Ox Motorsports Honda Wins 2016 Baja 1000

Kit Palmer | November 21, 2016

Ox Motorsports Honda Wins 2016 Baja 1000: Despite breaking his collarbone just days before the start of the Baja 1000, Ox Motorsports Honda’s Colton Udall and his team captured the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship title after winning the 49th running of the 2016 Baja 1000, November 17-20. Udall managed to get patched up just enough to officially start the race before handling the bike over to his teammates Justin Jones, David Kamo, Mark Samuels and Daymon Stokie, who went on to win the race by six minutes over the Ox Motorsports Honda’s second team, made up of Ray Dal Sogliao, Nic Garvin, Ryan Penhall and Ian Young.

Ox Motorsports Honda Wins 2016 Baja 1000

Ox Motorsports Honda Wins 2016 Baja 1000
The Ox Motorsports Honda Team celebrate their 1-2 finish at the 2016 Baja 1000. Photography by Mark Kariya

After his team’s fourth win of the season, Udall said, “These guys did an awesome job. I really see a difference in how people treat me. They say, ‘What’s your team going to do without you?’ We are going to win. We have a great team and it’s not just me. I took myself out of this race unfortunately. Mark, David, Daymon and Justin all rode an amazing race. These guys battled really hard against the 45x (Francisco Arrendondo) and unfortunately they (Arrendondo) had a mechanical issue, but our guys rode really well and brought it home. That’s what it takes when it comes to the SCORE Baja 1000. You have to have a bike that is good and you have to have your riders all come together.

“They didn’t need me,” Udall added. “When I was pre-running down in Borrego I made a bad decision and had to pass a guy in the dust. I took myself where I shouldn’t have gone and ended up over the handlebars and stuck my shoulder into the ground and it broke. Fortunately I had people like Robby Gordon pulling me out of the desert and helping me out.

“I crashed on Tuesday night, had surgery on Wednesday afternoon and I was back down here on Thursday. About three and a half hours after I crashed we were already thinking about what our strategy was going to be for the race. We moved Daymon Stokie up from the 3x bike to the 1x bike and fortunately David Kamo was down here and came out of retirement. He is a three-time SCORE Baja 1000 Champion and we earned those championships together. He raced about 90 miles and it took some of the work away from Mark and we got it done. We moved some things around and our team is solid. The way I helped on race day was by making sure every I was dotted and every T crossed.”

Ox Motorsports Honda Wins 2016 Baja 1000

49th SCORE 2016 Baja 1000

RESULTS: November 17-20, 2016

  PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (450cc or more)—1. 1x Colton Udall, 30, Yucca Valley, Calif./Mark Samuels, 27, Yucca Valley, Calif./Daymon Stokie, Australia/Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif./David Kamo, Boise, Idaho, Honda CRF450X, 18:16:42 (46.75 mph); 2. 3x Ray Dal Soglio, 26, Scottsdale, Ariz./Nic Garvin, 22, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 18:52:20; 3. 45x Francisco Arredondo, 38, Guatemala/Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif./Shane Esposito, 41, Menifee, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, 26, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 19:36:10; 4. 37x Kevin Murphy, 42, Fresno, Calif./Morgan Crawford, 34, Fresno, Calif./Jordan Brandt, 37, Fresno, Calif./Cory Graffunder, 22, Fresno, Calif., Husqvarna FE501, 22:06:16; 5. 14x Rodolfo Patroy, 36, San Diego/Fernando Cardenas, 26, Mexicali, Mexico/Tucker Hopkins, 23, Venice, Calif./Lago Constanza, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Philip Jaramillo, 18, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 23:00:38; 6. 88x Jorge Ramirez, 16, Ensenada, Mexico/Luis Diaz, 22, La Paz, Mexico/Sergio Pena, 17, Ensenada, Mexico/Julio Gaspar, 31, Ensenada, Mexico/Hector Cardenas, 23, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha 450YFZ, 26:41:55; 7. 35x Nick Gust, 28, Pescadero, Calif./Don Campbell, 28, Daly City, Calif./Mauri Herrera, KTM 450XCF, 27:59:02; 8. 25x Abel Burqueno, 45, Mazatlan, Mexico/Marcos Cabeza de Vaca, Bucerias, Mexico/Enrique Gonzalez, 36, Mexico City, Mexico/Alejandro Torres, 36, Mexico City, Mexico/Charles Goirand, 58, Mexico City, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 28:46:09. (9 Starters, 8 Finishers)

  PRO MOTO 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—1. 321x Benjamin Petter, 34, Renton, Wash./Reid Edwards/Kyle James, KTM 500XCF, 23:41:50 (36.06 mph); 2. 301x Christopher Schultz, 45, Kamuela, Hawaii/Geoff Hill/Ryan Leibelt/JP Canton, Joel Lane, Risto Niemi, Finland, Honda CRF450X, 26:55:47; 3. 313x Mario Murillo Jr, 42, Fort Worth, Texas/Jorge Flores/Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles/Marc France, Honda CRF450X, 29:33:59. (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)

  PRO MOTO 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. 404x Jano Montoya, 45, Winter Garden, Fla./Francisco Septien, 41, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, 45, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Kirk Russell, KTM 450XCW, 20:44:12 (41.21 mph); 2. 455x Mike Johnson, 51, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M./Jason Trubey, Lake Havasu City, Ariz./Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./Kevin Johnson, Boulder City, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 20:58:52; 3. 422x Chad Thornton, 45, Farmington, N.M./Alan Cameron/Mark Weirich/Tim Fitzpatrick/Dennis Belingheri, KTM 500XCW, 21:59:04; 4. 400x Colie Potter, 48, Las Vegas/Sterlyn Rigsby, 50, Temecula, Calif./Jason Miller/Lendon Smith/Robert Lightfeldt, 39, Hemet, Calif./Steve Herstad/Jason Miller, Honda CRF450X, 22:05:18; 5. 437x Craig Thompson, 42, Fresno, Calif./Jeff Vogt, 41, Fresno, Calif./Kyle Smith, 41, Vacaville, Calif./Jeff Evans, 41 San Jose, Calif./Guy Comer, 46, Clovis, Calif., Husqvarna FE501, 24:47:45. (6 Starters, 5 Finishers)

  PRO MOTO LIMITED (449cc or less)—1. 101x Mark Winkelman, 58, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, 70, Simi Valley, Calif./ Austin Miller, Austin, Texas/Grant Statley, La Jolla, Calif./Schuyler Shoonmaker, Alpine, Calif./Mark Bradford, Santa Clarita, Calif./Ricky de La Pena, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Husqvarna 350, 20:55:34 (40.83 mph); 2. 106x Garrett Poucher, 33, Valencia, Calif./Michel Valenzuela, Tijuana, Mexico/Braxton Gallian/Jeremy Newton/Salvador Hernandez, Ensenada, KTM 350XCF, 22:43:05: 3. 160x Santiago Creel, 30, Mexico City, Mexico/Antonio de la Vega, 38, Mexico City/Patrick Reyes, 37, Mexico City/Jesus Zavala, 37, Mexico City/Didier Goirand, 21, Mexico City/Alejandro Sardi, 21, Venezuela, KTM 350XCW, 24:04:28; 4. 100x Fernando Beltran, 40, Ensenada, Mexico/Emanuel Verdugo, Ensenada/Ricardo Munoz, Ensenada/Fernando Tavarez, Ensenada/Carlos Miranda, Ensenada/Rigoberto Gomez, Ensenada, Yamaha YZ250F, 24:52:03; 5. 140x Boe Huckins, 38, Pueblo West, Colo./Brad Millikan/Dave Ward/John Bennett, KTM 250SXF, 27:00:09; 6. 128x Steve Kameda, 49, Japan/Waranyu Tanjaroen, 40, Thailand/Sam Nova, 28, Santee, Calif./Oscar Hale, 54, Ensenada, Mexico/Patima Kongpetch, 44, Thailand, KTM350, 27:54:42. (6 Starters, 6 Finishers)

  PRO MOTO 50 (Riders over 50 years old)—1. 507x Mark Winkelman, 58, Cedar Hill, Texas/Lou Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif./Jim O’Neal, 70, Simi Valley, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Andy Kirker, Irvine, Calif./Flipper Manchester, Reno, Nev./Bryan Campbell, Bakersfield, Husqvarna 350, 25:39:17 (33.31 mph); 2. 556 Don Blake, 61, Mission Viejo, Calif./Ken Hilgendorf/Tim Sherwin/Matt Woody/Daron Jaco, Husqvarna S501, 28:55:32; 3. 540x Michael Garmin, 52, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Chuck Shortt, Lake Spur, Colo./Bill Sekkers, Agua Dulce, Calif./Harry Harris/Scott Atchison, Honda CRF450X, 30:19:57. (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)

  PRO MOTO IRONMAN (Solo Riders)—1. 702x Tony Gera, 21, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 25:01:28 (34.15 mph); 2. 715x Jeff Benrud, 47, Raeford, N.C., Honda CRF450X, 25:11:56); 3. 721x Jose Armando Carassco, 26, Rosarito Beach, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 25:23:30; 4. 733x Derek Ausserbauer, 23, Santa Ynez, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 25:46:00; 5. 729x Michael Skurkis, 38, Henderson, Nev., KTM 450XCW, 27:48:51; 6. 775x Tanner Janesky, 21, Middlebury, Conn., Honda CRF450X, 28:29:46; 7. 722x Daniel Argano, 52, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 33:14:17; 8. 716x Ryan Gutile, 43, Madera, Calif., Yamaha WR450F, 34:22:45. (11 Starters, 8 Finishers);

  PRO MOTO 60 (Riders over 60 years old)—1. 625x Mark Hawley, 65, Anaheim, Calif./Robert Koch/Dennis Greene/Dennis McLaughlin/John Marshall/Ropert Hanson, Reno, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 32:24:58 (26.36 mph) (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)


Kit Palmer | Editor Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes ever 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.