JCR HONDA WINS BAJA 1000 CHAMPIONSHIP WITH VP'S MS105
ENSENADA, MEXICO (November 22, 2009) Etching their names on the granite history of the world’s most legendary desert race, Kendall Norman, Tim Weigand and Quinn Cody became part of motorsports history by capturing the overall 2-wheel victory Saturday in the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. Powered by VP’s MS105 racing fuel, the trio defeated a deep and talented field of 328 sturdy starters to win Class 22 on the Johnny Campbell Racing Honda CRF450X motorcycle.
Norman, of Santa Barbara, CA, started the race and raced to mile 200 as well as the final 169 miles to the finish line, while Cody, of Los Olivos, CA, rode from rm200 to rm350 and Weigand rode from rm350 to rm504 to help Honda increase its record overall victory total in this race to 20 wins. In giving Honda a record 14th consecutive overall win in this epic race, the JCR team finessed its way around the challenging course in 13 hours, 27 minutes and 50 seconds, averaging 49.97 miles per hour in the elapsed-time race. For Norman, it was his third straight overall motorcycle win and fourth total in this race, the second for Cody and first for Weigand.
“I'm beyond excited,” said Johnny Campbell. “The racers did a phenomenal job, pre-running and preparing their race. Kendall Norman did an excellent job leading this team to victory. SCORE put on a great race. Giving us the info we needed and a challenging race course. It takes a whole team of people, most of them operating behind the scenes. Special thanks to the JCR team sponsors including American Honda, VP Racing Fuels, Dunlop, Berkeley Honda, Pro Circuit, Pro Honda Oils & Chemicals, Truth Soul Armor, DID, IMS, BRP, Alpinestars, Renthal, Dirt Digits, Hinson Clutch Components, Acerbis, Works Connection, Arai and Motion Pro - we couldn't do it without you. I give tons of credit to the JCR/Honda pit staff whose job is to stand out in the desert and wait for us to come by. Without the dedication of our legendary volunteer pit staff this would be impossible and my hat is off to them, what a tremendous team effort! The 1X plate is home where it belongs thanks to you all.”
The world’s best known and most prestigious desert race, held on a difficult 672.85-mile course of natural desert terrain, started for the 35th time and finished for the 20th time in Ensenada, Mexico, 65 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego. The 328 starters that came from 39 U.S. States and 14 countries are the second most ever in race history for a ‘Loop’ race and the seventh most of any race in the 42-year history of the event. The 185 finishers are also the sixth-most in event history. The finishing percentage this year was a very solid 56.4 percent considering the extreme dusty conditions and the unique ruggedness of the course.
Massive crowds reaching over 250,000 spread out along the rugged course that traveled from Ensenada to Ojos Negros, east down Laguna Salada to San Felipe, down through the legendary Matomi Wash, around Mike’s Sky Ranch, through both Rancho Las Truchas and Rancho El Coyote, down the infamous Simpson’s Hill and back to the Pacific Coast below San Vicente and up through Santo Tomas, Uruapan and back to Ojos Negros, covering much of the northern half of the majestic Baja California peninsula to and from Ensenada.
As the final checkered flag dropped Saturday night for the last of 185 official finishers in the 42nd annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, it was obvious that another memorable and colorful chapter had been added to the legacy of this popular desert race in the magnificent Baja California peninsula.