The THR squad comprised of Robby Bell, Ricky Brabec, Max Eddy, Jr., and Steve Hengeveld–find themselves tied after a win at San Felipe 250 and Baja 500 for the points lead with their season-long rivals from WFOx Motorsports Honda. Each team has 268 points with THR tallying that via a 1-2-1-2 record and WFOx recording 2-1-2-1. Thus, the team that beats the other at the 1000 will earn the SCORE championship. It’s do-or-die time.
However, THR is confident–and with good reason. It will once again rely on a KX450F tuned by Bob Bell of Precision Concepts, and that rocketship has been completely rebuilt since the last race so it’s fresh and ready. Testing the bike and its lights have gone well, as the team looks forward to pre-running the longest Baja 1000 to date: 1275 miles from Ensenada to La Paz.
It’s not only the bike, the four THR riders are also in a great state of mind and brimming with optimism. Brabec, of course, recently clinched the SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series so he’s on fire. And together with Bell, they’ve already locked up the Best In The Desert American Off-Road Racing Series title for Open Pro motorcycles.
Nothing is guaranteed in racing, especially in Baja. When the green flag flies at 6:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 13, it’s going to be a 1275-mile sprint through the silt beds, dry lakes, rocky washes and cactus gardens that define the Baja experience.
Don’t be surprised, though, if the first machine to La Paz is the THR KX bearing number 4X.