diverse and fun.
PRO MOTORCYCLES
OPEN M/C
COLTON UDALL, No. 5x (First in class and first overall motorcycle to finish. Udall rode the entire race.) — I Iron-manned this race and that’s the biggest milestone for me. This Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 was an awesome experience but I wish I had a helicopter because there was a lot of scary stuff out there. One awesome moment in the race for me was when Justin Morgan (Ricky Brabec 1x co-rider) and I were racing just after La Paz and we battled back and forth and we both had the bikes wide open. It was a battle for the power of the dust. I’m happy that I’m here and I didn’t put the bike on the ground once. We used a different strategy for this race by using a four-gallon tank that is nearly a gallon bigger than our normal race tank.  When you are starting in Cabo it is a different game because it is harder to stay focused because it is a party town. I love it down here. There was a lot of the terrain similar to races starting in Ensenada but not so many whoops and the course is very fast.  I’m holding the bike wide open a lot down here. I really like the fact that SCORE races are being televised because that is huge for our race team. We are running this race team on heart and that is pretty much all. We have some key sponsors that are getting the job done but it is a lot of work and a huge investment that I hope will pay off in the end.
-MARK SAMUELS, No. 3x (Second in class and second overall motorcycle to finish. Samuels shared riding duties with Ray Dal Soglio.) — This whole course was really fast with a couple of technical sections. It was fun but a little scary because we were running high speeds for so long and there was a lot of local traffic and animals on the course.
CLASS 30
MARK WINKELMAN, No. 300x (First in class and fourth overall motorcycle to finish. Winkelman shared riding duties with Kevin Murphy and Morgan Crawford.) — CO-RIDER MORGAN CRAWFORD said: It was a fast course with a lot of speed zones so you had to stay on top of your GPS. Kevin Murphy probably had the most fun section through the washes in San Javier. Kevin crashed in the wash right before the finish while we were pre-running on Thursday when he hit a hidden rock and wadded up the bike. He got a minor concussion and had to have a local rancher pick him up and bring him in.
CLASS 40
KYLE ABNEY, No. 444x (Second in class and fifth overall motorcycle to finish. Abney shared riding duties with Chad Thornton, Paul Luce, Alan Cameron, Tim Fitzpatrick) — I had a great ride through the dust to race mile 75 when I gave it over to Chad Thornton who made some great moves for us. We had to pass a lot of riders and get through a lot of dust. Some of the other teams had some issues but we had issues too. We won the Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 but after the race we were penalized for missing some VCPs. We took it with a grain of salt and we’ve done some homework with our VCPs and hopefully that won’t be an issue.
SCORE IRONMAN
KEVIN DANIELS, No. 706x (First in class and sixth overall motorcycle to finish.) — This is my first full season of racing these races and I’ve never raced on a team. The only thing I know is riding by myself.  I’m finding my stride and still learning how to ride the bike and when to press it and not press it. More than anything it is a mental game for me. Physically I can go for a long, long time. I’m still figuring out how to ride the machine. I went over pretty good near La Paz and the bike went on top of me and I broke my GPS. At that point I had lost my speedometer and odometer so I didn’t know how fast I was going or where I was on the course.

BajaRacingNews.com Opinion:

This moto race was a scam. So few, if any competitors and the "winners' are calling it "historic". Yes, a historic demo event. Here's the race pablum:

Everyone takes credit for a shit run.
AHM Factory Sertvices:
 

"To help prepare suspension on the Ox Motorsports Honda race bikes for Baja, AHM Factory Services partnered with Udall and Samuels before the race season. AHM’s Justin Lewis and Brandon Petersen also helped ready the Ox race machines for the San Felipe 250, where Udall and Samuels finished first and second, respectively, in the Moto Pro Unlimited class. 
“Ox Motorsports came to us,” said AHM’s Lewis, “and we were happy to take on the task of helping return the SCORE 1x Plate to the Ox Motorsports team and Honda. We enjoy working with these dedicated racers who carry themselves in a professional manner on and off the race track.” AHM will do suspension and engine work for Ox Motorsports riders, including Udall, Samuels, Justin Jones and Ray Dal Soglio, for races including SCORE events, the Big 6 GP series, the National Hare & Hound races, and other select events."

MSR Malcolm Smith Racing:


The Ox Motorsports/MSR team of Colton Udall, Mark Samuels and Ray Dal Soglio added to the legend of Malcolm Smith Racing by finishing 1-2 at the first Baja 500 ever run entirely in Baja Sur this past weekend. Udall rode solo to victory in the Pro Unlimited class, finishing with an elapsed-time of 7:41:38 (55.18mph) on the No. 5x Ox Motorsports Honda CRF450X. Teammates Samuels and Dal Soglio finished runner-up for their second consecutive race on another CRF450X in 8:08:04 (52.19mph).
“Just like Malcolm Smith winning the very first Baja 1000, you get one chance to put your name in the record books,” says MSR Brand Manager Nick McBride. “But for Colton and Mark to go 1-2 at the inaugural Baja Sur 500 is the stuff of legend.” For the first time ever, the 500 kilometer (424 miles) point-to-point race started in Cabo San Lucas on the southern tip of Baja and finished up in Loreto on the east side of the peninsula (along the Sea of Cortez). Although this was the first time a SCORE Baja race has been held entirely in Baja California Sur, winning is nothing new to three-time Baja champ Colton Udall.
Running solo was a challenge for the champ, though. “I iron-manned this race and that’s the biggest milestone for me. Winning the Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 was an awesome experience, but I wish I had a helicopter because there was a lot of scary stuff out there!” One exciting moment came when Colton and Justin Morgan (Ricky Brabec No. 1x co-rider) battling just past La Paz (approximately race mile 160). “We both had the bikes wide open… It was a horsepower battle in the dust.”
Colton dueled the 1x machine all day after getting passed within the first 75 miles. At race mile 149 there was only a slim 30-second split between the 1x and 5x machines. However Udall’s iron man strategy enabled him to stretch out a lead by the end of the race. “I’m happy that I’m here and I didn’t put the bike on the ground once. We tried a different strategy for this race by using a four-gallon tank that is nearly a gallon bigger than our normal race tank.”
“The legend of MSR was forged in the heat of Baja battles,” adds McBride. “With Colton, Mark, Ray and the entire Ox Motorsports team blazing through the inaugural Baja Sur 500, the legacy lives on!”"








Rob Mac puts his heart and soul into the sport and has to put up with Roger Norman putting on a fake race pull. What does Rob get for his trouble? A bottle of cheap, lousy booze!

This is it! Finish line in Loreto, the product of SCORE global marketing





LATE BAJASUR 500 RACER UPDATES

ADDITIONS

TROPHY TRUCK

47 James Bult Monee, Il. Jacob Bult, Daniel Vroom GEISER 

CLASS 1

127  Luis Camarena  Cabo, Mexico


CLASS 1500

1515 Derek Fletcher RS Ablington, VA Christian Samano CHEVY
 

CLASS 1/2 1600

1616 Greg Distafano

1685 Edson Cruz



CLASS 7

702 Diego Vail

709 Guilermo Rojas


CLASS 19

1918 Mike Cafro



SCRATCHES 

TROPHY TRUCK

59   Craig Potts    Scottsdale, AZ  CHEVY
74 Jacob Bult/Clark Martin, Sandpoint, Idaho/James Bult, Monee, Ill., Dodge Ram1500


CLASS 10 
1033 Miguel Tornel Sr/Miguel Tornel Jr, Chula Vista, Calif., Custom-Chevy

 
IRONMAN (SOLO Rider)

711x James Despard, Long Beach, Calif.Honda , XR600R

704x Carlos Gracida, Guadalajara, Mexico, Husqvarna FE501


CLASS 50 (RIDER Over 50 Yrs. Old)


555x Robert Smith, Canada, KTM 500XCW



 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

The SUNDAY PAPER, BajaRacingNews.com Editorial Page


UPDATE! April 24, 2015

Steve Myers confirms, "It's the racers fault we didn't have enough trackers for the entire MINT 400".

The race disaster at the 2015 MINT 400 was caused by the racers themselves, if you agree with Steve Myers of IRC.

The real truth is the racers had no control over who receives the trackers. IRC, Best In The Desert and Mad Media are in control.

BajaRacingNews.com is beginning to understand the trend in desert racing. Blame the racers first. When we first started reporting on IRC, they told us the real reason the trackers were needed in competitions.

Not safety.

Cheating. Desert racers are CHEATERS. That's how IRC sold itself to SNORE, BITD and SCORE.

Blame the racers and make money.
More LOADING NOW>>>


April 12, 2015
IRC Refuses Independent Public Test!
& Steve Myers claims Roger Norman has thieved IRC property!

Has SCORE transferred thieved IRC equipment to

 Volocore in an attempt to further steal IRITrack 

secrets and technology?

After claiming for four years, "a new model is being tested", Steve Myers of IRC admits they are not ready for a prime time performance.

While VOLOCORE is testing at Baja Sur event and M1000 and will show off their new units, to the public! 

Steve Myers berates competitor VOLOCORE, saying, "they have no technology that advances the state of the sport".

"Unless they steal it from our tracking units!"


Interesting, because as Myers belittles Volocore, grave questions regarding his own company financial solvency and quality standards are growing. 

Even as his own company fails, he called a reporter here at BajaRacingNews.com, telling us to report on Roger Normans alleged financial shortcomings.

IRC customer service standards have been known for a long time to fail minimal performance requirements, by the racers themselves.

Since the start of IRC, Steve and Phil have proven themselves, the pompous asses of desert off-road racing. Constant snarky, rude and self aggrandising, IRC has always thought far too much of themselves.

Now, Volocore is planning to teach IRC the lessons of nine years of refusing refunds and simply lousy customer service.

IRC's greatest failure was not re-investing in the company. After the breakup of their parent company in France, Steve got shot down by Roger Normans new SCORE for cash. 

Reports from Roger, George Antill and Steve himself, at the time, related that IRC was in need of an equipment overhaul and needed tens of thousands of dollars of capital infusion.  

Roger refused the deal. Of course, after Roger Norman tried to steal everything of any value to his "new" racing attempts.

To this day, Roger Norman holds onto IRC 'owned' equipment. A team returned IRC trackers to SCORE after a race, when they were lawfully required to be returned to IRC. 

Norman has refused to turn over the equipment to IRC, to this day! 

Blaming the racers for every IRC mistake will no longer fly. 

MORE LOADING NOW>>>

AND...George Antill of SCORE International/'Roger Normans Butt-Plug', Tells BajaRacingNews.com:

"You can tell when Steve Myers is Lying, His lips are moving!"

More on the George Antill Interview Today>>>

 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

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