Ox Motorsports On Point At JBC 24 Hours Of Glen Helen

Photo by Mark Kariya

Ox Motorsports has enjoyed quite a year so far, the private Honda-mounted team leading the SCORE World Desert Championship after winning three of the four races won so far. All that’s left is the 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 next month.

For years, teams aiming to do well at the 1000 have used the annual 24-hour endurance race at Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino, California, as a sort of Baja 1000 dress rehearsal. So, the Ox Motorsports Honda’s victory at the latest John Burr Cycles (JBC) 24 Hours of Glen Helen certainly bodes well for them.

The JBC 24 saw a resurgence in numbers with 50 teams entered this year and those numbers likely led to a course that many considered the roughest ever. But the Ox Motorsports team of Sean Collier, Justin Jones, Mark Samuels and Colton Udall managed to avoid all the issues that dropped their competitors from contention one by one, completing 96 laps with almost metronome-like consistency for the win and leading more than 12 hours—the most important 12.

One of the early leaders was the JCR Honda squad of Chris Bach, Trevor Bollinger, Benny Breck and Ryan Dudek on another CRF450X, but a reported broken piston cost them a lot of down time though they got things fixed to eventually finish fifth, having done 90 laps.

Then there were the defending champs of the Precision Concepts/Alamo Alarm KX450F team: Ryan Abbatoye, Robby Bell, Justin Morgan and Justin Seeds had to deal with a non-functioning auto-decompression release, making the bike difficult to restart, along with a clutch failure and a disconnected fuel line. They counted themselves lucky to finish third overall with 93 laps done.

The John Burr Cycles YZ450F team of Sean Lipanovich, Jeff Loop, Ryan Reina and Ryan Surratt that won the JBC 10 Hours of Glen Helen claimed the runner-up spot after completing 94 laps. First in Open Expert and fourth overall went to the Mitch Anderson/Beau Baron/Michael del Fante/Charles Jirsa/Noah Kepple/Ty Renshaw on their No Bad Days Racing Husky FC 450 with 91 laps.