posted Nov 16, 2014, 8:04 AM by Baja Off-Road
updated Nov 16, 2014, 8:07 AM
Brabec’s team on Kawasaki breaks Honda’s 17-year win streak for overall motorcycle crown. In the motorcycle competition, the storyline was the same as it has been for a decade and a half, who will beat Honda. A different ending was revealed this year. After a close battle nearly the entire length of the peninsula, emerging with the overall motorcycle victory was the THR Motorsports team of Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Robby Bell, Glendora, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif. Bell and Hengeveld are both veteran champion SCORE Baja racers riding previously for Honda.
The Brabec team rode the No. 4x Kawasaki KX450F to dethrone Honda for the preeminent position in SCORE Baja motorcycle racing, finishing in a time of 24:24:01 with an average speed of 52.36mph.
The Honda No. 1x team this year was Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif., nearly 27 minutes behind the winners in a time of 25:0:59 at an average speed of 51.67mph) on their No. 1x Honda CRF450X.
Colton and Samuels were part of the championship teams of the last two years. This year, Udall/Samuels were joined by Udall’s brother Young.
Winning its 10th overall title in the SCORE Baja 1000 and first since 1996, Kawasaki broke the lengthy streak by Honda who leads with 24 overall victories in the race including 17 straight years of race championship teams until this year.
For the THR Motorsports team, this was Brabec and Eddy Jr’s first overall win in this race, the third for Bell and eighth overall win and 11th class win in the SCORE Baja 1000 for the veteran Hengeveld.
Team two teams entered the race in a tie for season points with two race wins each.
In their winning march to the race triumph, Kawasaki’s Bell started the race, rode twice, Brabec rode three sections, Eddy drove one and Hengeveld rode the night section from approximately race mile 965 in Loreto to the finish, nearly 310 miles.
Brabec said at the finish line, “We finally ended Honda’s streak and it feels good. It didn’t come easy because we were behind all day. We had problems all day long with tires and lights. Max Eddy had a wheel blow out on him at about race mile 680 and later had to change a tire out there. When I got on the bike the lights went out so I had to pull the radio out of my bag and get a hold of my chase crew. I got the new set of lights it all started coming together. Honda can be beat and we did it today.”
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