Our desert contributor, Chilly White, offers an in-depth look at KTM’s attempt to create a winning Baja 1000 team. Check out the full story in our KTM Baja 1000 Team Effort feature.
- KTM has become a well-known brand in the off-road world, but the manufacturer has yet to win a SCORE Baja event. Now, there comes a team who seeks to change that.
- (from left to right): Anthony DiBasillo (mechanic), David Pearson, Shane Esposito and Sarge (the motor builder).
- Shane Esposito: "I want to beat Honda, but it’s not a revenge thing--it’s just so I can go down and say I won the 1000. I’m getting up there [in years (he’s 37)] so this is going to be one of my last chances."
- David Pearson: "I like racing best in the desert and SCORE. It’s not really what I grew up racing, but it’s what I grew up kind of liking--I like the fast roads and I like the sketchy whoops that everybody else thinks are sketchy. They are sketchy, but I’m used to them and I’m good at riding them, so I like riding the SCORE series.”
- During several of the 24-hour test sessions the team has addressed issues with oiling and cooling so the bike can run longer at cooler temperatures.
- With the 2010 Baja 1000 just around the corner, it won't be long before this KTM dream team hits the dirt of Mexico.
- Shane Esposito, aboard the Honda team, finished the 2009 Baja 1000 event in fourth.
- Much of the testing has fallen into the hands of Mikey Childress, who's been at the forefront in developing the KTM 530 into a Baja bike.
- Owner of Bonanza Plumbing, Dean Potts, has contributed vast resources into making a competitive Baja KTM squad.
- Anthony DiBasillo hard at world prepping the KTM machine for battle.
- A crew descended upon Bell Mountain with the goal of creating the perfect winning machine out of the 2010 KTM 530xcw.
- David Pearson is just one of the riders on the dream team.
- David Pearson recently competed in the 2010 National Hare and Hound Championship, taking third overall.