ENSENADA, Racing in front of over 300,000 people Johnny Campbell, Kendall Norman and Robby Bell teamed up to ride the No. 1x JCR/Honda CRF450X to the overall and Class 22 victory Friday night in the 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
Campbell/Norman/Bell rode hard and fast over a tight, technical, body-bruising 631.35-mile course to give American Honda a record 19th overall win in the granddaddy of all desert races. The trio tapped the rugged desert course, completing their victory march in 12 hours, 29 minutes and 10 seconds, averaging 50.56 miles per hour. By the finish line the winning JCR/Honda team had put over 100 miles on the 10th place team and was clocked at top speeds of 107mph around mile 200 while being filmed by the NBC helicopter.
With Bell riding the start, Norman the second section, and Campbell to the finish line, the team outdistancing the second of three JCR/Honda teams in the race--Caleb Gosselaar, Juniper Hills, Calif./Timmy Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif../Tim Morton, Escondido, Calif., who finished in 12:55:35 on their Honda CRF450X, 26 minutes and 25 seconds behind their championship teammates.
Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif. added to his SCORE Baja Racing legacy by winning a race-record 11th overall motorcycle title. With the win, he broke the 10-10 tie he had with Larry Roeseler, Irvine, Calif. the new record will not be broken for many years to come if ever.
Johnny was pumped on this win as evident by the celebration that ensued at the finish line. With flashbulbs popping every wear and an electric erupting crowd the scene was the craziest I have ever seen it. Johnny was asked by the NBC host what he felt about breaking this record and the world wide impact that will have on Off-Road racing. Johnny answered my goal's to elevate Off-Road racing to new heights and today that happened. I'm stoked lets celebrate. Johnny doused his team mates with Champagne at the end of the night. Johnny way of saying "That was a job Well Done".