Matlock Racing prepares for Baja 500
After many months of preparation the Matlock Racing team will head south of the border once again to defend its overall title at the 42nd annual running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, the second oldest desert race in the world.
The team recently took the Overall win in the ¬first race of the SCORE series at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. This year’s team consists of Wayne Matlock, Josh Caster and Wes Miller aboard the Matlock Racing TRX700XX.
The team will once again use a Honda TRX700XX as the quad of choice in the harsh terrain of the Baja peninsula. The race quad has been prepped by Wayne Matlock and Rich Morel to provide another race-winning performance. The team will head south of the border more than a week before the race to begin pre-running each section of the course multiple times before race day.
“Each member of the team carefully studies their sections religiously until they know every inch of the course,” Matlock Racing says in a release. ”It is this dedication that keeps them at the front of the pack.”
With nearly 300 entries at this year’s race the competition should be ¬fierce. The race course’s 439 miles will cover some of the roughest terrain the Baja peninsula has to offer. Starting in Ensenada, the course makes its way east into the mountains through the town of Ojos Negros, then into the famous silt of Tres Hermanos before reaching the summit. Once reaching the summit the course drops dramatically to the dry lake bed of Laguna Salada before heading south towards the rocky whoops of Borrego. Before leaving the desert of Borrego the course turns west and climbs its way back into the mountains to the Famous Mike’s Sky Rancho. Through the water crossings the course heads north to Valle De Trinidad before heading west once again to the Paci¬fic coast. Once to the Paci¬fic coast the course works its way north following the steep cliffs and gullies along the ocean waves before turning east towards the town of Santo Tomas. Passing through Santo Tomas the course continues east back to hills of Ojos Negros before its ¬final stretch back into Ensenada. This course will test the racers as they work to lead the pack and cross the ¬finish line fi¬rst in Ensenada.
The Matlock Racing quad will start second off the line in the PRO ATV class and each rider will be working hard to gain time on the competition from the drop of the green flag all the way to the crossing of the ¬finish line and the checkered flag.
Matlock Racing would like to thank all its sponsors: Vey’s Powersports, PRM-ATV.com, Rich Morel Racing Motors, Precision Concepts, Houser Racing, Maxxis, Elka, JCR Honda, Big Gun Exhaust, KZ Trailers, Fly Racing, Renthal, IMS-Roll, Pro Honda Oil and Chemicals, IMS, DWT, OMF, Tire Balls, Quadtech, Streamline, Precision Racing Products, Baja Designs, Scott Goggles, Motion Pro, UNI Filters, DID Chains, Division Four
For more information on Matlock Racing please visit – http://www.matlockracing-honda.com/.
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