Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez rode a flawless day to put themselves well in front of the pack chasing for the first SCORE win of the season. Team JCR Honda was fast early, but could not hold the pace. Timmy Weigand had a big swap and banged his leg hard, but he did not fall. The THR Kawasaki trio was just a bit off the pace for the day and had to settle for third.
Privateer Kendall Norman was also very fast through parts of the day. Ryan Abbatoye took a short section of the course early in the race. Kendall was on fire when he got the bike back. At the finish, Ryan was aboard the number 14x, having taken the bike back late in the race after Kendall apparently crashed.
The second KTM, led by Mike Brown had a difficult time staying close to the leaders. Mike Brown lost time and was clearly unhappy when he handed the bike to Toby Price. Toby passed three bikes on the course late in the race to make up ground. He looks like a real Baja contender
But we are waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak. As the new SCORE organization has made late changes to the rules, dictating that the riders stay within 500 feet of the main line. The teams did not find out about this change until just this week, after many had completed the bulk of their prerunning. So it will be interesting to see what penalties, if any, come out in the final scoring.
Stay tuned for more news on Sunday.
Kurt Caselli took the first half of the course and gave the bike to Ivan Ramirez with nice lead
Colton Udall chases Robby Bell early in race, mile 40