THR Kawasaki gets the win in San Felipe. Congratulations to Ricky Brabec, Shane Esposito and Max Eddy Jr. The race was close during the first half with Colton Udall and Ian Young keeping right at the front on their privateer Honda.
The race was shortened due to the heavy rains over the summit. At Valley of Trinidad the bikes were routed east on the pavement back to Borrego. Once there, a long delay ensued while SCORE marked an alternate section north towards Saldana to rejoin the original route.
The alternate route sent the riders over a commonly used course from Borrego to Laguna Salada. As it was a mid-race change, there was no prerunning for that section. The race lead was decided just after the bikes restarted. Colton Udall crashed shortly after starting into the new section. He got into a big swap in the whoops. The course dropped away suddenly and Colton flew over the drop while still trying to recover from the swap. He was able to remount but had to return the pit to make repairs.
This handed a nice lead to the THR Kawasaki team who would carry it all the way to the finish. It was a chaotic day of racing and quite unlike anything that has happened in recent history. Third overall was the winning Class 30 team of Franciso Septian, Nino Rojas and Ty Renshaw.
Ricky Brabec – The first 40 miles of the race was good with Colton and I going back and forth. I’ve never started a Mexico race and I’ve never finished a Mexico race before so it was pretty awesome. These guys are all good partners. We delivered the bike all in one piece.
Shane Esposito – He (Brabec) gave me the bike right on Colton and we got going. Colton had a problem at the dry lake bed when a tire came apart. I got around him and at Mike’s Loop when I got across the bar and then backed it down. We stayed together and I think he missed a VCP (visual checkpoint) and we had a close race. When we got to Trinidad there was a course change and that’s when Max got on. I didn’t have any issues other than coming across the bar.
Max Eddy Jr. – I was pretty bummed (about the course change) because I had fun riding over the summit. I just knew if I held it together and stayed in the 1x’s dust that we could bring it home safe. It’s hard not to lose your focus while you’re sitting there. I just had to stay focused and stay after it. I knew that nobody had ridden the new course that was marked out, so nobody had the lines. I knew I needed to ride it like a regular desert race and get the bike to the finish.
Colton Udall – We got a flat tire over the dry lake bed and we lost two minutes. My brother (Ian Young) had an awesome ride and he’s just a fill-in guy for Mark Samuels. He’s really proven himself. He caught the Kawasaki guys and passed them. On the new section of the course I was going too fast and went off of a cliff. I’m happy that I’m healthy and didn’t break anything but I did a lot of damage to my motorcycle. Just a month ago Mark Samuels and I put together this team and I really wanted to come out on top.
OPEN M/C (450cc or more)—1. Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Shane Esposito, Menifee, Calif./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F, 3:53:33 (30.52 mph); 2. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:15:42; 3. Michel Valenzuela, Tijuana, Mexico/Manuel Gomez, Tecate, Mexico/Carlos Silva, El Centro, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:46:34 (4 Starters, 3 Finishers)
LIMITED M/C (449cc or less)—1. Fernando Beltran/Emanuel Verdugo/Ricardo Munoz, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha, 5:32:43 (27.76 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—1. Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerro, Mexico/Tyler Renshaw, USA, Kawasaki KX450, 4:21:27 (29.78 mph); 2. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 4:24:32; 3. Fred Sobke, Bonita, Calif./Alan Melisi, Phoenix/Robert Muzzy, Paradise Valley, Ariz./David Starrett, Oceanside, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:21:50; 4. Brad Baker, Austin, Texas/Jeremy Baker, Vancouver, Wash./Robert Allen, Portland, Honda CRF450X, 5:32:20; 5. Miguel Caro, San Diego/Scot Riezinger, Temecula, Calif./Art Molina, Winchester, Calif./Cory Mooers, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:30:45; 6. Todd York/Nate Scott/Bud Carmen, Claremore, Okla., KTM 450EXC, 8:31:32. (6 Starters, 6 Finishers)
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. Giovanni Spinali/Paul Thomas/Mike Carter/John Griffin, Julian, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:46:45 (28.72 mph); 2. Jack McCormick, South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Michael Rasp, Southlake, Texas/Mike Kay, Santa Rosa, Calif./Jeff Dalton, Scottsdale, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:57:217 3. Joel Leal/Mario Acosta, Calexico, Calif./David Hammers, Mount Baldy, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:17:18; 4. Oscar Fazz/Mike Langley, Yuma, Ariz./Augustine Maduena, San Felipe, Mexico, Kawasaki KX450F, 5:37:51; 5. Rob Huggins/Daniel Robinson, Breckenridge, Colo./Luis Lobel, Las Vegas, Honda CRF450X, 7:37:08. (5 Starters, 5 Finishers)
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)—1. Earl Roberts, Calexico, Calif./Karl Holmberg/Donald Connelly, Julian, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:52:37 (18.82 mph) (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 60 (Riders over 60 years old)—1. Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Gregg Hawks, Hesperia, Calif./Mark Force, Bakersfield, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:17:25 (27.60 mph); 2. Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif./Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Will Rogers, Escondido, Calif./Mike Castro, Apple Valley, Calif./Robert Koch, Leona Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:19:12; 3. Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn./Ron Dugan, Honda CRF450X, 8:03:47. (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)
SCORE IRONMAN (Solo Riders)—1. Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda XR650R, 5:53:40 (26.54 mph) (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
SPT M/C—1. Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450EXC, 4:12:59; 2. Carlos Sanchez/Oscar Garcia/Jorge Medina, Tijuana, Mexico, Husaberg, 4:23:55; 3. Carlos Valdez/Larry Serna/Christian Serna, Chula Vista, Calif., KTM 450EXC, 4:43:53; 4. Oscar Esparza, Tecate, Mexico/Willy Gaxiola, Dulzura, Calif., KTM350, 5:08:56; 5. Ted Callagy, Mill Valley, Calif./Dave Callagy, Santa Rosa, Calif., Honda XR650R, 5:27:17; 6.Todd Powell, Spokane, Wash./Jeff Powell, Reardon, Wash./Rick Mianecki, Royal City, Wash., Honda CRF450X, 5:33:42; 7. Gerardo Suarez/Mario Suarez, Santa Rosalia, Mexico/Fernando Lopez, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM, 5:34:18; 8. Sheldon Bradlow/Karrie Bardlow, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 5:52:29; 9. John Sylvester/Robert Kirk, Hereford, Ariz./Charles Huffman, Tucson, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 6:11:53; 10. Alberto Morales/Jose Arenas, Guadalajara, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 6:24:25; 11. Kent Choma, Reno, Nev., Husaberg 450, 8:40:38 (12 Starters, 11 Finishers)