With the prestigious Baja 1000 starting in Ensenada, Mexico two days before the final round of the AMA EnduroCross championship, the former AMA motocross champion faced a long and hectic but successful weekend of racing.
Joining the four-rider Factory KTM team of Kurt Caselli, Ivan Ramirez and Quinn Cody, the quartet ended the gruelling 1121 mile race second overall in what was only their second attempt at the event.
Making the change over from Ramirez at the 40-mile mark in the race, Brown then rode a further 300 miles of desert terrain at an average speed of almost 60mph, before handing the bike back to Ramirez and flying out to Las Vegas.
“It’s been a long three weeks,” laughed Brown when he arrived to Las Vegas. “I’ve been in Mexico pre-riding the Baja 1000 for about 10 days before the race begun on Thursday morning. It was one of the craziest and scariest races I’ve ever competed in. You were wide-open the whole time, just flying through the desert. Although not taking the win was disappointing but it does motivate us to come back stronger next year.”
With less than 24 hours rest to recover for the EnduroCross finale, Brown dug deep into his energy reserves on one of the toughest courses of the season to cap off a solid season.
Placing third overall in Main Event 1 before backing it up with fifth overall in Main Event 2, Brown ended his year fourth overall in the final championship standings but only three points adrift of podium result.
Great job Mike, now go enjoy the off-season...