Please put your hands together for the Team MXN/Pro Caliber SCORE competitors! Led by Brandon Brown (quad75.com), this team of dedicated racers and pit crew have tackled SCORE’s desert racing south of the border all year long and are now prepping for the big enchilada: SCORE’s Baja 1000. A point to point race from Ensenada to La Paz, this year’s race challenges come in all forms from pitting logistics to rider preparedness to race day strategy, not to mention the huge task of making sure the bike and rider return in once piece! Currently leading the Pro Quad 450 class (Class 24), the Baja boys leave in less than 10 days. Brandon Brown, Jorie Williams, Michael Kelley III, Nick Nelson, Mike Bender, & mechanic/rider Kenny Sanford comprise the ride team with pit support coming from friends, family, and Baja Pits. Leaving second off the line for this year’s race puts them hot on the heels of the other ATV class, and if all goes well they can secure a high finish in the Overall. They have done well in less than desirable starting positions before, so leaving 2nd should be a welcome advantage as Brandon Brown simply stated, “A good draw for starting position is key.”
The team is lucky to have two title sponsors that have contributed a lot to make their program successful in 2010. Pro Caliber was key in providing a sound racing platform for this year’s 1000- the TRX450R. Kenny Sanford of S&S Motorsports in Puyallup, Washington, chief mechanic responsible for the build, summarized the build. “It’s a very detailed build with hours and hours spent making sure every part fits and functions. They are required to finish 1000 miles, and we put together a bike that’s fully capable of finishing in front, which is where we all hope to see it at the end of the race!” Kenny goes on to state, and rightfully so, that the bike is “the coolest ATV ever built!”
Moto X Nutrition, the team’s other title sponsor, has provided hours of training, support, fitness advice, and racing supplements to the racers over the course of the year. Christian Chambers has developed a plan and personally trained most of the racers (and even some of the pit crew), pushing hard in the last month to prep for the race. “Moto X Nutrition is proud to work with this 2010 team,” Christian said in an e-mail, “We have been able to know these guys for a couple of years through the WORCS series, and they are all very talented. We have designed a program that is tough and designed to push them physically and mentally, and the Baja demands both, which will help these guys use 100% of their talent all the way to the checkered flag. We’re confident they will be victorious in wrapping up the 2010 Baja Championship.” A rider himself, Christian’s expertise should help propel the team forward with the endurance they’ll need to complete 1000 miles and more, which is good because the race is actually longer than 1000 this year.
Anything can happen in Baja. For this team, “anything” is going to be pouring every last ounce of determination and heart into this final race. This is the team’s blood and sweat making their 2010 SCORE season come together. After a 2nd place season podium last year, it left the team hungry for first this year. And you don’t mess with a hungry animal, let alone a team of them.
You can see the team’s Facebook page, send them words of encouragement, view more photos of the build, and see what they are up to, here: Team Moto X Nutrition / Pro Caliber Fan Page
See some build photos of their 1000 bike here: Quad75.com
Facebook photo album.