With 298 riders starting but only 174 finishing, the rugged bone-crushing Baja course took its toll on the competition. Starting first, Colton Udall took the race lead on corrected time at the 100-mile mark. However, no less than 50 miles later, Udall delivered a stunning pace through the OX memorial to overhaul all his competitors and lead the race on the road.
Pushing on, he continued to set a pace that none of his rivals could match and at the 347-mile change over with David Kamo, his race lead was over eight minutes.
Kamo rode a flawless race and handed the bike back to Colton at mile 614. With the sun was setting it was time for the headlights to go on. Colton rode another 170-mile section before handing the bike back to Kamo.
Kamo then rode a transfer section across some of the most technical water crossings on the course before handing the bike to Timmy Weigand for the final 300 miles. Timmy brought the bike to the finish line in LaPaz with over an hour lead on the competition. After leading the race for over 970 miles the JCR/Honda team celebrated a terrific victory.
Johnny Campbell, Team Manager – “I am overwhelmed by the effort my crews put together to make this race run smoothly. JCR brings a small army of some of the most extraordinary people together to make a race like the Baja 1000 possible. I can’t thank them enough for their service and support. I am proud to have each one of them in the JCR family and look forward to many more adventures together. Thank you to the racers for their commitment to upholding this Honda legacy, celebrating 50 years of racing Baja and our 16th Baja 1000 win in a row. I also want to thank my family for being ALL IN with our crazy life. Viva Baja”
Photo Credit: Karlos Morales Espinoza