On a Yamaha ATV equipped with Elka Suspension's Stage 5 shocks, a first in several years
BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC - June 4th, 2012 - This past weekend was held
the 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Desert Race, the fourth round of the
five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series, in Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico.
This race stretches almost 500 miles across rough desert terrain which
is a gnarly test of endurance for the riders, the machines and the
Team 5a managed by Mr. Greg Row with mechanic Kevin Avina and riders Dustin Nelson, Josh Row, Travis Dillon and D.J. Noerr
was First in class and First overall ATV to finish, therefore winning
Class 25. Their victory aboard a Yamaha YFZ450R put an end on Honda's
domination of the Series.
Rider Josh Row commented after the race: "For
the race that we had it was a day of mistakes and bobbles and things
like that. We were just making less mistakes than everyone else. We had
gas and go all day, other than a couple of rider errors and getting a
couple of flats. Other than that, everything was flawless. I can't
explain it. I was stoked. I was coming over the summit and I overshot a
corner and stuck it into some rocks. I had to get off and pull it out.
It tired me out a bunch. Finding all my lines, it was a long day but it
was well worth it. This is my second or third Baja 500 racing to win and
we got it done today."
Josh Row interviewed after crossing the finish line in First Place at the 2012 Baja 500
team trusted their long-time sponsor Elka Suspension for their shock
absorbers, a key component for such rough racing. The technicians at
Elka provided the team with their latest Stage 5 model, which was
previously thoroughly tested with them throughout the WORCS and Quad-X
race series. Only days prior to the race, team rider Dustin Nelson also
tested intensively with Elka technicians in Quebec in preparation for
the 12 Hours of La Tuque endurance race, where they have been able to
further improve their setups.
Asked about the suspension, Dustin Nelson said: "Having
the best suspension is a key factor for our team, helping us riders
stay fresh throughout the race so we can attack the course and focus on
our race strategy, not the obstacles. Elka's new Stage 5 delivers all we
need and then some. It's comfortable, tracks precisely and absorbs all
the nasty hits we can encounter on a demanding course like the Baja. The
shocks were never a concern and kept working great during the entire
race. We could not have won without Elka Suspension and our Stage 5
is an industry-leading manufacturer of innovative high-performance
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WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear. Copyright 2008 Hi-Torque Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Console Login