American Honda /
Precision Concepts ATV Team of Matlock, Goodman,
Spaeth & Miller
Win 41st Annual Baja 1000 & SCORE ATV
Harold Goodman, Wes Miller and Wayne
On Nov. 21, 2008 the American Honda /
Precision Concepts ATV team of Wayne Matlock,
Harold Goodman, Marc Spaeth and Wes Miller took
the Overall ATV win at the 41st annual Baja 1000
race in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico with a
time of 14:47:25 (42.69 mph).
The 41st annual Baja 1000 was set to be
another great race for the Honda team. With the
great success of the new Honda TRX700xx in Baja,
and the team’s Overall wins at both the San
Felipe 250 and Baja 500 earlier in the year, the
team was looking forward to another win in Baja
and a chance at the SCORE ATV Championship.
Race morning Wayne Matlock was 7th ATV off
the line, #8A and would ride the 700xx to race
mile 120 where Harold Goodman would take over.
Off the start, Wayne fought thick dust on most
of his morning ride but was able to move up and
hand the quad to Goodman in 2nd place on
Goodman’s section included the famous La
Rumarosa grade and would continue all the way to
Borrego where he would finish his ride at race
mile 279 and hand to quad over to Marc Spaeth.
Goodman was able to make up over 1.5 minutes on
the lead quad down the dangerous and rocky La
Rumarosa grade and move into the lead after
hitting the fast sections of Laguna Salada.
Marc Spaeth took the quad from Goodman in
Borrego and would continue on through the deep
and sandy whoops of San Felipe. On his trek down
the rough course Spaeth was able to hold the
lead before passing the quad off to Matlock at
race mile 353.
Matlock was to then ride the quad up the
famous Zoo road section in San Felipe before
handing the quad off to Goodman in Borrego for
his second ride of the day. While picking his
way through the deep whoops and rocks of Zoo
road Matlock received two rear flats. Both rears
had to be changed in an unscheduled pit before
reaching Borrego. Matlock finished his ride and
passed the quad off to Goodman in second place
due to the flats at race mile 405.
Goodman took off in a chase for the lead up
through the Mike’s Sky Ranch loop of the course.
After a small stop and go pit to install the
lights Goodman made his way into the dark
pushing hard for the lead before the hand off
again to Matlock for his third ride of the day.
Matlock took the quad from Goodman at race
mile 455 and would take the quad to race mile
470 where he would hand it off to Wes Miller.
Matlock’s third ride was uneventful and they
continued to chase the lead quad down.
Wes Miller took the quad from Matlock and
took off for the coast. Miller was pushing hard
and made the pass soon after reaching the coast.
After his pass for the lead he was able to start
pulling away on his ride up the coast. Miller
would finish his ride at race mile 590 where he
handed the quad to Matlock with a 4.5 minute
Matlock would take the quad to the finish and
try to improve on the lead Miller helped create.
Matlock raced off into the night fighting
missing course markers and booby traps built by
the locals, and was able to put an additional
4.5 minutes on the second place quad and earn
the overall win by a total of 9 minutes.
By earning the Overall Baja 1000 ATV win, it
gave the team the perfect season taking the
Overall ATV wins at every Score race this year
making them the 2008 SCORE Class 25-Pro ATV
Matlock said after the race, “We would like
to dedicate this race and championship to Bruce
The American Honda / Precision Concepts ATV
Team of Matlock, Goodman, Spaeth, Miller proud
winners of the 41st Annual Baja 1000 would like
to thank their sponsors-
American Honda, Precision
Concepts, Alba Action Sports, Maxxis, Elka,
Laeger’s, Moose, HMF Pipes, IMS-Roll, Pro Honda
Oil, IMS, Douglas Wheels, Tire Balls, Quad Tech,
PRM-ATV.com, Baja Designs, Scott Goggles,
Division Four, One Industries, DID Chains,
Motion Pro, Tag Bars, Alpinestars