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By: Robert Janis

Precision Concepts ATV Team Win of 41st Baja 1000 Gives It SCORE ATV Championship
Team of Matlock, Goodman, Spaeth and Miller Win Baja 1000 on a Honda TRX700xx

Harold Goodman
Harold Goodman

Wayne Matlock
Wayne Matlock

Wayne Matlock
Wayne Matlock

For racers of a series, it all comes down to points, and Precision Concepts got the points it needed when it won the 41st running of the Baja 1000 to win the SCORE ATV championship.

The victory in the Baja 1000, along with overall wins at the San Felipe 250 and Baja 500, allowed the team that includes: Wayne Matlock, Harold Goodman, Marc Spaeth and Wes Miller to amass enough points to win the SCORE Series. The Baja 1000 victory was achieved on a Honda TRX700xx, ridden in the other victories as well.

The race went like this:

Wayne Matlock was the first to ride the TRX700xx. Battling some thick dust he was able to achieve second place on adjusted time when he passed the bike on to Harold Goodman at the 120-mile mark of the course.

The second leg of the course took Goodman into the dangerous and rocky La Rumarosa grade section which he mastered and then continued on through to Borrego making up more than one and one-half minutes on the lead quad. At the 279-mile mark of the course he passed the bike on to Marc Spaeth.

It was Spaeth’s assignment to guide the ATV through the sandy swoops of San Felipe, and he was able to hold the lead before passing the Honda to Matlock at the 353-mile mark.

This particular leg of the course took Matlock past the Zoo road section in San Felipe. The deep whoops and the rocks provided a challenge and Matlock suffered two rear flats. He had to stop and replace both flats at an unscheduled pit repair before he was able to race on to Borrego and pass the quad over to Goodman. The team was now in second place at the 405-mile mark of the course.

Darkness fell during Goodman’s ride that took him through Sky ranch Loop, and he had to stop for the installation of lights. Yet he was able to pass the bike on to Matlock at the 455-mile mark of the race with the team still in second place. This was Matlock’s third time on the quad for the day, but the course provided no surprises.

Next to ride was Wes Miller with the assignment of taking the team through the coast area of the course. It was during this leg that the team regained the lead and Miller was actually able to put some separation between himself and the second place rider. By the time Miller passed the Honda over to Matlock at the 590-mile mark of the course, the team was 4.5 minutes in the lead.

Now it was up to Matlock to take the quad to the end. Matlock had to negotiate a course that was missing markers, and he had to overcome booby traps built by the locals. However, he was able to add another 4.5 minutes to the lead time allowing the team to win by a total of 9 minutes.


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