fered fuel-injection trouble early, and that
set up a two-way battle between the
Honda and the Kawasaki teams. The
JCR Honda team had brake trouble
that cost them 10 minutes early
in the race, but they made some
impressive gains at night to make
the last five hours of the race an
intense, bar-to-bar battle. For a
period shortly after sunrise, there was a new leader every
lap. The JCR team had slightly over a minute at the finish,
and the Purvines team was four laps behind in third overall.
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Team Dirt Bike was in contention for the series championship
but settled for fifth overall and second for the year.
Team JCR Honda was experimenting with a fuel-injected bike
based on the CRF450R motocrosser. The 24 Hours of Glen
Helen is often used to test Baja equipment, but a fuel-injected
Mexican racer is still several years away.
Team Precision Concepts Kawasaki has come oh-so close to
winning this race, year after year. This time, the result was
especially hard on the team’s morale.
Ty Davis put huge effort into his KTM 450XC. An aftermarket
fuel filter came apart and cost him the lead.
The Purvines Beta team went against convention and rode a
300 two-stroke. They ran out of gas once, but otherwise had
an eventless ride to third overall and the series championship.