SCORE Baja 500 - Ride-On Finishes 3rd in Class 40


6/8/2006 - ENSENADA, Mexico
SCORE Baja 500 - Ride-On Finishes 3rd in Class 40

Baja Bike Honda XR650

ENSENADA, Mexico June 8, 2006 – Before nearly 200,000 race fans, the Brett Helm/Chris Steward team rode to a 3rd place finish in Class 40 at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, with a time of 11:04:18 on a Honda XR650R treated with the Ride-On Tire Protection System (TPS) motorcycle tire sealant.

Chris Steward reported that they had no tire failures during the course of the race and no rider "get offs." Steward also noted that they were shorted on fuel out of a pit-stop and had to actually push the bike into the next checkpoint, a misfortune which “probably cost us a higher place on the podium.”

That’s Baja for you!

The race featured a race-record 438 starters, from 28 US states, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, France, New Zealand and Japan, for Round 3 of the world-renowned six-race 2006 SCORE Desert Series.

The large field, competing in 25 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, was the largest in the storied history of the summer desert classic, easily eclipsing the event record of 384 starters set in 1976. It is also the largest starting field in the three-decade-plus history for SCORE race in Mexico and second-most in the history of SCORE.

Since 1993, Nancy Emde and Chris Steward have operated Trail Boss Tours, an off-road adventure company that provides fun, safe and enjoyable vacations for novices and advanced riders. Trail Boss Tours offers exciting trips in areas such as Baja, Northwest Arizona, the California Lost Coast, the High Sierra and the Mojave Desert. Visit them on the web at

Steward raves about the performance of Ride-On. “I had one of my associates ride my KLR 650 to Ensenada for the race, and he was blown away at the new-found stability” that Ride-On provides. Steward has Ride-On in all of his motorcycles and support vehicles. Steward goes on further: “I'll give you the straight up on this product […] we have 16 bikes rolling in Baja, 3 trucks and vans, and 3 trailers [and it] looks good so far!”

Steward’s Racing Accomplishments:

1980 - ARRA Open Box stock & Modified Production Champion
1981 - AFM Open Box Stock & Modified Production Champion
1982 - AMA Battle of the Twins National Champion - Factory ride with Yamaha
1983 - AFM & ARRA Formula 1 & Formula 2 Champion

Baja Bike CloseUp

1984 - AMA #3 Formula 2
1986 - AFM Open Box Stock & 2nd Modified Production Champion
1987 - AFM Open Box Stock Champion & 750 Modified
1988 - WERA 24 Hours of Willow Springs - 3rd Class Overall
1990 - Score Baja 1000 - 4th in Class 30 - 23rd overall
1995 - Score Baja 1000 - Tijuana to La Paz 8th in class 22 - 13th overall - 1st privateer
1996 - Best in the Desert - Vegas to Reno - 4th in class 30
2005 - Score Baja 1000 - 5th in Class 40
2006 - Score Baja 500 – 3rd in Class 40
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