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2011 SCORE Baja 500 Results – Updated!
2011 SCORE Baja 500
Sunday 10am: Official results have just come in and with penalties assesed, the 1x JCR Honda of Kendall Norman and Quinn Cody have just been declared the overall winners from yesterdays Baja 500. I believe Colton Udall and Davey Kamo recieved penalties for speeding and missing a virtual check point. So the Ox bike is now second overall and the 10x KTM of Ivan Ramirez remains in third. The 2x THR Kawasaki has been DQ’d for having their chase crew drive backwards on the course to take gas to Shane Esposito when he ran out near mile 65.
2011 SCORE Baja 500 winners
Saturday 3:30 pm: Just got back to the room, what a day it has been. The first bikes hit the finish line just over an hour ago. We got a chance to see quite a bit of action today at mile markers 100, 207 and 415.
Shane Esposito on the THR Kawasaki led the charge and had put as much as a minute on the rest of the field, only to run out of gas at mile 65. From there the day just got worse as Bobby Garrison had to ride the Summit with no rear brakes and then lost time getting them repaired. Once going again they were behind the two leading class 30 bikes and the 400x.
Kendall Norman took the first long stint on the 1x JCR Honda. At mile 100 he was leading with Colton Udall right behind. Kendall took the bike all the way to 207 and handed off to Quinn Cody with a good lead. Quinn rode the entire coast section, but he lost time to as Colton Udall was steadily catching up from behind. At mile 400 Kendall got back on to ride the last 45 miles to the finish. At that point Colton had taken the lead on the course and had a couple of minutes lead.
Colton Udall rode the Ox JCR Honda off the start to mile 100 and handed off to Davey Kamo. Kamo lost some time over the technical Summit, partly due to a muffler issue. The packing melted and the bike would not pull 5th gear across Laguna Salada. At 207 Colton took over about 7 minutes down to the 1x. He would steadily climb back all day long.
The 10x Bonanza Plumbing KTM entry featured riders Ivan Ramirez and Brandon Prieto. At mile 100 Ivan was in the overall lead on adjusted time, only 4 min back from the Hondas. Brandon had to tackle the challenging Summit and lost some time to the Hondas. At 207 they were back about 17 min from the leaders. But they had a clear mission of getting the bike to the finish in one piece. Ivan would ride the rest of the race and keep about the same gap to the leaders.
It was a pretty exciting day. Certainly a good example of the cream rising to the top. There is no doubt that Kendall and Colton are battling for the honor of being the fastest rider in Baja right now. It was a fairly tale day for Davey Kamo who just a couple of weeks ago had no ride, now he is a Baja Champion. I am sure he will be wearing a big grin on his face for some time to come. He has always wanted to succeed in Baja. But he will probably be the first to point out that Colton shouldered the bulk of the load today.