ATV Team Christy Wins
The 2008 SCORE Baja 1000!
All 5 members of the Christy squad
embarking on a final pre-run. Riders:
(from left) Steve Abrego Jeremy Sanchez
Dave Scott Jason Wade Craig Christy
Craig Christy on the gas in Ojos Negros.
The 41st running of the SCORE Baja 1000 has
concluded. "347 teams started
the race making up" an armada of Trucks, Buggies,
Motorcycles and" ATV's. After
almost 17 hours of non-stop action, "Christy" took
their 101A race machine to a decisive
victory in the hotly contested PRO ATV Class 24.
" The 5 rider team was propelled to
first place aboard a purpose-built "Duncan
Racing" / "Honda"TRX-450R. "
So many desert races are lonely marathons
against the clock, "that" was not the
case" at this event. "Within the first 100 miles
it was clear that" Christy's only" competition
would be the 103A bike of" Tom Wright II, Andy
"YMA" Lagzdins and Jim Stack. They
brought their "A-Game" from the" east coast of
America to the northern chunk of
Baja, California. "
The two teams held the top positions well
into the night. "Disaster" almost
materialized in the form of a loose electrical
connector on the "Christy" Bike. "As fate
would have it, "lead mechanic Leonard Duncan was
on scene and together with the
help of riders Dave Scott and Jeremy Sanchez
they diagnosed and repaired" the issue."
The unexpected downtime had dropped
the" Christy" effort to 3rd place.!The riders job
was clear: "Put the team back in first place".
"Two things stood in the way of a victory,"
the seemingly endless San Felipe "whoops" and
the waning daylight. "Steve Abrego
made quick work recapturing the penultimate
position from sneaky 102A and Dave
Scott rocketed back to the top spot through the
aforementioned "whoops". "Enough of
a gap had been created by race mile 400 that the
chase team, fueled by Rockstar
Energy Drink, took a moment to install new
tires."The tire change got rid of a nasty
vibration that had plagued the riders since
Abrego's rocky section earlier in the day."
Jeremy Sanchez took over" and used the fresh
rubber and his night" riding expertise to
further the lead to 17 minutes. "Speed-Demon
Jason Wade hopped on the bike at Valle
De Trinidad and gave the bike's!5th"gear a real
work out. "Jason had focused his prerunning
time in this section at night and was very much
at home passing bikes at a
breakneck pace. "His confidence was
briefly" rattled when" he tagged a "Booby Trap" at
race mile 524!
With 103A still hot on his heels, Jason
handed the bike off to Team Principal,
Craig Christy for the final 70 miles. "Moments
after leaving Santo Tomas, Craig was
alerted via radio that the lead trophy truck was
15 minutes behind and closing fast."
Craig was now riding to not only keep 1st place
but also to stay ahead of the truck and
it's pace slowing dust. "With at least three 800
horsepower / 4 ton trophy tucks
breathing down his neck, Craig kept the hammer
down! "The first two trucks passed
101A on a paved section, and the 3rd truck was
not able to reel the quad in through
the final more technical "section before the
finish line. "16 hours and 57 minutes after
the start, "Christy" had crossed the checkered
flag in 1st place! "Craig's final push had
broken 103A's resolve and "an hour" would pass
before they reached the podium in 2nd
The Christy Team is supported by:
Duncan Racing International Fat Boy 4
Instinct Charter Boats Cycle Gear
Rockstar Energy Drink PWR Performance Products
2008 SCORE Baja 1000 Class 24 results:
- "Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./ Steve Abrego,
Covina, Calif./David Scott, Belen, N.M./Jeremy
Sanchez, Belen, N.M./Jason Wade, Austin Texas.
Duncan/Honda TRX450R, 16:57:53 (37.22 mph);"
- Tom Wright II, Tabernacle, N.J./Andy Lagzdins,
Baltimore/Jim Stack, Quarryville, Pa., Honda
- "Sergio Alvarado/Gary Gonzales/Bilgerto
Perez/Angel Martin, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda
- "Rob Ransford, Downers Grove, Ill./Mike
Rodgers, Brooksville, Fla./David Bailey, Spring
Honda TRX450X, 19:50:37;"
- "Benjamin Lopez Jr., San Ysidro, Calif./Jesus
Lopez, San Diego/Miguel Arellano, San Ysidro/Marco
Marruio, Chula Vista, Calif./Jesus Monguia, San
Ysidro, Honda TRX450R, 21:10:40;"
- Shawn Robins/Matt Remesz/Clayton Hurlbert/Rocky
Glasgo/Eric Bremer, Canada, Honda TRX450R,
(8 Starters, 6 Finishers)