I just got off the phone with David Pearson and he gave me the scoop on his Baja 500 plans. He will be racing with Mikey Childress and Robert Underwood on a KTM 450xcf (all of the KTM factory 450’s are 09 xcf’s in 2010 sxf frames).
David will be riding the Summit then Calentura road over to the coast, about two hundred miles total. He is headed to California today and then to Ensenada Tuesday to start pre running. This is pretty much a private effort. KTM is supplying the prepped bike and spares. They are using Baja Pits for support.
Along with the regular KTM team sponsors of FMF and GPR, Dave’s team is getting major help from Paul Alamo, owner of Alamo truck stops and THR, Team Hoser Racing. He chose the Hare & Hound spec 450xcf over his Best in The Desert 530 due to the lighter weight and quicker acceleration. He thinks it will be an easier bike to ride for the terrain of Baja.
I may catch up with the team later this week in Ensenada and have a status report. KTM has had a difficult time trying to tame Baja the last few years. It will be tough to challenge the dominate Honda team, but this is a fast and experienced trio of riders, so anything is possible.