Norman, Cody Top Baja 500

Kit Palmer | June 8, 2010

Johnny Campbell Racing gave Honda the top two overall motorcycle finishing positions at the SCORE Baja 500 in Baja California, Mexico, June 4-5. Kendall Norman & Quinn Cody gave Honda its 15th overall motorcycle victory in the race with a winning time of 8:47:00, averaging 49.96 mph on their JCR Honda CRF450X. In the elapsed-time race, the duo edged the twin Honda CRF450X of teammates Colton Udall & Jeff Kargola by just 26 seconds, officially. However, a dispute in scoring has the actual margin of victory around five minutes, but, either way, it was a close battle to the finish. Kendall Norman

It was the fourth overall victory in this race for Norman in the last five years.

Norman started for the team, Cody rode the middle half, and Norman finished off the last part.

“We didn’t have a single problem all day – which is pretty darn amazing, considering how tough and gnarly this course is,” Norman said. “I’m just really tired, but it feels good to be here in one piece and to get my fourth Baja 500 win.”

Udall handled the first and last portions of the race for his team.

“It was really rough out there,” Udall said. “It was really long and it took it out of me. We got whupped Quinn Codyby the A team [teammates Norman & Cody], and I’m kind of bummed about that, but congratulations to them.”

KTM returned to Baja and finished third overall with pilots Robert Underwood, David Pearson & Ivan Ramirez. The trio finished approximately 15 minutes behind the winning Norman/Kergola bike.

Fourth overall went to the winning Class 30 Honda team made up of Francisco Septian, Shane Esposito & Brian Pinard, and fifth overall went to the Class 40 Honda team of Louie Franco, Rick Johnson, Brett Helm, Jeff Kaplan & Scott Myers.

The Class 21 victory went to the Honda team comprised of Sol Saltzman, Matthew Carlson, Pete Schmidtmann, Bill Boyer & Ryan Kudla.

Jason Trubey, Carl Maasberg, Jeremy and Ron Purvines topped Class 20.


  CLASS 22 (250cc or more)-1. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:47:00 (49.96mph); 2. Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:47:26; 3. Robert Underwood, Reno, Nev./David Pearson, Panaca, Nev./Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450XCW, 9:01:24; 4. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Bryce Stavron, Palmdale, Calif./Jesse Casillas, Jamul, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 10:40:17; 5. Jamie Aguilar, Stockton, Calif./Darren Johnson, San Andres, Calif./Riley Robbins, Burson, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 11:15:30; 6. Chad Thornton/Mike Whitman, Farmington, N.M./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., KTM 530KCW, 11:23:44; 7. Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M./Adam Thissen, Reno, Nev./Mike Blackman, Encinitas, Calif./Bryce Olson, Rocklyn, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 11:29:08; 8. Cory Evenson, Ramona, Calif., KTM 530XC-W, 12:37:51; 9. Keith Webster, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 14:28:02 (9 Starters, 9 Finishers)

  CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)-1. Sol Saltzman, Vail, Colo./Matthew Karlsen, Denver/Pete Schmidtmann, San Felipe, Mexico/Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif./Ryan Kudla, Victorville, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 10:29:11 (41.85mph); 2. Mark Fillebrown, Allentown, Pa./Brandon Prieto, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 10:37:35; 3. Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles/Bill Gilbert, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Colie Potter, Murrieta, Calif./Trevor Insley, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 11:02:25; 4. Steven Achey, Clovis, Calif./Marc Prince, Malibu, Calif./Wiley Watson, Clovis, Calif., Kawasaki KX450, 12:07:48; 5. Jesus Gonzalez M./Rigoberto Gomez/Javier Medrano, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha WR450F, 12:41:07; 6. Ruben Dabdoub/Luis Gomez/Gerardo Parada/Carlos Chavez, Obregon, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 13:00:44; 7. Gerardo Huerta/Daniel Huerta, Chula Vista, Calif./Nick Sandez, Temecula, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:27:53 (11 Starters, 7 Finishers)

  CLASS 20 (125cc)-1. Jason Trubey/Carl Maasberg/Jeremy Purvines/Ron Purvines, Henderson, Nev., Honda CRF250X, 10:46:56 (40.70mph); 2. Anna Cody, Simi Valley, Calif./Roger Hurd, Hesperia, Calif./Robert Laughlin, Solvang, Calif./Jeff Kawell, Crestline, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 11:29:30; 3. Jesus Rios, Calexico, Calif./Joe Leal, Mexicali, Mexico/Jonan Medrano, Imperial, Calif./Sergio Valenzuela, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF250X, 11:40:10; 4. Olivia Rich, Los Angeles, Honda CRF250X, 14:11:04 (4 Starters, 4 Finishers)

  CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)-1. Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 9:38:20 (45.53mph); 2. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X, 10:27:45; 3. Bill Eddings, Lomita, Calif./Eric Schettler, Mesa, Ariz./Keith Smith, Lomita, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 11:06:22; 4. Bill Witt/Mathis Riiber, Henderson, Nev./Kevin Johnson, Boulder City, Nev./Todd Abratowski, Henderson, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 11:07:20; 5. Jon Jessy, Carlsbad, Calif., KTM 505XCF, 11:34:49; 6. Javier Hernandez/David Topete, Obregon, Mexico/Mike Crowford, Phoenix/Eduardo Rosas, Huatabampo, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 11:59:10; 7. Mark Levrett/Richard Barker, Sparks, Nev./Michael Forts, Reno, Nev./Curt Michitsch, Sparks, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 13:25:55; 8. Dan Troy, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 15:10:39; 9. Talya Dodson, Truckee, Calif., KTM 250XCF, 20:57:10 (11 Starters, 9 Finishers)

  CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)-1. Louie Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif./Ricky Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 10:10:25 (43.13mph); 2. Henrik Andersen, Capistrano Beach, Calif./Todd Corbitt, Irvine, Calif./Collin Corrigan, La Mesa, Calif./Eric Rasmussen, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 12:15:00; 3. Brian Campbell, Bakersfield, Calif./Ron Wilson, San Diego, Honda CRF450X, 12:20:35; 4. Mike Prunty, Temecula, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 12:47:08; 5. Terry Peregoodoff, Canada, Yamaha WR450F, 17:12:37; 6. Duane Dickinson, Canada, Yamaha WR450F, 17:14:58 (8 Starters, 6 Finishers)

  CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)-1. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Doug Heil, Monrovia, Calif./Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Steve Willis, Tehachapi, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 10:40:11 (41.13mph); 2. Ryan Armitage, Las Cruces, N.M./Charlie Marshall, Carmichael, Calif./Chuck Sun, Las Vegas/Erik McKenna, Loomis, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif., KTM 530XCW, 10:40:50; 3. Koichi Takei/Masayuki Kudo, Japan, Honda CRF450X, 13:17:11; 4. Eizaburo Karasawa/Kazuhiro Nakamura, Japan, Honda CRF450X, 16:27:00; 5. David Rutherford, Atlanta/Ed Hockensmith, Drake, Colo./Marc Lashovitz, Eagle, Colo., KTM 530XCW, 17:52:20 (5 Starters, 5 Finishers)

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.