SCORE Journal Issue 5 - 2016

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and find my way," he recalls. "I had a lot of animosity towards Johnny in the beginning. I don't have that anymore. I respect him and understand that it was a business decision." TEAMING UP WITH MARK SAMUELS Udall was determined to keep on racing in Baja and quickly put together a privateer effort with Mark Samuels, running a two-bike team in 2014 as WFOx Motorsports Honda. The acronym (which stood for Warriors For Ox) was a tribute to his former partner, friend, and roommate Jeff "Ox" Kargola who passed away while on a trail ride near San Felipe in 2011. While they understandably had the usual growing pains, the new team was unable to defend that 1X plate in 2014. The following year, however, they came out stronger and more savvy to reclaim the championship in 2015, making Udall one of only three motorcycle racers (including Dan Ashcraft and Robby Bell) to earn four SCORE championships in its most storied class. LEARNING FROM SOME OF THE BEST RIDERS It's been quite the ride for Udall who grew up around racing, though not off-road. "I started riding around 10 years old and got my first AMA license and raced the [AMA District 37 Big 6] 29 Palms Grand Prix [in 29 Palms, California] for the first time. That was my first race and that was in 2000, literally 16 years ago when I was 13. Three years later, my mom got together with Brad Oxley and LAST YEAR, COLTON UDALL AND HIS TWO-BIKE OX MOTORSPORTS HONDA TEAM CELEBRATED A 1-2 FINISH AT THE SEASON-ENDING SCORE BAJA 1000 WHICH CLINCHED HIS FOURTH SCORE MOTORCYCLE CHAMPIONSHIP, PUTTING HIM IN ELITE COMPANY. 049 SCORE JOURNAL

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