In what could not be called anything but “perfect riding conditions,” Ty Davis, Scott Simon and Jamie Lanza filled out the podium at the Tecate Hare Scrambles, held in Tecate, Baja. The day saw everything from downpours, hail and snow flurries in the near-freezing temperatures. It was, however, epic and what the Tecate is famous for. While this race is not part of any organized series, it’s always been consider in the off-road community as one not to be missed and a real challenge for anyone who considers himself an off-roader.
In the KTM Challenge Pro Race, Davis showed the young guns what experience is all about, as the veteran won the race convincingly – by a couple of minutes. The Tecate also was the debut for Davis aboard his new Suzuki steed for 2008. Davis was mounted on his new Malcolm Smith Motorsport/ZipTy Racing Suzuki RM250 two-stroke. While he had only ridden the machine twice before the event, he said, “The bike worked very well for being bone stock. It’s was the right tool for today, I’m impressed.”
Bike aside, Davis was riding phenomenal and looked like the Davis of old. When asked if he even broke a sweat, Ty laughed and said, “oh yeah I did, but it’s a great event and a lot of fun. I love this.”
Podium companions Simon and Lanza placed second and third, in that order. They looked to have a considerable disadvantage riding 450s, as the race was three hours long and had some very tight technical terrain. The Tecate race has been famous for it’s billing of “1000 turns per mile.” The race is run over the old Tecate 250 Enduro course, which was considered the toughest race in the west.
Simon exclaimed that he had never ridden anything like this before, but it was, “Awesome,” he said. “I really enjoyed doing something totally different, this was great”.
Lanza said, “It’s been so long since it rained in Southern California I had to have my dad throw some dry dirt in my face to get comfortable.”