Colton Udall – “Taking back the 1x is a lot of hard work and our team has been working super hard all year to get this done so it feels amazing to be here at the finish line with a giant time gap. I started ninth off the line and kept pushing away and got by a bunch of guys except for Shane Esposito on the 45x (Francisco Arredondo.) Justin passed him when he crashed and we have been leading ever since. We nailed our pits, hung our lights perfectly and everything went really good. Surprisingly any issue we had we patched up really well. It’s about riding continuous miles and staying focused because if your head breaks down you make a giant mistake and the bike gets bent up. Next year we are coming back to race SCORE and probably some stuff in the United States but we may have a huge announcement coming in a few months.”
Editor’s Note: Some of you have asked about Ricky Brabec. He did not actually race on the THR/Bonanza Plumbing Kawasaki. He is signed with HRC for Dakar. SCORE rules no longer require the rider of record to actually ride, so the team name continues as it started the year.
OPEN M/C (450cc or more)—1. 5x Colton Udall, Yucca Valley, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:29:08 (49.82 mph); 2. 1x Ricky Brabec, Hesperia, Calif./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif./Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif./Dave Pearson, Panaca, Nev., Kawasaki KX450F, 16:54:28; 3. 45x Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Ryan Penhall, Corona, Calif./Shane Esposito, Menifee, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 17:08:18; 4. 3x Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz./Brian Adams/Daymon Stokie, Australia, Honda CRF450X, 18:34:49; 5. 21x Dustin McCarthy, El Cajon, Calif./Gavin McCarthy/Lance Lewis, Honda CRF450X, 19:53:47; 6. 14x Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico/Rodolfo Patron/Miguel Munoz/Larry Serna/Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450XCW, 20:49:16; 7. 81x Joseph Jepsen, Salt Lake City/Michael Goldman, Ogden, Utah/Shawn Strong, American Fork, Utah, KTM 450XCF, 20:59:07; 8.13x Ricky De la Pena, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Paul Lopez/Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., Austin Miller/Troy Vanscourt, Honda CRF450X, 21:14:33; 9. 35x Nicholas Gust, Pescadero, Calif./Don Campbell, Daly City, Calif./Mike Vetter, South San Francisco, Calif., KTM 450XCF, 22:32:17; 10. 7x Joseph Wingfield, Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Jackson Wingfield, Lookout Mountain, Ga./Jared Wingfield, Chattanooga, Tenn./Braxtan Gallian, Cave Creek, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 24:45:41. (Starters: 12, Finishers: 10)