SLR Honda Gives Up The 1x Plate in 2021
April 9, 2021 – Yucca Valley, CA
The SCORE International series in Baja California, Mexico is always the most challenging and rewarding race event of the year for the SLR Honda team. It’s been a consecutive 3-year run of going undefeated for 10 races in a row while repping the 1x plate in the Pro Moto Unlimited class, but all good things must come to an end. The SLR Honda team would like to formally announce they will not be competing in the following events; SCORE San Felipe 250 and SCORE Baja 500, but will be back for the SCORE Baja 1000 before handing over the 1x title.
With 30 Baja 1000 wins, Honda has dominated this race 22 out of the last 23 years, and SLR Honda has contributed to that success with the help of Mark Samuels, Justin Morgan, Justin Jones, and the support crews who made their way down for every race.
Although SLR Honda will not be chasing the SCORE championship this year, the team is excited and ready to take on the eleven-hundred mile 54th Annual SCORE Baja 1000 race in November (riders will be announced at a later date).
2021 Worcs and NHHA Race Update
Nearing the half-way point in both the Worcs and NHHA series, the competition is high and the race for points is crucial. At round 4 of the Worcs series in Taft, California, team rider Cole Martinez participated in the Pro class finishing in 4th, while Tallon Lafountaine finished in 2nd in Pro 250. In the amateur class, Evan Stice was unable to finish the race due to a mechanical issue and Allen Mendelssohn finished in 7th. Justin Morgan took on round 4 of the NHHA series in Jericho, Utah and placed 5th.
Worcs Race Action
In the Pro class, team rider Cole Martinez #3 had started in 5th place. Within the first few laps, Martinez pushed his way into 4th but with the speed of the lead racers, he was unable to make up any ground resulting in a 4th place finish.
Tallon Lafountaine #259 got off to a 4th place start in the Pro 250 class. Once he settled into his rhythm, he made a charge through the pack. Lap by lap, he was able to make a position up before finding himself in 2nd at the 30-minute mark. Lafountaine tightened up the gap between him and the lead bike before the pit, but after matching his speed, he was unable to make the pass for the win, landing him on the podium in 2nd.
With a strong lead this season, Evan Stice got off to a 2nd place start but suffered a mechanical issue in the second lap, taking him out of the race early. Allen Mendelssohn on the other hand, had a tough start to the Pro AM race. He started in the back of the pack and spent the race making up positions. Mendelssohn put his head down and worked his way through the dust to finish in 7th.
NHHA Race Action
Justin Morgan got off to a great start and landed himself in 2nd place early on. He quickly made a pass into the lead position but eventually dropped back to 2nd. Morgan came into the first pit after the first loop in 3rd and left to continue the race with the top 5 leaders. After dealing with a lung infection over the last week, he was unable to push himself to competitively take on the leaders but finished in 5th for the day.
SLAMLife Adventures Ep.5
The SLR Honda team is excited to release the latest and final episode of SLAMLife Adventures. Episode 5 not only takes the viewer behind the scenes of our biggest race of the year, the Baja 1000, but my journey to recovery after I broke both of my femurs in October of 2019.
It’s a bittersweet feeling looking back at all of our pivotal and successful moments in 2019 with SLAMLife Adventures Episodes 1-5 on our Youtube channel. With another exciting season in offroad racing upon us, we’re ready to give our audience more. Stayed tuned for more information on SLR Honda’s new Youtube series for 2020!