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These Honda CRF450X’s are prepped and ready to go for a shoot. They were originally used for the chase scene in Bourne Legacy, shot in the Philippines. The only modifications for this shoot are street tires, big brakes on the front of two of the bikes, and all black bodywork.
DirtFirst Racer Andy Lagzdins finished second at Round 2 of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series at CJ Raceway in West Virginia. This is big step toward Lagzdins being chosen for the U.S. Senior AMA Team to contest this year’s International Six Day Enduro in Slovakia as this race also served as the AMA East Coast ISDE Qualifier round. “What a great weekend of racing, it feels good to get back to my roots in the East Coast terrain. The format is different but fun,” said Lagzdins, who is a veteran of the GNCC, OMA, and ECEA Enduro series but now living in Southern California.
The format consisted of 14 separate timed Enduro and Cross sections; the Enduro loop was approximately 4 miles of woods and the Cross section was 3 miles of pure grasstrack. After the first day of racing Lagzdins sat in 3rd place in the Senior E4 Class. Brian Storrie, a 10 time ISDE Veteran, led the class followed by another ISDE Veteran, Pat Flynn. Flynn was a mere 26 seconds ahead of Lagzdins at the end of the first day. During the first Enduro section of day two Flynn went down allowing Lagzdins to make up the time deficit and then some, eventually finishing 36 ahead of Flynn in the final overall standings.
This is the second year for Lagzdins to be attempting to make the ISDE Team. At the West Coast Qualifier in in Idaho 2014 he crashed on the first day, breaking a bone in his left hand. “Idaho last year was a heartbreaker. This finish helps me forget about that and focus on preparing for the ISDE if I get the call to go.”
Lagzdins rode a KTM250XC owned by ATC racing legend Ted Trey. Andy’s former GNCC mechanic Tony Kwiatkowski prepped the bike. “I can’t thank those guys enough,” said Lagzdins. “They pretty much took care of everything so I could concentrate on the race.”
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The more things change the more they stay the same. When most people think about ideals that have staying power like: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we think of dirt and the desire to ride motorcycles on it. This is exactly the reason why DirtFirst has been around for so long, because people just love to ride dirt bikes! Here is a big THANK YOU to everyone that has followed their passion for riding motorcycles.
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Great race pics and stories from over the years, pics of race machines from the 1980’s, 1990’s up to now!
Having about an hour to burn up in your schedule is highly advised!
We are starting a gallery of bikes, trikes, quads, and whatever else might come through the doors of DirtFirst Racing.
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Johnson Valley, Ca October 14, 2012-
DirtFirst Racing’s Andy Lagzdins secured a second consecutive AMA National Hare and Hound Championship this past weekend at the SoCal MC promoted event in the Johnson Valley OHV Area. Andy rode his Duncan Racing powered Honda TRX450R to a second place finish behind Matlock Racing’s Josh Caster to score enough points to clinch the title with one round left to run in the series. Andy’s rival for the championship, Bill Markel, had an off day and could only muster a fifth place finish in an event that took its toll on racers and their machines.
The race consisted of a 40 mile loop through mostly technical terrain. The course incorporated tight canyons that were only barely wide enough for the quads to fit through. Multiple bottlenecks occurred on the course, caused by broken and overturned quads and racers fatigued from lifting their machines around and over rocks and boulders. The lack of precipitation in the area made the conditions even more treacherous as dust proceeded to hide some of the upcoming obstacles.
“The plan was to make sure the quad finished in one piece,” said Lagzdins after the race. “There were a few times there that I started to push it, but I thought about the big picture. Now I can relax and concentrate on preparing for the Baja 1000.”
This is the fourth championship in desert racing for Lagzdins since coming out to the West Coast from Maryland in 2009. Team DirtFirst is sponsored by Christy’s Racing, Duncan Racing, ITP, Elka Suspension, Roll Design, Moose, Aplinestars, RPM Axles, TireBalls, and IMS Products.
DirtFirst Racing team rider Andy Lagzdins is the featured rider for this week’s Wednesday Wallpapers feature on ATVRiders.com.
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Jericho, Utah May 5th, 2012 – DirtFirst Rider Andy Lagzdins claimed a 2nd place finish at Round #5 of the 2012 National Hare and Hound Series, and in doing so made a big step towards the ATV series championship.
The SageRiders MC hosted the event, which was laid out through the Little Sahara OHV area near Jericho, Utah. The ATV race consisted of a 54-mile loop that the quads circulated twice. The high speed course contained a mixture of sand dunes, rocky hills, and flat out connecting trails. This year’s event was in stark contrast to the snowy 2011 event, and a lack of rain prior to the event made for a very dusty race.
Lagzdins got off to a fast start on his DirtFirst prepared Honda TRX450R, and quickly worked his way to the front behind leader Chris Brigman. The two riders engaged in a battle for the top spot that saw both riders in the pits together at the end of the first loop. “I could see Chris’ dust cloud ahead, and it gave me the motivation to catch him,” stated Lagzdins after the race. “I wish I could have dug a little deeper and gave Chris a run at the end.” Yamaha mounted Brigman stayed on the gas and scored his first NHHA win in a while. “I crashed on the second loop and thought for sure he would catch me. That was rough!” stated Brigman, who is now a Utah resident after moving from El Centro, Ca. Another Utah racer, Ray Bulloch, finished third on a Suzuki. Bill Markel, who is second in points for the NHHA Championship, gutted out a fifth place finish while still healing from injury.
The Series goes back to Utah for the next round, put on by the SugarLoafers MC in Cherry Creek, Utah on May 19th.
Lucerne, Ca April 22, 2012– DirtFirst racer Andy Lagzdins made it three race wins in a row with a victory at the Vikings MC Virgin Voyage in the Johnson Valley OHV area. The 2011 AMA National Hare and Hound ATV champion led the race from start to finish in a dominating performance, conquering the challenging terrain and enduring temperatures in the high 90’s. “By the time I got to the dry lake bed, I was really feeling the heat,” said Lagzdins after the race. “Luckily it was a mostly high-speed track and that created enough air flow to keep me from overheating. I just kept a steady pace and stayed out of trouble.”
A long, high speed bomb run across the desert started the 40 mile loop, which used many rocky washes and hillclimbs in addition to the high speed sections. Lagzdins’ Duncan Racing powered Honda TRX450R proved fast and reliable in the conditions, powering into the lead at the start and opening a 2 minute cushion by the finish. Yamaha mounted Chris Dobbins held second after the bomb run, but faded at the end with a flat front tire. Local Lucerne resident Johnny Moreno used his familiarity with the terrain to finish second. Honda rider Caleb Delgado rounded out the top 3 overall quads.
Many riders suffered flats and punctures during the event, but Andy’s ITP Holeshot XCT tires equipped with Tireballs survived the brutally rocky sections of the course. “There were a few sections that made me feel like I was riding a Trials event on a quad! Popping over boulders and finding ways around dirt bikes that were stuck on the hillclimbs,” stated Lagzdins.
Bill Markel, whose consistent finishes in the first two rounds had him second in series points, suffered a broken back in a crash during a race 5 weeks ago. Amazingly, Bill geared up and rode the race for points, finishing the event and vowing to be ready for the next round in Utah in two weeks.
Lagzdins now holds a commanding lead in the series. The next race on the NHHA schedule takes place on May 5th in Jericho, Utah.
Since it’s introduction in 2004, the Honda TRX450R has shown versatility and staying power only matched by Honda’s legendary TRX250R. Winning races from one end of the racing spectrum to the other, be it Baja, National MX, WORCS, GNCC; the 450R has shown it is the machine of choice for those serious about winning races. Relatively unchanged since its inception, it is the top choice for non-factory Pro racers and amateur racers alike.
DirtFirst has been building race winning 450R’s since 2004, with Team riders winning state and national titles on these fast and reliable machines. In this segment we will show you the step-by-step assembly of a race ready TRX450R that DirtFirst rider Andy Lagzdins will campaign during the 2012 season.
The first step is to find a stock quad to use as the starting point. We found this leftover 2008 TRX450ER at a dealer in SoCal, and picking up a leftover is a less expensive alternative to buying a current year quad. The TRX450R did not receive any major changes from 2006 to 2012, so any model you can find in that year range is basically the same.
We will start bolting on the front end components. Here is the steering stem, a Roll Design +1″. These stems use castings at the top and bottom, both welded to the CrMo main tube. The GPR damper is a low-mount that bolts onto the frame just behind the front bumper. The bar clamps are Roll Design 1 1/8″ for Fat Bars. The brake lines are steel braided Duncan +2″.
This is a good pic of the GPR installed. The linkage has quick-release ends on it so that it can be removed easily by hand, which makes swapping the damper out very easy and quick. The brake line tee is bolted onto the frame with a longer bolt so that a nut can be threaded on the opposite end to reduce the chances of the bolt coming loose and falling out. The brake line tee does not require teflon tape due to the type of fittings used.
There are two things to look out for when mounting the balljoint adapters into the spindles. Make sure you put the short ones on the top and the long ones on the bottom, and make sure the cotter pin holes are positioned so that the cotter pins can be installed and removed easily. This picture shows the best cotter pin hole positioning.
The front a-arm mount bolts are flipped around so that they can be removed without removing the front bumper. At this point the lower balljoint adapter nuts can be tightened. We use some loctite on these, because there is no cotter pin and the consequences of one of those nuts coming off while racing at high speed are very severe. The upper balljoints are left loose because they will need to be threaded in and out during the front end alignment process.
The front hubs are 2005 450R. The calipers have been the same from 2004-2012. The front shocks are Elka Factory shocks, and measure 20″ from mount hole to mount hole. The Elka lower shock guards protect the surface of the chrome shock shafts from rock damage. Any imperfections in the chrome can make the shaft seals leak oil.
The brake mounting bolts get loctite, as do the brake disc mounting bolts and the upper and lower shock bolts. A Duncan Racing front bumper looks good and adds a bit more protection than an aluminum front bumper.
Here is a pic of the front brake line clamps, they are for 1″ diameter a-arms. We put some tubing over the brake lines in the spindle area, so there is no chance of the spindle rubbing a hole in the line. Just cut a slit in the tubing, slip it over the line, and zip tie it in place.
The rear swingarm from the 2008 gets swapped with a stock 2005 swingarm. The ProDual Elka linkage and Factory shock are set up for that year of swingarm, and this combination works better in most applications than the later model setup due to the location of the linkage mount on the swingarm. The 04-05 swingarms are 3/4″ shorter than the 06-later. Most racers prefer the longer swingarm, as it makes the 450R hook up more predictably and wheelie less out of turns.
The swingarm pivot bolt is a Walsh cr-mo bolt and the reservoir mount is made by Elka. The linkage comes with the bearings and seals already pressed in, but the collars are taken from the stock linkage.
The rear shock is installed with the rebound adjuster positioned to the disc side so there is room to access it without having to take the skidplate off. The upper shock mount bolt is installed from the left side of the quad so it can be removed without taking the exhaust off. We Loctite the shock and linkage bolts.
Now is a good time to swap out the upper subframe mount bolts with some longer 12.9 grade bolts. The stock bolts are notorious for breaking and backing out even with loctite on them. The 12.9 grade bolts are stronger, and the extra length allows you to put a locknut on the bolt. Loctite the bolt into the threads and the nut onto the bolt and you will not have any problems with your upper subframe bolts.
The RPM Dominator axle is currently the best axle available. You can order them with an extra thick sprocket hub that makes them even more indestructable. We prefer the twin row bearing carrier instead of the taper roller bearing carrier. The twin row bearing style allows the fade nut to be tightened against the bearings and hubs securely, where the tapered bearing configuration needs to be left slightly loose to avoid excess pressure on the tapered bearings. This allows the disc hub to move back and forth slightly during acceleration and braking.
Our anti-fade nut of choice is a Lone Star part mainly due to the fact it has two 5mm pinch bolts instead of one.
The chain is a Regina ORN 520×100 O-ring. We have used these chains since the 90’s with great results.
The sprocket is the stock 38t steel, which is stronger than an aluminum sprocket. The wheel hubs are stock steel units. The rear caliper mount and brake disc are also OEM parts.
It is very important to install the swingarm pivot nut with a torque wrench. If the nut is not tightened enough it will come loose, if it is tightened too much it will stress the threads on the bolt and the bolt will fail prematurely.
The rear brake system gets a Duncan steel braided brake line and parking brake blockoff plate. The Roll Design footpegs are very durable, offer excellent grip in wet/muddy conditions, and have mount holes to easily attach heel guards and/or nerf bars depending on what type of race the quad will be entered in. MX and WORCS races require nerf bars, but in Desert racing nerf bars are generally not used because they tend to catch rocks and plants.
The rear caliper mount bolts get Loctite. The new brake line washers from the brake line kit are used. The parking brake blockoff plate is installed to keep dirt out of the caliper, there is an o-ring seal underneath that actually holds the brake fluid in. It is a common misconception that the blockoff plate holds in the brake fluid, but this is not the case.
Chassis protection and drive chain guides are important in any type of racing, but in Desert racing it is absolutely vital due to the amount of unexpected and unavoidable impacts with rocks at high speeds.
The swingarm skidplate starts out as a PRM Products .25″ thick aluminum skidplate. To clear the Elka linkage, the skidplate is cut as shown. The linkage is moved through the travel to make sure it does not bind at any point. The mount bolts are 10.9 grade and are installed with generous amounts of Loctite.
The rear chain guide comes with M6x1 bolts to work with the original threaded mount holes in the swingarm. To make these mounts more durable, the holes in the swingarm are drilled and tapped to a larger M8x1.25 thread. The collars in the guide are also redrilled to fit the new 10.9 grade bolts. Loctite these for sure!
The bottom of the chain guide is cut off close to the skidplate slider. If the chain guide does come off of the swingarm (if the bolts break), leaving the bottom of the chain guide open lets the guide fall completely of the quad instead of getting caught in the chain/sprocket and stopping the quad.
The controls consist of a set of Renthal CR Hi bend handlebars, Renthal dual compound grips, a Works Connection Elite clutch lever, a Motion Pro Vortex throttle and cable to work with the stock carburetor, and a Pro Design kill switch.
The stock on/off switch is retained mainly for the start button, and makes things a little cramped on the bars. Some grip donuts are added between the grip and switch to cut down on hand irritation from rubbing on the switch housing.
The exhaust system is a Duncan Racing Fat Boy 4. This pipe is very tough, makes great power, and is quiet enough to pass sounds tests at the track. The exhaust gasket that goes into the cylinder head exhaust port gets replaced every time the exhaust is unbolted because it is a hollow, crush-type copper ring that can only be used once.
To let the motor breathe better and complement the free-flowing exhaust, we install a Pro Design filter kit. The kit comes with an aluminum insert ring for the airbox, and a two-stage foam filter. The foam filters don’t flow as well as a K&N, but they filter better. The filter is oiled down with foam filter oil. We will run no airbox lid.
The parts for the modifications to the stock carb include: #48 pilot jet, #172 main jet, OBELR adjustable needle, and an R&D remote adjustable fuel screw. The picture above shows the original fuel screw next to the R&D setup. Having your fuel screw adjustment on the side of the carb where you can access it saves a lot of grief. We will start out with the needle clip in the center position.
To change the rev limit, this green wire is clipped. This is basically the same wiring modification that is done with the small sub-harness in the Honda HRC power-up kit, and lets the motor rev 1000rpm more before hitting the limiter.
This IMS fuel tank holds almost 4 gallons, and is setup for a dry break receiver. Sometimes the tank needs to be clearanced so that the receiver slides up and down smoothly without rubbing on the inside of the hole, and its important to bolt the receiver in place and test it before installing the tank on the quad.
A vent elbow is installed in the front of the tank by drilling a hole in the area just in front of the receiver, as high up as possible.
It is also a good idea to wash out the tank with water, blow it out with compressed air, and let it dry completely. This will make sure that there are no bits of plastic left in the tank to clog up your petcock screen.
The wheels we are using are DWT billet center Beadlocks. These tires are ITP Quadcross XC Pro, 20x11x9 rear and 22x7x10 front, which are used for WORCS races and GP’s. Tireballs are a must for racing, and this combination of tires and wheels takes 14 2003 Series balls at 8 psi of nitrogen in the front, and 12 2004 Series balls at 8 psi of nitrogen in the rear. No air is used in the tire itself.
The first race of the Score International Baja Series will take place this Saturday, March 10th in San Felipe, Baja California. DirtFirst rider Andy Lagzdins will be back in action on the Christy’s Racing Team’s #3A Honda in Class 25. Team riders Craig Christy, Dave Scott, Jose Ramirez and Robin Fawcett have been pounding the miles getting ready for what is arguably the toughest race per mile of the Score Series, and together they hope to bring back the magic that landed them the 2009 Score Overall ATV Championship.
The 2012 San Felipe course will be unique as it utilizes some new terrain, but one thing is for certain- there will be miles and miles of whoops! Check out the Score International website here.
Team DirtFirst Racer Andy Lagzdins made it two wins in a row to start off the 2012 National Hare and Hound season with a win at the 62nd Annual Moose Run put on by the Four Aces MC at the Spangler Hills OHV area in Ridgecrest, California. The mild temperatures and dry weather made for a enjoyable but dusty event, with the course consisting of long whoop trails punctuated with rocky sections.
Lagzdins took the holeshot on his Duncan-powered Honda TRX450R at the start of the 47-mile course ahead of rookie NHHA racer Keith Carlson, with Yamaha rider Chris Dobbins in third. Within five miles Carlson had made his way past Lagzdins and into the lead on his Suzuki LTR450. A battle ensued between the two riders for the next 20 miles, with Andy trying desperately to get back in front and out of the dust. “I was just blazing my own line through the desert next to Keith’s dust cloud,” said Lagzdins after the race. “I never thought that a quad could blow through bushes and cactus like that, but I wanted to get back up front so bad I pushed it to the limit.” A flat tire on the rear of Carlson’s quad would slow him enough to allow Lagzdins to motor past and take the win, but the fast young rider held off the rest of the field to finish in second place. “My race was going great until about 30 miles in, then I got a flat tire,” said Carlson after the race. While running in the third spot, Dobbins crashed hard and broke the subframe on his Raptor 700. “I was about a minute behind Keith when I had a big crash that destroyed my subframe near mile marker 35, and then I bent a tie rod just short of check #3,” said Dobbins. After a bad start, Teixeira Tech’s Bill Markel worked his way up through the pack to finish third for the day. “I had a good start then Andy started coming over into my lane and instead of challenging him I let him have the lead. Wrong choice- he dusted me out so bad I fell back to about 5th or 6th. I passed a couple quads back by the bomb. I ended up 3rd overall quad today,” said Markel after the race.
Both Lagzdins and Carlson will be racing in Mexico at the Score International San Felipe 250 on March 9th; Andy with Craig Christy’s Class 25 team, and Keith with Nick Nelson’s Class 24 team. The next round of the NHHA Series will be the Vikings MC event, which will take place at the Johnson Valley OHV area on April 22nd.
Andy Lagzdins gave DirtFirst Racing its first race win of 2012 at the first round of the National Hare and Hound Series held in Johnson Valley, California on January 22nd. It was a great start for the current NHHA champion’s title defense, and showed that Lagzdins was not only racing the series again in 2012, but looking to repeat last year’s dominant performance on his DirtFirst Racing Honda TRX450R. “It feels good to come back after the long break and find that I still have what it takes to win,” stated Lagzdins after the race.
The 40 mile, single loop race was held in dusty conditions, making a good start on the 3-mile bomb run an important advantage. Andy’s Duncan National Kit equipped motor fired instantly, and powered him into the lead pack of quads by the banners. After taking over the lead, Andy missed a turn which allowed Keith Carlson to get past. Keith is a top ProAm rider in the Big 6 GP Series, and was making his debut in the NHHA Series at this race. Andy overtook Carlson on a rocky downhill before the halfway point and built up a 6 minute lead by the end of the race. “I got up to the top of a ridge and noticed that I hadn’t seen markers in a while. I turned around and saw Keith making the turn that I should have made on the previous ridge. I stepped it up a notch to get back into the lead, and carried the momentum to the finish,” recalled Lagzdins. Yamaha-mounted Bill Markel, who won the last race of the 2011 season, battled his way into second place at the finish. “My race went well. I got the holeshot and was first to the bomb. Had a good battle all day with Mark Ornellas and Chris Dobbins, and ended up second,” said Teixeira Tech-sponsored Markel after the race.
Backing this year’s DirtFirst Racing Team are the familiar sponsors that have helped the team riders win championships all across the United States and Mexico. These include Duncan Racing, Roll Design, Elka Suspension, ITP Tires, RPM Axles, TireBalls, and IMS Products. Andy’s personal relationships with Moose Racing, Alpinestars, and ATVRiders.com will continue through the 2012 season, basically arming Lagzdins with the same successful package that he has enjoyed since his days racing the GNCC’s in the East.
Round Two of the NHHA Series takes place in Ridgecrest, California on February 12th. For information check out www.Nationalhareandhound.com.
The DirtFirst Racing sponsored Christy Racing/Duncan Class 25 Team finished in 4th place at the 44th Annual Score International Baja 1000. This year’s event was run on a 692 mile course starting and finishing in the oceanside city of Ensenada, Mexico. Unusually damp weather in the area created mudholes and water crossings that are rarely seen on a Baja race course. The traditional start area in the wash heading out of town needed to be excavated with heavy equipment before race day, but even so the motorcycle and quad racers rode the high sides of the wash to avoid deep water on the straightaway. With a Score truck-only race taking place in the San Felipe area a few months prior to the Baja 1000, much of the race course in that area was rougher than expected and put an extra toll on machines and bodies.
Starting the race for the #6A team was DirtFirst Racing’s very own Andy Lagzdins, on the Lenny Duncan-tuned Honda TRX450R. Unfortunately, a broken rear axle just outside of Ojos Negros set the team back nearly two hours due to the remote location of the mishap. “At first I thought the wheel had come off, but then I looked down and the axle was broken clean off!” recalled Lagzdins after the race. “I had to ride sitting on the front hood for a few miles to get within radio range so I could tell my team what was going on. Once they knew what the situation was they came out with parts and next thing I knew I was back in the race.”
With the inspired riding of Dave Scott over the Summit, and Cody Mitchell through the Laguna Salada lake bed down to Borrego, 6A kept motoring at race pace. During a rider change just past San Felipe, the pit crew noticed the swingarm skidplate was missing. Closer inspection revealed the mount bolts had been sheared off, and the call was made to replace the swingarm, remarkably only a 15 minute swap with the dedicated Duncan crew.
Dave Scott pounded through miles of whoops heading north from San Felipe. “It was hard to choose lines at night through there,” commented Scott after the race. “Even with prerunning it felt like I was off the course sometimes, there were so many choices.” The course overlapped itself for roughly 10 miles through Borrego, which made the twice-traveled section of whoops extremely rough.
Jose Ramirez and Robin Fawcett piloted the 6A machine across to the coast where Craig Christy took over and brought the quad into Ensenada for the finish after 23 hours and 35 minutes of racing. “We’ve raced 18 Score races, and this marks 16 finishes,” said Craig Christy at the finish. “I never could have achieved this without my riders and my support crew.”
The Christy’s Team is looking forward to the 2012 Score season starting with the San Felipe 250 in March, and hoping to regain the form that netted them the 2009 Score Overall ATV Championship.
For more great pictures from the Baja 1000, check out MyBajaPhotos.com.
For more info on the race and results check out www.Score-International.com.
For more race coverage of the Baja 1000, check out the full report at www.ATVRiders.com.
The 44th running of the infamous Baja 1000 will begin in Ensenada, Mexico on Friday, November 18th. DirtFirst Racing’s frontman Andy Lagzdins will once again be a member of the powerful Christy’s/Duncan Racing team on the #6a Honda. The team is in a position to win their first Class 25 Championship to add to their multiple Class 24 Titles, sitting only three points behind the defending champ Wayne Matlock, but only two points ahead of Rafael Torres’ team. The tight points race should make things very interesting at the Baja 1000, as it is the final race in the Championship.
At the first Score race of the season, the San Felipe 250, Team Christy’s Honda TRX450R was the first quad to cross the finish line. After penalties and disqualifications were handed out by the Score officials, the team would find themselves bumped to third place due to a missed virtual checkpoint. Sadly, it was a missed opportunity to capitalize on a rare mechanical meltdown by Matlock’s 1a squad, who could only salvage a seventh place finish after multiple suspension issues.
At the Baja 500 things were looking good for the team as Lagzdins came over the Summit to find Matlock’s TRX700XX on the side of the track with a broken tie rod end. Lagzdins’ lead didn’t last long however, and while running across the dry lake bed at Laguna Salada the 6a quad came to a halt with a broken timing chain. Head Mechanic for the team, Lenny Duncan, and his son Danny were able to get the quad back together, and with the remarkable performances of the Christy’s team riders they ended the race in third place.
The Christy’s Team is led by Craig Christy, who is a veteran of the Score series and in addition to being a fast rider he is also an expert in logistics and race strategy.
Dave Scott, a New Mexico native and past Best in the Desert Overall Quad Champion, is the go-to guy for pounding out miles and miles of Trophy Truck whoops. He has a reputation for being tough as nails, and has been known to put 100% into his section of the race to the point where he requires medical attention after he gets off the quad.
Felipe “Lipy” Velez Torres, whose team won the Baja 1000 in 2010, has teamed up with Christy’s Racing this year. Lipy is a resident of San Felipe, and his combination of blazing speed and familiarity with the terrain and line choices makes him arguably the fastest man around the San Felipe section of the course.
Andy Lagzdins comes off a dominant season in National Hare and Hound competition, going undefeated and claiming the National #1 Plate in his first attempt. Andy’s expertise in extreme terrain, which he developed though years of racing on the tight GNCC circuits of the East Coast, gives the team an edge through the most demanding sections of the Baja course.
Wildcard rider Garrin Fuller, whose multiple WORCS ProAm wins and Quad-X ProAm Championship this year served notice of his incredible speed on an ATV, is making his Score debut at the 1000. Garrin is learning the ropes and will be ready to take on miles of racing if duty calls.
Duncan Racing builds the motors for the Christy’s team, and the reliability of the FatBoy 4 equipped powerplants has helped the team win many championships in the desert. The Elka shocks and Roll Design suspension components the team uses are state of the art, and mandatory if you want to finish and win grueling races such as the Baja 1000. Check out the 6a quad at contingency if you are in Ensenada for the race!
Click here to check out the Score International website. You can find out info on the race, start positions, course maps, etc.
Click here to find Baja 1000 race coverage in the forums of Race-Dezert.com.
Thanks to MyBajaPhoto.com for the above photo from the 500 earlier this year. Check out their site for more great pics.
- Check out Andy Lagzdins on his DirtFirst Racing TRX450R in the 2012 Moose catalog. Click here to download the catalog. It takes a little while but it’s worth it! Kinney Jones was the man behind the lens, and Gorman was the awesome location.
Thanks to Harlen Foley for making DirtFirst Racing look good. I mean, real good.
Check out the rest of the photos in Harlen’s Wallpaper gallery here: ATVRider’s Wednesday Wallpapers
DirtFirst would like to thank our sponsors for helping us wrap up the 2011 AMA National Hare & Hound Championship!
Lucerne Valley, CA 10/12/2011) – Andy Lagzdins scored the overall quad victory at Round Seven of the National Hare and Hound Series that took place in the Johnson Valley OHV area near Lucerne Valley, Ca, and in doing so clinched the 2011 Pro ATV Championship with one round remaining.
The event, which was put on by the AMA District 37 club SoCal MC, was laid out over 38 miles of the most challenging terrain in the California desert. The race began with a dead engine start and a mile-long bomb run across the desert. “I picked a bad line on the start and Kyle Penner and Bill Markel got in front and dusted me out bad. It wasn’t until we got into the tight rock sections that I could see enough to make a move on those guys” said Lagzdins after the race. “The last thing I wanted to do was break the quad by hitting something in the dust, and not score any points.” After making a pass for the lead on Penner at roughly the halfway point of the race, Lagzdins made no mistakes and opened a minute gap at the finish.
Lagzdins, a veteran of the East Coast-based GNCC Series, now adds an AMA National Series to his 2007 OMA Nationals Pro ATV title and 2009 Score Baja Overall ATV Championship. “I can’t thank everyone enough who stood by me when I made the move to the West Coast. It took some time to learn how desert racing is done. The mental game of racing at high speed through this terrain was tough to get comfortable with, but it’s coming easier to me now,” said Lagzdins.
The series concludes on October 23rd with the 100’s MC National also taking place in the Johnson Valley OHV area. This 189,000 acre BLM-regulated portion of the desert is currently in danger of being converted from a public recreation area to a live ammunition testing ground, an issue that the American Motorcyclist Association is aggressively fighting.
To find out more about the National Hare and Hound Series, click here to check out the NHHA website.
Back in 2008 Ken Hill shot DirtFirst Racing Team rider Andy Lagzdins riding the Honda TRX450R that he used to win the 2007 OMA Nationals title. You can click here to check out the complete gallery from that autumn day in the slate quarries of Whiteford, Pennsylvania.