The #1A Matlock Racing Pro ATV Team Wins the
2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
wins the season championship for the fourth year
in a row!
On November 18th, over 275 entries would
start the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico with the
expectations to finish the race and be the first
to cross the finish line. The #1A Matlock Racing
Team of Wayne Matlock, Wes Miller and Josh
Caster were the first ATV to cross the finish
line after an extremely rough 705 miles through
the Baja landscape.
Matlock RacingPro ATV Team wins 2011
Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
With a rough start earlier in the year at the
Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and Tecate SCORE
Baja 500, the Matlock Racing team was looking
forward to a trouble free race. The team spent
months preparing for the upcoming race and their
goal was to take the overall win once again and
seal the points lead for the championship and
the #1A plate.
The whole team headed south across the border
a week before the race to begin prerunning each
of their sections. Matlock and Miller would head
to Ensenada as a base for prerunning their
sections and Caster would head to San Felipe.
Weather was harsh early in the week of
prerunning with heavy rains leaving huge mud
puddles and washouts along most of the course.
All of the team would have to prerun in the
extreme weather to get the course completely
All of the riders ended up having issues
during the prerun at one point or another
leaving them stuck out in the middle of Baja
waiting for another team member to come rescue
them. Even with all the prerunning issues the
team felt confident on each of their sections.
One thing that each rider commented on was how
rough the race course was. This course was as
rough or even more so than any other race the
riders could remember and with only three riders
it would be difficult.
The team's goal was to set a fast but safe
pace through San Felipe before they would
re‐evaluate where they were position wise before
stepping up the pace if needed. On race morning,
Matlock would start 4th and work his way out of
Ensenada towards the famous Ojos Negros highway
crossing before handing the quad off to Caster
at race mile 70. The start was comprised of mud
filled washes and streams from the earlier weeks
rainy weather. Early in the race Matlock was
able to work his way up to second place but
after reaching the tight and twisty new section
added by SCORE up in the hills before Ojos
Negros, Matlock found he was not comfortable
pushing the big 700xx through the tight trails
and he lost a few positions before reaching Ojos
Negros at race mile 45.
Frustrated, along with silt and mud covered
goggles, Matlock decided it would be better if
Caster would take the quad from him at race mile
45 and continue on to his planned section.
Caster would jump aboard the quad and
continue on to race mile 91 for his planned
rider change with Miller at the JCR Honda pit 2.
Keeping with the fast but safe pace Matlock set
early in the race, Caster continued to pass
quads working the #1A quad back to the front of
the pack. As Caster reached the JCR Honda pit 2
at race mile 91, he slid into the pit just
behind the second place quad.
Miller would jump aboard and with a quick
fuel up, he was off and now in the second
overall position, on his way towards the rough
and rocky summit section of the course. Miller
would battle for the second place position all
the way down the summit before pulling away
along the Laguna Salada dry lakebed. During
Miller's push to gain the lead, he also passed
the #7A quad who had been the lead quad most of
the morning, but was experiencing motor issues.
Before Miller reached JCR Honda pit 5 at race
mile 208, he had gained a 2 minute lead over the
second place quad and was able to hand the quad
off to Caster in the lead.
Caster would take the quad from Miller at the
JCR Honda pit 5 and continue on to the JCR Honda
pit 8 at race mile 330. Once aboard the quad,
Caster continued the pace set earlier in the
race before reaching Diablo dry lakebed however
due to mixed radio communication, Caster
believed he had over a 10 minute lead at this
point and slowed the pace to the JCR Honda pit 6
at race mile 256. As Caster was fueling at the
JCR Honda pit 6, the second place quad came into
view causing Caster to quickly leave the pit and
pick up the pace for the remainder of his
section. As Caster reached the JCR Honda pit 8
at race mile 330, he had gained 8 minutes on the
second place quad.
With a quick fuel stop, Matlock was now back
on the quad and headed up the whooped out sandy
washes towards San Felipe. With no radio
communication in this remote area, Matlock was
unsure of the lead Caster had gained, so he set
a fast pace to gain as much time as possible.
When Matlock reached the JCR Honda pit 9 at race
mile 374, he had gain more time and was able to
do a quick tire change and mount the Baja
Designs lights on the quad. Off once again,
Matlock worked his way back up the final wash
towards the town of San Felipe. As Matlock
reached race mile 404, he had gained over
another 8 minutes to the lead, leaving Caster a
comfortable 16 plus minute lead as he headed
north out of San Felipe.
With a comfortable lead now in place, Caster
was able to back the pace back down a bit on his
way back towards Borrego and the JCR Honda pit
11 at race mile 459. As Caster was nearing the
JCR Honda pit, Matlock contacted him on the
radio to notify him that he was held up by
traffic at a military check point and would not
be at the pit in time for the rider change.
Caster would have to continue on until Matlock
could get ahead enough to get back on the quad.
Matlock would race ahead in the chase truck and
be ready at the San Matias road crossing at race
Matlock would jump on the quad once
again at the San Matias road crossing and
continue on to the famous Mike's Sky ranch loop
before heading back towards Valle De Trinidad.
Matlock continued to push the lead while running
up through the thick fog and high winds before
handing the quad off to Miller at race mile 504
with a 30 minute lead.
Miller was off into
the dark for his second ride of the day, heading
towards the coast in the thick fog. As Miller
reached the Pacific coast, he got caught in a
thick patch of silt causing the quad to stall.
With a quick check of the air filter, Miller was
off once again heading up the coast before
reaching Santo Tomas where the crew would change
the air filter as a precaution from the earlier
silt sections. Once the filter was changed,
Miller set a safe fast pace back towards Ojos
Negros at race mile 657 where he would hand the
quad off to Matlock once again.
Once Miller reached the field near Ojos
Negros at race mile 657, Matlock would mount the
quad for his final ride back into the town of
Ensenada. In the early morning hours, Matlock
worked his way back into Ensenada thru the
streams and mud covered washes before crossing
the finish line as the first overall quad.
The #1A Matlock Racing team not only finished
2 hours, 18 minutes ahead of the next class 25
quad but they also covered the course as the
fastest Overall ATV in 18:43:21 hours with an
average or 37.66 mph over the extremely rough
course. The class 25 and Overall ATV win was
good enough to seal the season championship once
again. This year marks Matlock Racing's 4th
season championship in a row and the #1A plate
setting them into the record books with a tie
for the most season championships in class 25 in
Wayne, Josh and Wes would like to personally
thank all of the chase crew, which is made up of
wives , girlfriends, mothers and fathers along
with friends and family. We would also like to
thank all of our sponsors for their continual
support enabling us to win races and
championships like this. We realize without all
of these people behind us, none of this would be
possible and the team is truly appreciative of
all the support!
Matlock Racing would like to thank all their
Rocky Mountain ATV, Maxxis, Kicker,
PRM-ATV.com, JCR, American Honda, Rich Morel
Race Motors, Scott Goggles, Renthal, Elka, Big
Gun Exhaust, KZ Trailers, Precision Concepts,
Houser, Vey's Powersports, Fly Racing, Vortex
Ignitions, IMS-Roll, IMS, DWT, OMF, Tire Balls,
Quad Tech, Streamline, Precision Racing
Products, Baja Designs, Motion Pro, UNI, DID,
Hammer Nutrition, Premier Nutrition, H-Bomb