Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore., led hist team to the Overall ATV and his third SCORE Class 24 victory in the last four SCORE Baja races on a Honda TRX450R. Brown, the reigning SCORE Overall ATV and Class 24 season point champion, split the riding time fairly equally with co-riders Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash./Robbie Mitchell, Price, Utah. They covered the course in 6:17:13, averaging 40.10mph to defeat a field of 27 Pro ATVs that started the race.
Riding a Kawasaki KX450F, Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif. and Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., finished second overall among motorcycles and in Class 22, a total of 21 minutes, 19 seconds behind the winning Udall/Kargola JCR/Honda team.
SCORE Trophy-Trucks have now won 15 overalls in San Felipe in the 18-year history of SCORE’s premier racing division. In the first 25 years of this race, Honda has earned 16 overall motorcycle victories (including the last six years straight and 14 of the last 15 years), Kawasaki has six, KTM has two and Husqvarna has one.
“We struggled with the power steering since San Matias,” commented MacCachren, who won in SCORE Trophy-Truck for the first time since 2007. “Every bump you hit…you can’t go hard; you just cruise. We took off with just a real conservative pace and they started dropping one by one. When we dropped into Matomi Wash, Jesse (Jones) was first on the road, (Gary) Weyhrich was second and I was third. Jesse Jones had a flat tire right at the beginning of Matomi and we got by him.”
“He was getting stuck so we went by and right at the end of Matomi, we got by Weyhrich and then we had the physical lead all the way in. The power steering, we were really struggling with that and Jesse was pretty much on my bumper the whole way in. I knew he had to get by me and put 30 seconds on me to win and we were going to do everything we could to keep that from happening. There were absolutely no problems at all with the truck (other than the power steering) and we didn’t have any flats. I really needed this (win); it’s great.”
Winning Class 60 (motorcycle riders over 60 years old) for the fourth time in five years, Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn., had help from Jim O’Neal along with other co-riders Sam Dempsey, Lake Balboa, Calif./Bob Gates, Hesperia, Calif./Ron Dugan, Upland, Calif. For O’Neal he increased his winning streak in San Felipe to 13 class wins in the last 11 consecutive years. O’Neal also led a team in Class 50 which finished second to the team led by Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif.
Winning for the second straight year in the 14-car field in Class 1-2/1600 was Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., who split driving with veteran Roberto Romo of Mexicali, Mexico in a Romo-VW.
Defeating a field of 15 starters in SCORE Lite was the team of Steven Eugenio, Alpine, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Oceanside, Calif., in a Prill-VW. It was the seventh career class win in San Felipe for Pfankuch.
Pulling off their second consecutive class wins to start off the 2011 SCORE Desert Series were Kevin Carr, San Diego (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (Class 4, PSD-Chevy), Elias Hanna, San Diego (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger), John Matney, Bristol, Va. (Stock Full, Dodge Ram2500) and Emilio Salcido, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 5/1600, VW Baja Bug).
Among the other car and truck Class winners were: Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (Class 6, Ford Ranger), Noah Ostanik, Encinitas, Calif. (Class 8, Ford F-150), Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 10, AlumiCraft-VW) and Bruce Finchum, Mesa, Ariz. (Class 7-2, TrophyLite-Chevy).
Among the other motorcycle class winners were teams led by Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas (Class 30, Honda CRF450X), Mike Prunty, Temecula, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X) and David Gonzalez Jr, Chula, Vista, Calif. (Class 21, KTM 450XCW).
Winning the ATV Class 25 was the team led by Mike Cafro, Bonsall, Calif., on a Honda TRX450R. It was Cafro’s third career class win in this race.
Among the other SCORE Trophy-Truck finishers was Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies, a SCORE rookie who won this year’s season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January, who finished sixth in class and overall in the No. 70 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150.
Television reality star Jesse James, Austin, Texas, had his highest finish ever in a SCORE race by finishing eighth overall and eighth in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the No. 54 James Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
The fastest overall Sportsman winners were: Ulises Fierro, Tijuana, Mexico (SPT M/C 450cc>, Honda CRF450X), Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif. (SPT Truck, Ford Ranger) and Ivan Espinoza, Mexicali, Mexico (SPT ATV, Honda TRX450R).
Following January’s season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series visited Mexico for the first of its three annual SCORE Baja races.
As part of the festivities of the Silver Anniversary of the popular SCORE ‘spring-break’ race, SCORE made it a memorial race to honor long-time SCORE Mexican liaison Jose ‘Pepe’ Limon, who passed away last November at age 73. In addition to season class point championships, the racers were also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings in this event. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes were also attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season.
Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award, which includes a $2,000 MasterCraft bonus.
Round 2 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series, the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 annually provides a greater economic impact to San Felipe than the popular six-week-long ‘Spring Break’.
This race began in 1982 and was not held between 1985 and 1989, the first five years of the seven-year combined High Desert Racing Association-HDRA/SCORE Desert Series of US and Baja races. It has been held consecutively each year since 1990.
Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance and Slime-official tire sealant. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
While MasterCraft Safety and Tecate are co-title sponsors of the 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, additional race sponsors are: the Tourism and Convention Bureau of Mexicali/San Felipe and Cotuco. Additional sponsors in Baja are the Office of the Secretary of Tourism of Baja California and ProTurismo de Ensenada.
For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
2011 Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 Results:
CLASS 22 (450cc or more)
1. Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:36:51 (54.63mph);
2. Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F, 4:58:10;
3. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Bryce Stavron/Donald Stanley, San Clemente, Calif./Kyle Corfman, El Centro, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:52:04;
4. Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M./Mike Whitman, Farmington, N.M., KTM 530XCW, 6:58:48;
5. Jack Lundin/Adam Lundin, Orange, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:27:38;
6. George Villanyi, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:43:59. (8 Starters, 6 Finishers)
CLASS 21 (450cc or less)
1. David Gonzalez Jr/Carlos Casas, Chula Vista, Calif., KTM 450XCW, 5:31:24 (45.64mph);
2. Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles/Salvador Hernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 5:34:31;
3. David Kleiman, Carlsbad, Calif./Mike Gress, Anaheim Hills, Calif./Chad Earl, Huntington Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:55:47;
4. Trevor Insley, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy, Barstow, Calif./Bill Gilbert, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Sanger, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:07:13;
5. Carlos Miranda, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Emmanuel Verdugo, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha YZ450F, 6:18:09;
6. Brody Kunz/Jeff Grace, Phil Cowan/Chris Parr, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kawasaki KLX450, 6:54:08.
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)
1. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 5:27:46 (46.15mph);
2. Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev./Noe Ibarra, Banning, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:36:43;
3. Bill Witt, Henderson, Nev./Kevin Johnson, Boulder City, Nev./Jesse Sharpe, Escondido, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:32:53;
4. Hiram Figueroa, San Ysidro, Calif./Marco Cornejo, San Diego/Guillermo de la Herran, La Paz, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 7:47:58;
5. Tim Abshire, Dana Point, Calif./Scott Clemens, Laguna Niguel, Calif./John Burke-Zubes, Victorville, Calif./Craig McCall, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki KLX450, 8:09:45;
6. Aldo Ramirez, Vista, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 10:07:14.
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)
1. Mike Prunty, Temecula, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 7:10:39 (35.12mph);
2. Oscar Fazz, Yuma, Ariz./Randy Harmon, Peoria, Ariz./Derek Ball, Yuma, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450F, 7:11:10.
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)
1. Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Eric McKenna, Loomis, Calif./Steve Williams, Tehachapi, Calif./Paul Doebereiner, La Quinta, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:55:54 (42.50mph);
2. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Andy Kirker, Lake Forest, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Lee Scheffers, Riverside, Calif./Marc Prince, Malibu, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:31:23;
3. Ken Kosiorek, San Diego, Honda XR650R, 10:14:35.
CLASS 60 (Riders over 60 years old)
1. Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn./Sam Dempsey, Lake Balboa, Calif./Bob Gates, Hesperia, Calif./Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Randy Dugan, Upland, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:00:36 (31.47mph).
CLASS 25 (450cc or more)
1. Mike Cafro, Bonsall, Calif./Beau Baron, Atascadero, Calif./Levi Marana, Moapa, Nev., Honda TRX450R, 6:19:37 (39.84mph);
2. Roberto Ruiz, El Centro, Calif./Rodolfo Navarro, Mexicali, Mexico/Carlos Apdali/Ivan Mejorado, Tecate, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 6:20:59;
3. Christian Vera, Lemon Grove, Calif./Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:25:13;
4. Craig Christy/Andy Lagzdins, Burbank, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Garren Fuller, Santee, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 6:30:48;
5. Travis Dillon, Spring Valley, Calif./Jeremy Gray/Robbie Cockrell, Barstow, Calif./Mike Sorchy, Lakeside, Calif., Honda TRX700XX, 6:34:20;
6. Paul Velasquez, Chula Vista, Calif./Jason Dunkleberger, Trevorton, Penn./Greg Row, Alpine, Calif./Francisco Ruano/Joe Bernal, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX700XX, 6:41:14;
7. Rafael Torres/Damaria Maduena/Jouquin Maduena/Carlos Cansteneda, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:45:00;
8. Wayne Matlock/Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Los Angeles, Honda TRX700XX, 6:51:40;
9. James Woodford, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 8:23:05.
CLASS 24 (450cc or less)
1. Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash./Robbie Mitchell, Price, Utah, Honda TRX450R, 6:17:13 (40.10mph);
2. Heriberto Marquez/Julio Gomez/Adrian Lopez, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:32:40;
3. Juan Sanchez/Raul Cano/Angel Sanchez/Danny Salazar, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450X, 6:43:27;
4. Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Roberto Villalobos, Tecate, Mexico/Victor Lopez/Cesar Lopez, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:54:26;
5. Guillermo Berenger/Alejandro Gomez/Jose Ramirez, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 6:59:00;
6. Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif./Zac Willett, Henderson, Ky./Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif./Nick DeStout, Oceanside, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 6:59:29;
7. Jesus Manguia, San Ysidro, Calif./Jose Contreras, Tecate, Mexico/Javier Corona, San Diego, Adam Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 7:11:40;
8. Jorge Brambila, Imperial Beach, Calif./Luciano Parada/Mario Yorba, Tijuana, Mexico/Julio Conejo, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 7:36:28;
9. Joselito Muro/Edgar Barraza, Chula Vista, Calif./Rosendo Rico Jr., San Diego/Jose Aguayo, National City, Calif., Yamaha 450YFZ, 7:40:29;
10. Luis Berumen/Sergio Lopez, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 7:41:18;
11. Jamie Kirkpatrick, Olympia, Wash./Greg Kirk, Albuquerque, N.M./Brian Watkins, Myrtle Creek, Ore., Honda TRX450R, 7:53:39;
12. Fernando Amador, Ensenada, Mexico/Jorge Perez/Adulfo Loya, San Quintin, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 8:10:25;
13. Romulo Gomez, San Diego/Christian Vargas, San Diego/Rafael Guzman, National City, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 8:45:04;
14. Santos Perez/Genaro Ibarra/Christian Rojas/Javier Beltran, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 9:03:29.
CLASS 26 (Limited, Utility)
1. Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif./Tim Winiarski, Carson, Calif., Can-Am Outlander800, 10:53:28 (23.15mph).
1. Peter Lang/Brian Jellison, Santa Rosa, Calif., Homebuilt-Buick, 7:27:32 (33.78mph);
2. George Jackson, San Felipe, Mexico/Brian Siler, Lewiston, Idaho, Jimco-VW, 10:40:48.
1. Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif./Benjamin Wright, Westminster, Calif./David Crum, Garden Grove, Calif., Ford Ranger, 7:03:41 (35.70mph).
SPT UTV (660cc, 4-wheel utility vehicle)
1. Bill Morris/David Protharo, Bakersfield, Calif., Polaris RZR4, 10:05:16 (24.99mph).
SPT M/C< (450CC or less)
1. Issac Cisneros, San Diego/Manuel Rochin Jr, Dulzura, Calif., Yamaha YZF450, 6:41:57 (37.63mph);
2. Marco Meave, Chula Vista, Calif./Juan Gutierrez, Tecate, Mexico/Jesus Rosas, Mexicali, Mexico, Yamaha WR450F, 7:14:01;
3. Christian Espinoza, Mexicali, Mexico/Miguel Rodriguez/Joe Leal, Honda CRF450X, 7:22:34;
4. Daniel Banuelos, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 7:42:57;
5. Fred Sobke, Bonita, Calif./David Starrett, Oceanside, Calif./John Conrad, Vista, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 7:46:06;
6. Derek Duncan, Santa Barbara, Calif./Jonathan Martinez, Carpinteria, Calif./Cory Bantilan, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 8:53:58;
7. Marcus Palacios/Jeff Vigil/James McCourt, East Carbon, Utah, Honda CRF250X, 9:30:39.
SPT M/C> (450cc or more)
1. Ulises Fierro, Tijuana, Mexico/Marco Higuera/Emanuel Verdugo, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 6:44:28 (37.40mph);
2. Jeff Palmer, Alta Loma, Calif./Michael Schmahl, Upland, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:51:13;
3. Carlos Valdez/Oscar Garcia, Tijuana, Mexico/Rylen Adir, San Diego, KTM, 7:00:20;
4. Steve Malley, San Diego/Christian Carpenter, Seguim, Wash./Doug Koczkowski/Matt Kuczkowski, San Diego, Honda CRF450X, 7:46:35;
5. Mike Mensinger, San Diego/Cullin Valentine, Solana Beach, Calif./John Nolting, Poway, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 7:57:29;
6. Jimmy Boutwell, Globe, Ariz./William Hill, Miami, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 7:58:44;
7. Andrew Glogner, Tucson, Ariz./Gary Gostar, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM XC525, 8:13:20;
8. Kay Awaad, Calif., Mexico (Egypt)/Rogelio Garcia, El Paso, Texas/Eric Eikhorn, Pampano Beach, Fla., Honda XR650R, 9:08:24.
1. Ivan Espinoza/Julio Banda/Enrique Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 7:17:34 (34.57mph);
2. Juan Gonzalez/Franciso Perez, Ensenada, Mexico/Gonzalo Curiel, Piru, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 7:28:03;
3. Ciro Calderon, Calexico, Calif./Carlos Chong/Alejandro Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 8:19:47;
4. Moises Saiza/Erik Canett/Ricardo Silva, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX700XX, 8:20:41;
5. Jesus Sanchez/Juan Smith/Cristoral Quezada, Tijuana, Mexico, Yamaha Raptor, 8:22:44;
6. Paul Engen/Gregory Ochoa, Las Vegas, Yamaha Raptor, 8:48:30;
7. Juan Dominguez/Alonzo Dominguez, Yuma, Ariz./Eduardo Ortiz, San Luis, Ariz., Honda TRX450R, 9:00:13.
COLTON UDALL, No. 6x (First in class and first motorcycle to finish. Udall rode from the start to race mile 30, Jeff Kargola rode from mile 30 to 170 and Udall rode from mile 170 to the finish.) – “The course was rough. Those (cars and trucks) bring up rocks that are bigger than a car and you clip them and you do flips. No problems at all. You’ve just got to go take it easy and weave and bob through the rocks that are gnarly. This bike ran great. I can’t thank my team enough. I don’t know what it is – I feel really good here in San Felipe. I love Baja. (On two consecutive wins in San Felipe:) I think San Felipe just has a good spot. When you get your first win, you’re always super confident on it. To beat Kurt Caselli (No. 4x), that’s the first time I ever beat him in my life. That guy is one heck of a rider.”
Co-rider Jeff Kargola said: “My part of the ride went really well. It was long stretch, let me tell you. San Felipe is no joke – it’s not smooth. It’s brutal out there. It beat the heck out of me but it’s a marathon, it’s not s sprint. You just can’t go out there and hammer the bike and expect it to respond. I took it easy toward the beginning and tried to pace myself and ride a smooth, clean race. My first goal was not to lay the bike down. I kept it on two wheels and kept making forward progress. It was a perfect race two years in a year.”
SHANE ESPOSITO, No. 5x (Second in class and second motorcycle to finish. Bobby Garrison started and rode to mile 30, Esposito rode from mile 30 to mile 108, Steve Hengeveld rode from mile 108 to 170, Garrison rode mile 170 to mile 216 and Esposito rode from mile 216 to the finish.) – “I don’t have any complaints; I had a good ride. They (Udall and Kargola) were just on it today. Steve was on the bike and we lost a couple of minutes on a tire change because nobody was ready for it. It was a lot rougher than I expected. For me, everything was good.”
DAVID GONZALEZ JR., No. 104x (First in class and fourth motorcycle to finish. Gonzalez started and rode to mile 8, Carlos Casas road from mile 8 to mile 108, Gonzalez road from mile 108 to mile 215 and Casas rode from mile 215 to the finish.) – Co-rider Carlos Casas said: “I had a pretty bad crash and my lip is kind of swollen and I have a big bruise on my leg. That was about mile 106 and I had like two miles left but I could see the 101x up front so I was trying to charge a little bit and I just flew over the forks. Other than the crash, everything was good. The course was good. It was really rough but it’s pretty much the same old San Felipe. I noticed a lot of bikes blew up so it was a tough course, but it was fun.”
MIKE JOHNSON, No. 306x (First in class and third motorcycle to finish. Johnson started and rode to mile 30, Steve Garnett rode from mile 30 to mile 90, Johnson rode from mile 90 to mile 170 and Garnett rode from mile 170 to the finish.) – Co-rider Steve Garnett said: “I had a good, clean ride. I was a little bit tight this morning, though, when I first got on at mile 30. The first 30 miles I was having trouble – lot of whoops and I just couldn’t flow right. I came down from Matias (Pass) and then I started feeling good. I don’t know if Mike had any issues or not but he did well. All in all, I had a great ride. That last section of mine was flawless. I just kind of slowed down a little bit to go faster. It was great and I had a good time. I’ve got to thank Mike Johnson for putting this team together. It was a good day – a Class 30 win.”
MIKE PRUNTY, No. 401x (First in class.) – “It was a good race for us. Everything went according to plan and we had no problems.”
JIM DIZNEY, No. 501x (First in class and ninth motorcycle to finish. Dizney started and rode the first 15 feet because of a broken leg. Eric McKenna then rode to mile 46. Paul Doebereiner rode from mile 46 to mile 100. Williams rode from mile 100 to mile 168, Doug Smith rode from mile 168 to mile 178 and McKenna rode from mile 178 to the finish.) – “It was a pretty clean run – outside of the start. I rode about 15 feet (because of a broken leg). I’ve won San Felipe twice (before) but this is the first time on a bike. This is only my second bike race and we won the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (in November) so we’re 2-for-2 now.”
MIKE CAFRO, No. 12a (First in class and second ATV to finish. Cafro started and rode to mile 30, Levi Marana rode from mile 30 to mile 90, Beau Baron rode from mile 90 to mile 177 and Cafro rode from mile 177 to the finish.) – “Things went pretty slow at first; we had some catching up to do. We didn’t pre-run this race so we were kind of in the dark with everything. And then, right over there (by the start/finish line), the bike basically started to blow up. I stalled it, got some people to push me and it fired back up and I rode it in just behind the 9a, but enough time to get the win. That was the only problem I had. (The engine) is gone right now.”
BRANDON BROWN, No. 100a (First in class and first ATV to finish. Brown shared riding duties with Jorie Williams, Kenny Sanford and Robbie Mitchell.) – Co-ride Jorie Williams said: “The bike was flawless all day. I think we’re even on the same tires we started the race with. Everybody rode smart and we made it to the finish – you can’t ask for much more than that.”