Wayne Matlock and Honda ATV Racing Win at Baja 1000posted Feb 13, 2009
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At the SCORE Baja 1000 race on November 21, Wayne Matlock and team solidly won the ATV overall on the Honda TRX700XX. Riding with three other riders, they ran a consistent race, and won their class and the ATV overall in 14 hours and 47 minutes, nearly 10 minutes ahead of second place.
Wayne Matlock is an accomplished ATV racer, and the Baja 1000 win is another stellar point in his impressive resume. Wayne and his racing efforts have been supported by Motion Pro for many years, and his team uses the Motion Pro Vortex Twist Throttle kits to great advantage on all of their race machines.
Wayne says: "With a Motion Pro twist throttle and cable system, our team never has a second thought about its reliability and durability. We know we have the set up to win a grueling race like the Baja 1000. Motion Pro twist throttle is also a huge advantage for long distance endurance races in preventing rider fatigue."
Motion Pro would like to congratulate Wayne and his team.
On May 31, 2008 the American Honda / Precision Concepts ATV team of Wayne Matlock, Marc Spaeth and Wes Miller took the Overall ATV win at the 40th annual Baja 500 race in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico with a time of 10:10:40 (43.34 mph).
The 40th annual Baja 500 would be the first Score race on the new Honda TRX700XX and would be a true durability test for the new ATV. After the team's overall win in San Felipe on a Honda TRX450R each team member was looking forward to racing Honda's new TRX700XX at the Baja 500. Each rider pre-ran their section of the course multiple times during the week before the race and they were ready to take on the competition.
RACE REPORT- Race morning Wayne Matlock was the first ATV off the line and worked his way through the dust, silt, rocks and hills on his way out of Ensenada to pass many motorcycles before handing the quad off to Marc Spaeth at the first rider change near km77. Spaeth took the quad from Matlock in the lead and had a very tough battle with second place all the way over the summit to Borrego. During the heat of battle with second place, Spaeth took a small spill and broke the radio connection. No radio communications made it difficult to keep tabs on Spaeth but he was able to upright the quad from a ditch using a fence post and luckily had no injuries from the crash. Spaeth was able to get back on the quad and hand it off at the rider change with no other problems. Matlock got back on for his second ride from Borrego to San Vicente and was a position down due to Spaeth's earlier crash. Matlock's second section took him from Borrego to San Vicente where he was able to make up over 6 1/2 minutes that had been lost in the earlier crash and handed the quad off to Wes Miller just behind the leader. Miller had a fast, trouble free ride up the coast section and used the awesome power of the new TRX700XX to make the pass for the lead. By the time Miller finished his ride and handed the quad off to Matlock, he had gained over 2 minutes on second place. Matlock got on the quad in Santo Tomas for his third and final ride all the way to the finish. With second place trying to take the lead, Matlock was able to work his way through more dust, silt, motorcycles and broken race cars to take the Overall win by 21 seconds.
Matlock was excited at the finish and said "The new Honda TRX700XX was awesome! We never turned a single wrench on the quad, it was trouble free all day. All we did was add gas. The Maxxis tires and Tire Balls held up great and we ran the whole race with no flats. This was one of the most exciting races I've done in a long time. The whole team rode great and it is exciting to get the overall win at such a tough race!"
The American Honda / Precision Concepts ATV team of Matlock, Spaeth, Miller proud winners of the 40th annual Baja 500 and would like to thank their sponsors- American Honda, Precision Concepts, Alba Action Sports, Maxxis, Elka, Laeger's, Moose, IMS-Roll, Pro Honda Oil, IMS, Douglas Wheels, Tire Balls, Quad Tech, AC Racing, Baja Designs, Scotts Goggles, Division Four, Streamline Brakes, One Industries, DID Chains, Motion Pro, Tag Bars, Alpinestars