In what offroad lunatics consider ‘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 themselves an offroader for decades. It’s tough!
In the KTM Challenge Pro Race Davis showed the young guns what experience is all about, as the veteran won the race by a couple of minutes and convincingly. The Tecate also was the debut for Davis aboard his new 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’s was the right tool for today, I’m impressed.’ Bike aside, Davis was riding phenomenal and looked like the Davis folksongs have been written about. When asked if he even broke a sweat, Ty laughed and said, ‘oh yeah I did!! 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 450’s, as the race was 3 hours long and had some very tight technical terrain. The Tecate race has been famous for it’s billing of ‘1000 turns per mile’ or as the infamous Tom Webb once described ‘there are no straightaways longer than a filing cabinet’. The race is run over the old Tecate 250 Enduro course which at one time was considered to be the toughest race in the west.
In the end Davis proved untouchable and Simon and Lanza filled the podium to do the WORCS 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 rounding the podium 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 KX450F’s to turn some heads in the upcoming 2008 WORCS season, and of course, watch out for Ty Davis aboard his new Malcom Smith Motorsport/ZipTy racing Suzuki!!
All in all a great day and another chapter in the history of the legendary Tecate race.