2012 Tecate San Felipe 250 Results

March 11, 2012
Courtesy of SCORE Media
Earning his first SCORE overall motorcycle victory and third for KTM in this race was the team of Kurt Caselli, Murrieta, Calif./Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico. They divided up the riding in Class 22 on the Bonanza Plumbing KTM 450SX-F to snap the six-race San Felipe winning streak by Honda with a winning of time of 4:40:03, averaging 53.28mph.

Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev., led his team to the Overall ATV and the Class 25 title on a Can-Am DS-450. Frederick, the 2005 SCORE season point champion in the class, split the riding time with Dillon Zimmerman, Murrieta, Calif./Cesar Lopez, San Felipe, Mexico.

KTMs Kurt Caselli  above  and Ivan Ramirez dominated the 248.64-mile course to claim their first victory at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.
KTM’s Kurt Caselli (above) and Ivan Ramirez dominated the 248.64-mile course to claim their first victory at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.

Reigning series and race Class 22 point champion Colton Udall and his co-rider Timmy Weigand, Valencia, Calif., were locked in a tight battle with Caselli/Ramirez and led by seconds on corrected time on their JCR/Honda CRF450X when Weigand crashed around race mile 160 and Udall took over and brought the bike to the finish 16:39 behind Caselli/Ramirez. Weigand was reported to receive minor injuries but was flown back to the US for further evaluation.

“We started first on the road, which means we were cleaning the trail,” reflected the winning MacCachren at the finish line. “At mile four, there was something buried in the ground. We were going 80 miles an hour or so and once I saw it there was no way to miss it. It popped the left front tire immediately. We had to pull over to the side of the road. (Co-rider) Cisco Bio changed the tire. We lost a few positions but once we got going again we started picking them off one at a time. I think we were second behind Andy McMillin.”

“We were just trying to pace with Andy because he started right behind us. When we first got going we were about four minutes behind him at mile 24. Then we started picking up. At about mile 100, I hit a bump and the truck just took off into the desert like I had no control. I thought something broke in the steering so Cisco jumped out and looked at everything. Meanwhile I was checking the steering and everything felt fine. He jumped back in and we took off real cautious. It seemed something had gone very bad and it went great. I was trying to keep pace with Andy and going into Azufre Wash about five to 10 miles in, he was pulled over. We still had to keep a pretty good pace, we knew there were people hovering around five minutes or so and we ran strong all the way to the finish. Everything on the truck was awesome.”

Following January’s season-opening two rounds SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, the 2012 SCORE Desert Series, the world’s foremost desert racing series was visiting Mexico for the first of its three annual SCORE Baja races.
SCORE Trophy Trucks have won 16 overalls in San Felipe in the 18-plus-year history of the class.
In the first 26 years of this race, Honda stillhas earned 16 overall motorcycle victories (including the 14 of the last 16 years), Kawasaki has six, KTM now has three and Husqvarna has one.

This year’s 248.64-mile rugged race course utilized two washes that have never before been used for racing – Cuevitas and Amarillas. The Cuevitas Wash replaced the Three Poles to Borrego section of previous courses.

The course ran in a counter-clockwise directionand for the first time, the second half of the race course included five infamous washes–Matomi, Azufre, Huatamote and Chanate along with Amarillas before heading to the finish line. The course included four physical checkpoints as well as 51 virtual checkpoints to help insure the safety and the integrity of the challenging race course.

Leading the parade of other class winners was Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., who won Class 3 in his sturdy Ford Bronco for the eighth time. Moss has also won all three races so far in the 2012 SCORE Desert Series.

Earning his sixth class win in San Felipe was Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif., who led a team to victory in Class 40 for riders over 40 years old on a Honda CRF450X

Also winning his third straight race this season in Class 5 as well as picking up his fourth straight class win in San Felipe was Kevin Carr, San Diego, in an unlimited VW Baja Bug.

Three racers who won their respective classes in San Felipe for the third time were Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif. (Class 1-2/1600, Romo-VW), Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas (Class 30, Honda CRF450X) and Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif. (Class 26, Can-Am Outlander800).

Among the other car and truck class winners were Mike Lawrence, South El Monte, Calif./Harley Letner, Orange, Calif. (Chenowth-Honda), Arnoldo Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico/Richardo Malo, Mexicali, Mexico (SCORE Lites, Jimco-VW), Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger), Erich Reisen/Ross Burden, Canada (Class 5-1600, VW Baja Bug) and Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo. (Class 7-2, Mason-Chevy).

Among the other motorcycle class winners was Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 21, Honda CRF450X),
Traveling all the way from Bristol, Tenn. and Bristol, Va., Justin Matney’s RPM Off-Road, which opened the season with 11 total class wins in the two rounds in Laughlin in January, had a race-record eight entries in this year’s MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and added two more class wins to their season total.

Staying undefeated in their respective classes in 2012 for RPM with their victories in San Felipe were Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 6, Ford Ranger), and Rodolfo Iribe, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 8, Chevy Silverado). In all, seven of the eight RPM vehicles finished with Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck (Chevy Silverado), Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., second in Class 5-1600, Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., second in Class 4 (PSD-Chevy) and Jim Bunn/John Matney, Bristol, Va., seventh in Sportsman Buggy (Geiser-Chevy). Stacy in Class 2 was the lone RPM did not finish in the race.

Besides Lopez in SCORE Trophy Truck, Stacy, Bristol, Va., leads both Class 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bug) and Class 2 (PSD-Chevy). The other RPM class point leaders are Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 6, Chevy Colorado), Rodolfo Iribe, San Ysidro, Calif. (Class 8, Chevy Silverado), Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va. (Class 4, PSD-Chevy) and Jim Bunn, Bristol, Va. (Sportsman Buggy, Geiser-Chevy). Stacy, Laguna, Iribe, Fletcher and Bunn each won their respective classes in both of the Laughlin races.

The fasted overall Sportsman winners were: Randy Swink, El Cajon, Calif., Ford Ranger (SPT Truck) and Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas, Honda CRF450X.

The other MasterCraft Racing SCORE Trophy Truck entered in this year’s race, the No. 30 Ford F-150, was driven by MasterCraft Safety owner Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif. to a 10th place finish in the SCORE Trophy Truck division.
A bad weekend got worse for NASCAR Cup team owner/driver Robby Gordon, the 2009 SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck season point champion who finished second in San Felipe in both 2009 and 2010 in the No. 77 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500. Gordon failed to qualify on Friday for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race in Las Vegas and then was forced to the sidelines early in Saturday’s race with a broken transmission around race-mile 70.

In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 27th consecutive year, a total of 61 drivers are still in the hunt for the awards for the 2012 SCORE Desert Series after the first two rounds in the five-race series.

Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award. All categories, except Engine Builder and Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer, will be determined by public on-line voting while Engine and Buggy awards are determined by season points.

Round 4 of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series will be the 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500, to be held June 1-3 in Ensenada, Mexico.

Tecate Beer is the title sponsor of the three SCORE Baja races.
MasterCraft Safety is co-title sponsor of the 26th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are:
-BFGoodrich Tires, Official Tire
-Volkswagen of America, Official Vehicle
-Sunoco Race Fuels, Official Race Fuel
-Slime, Official Tire Sealant
-Symons Ambulance Company, Official Ambulance
-Bilstein, Official Shock Absorber
-Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Official Mexican Auto Insurance

Official Sponsors of the SCORE Baja 1000 are:
-Coca-Cola, Official Soft Drink
-Volaris Airlines, Official Airline
-Lightforce Performance Lighting, Official Driving Light

Additional SCORE Sponsors are – Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Las Vegas Events, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.

2012 Tecate San Felipe 250 Results:

Pro Motorcycles

CLASS 22 (450cc or more)
1. Kurt Caselli, Murrieta, Calif./Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450SX-F, 4:40:03 (53.27 mph);
2. Colton Udall/Timmy Weigand, Valencia, Calif./David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho, Honda CRF450X, 4:56:42; 3. Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy/Max Eddy, Barstow, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:13:02;
4. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Justin Morgan, Alpine, Calif./Corey Freeman, Fallbrook, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:24:58;
5. Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Matt Karlsen, Sachse, Texas/Ryan Dudek, Long Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:29:34;
6. Robby Bell, Menifee, Calif./David Pearson, Panaca, Nev./Destry Abbott, Glendale, Ariz./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450F, 5:50:12;
7. Adam Miller, Prunedale, Calif./Robert Bartholomew, Boulder Creek, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F, 6:14:57. (8 Starters, 7 Finishers)

CLASS 20 (400cc or less)
1. Chas Broughton/Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., KTM 400XC-W, 6:56:56 (35.78 mph);
2. Gabriel Williams, Provo, Utah, Honda CRF250X, 7:06:45;
3. Jonathan Martinez/Michael Lane, Carpenteria, Calif./Cory Bantilan, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 9:21:15.
(3 Starters, 3 Finishers)

CLASS 21 (450cc or less)
1. Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Roberto Villalobos, Tecate, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 5:26:00 (45.76 mph);
2. Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles/Brandon Prieto, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 5:39:10;
3. Carlos Casas/David Gonzalez, Chula Vista, Calif./Carlos Gutierrez, Tecate, Mexico, KTM 450XCW, 6:00:29;
4. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Charles Manchester/Steve Garnett/Shane Bell/Chris Brown, Carson City, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 6:04:31;
5. Arnulfo Verdugo Jr, San Felipe, Mexico/Ramon Davila, La Paz, Mexico/Rene Magana, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 6:07:20;
6. Ulises Fierro, Tijuana, Mexico/Marco Higuera, Ensenada, Mexico/Michael Valenzuela, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450R, 6:45:36;
7. Ronnie Smith/Jason Slayden, Yucca Valley, Calif./Mike Vinson, Long Beach, Calif., Yamaha YZ250, 8:55:45. (7 Starters, 7 Finishers)

CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)
1. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev./Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 5:48:16 (42.84 mph);
2. Christopher Parr, Colorado Springs, Colo, Yamaha WR450, 6:59:43;
3. Adrian Cruz/Adrian Valdez/Felipe Jaramillo, San Diego, Honda CRF450X, 7:14:57. (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)

CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)
1. Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Ron Wilson, Encinitas, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:55:50 (41.93 mph); 2. Mike Prunty/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Lester Lehigh, Bishop, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:29:15;
3. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./David Fry, Henderson, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 6:51:02;
4. Oscar Fazz, Yuma, Ariz./Randy Harman, Peoria, Ariz./Scott Muzzy, Paradise Valley, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450F, 7:54:11. (5 Starters, 4 Finishers)

CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)
1. Marc Prince, Malibu, Calif./Eric McKenna, Loomis, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Dave Potts, Burbank, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:14:56 (39.79 mph);
2. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Steve Williams, Tehachapi, Calif./Mike Korenwinder, Tulare, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 9:17:03;
3. Ken Kosiorek, San Diego, Honda XR650R, 10:49:52. (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)

CLASS 60 (Riders over 60 years old)—(2 Starters, 0 Finishers)


CLASS 25 (450cc or more)
1. Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev./Dillon Zimmerman, Murrieta, Calif./Cesar Lopez, San Felipe, Mexico, Can-Am DS-450, 6:01:53 (41.22 mph);
2. Wayne Matlock/Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Los Angeles, Honda TRX450R, 6:12:17;
3. Rafael Torres, Damacio Maduena/Carlos Cansteneda/Felipe Torres, San Felipe, Mexico, Stefano Caputo, San Felipe, Mexico (Italy), Honda TRX450R, 6:15:43;
4. Juan Naranjo/Felipe Torres, San Felipe, Mexico/Manlio Diaz/Mario Beltran, La Paz, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:18:28;
5. Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash./Jamie Kirkpatrick, Olympia, Wash., Honda TRX450R, 6:33:20;
6. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Andy Lagzdins, Burbank, Calif./Cody Mitchell, Las Vegas, Honda TRX450R, 6:49:17;
7. Greg Row, Alpine, Calif./Travis Dillon, El Cajon, Calif./DJ Noen, Honda TRX450R, 7:17:04. (11 Starters, 7 Finishers)

CLASS 24 (450cc or less)
1. Rafael Torres/Juan Naranjo/Arnoldo Castaneda/Jose Meza, San Felipe, Mexico/Julio Lizarraga, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:41:59 (37.11 mph);
2. Manuel Jimenez, San Felipe, Mexico/Aaron Hernandez, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX250R, 6:43:40;
3. Oscar Ruiz/Roberto Ruiz, El Centro, Calif./Adan Arellano, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 7:02:25; 4. Guillermo Berenquer/Rodolfo Navarro, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 7:18:29;
5. Christian Anaya, Tecate, Mexico/Kelly Ramirez/Omar Aluarado, El Cajon, Calif./Marco Marrujo, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 9:09:55;
6. Daniel Montano/Sergio Gonzales, San Diego/Trent Kendala, Gilbert, Ariz., Honda TRX450R, 9:26:59;
7. Edgar Barraza, Chula Vista, Calif./Jorge Martinez, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 10:17:26;
8. Juan Guillen, Calexico, Calif./Christian Valles, Chula Vista, Calif./Daniel Salazar, Imperial Beach, Calif./Jose Contreras, Tecate, Calif., Yamaha 450F, 10:54:46. (9 Starters, 8 Finishers)

CLASS 26 (Limited, Utility)
1. Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif./Fernando Avalos/Alejandro Avalos, Ensenada, Mexico, Can-Am Outlander800, 9:18:13 (26.73 mph). (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)


1. Brenda Pfeffer-Divine/Dustin Wilkinson, Predator X18, 8:17:10 (30.01 mph);
2. Luis Duarte/Ernesto Maeda, Mexicali, Mexico, Bugan-VW, 8:25:31;
3. George Jackson, San Felipe, Mexico/Brian Siler, Lewiston, Idaho/Kurt Penley, Loveland, Colo., Jimco-Toyota, 9:18:58;
4. Viry Felix, Ensenada, Mexico, Varo-VW, 9:19:04;
5. Dawnette Carpenter, San Felipe, Mexico/June Willis, Olympia, Wash., Curry-VW, 9:34:26;
6. Travis Pastrana/Lynz Pastrana, Carlsbad, Calif., DesertDynamics-Chevy, 9:37:04;
7. Jim Bunn/John Matney/Charlie Holbrook, Bristol, Va., Geiser-Chevy, 9:54:06. (11 Starters, 7 Finishers)

1. Randy Swink, El Cajon, Calif./Steve Finnegan/Arturo Montano, La Mesa, Calif., Ford Ranger, 7:35:38 (32.74 mph);
2. Brent Downing, Castro Valley, Calif., Chevy Blazer, 9:18:00;
3. Jorge Rivas, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 9:30:10. (4 Starters, 3 Finishers)

SPT UTV (660cc, 4-wheel utility vehicle)
1. Thomas Graves, San Diego/Richard Morel, Poway, Calif., Yamaha Rhino, 9:31:28 (26.11 mph);
2. Bill Morris/David Prothero, Bakersfield, Calif., Polaris RZR4, 10:25:37. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)

SPT M/C< (450CC or less)
1. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Ricky De La Pena, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Austin Miller, Dripping Springs, Texas/Paul Lopez/Edgar Espinoza, El Centro, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:41:49 (37.13 mph);
2. Carlos Orenday/Jorge Garcia/Manuel Gomez/Willy Gaxiola, Tecate, Mexico, Kawasaki KLX450, 6:48:34;
3. Dan Troy, San Luis Obispo, Calif./Ryan Kritsch, Bakersfield, Calif./Derek Duncan, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 7:13:24;
4. Carlos Gracida, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 7:37:21;
5. Raymond Gray, Torrance, Calif./Chris Blankenship, Acton, Calif./JD Layancel, Santa Clarita, Calif., Yamaha WR450, 7:40:49;
6. Daniel O’Leary, Carlsbad, Calif./Dene Gooselow, Romoland, Calif./Brian Carpenter, Goodyear, Ariz./Ken Olson, Casper, Wyo, Honda CRF450X, 8:26:30;
7. Mark Sasaki, San Pedro, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 9:09:00; (8 Starters, 7 Finishers)

SPT M/C> (450cc or more)
1. Adam McCamish, Upland, Calif/Michael Phillips, Highland, Calif./Barry Van Fassan, Corona, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:47:53 (36.58 mph);
2. Carlos Sanchez, Chula Vista, Calif./Jorge Medina, Tijuana, Mexico/Ibrian Garcia, Chula Vista, Calif., Husaberg 450, 7:10:37;
3. Michael Rasp, Southlake, Texas/Jack McCormick, Tempe, Ariz./Todd Romano, Park City, Utah, Honda CRF450X, 7:12:16;
4. Alex Quintero, Tijuana, Mexico/Peter Schmidtmann, Nederland, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 7:33:09;
5. Carlos Valdez/Josh Palmer, Chula Vista, Calif./Juan Sanctotena Jr/Jorge Medina, Tijuana, Mexico/Larry Serna, Chula Vista, Calif., Husaberg 450, 7:39:57;
6. Aki Polvikoski, Glen Cove Springs, Fla./Risto Niemi, Finland, Honda XR650R, 8:07:02;
7. Steven Mack/Mark Davidge/Paul Skeary, Las Vegas, Honda CRF450X, 8:15:55;
8. Christopher Amos/Patrick Dussell/Brian Raymond, Felton, Calif., KTM XC-450, 8:23:45;
9. David Camarena/Ricardo Camarena/Adrian Ramirez/Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico, Kawasaki KX450F, 8:49:16;
10. Jose Enriquez, Calexico, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 9:17:36;
11. Robert Carroll, Tampa, Fla./Willie Truitt, Woodland, Calif./John Willis, Oceanside, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 9:26:05;
12. Andrew Glogner/Marshal Burchans, Tucson, Ariz./Gary Gasper, Todo Los Santos, Mexico, KTM 525XC, 10:20:25. (15 Starters, 12 Finishers)

1. Juan Dominguez/Alonzo Dominguez, Yuma, Ariz./Kyle Walstrom, Canada/Alejandro Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 7:03:12 (35.25 mph);
2. Juan Espinoza/Enrique Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 7:27:34;
3. Cristobal Quezada/Marcos Zepeda, Tijuana, Mexico/Alfonso Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico, Suzuki LTZ400, 7:39:27;
4. Adulfo Torrez, San Quintin, Mexico/Fernando Amador, Ensenada, Mexico/Luis Arce, Bahia Tortugas, Mexico/Marcos Cousino, San Vicente, Mexico, Kawasaki, KFX450, 8:01:39;
5. Fidel Gonzalez/Erasmo Ruiz/Juan Tizoc/Victor Gormez, Vizcaino, Mexico, Yamaha Raptor, 8:16:40;
6. Richard Epperson, Tucson, Ariz./Thomas Miller, Vail, Ariz./Max Hernandez, San Tan Valley, Ariz., Honda TRX450R, 8:39:32;
7. Dave McFarland, Fresno, Calif., Yamaha YFZ450, 8:54:38;
8. Randy Grote/Jared Davis/Joseph Devine, Prescott Valley, Ariz., Polaris Predator, 10:41:03. (12 Starters, 8 Finishers)

Rider Quotes:

KURT CASELLI, No. 3x. (First in class and first motorcycle to finish. Caselli started the race and rode to mile 30. Teammate Ivan Ramirez rode from there to mile 170 and Caselli finished from there.) He (Ramirez) had the majority of the tough going. It was a rough course and there was a lot of attribition. Ivan rode perfect and it was just a good day. I just did the easy sections. My part was fun, I had a good time. The changes to the course were good. It’s just a little different with a couple of new washes. It’s always good to have something different. Everybody looks forward to that. The course was marked really well and it wasn’t too dangerous. The SCORE crew did a really good job. Ivan said: Everything was perfect. The most difficult part was the Cuevitas Wash.

COLTON UDALL, No. 1x. (Second in class. Udall started and rode the first 30 miles. David Kamo drove from there to mile 106 and Timmy Weigand raced to mile 167. Udall took over there and finished the race. It went great. We had a break leverage that got knocked down just a hair but other than that, everything was fine. We were pushing the limit of beating him (Caselli). We were right at two minutes, two fifteen. Timmy went down and that cost us about 15 minutes. He just pushed it two percent too hard. Overall I think it’s a more fun course. It’s always fun when they put new washes in because the course isn’t so beat up. It’s definitely a better course.

MARK SAMUELS, No. 6x. (Third in class. Samuels started and rode to mile 30. Max Eddy rode to mile 106, then Matt Eddy drove to mile 169. Ian Young then drove to mile 250 and Samuels finished from there. Samuels: The bike was awesome. We decided to do it in the last two weeks and put it all together. 

CHAD BROUGHTON, No. 151x. (First in class. Chad Broughton started the race and rode to mile 30. His dad, Paul Broughton then drove to mile 170 and Chad finished the race from there. Said Chad: We didn’t have anything major, just a little tipover on my part.’’

GABRIEL WILLIAMS, No. 152x. (Second in class. Williams drove the entire race. It was a tight race. I just kept it smooth because I ran it alone. I had no problems. The course is great. It’s fun, hard, fun hard, fun, hard. Even racing it solo it was great fun.’’

FRANCISCO SEPTIEN, No. 149x. (First in class. Teammate Roberto Villalobos drove about 100 miles and Septien drove the rest.) Septien: I thought we were in second place. Everything went OK. We had no flats. We just took it easy because there were just two of us. We rode safe and made it to the finish, no problems. The course was rough, but that’s always San Felipe.

MIKE JOHNSON, No. 300x. (First in class. Johnson, Jason Trubey and Steve Garnett shared the driving. Trubey started the race and drove to mile 70. Garnett took over and drove to mile 170. Johnson finished from there.) Johnson said: The ride was sweet. Steve brought it to me and I guess he knew we were in a good position. He told me just to ride it in carefully. I rode it from 170 in. Jason had only one day to pre-run and we were fortunate that he did as well as he did. Said Trubey: We tried to stay out of the dust as much as possible and tried to avoid all the got-you’s out there. I couldn’t get down to San Felipe sooner to pre-run because of my job. 

JEFF KAPLAN, No. 400x. (First in class. Kaplan started the race and drove to the end of the pavement. Wilson drove to mile 24, then Kaplan took over and rode to mile 106. Wilson drove to mile 195 and Kaplan finished the race from there.) Kaplan said: We started off first and the bike ran great. I tipped over in the dust trying to get past someone at about mile 38. I clipped a rock and fell. Besides that, everything else was good, no problems at all. Ronnie tipped over once and washed the front end out in Matomi.

ERIC MCKENNA, No. 501x. (Mark Prince (rider of record) started and McKenna took over and rode to the first pit. Dave Potts rode from mile 101 to 195. Doug Smith then rode to mile 170 and McKenna finished the race’s final 30 miles. McKenna said: Our clutch got out of adjustment and that was the worst thing that happened all day. No one had any issues. We prepped well and you couldn’t ask for anymore luck.

JOSH FREDERICK, No. 10a. (First in class. Frederick started the race and drove to mile 95. Teammate Dillon Zimmerman rode to mile 170 and Frederick drove from there to the finish.) It was a great day. We moved up quite a bit through the pack. When I got to mile 95, we were in first overall. My partner had a real knarly section. He rode a good pace and stretched out the lead a little. He got me the bike in excellent condition.

WAYNE MATLOCK, No. 1a. (Second in class. Matlock started and rode to mile 7. Josh Caster rode to mile 24, then Wes Miller took over and rode to mile 94. Caster then rode to mile 170 and Matlock finished race. Matlock said: No one made any mistakes. Everyone rode a really good race and we just got beat. That other team was just faster than us. We’ll come back for the 500, hopefully faster than them.

RAFAEL TORRES, No. 101a. (Teammate Jose Meza started and drove to mile 30 and Torres finished the race. Other teammates Juan Naranjo, Arnoldo Castaneda and Julio Lizarraga shared in the driving.) Said Torres: It was a little complicated because there were parts where the vehicle was malfunctioning. The carburator got full of dust and we had to take the screws off and clean it out

MANUEL JIMENEZ, No. 109a. (Second in class. Other drivers were Dorian Mendez, Ponce Lopez and Aaron Fernandez. Mendez, who is from San Felipe said: We started out at the back of the pack and came in second (among finishers). We were in first after about mile 60. One of my teammates fell but we recovered. We only had one flat.