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Quad 75 Dezert

Team Quad75 Dezert Baja 500 Pre-Race Summary

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Ensenada, BC, Mexico - Brandon Brown's Quad75Dezert teams commenced  pre-running in Mexico at the start of this week. The Baja 500 takes  place Saturday, June 4th and after several course changes, it appears  this race will challenge competitors more than usual. Anything can  happen in Baja, and it already is. Brandon has coordinated two teams for  the 500. Riding for Team 1, Class 24, #100A are Brandon Brown, Kenny  Sanford and Jorie Williams. New for this race is Chris Kristensen & GNCC  pro-am rider Richie Brown. Heading up Team 2, Class 23, #101A is Jamie  Kirkpatrick, with returning rider Brian Watkins. New for this race, also  riding for Team 2, are Sean McHugh, Dave Jenkins, and Dale Mininger, all  three locals to the Northwest.

Brandon has been meticulously planning since the 250 ended. "It takes a  lot of planning and thought to coordinate a team for Baja, then when you  add in an additional team of riders, it complicates things ten-fold. The  course doesn't come out until the week before we leave, so I usually  loosely base some planning off of previous years' courses," Brandon  explained, "this year, my riders pre-ran a few sections and then there  were some last minute changes which present a whole new challenge for  the riders. Overall, pre-running has gone really well up to this point."

4 riders were pre-running out of San Felipe for 3 days, and another 6  pre-ran from the Quad75Dezert Baja 500 headquarters in Ensenada.  Jorie  Williams' section was changed twice. The second time was not changed  until after he had returned from San Felipe. "I was definitely  disappointed because I had spent 3 days working on my section. We got  all the way back to the house and find out we have to turn around and go  pre-run a course change. It makes things interesting. I wish we could  have had a day off, but then they went and changed it on us!" The rest  of the team will be getting organized for race day.

Head mechanic and rider Kenny Sanford from S&S Motorsports will spend  the rest of the week going over the race bikes. Jamie and Brandon will  be doing a shake-down on Wednesday prior to the race to make sure both  race bikes are adjusted and functioning properly. Friday is contingency,  where bikes and certain equipment are inspected. Saturday is the race.

The quads leave the line at approximately 6:30am. Teams 1 and 2 were  lucky in the drawing and get to leave second and first off the line (at  a 30 second interval), respectively. This will give both teams an  advantage in pursuing the overall because it puts both teams near Class 25 at the beginning of the race as opposed to having to wade through  riders in both classes when starting at the back of the pack, as they  did at the San Felipe 250. For updates, information, photos and videos, visit Quad75.com or Facebook.com/Quad75Dezert.


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