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2010 SCORE Baja 1000 Race Results

Friday, November 19, 2010
Kendall Norman - 2010 Baja 500
The JCR Honda 1x legacy lives on!
Kendall Norman, Quinn Cody and Johnny Campbell of the JCR Honda Team have won the motorcycle class at the 2010 SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 with an unofficial time of 19:20.52. This is the 14th consecutive and 21st overall motorcycle victory for Honda and fourth win in a row for Norman.

“The fog was really thick for about 100 miles – it was as bad as I’ve seen it. It really tested me and what I had," said JCR Honda's Kendall Norman. "It took everything I could to keep the bike moving and keep my goggles clean and just keep going. I can't say enough for my teammate Quinn, he did an amazing job. It was flawless. It has been a very long year, waking up every day thinking of this race. We finally made it and made all my dreams come true this year. We pretty much had a flawless day. Quinn got a rear flat tire and other than that we really didn't have a problem all day long. That was our strategy: Ride within ourselves, where we are not going to make mistakes. You really can't screw up in this race. You've got to have this perfect race. Man, this is the toughest single day of desert racing in the world and to win five? I can't even fathom it."

I know we are a motorcycle site but without a doubt, the biggest news from this race is the overll win by the Red Bull backed Vildosola Racing Trophy Truck team. For the first time in the 43-year history of the Baja 1000, a Mexican national team has claimed the overall victory. Red Bull Racing’s Tavo and Gus Vildosola finished 2-minutes ahead of the overall runner-up JCR Honda squad at the end of the grueling 1060 mile race from Ensenada to
2010 SCORE Baja 1000 Overall Winner: Red Bull Racing Gus Vildosola
2010 SCORE Baja 1000 Overall Winner: Red Bull Racing Gus Vildosola. MotoUSA readers may recall the Vildosola race team actually gave aid to our Baja team in 2006 when we struggled to make the finish in our maiden race. Nice work guys!
La Paz. Meanwhile NASCAR racer and SCORE Baja racing regular Robby Gordon had another good showing finishing third overall with a time of 19:22.

“This race means a lot to me and my family," explained Gus Vildosola jr. "Every time we go out and race, I say we have the privilege of representing Mexico because we’re the only Mexican SCORE Trophy-Truck team. It’s obviously an honor to finally be able to win a race for them and for all of our fans who have been supporting us for all these years. And it is especially great for my dad, as well. He bought this SCORE Trophy-Truck eight years with the dream to win a Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 overall and today we were able to fulfill that dream.

“Everybody knows this is not a one-person sport – it’s a team sport and we’ve got over 180 people down here supporting us. It just all fit together perfectly, I think. It’s such a special day for Mexico with the bicentennial of the (Mexican) revolution and the centennial of Mexican independence, so everything just kind of fell into place and we’re very happy about it. It’s just perfect. We started second off the line and we were basically going to see what Roger’s (Norman, the first starter) pace was and what his plan was for the day and then go from there. Roger had a pretty aggressive pace off the line and we just decided to sit back and pressure him. Roger got a flat a little south of San Felipe and we were able to get around him there and really never looked back. We were able to set our own pace and not be pressured by anyone else. We knew this was a peninsula run and you weren’t going to win it in 500 miles – it was 1,061 (miles). We executed it perfectly and obviously we also had a little bit of luck on our side this race.”

The trophy trucks obviously had the advantage on the fast and less technically challenging course laid out by SCORE this year as five of the top six finishers were trophy trucks. The bikes have unofficially finished with four of the top ten positions. Louie Franco’s Class 40 team were the second bike through, seventh overall, with a time of 21:54.47, followed by new Class 30 champion and MotorcycleUSA.com supported Francisco ‘Pancho’ Septien in eighth place overall on the Honda CRF450X with a time of 22:12.03.

Francisco Septien  Shane Esposito and Brian Pinard - 2010 Baja 500
Pancho Septien (shown at the 2010 Baja 500) and his team finished 3rd in the bike class in the 2010 Baja 1000. Septien will be the 2010 Class 30 champion.
Things looked promising for the star-packed Bonanza-Plumbing KTM team of David Pearson, Steve Hengeveld and Mike Childress. The team was battling the 1x Honda for the overall lead in the early stages until the KTM 530 XCW’s engine let go at the 200-mile mark. They weren’t the only top team to have troubles. The JCR 8x Team of Colton Udall, Tim Weigand and Justin Imhoff only had to finish second in order to claim the coveted 1x plate from their teammates. Unfortunately, a big crash outside Loreto left Imhoff knocked out with a broken arm. It was a tough, rocky section so by the time emergency vehicles made it to the scene, the team was out of contention.


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TV coverage of the 43rd Baja 1000
Jim ONeal   Doug Heil - 2010 Baja 500
This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special for the seventh consecutive year, airing at noon (PST) on Sunday, Dec. 19 on the NBC Television Network. It will also air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International.

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John Gable -jessie james  November 29, 2010 07:57 PM
Hey Jessie, Not suprisued you rolled it! How about some off-road racing driving lessons?
mark studebaker -team pro caliber Washington state old woods riders  November 26, 2010 09:29 PM
congraulations to my good friend Craig Bowman and his teammates who rode the PRO-Class and took 3rd Place bunch of old guys still got it!
Steve sill -Old friend  November 24, 2010 07:34 PM
JCR. The absolute best there's ever been!
luis lopez moctezuma -mgr.  November 23, 2010 09:12 AM
Estimados amigos Vildosola, gracias por darnos este exquisito platillo que nos supo a gloria a todos los que amamos el offroad, se lo merecian y les deseo muchos triunfos mas.....que Dios los cuide siempre.
Lafortune -Jason LaFortune WINS BIG 10K 1st Place  November 21, 2010 02:06 PM
TMR won 1st place and beat the COPS to take home 10K Way to go! Built in one month!
Tony Montana -Team Riviera  November 21, 2010 10:51 AM
Does anyone know how trophy truck team Riviera #3 finished?
DR.DAVE -The DR.  November 21, 2010 08:40 AM
And another great big CONGRADS to Pancho Septien 30 class winner..
You are a power house.. keep up the speed..congrads to the while team..
DR.DAVE -The DR.  November 21, 2010 08:34 AM
How about that 40 team,Scott Myers /Bret Helm.They just get better with age..Congrads to the whole team..2nd. M/C. 1st in the 40 class.
Linda Barrientos -Viva Vildosola  November 21, 2010 12:26 AM
I am very proud of the Vildosola Perez Tejada family, they deserve this victory and whataway to celebrate than in Mexican territory. Gustavito que Dios te bendiga siempre
ELAINE DERRICK -4TH PLACE IN BIKE PRO CLASS  November 20, 2010 10:29 PM
WHAT I THINK IS AMAZING IS THE FACT THAT A TEAM FROM THE NORTHWEST OF MOSTLY 40ISH MOTOCROSSERS ON A BUDGET GOT 4TH PLACE IN THE PRO TEAM!!! STEVE CORRIE, CRAIG BOWMAN, JOEY LANCASTER, DON BOESPLUG, CLIFF WILSON ARE THE REAL HEROS!!! ON A PRETTY MUCH STOCK PRO CALIBER BIKE!!! WAY TO GO AND TO THINK WE THRU THIS TOGETHER AS THESE BOYS REALIZED THEIR DREAM OF THE DUST TO GLORY RIDE!!
Pepe Rodriguez -crew member Escandalo racing  November 20, 2010 05:29 PM
Congratulations to PIN racing from Tecate Mexico for the Class 8 Score Championship 2010.

Felicidades Juan Carlos.
miguel -fan  November 20, 2010 04:11 PM
alguien sabe los resultados de la clase 7 y la clase 6
Phil -Pit Crew crazy T 449x  November 20, 2010 10:58 AM
Our guy did it, a long day 43hours but has now the "Ironman" title, completed 250, 500 and now 1000 races as a solo rider. Way to go "Crazy T"
Greg Rader -Racer X  November 19, 2010 07:43 PM
Congrads to all the finishers and especially all the winners.

My helmet is "off" to Jonny Campbell and team...you did it again !!!

Your "Off Road Gods "

Greg (wish I was there) Rader
LSHS
Wife -406x  November 19, 2010 07:18 PM
So proud of you two! First time racing in Baja and took 3rd in their division!!!! Awesome!
Dave -404X  November 19, 2010 06:58 PM
Congratulations 404X!!! Troy Lee How & where do I go for list of bike #'s that have gone through certain check points? The guys in Japan want to know.... Thanks 4X 268X 269X 270X
richard steffan -crew chief off road guru  November 19, 2010 02:58 PM
JASON RUANE YOUR A BAD ASS STUDD GREAT JOB CONGRADULATIONS ON YOUR 2010 BAJA 1000 CLASS VICTORY!!!! JASON & MIKE!!.