In what could not be called anything but "perfect conditions," Ty Davis, Scott Simon and Jamie Lanza made it an all WORCS podium for the Annual 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 this race has been a not to be missed adventure for anyone who considers himself an off roader for decades. It's a tough race for tough racers!
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 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 was the right tool for today, I'm impressed." Bike aside, Davis was riding phenomenal and looked like the Davis folk songs have been written about. 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 its billing of "1000 turns per mile" or as the infamous Tom Webb once described "there are no straight-a-ways longer than a filing cabinet." The race is run over the old Tecate 250 Enduro course which was considered the toughest race in the West.
In the end Davis proved untouchable and Simon and Lanza filled the podium to do the WORCS series proud. Simon exclaimed that he had never ridden anything like this before but it was, "Awesome! I really enjoyed doing something totally different, this was great." Lanza rounded out the podium and 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." Look for Simon and Lanza, aboard their Carter Motorsports Kawasaki KX450Fs to turn some heads in the upcoming 2008 WORCS season, and of course, watch out for Ty Davis aboard his new Malcolm Smith Motorsport/ZipTy Racing Suzuki!
All in all a great day and another chapter in the history of the legendary Tecate race.