Can-Am’s Don Higbee Team Finishes
2nd in BAJA 500
Team Races Outlander to Second in Pro Quad Class
Casper, WY (6/7/2017) - Can-Am
/ Driven Powersports’ Don Higbee overcame 100-plus
degree temperatures to finish second in the Pro
Quad portion of the SCORE Baja 500 in Baja, California,
Mexico. Higbee teamed up with three-time national
ATV champion Rick Cecco, WORCS and Best in the
Desert Series standout Cody Mitchell and multi-time
GNCC titleholder Bryan Buckhannon on a Can-Am
Outlander 1000 to race in the desert classic.
Can-Am / Driven Powersports' Team took a
2nd Place finish at the SCORE BAJA 500 with
the Can-Am Outlander 1000
Higbee started the race and then handed off to
Buckhannon. Mitchell handled the coast section
of the 500-mile course. Cecco ran the 100 miles
of sand whoops around San Felipe, then Buckhannon
and Mitchell tag teamed it to the checkered flag,
which continued the teams perfect record of desert
“It was a long, hot day out there,” said Higbee.
“We had a decent run and we were in position to
win up until mile marker 180. We had some misfortune,
fell back again and we just couldn’t overcome
it. The course was brutal, challenging and fun.
Everyone had a good time doing it. We pressed
the pace as hard as we could early, but had to
slow our pace at the end to preserve the bike.”
The team was running the only utility quad in
the field. Despite giving up a little top end
speed, the durability of the Can-Am showed during
the grueling event.
“The Outlander performed very well,” said Higbee.
“Custom Axis Shocks did a great job. The combination
of Tire Spines and Kenda Tires held up really
well. There was a lot of pressure on that Outlander
with the temperatures we had and the four riders
prevailed and got it across the line.”
/ Driven Powersports' Team Manager, Don
Higbee, started the race for the team with
Rick Cecco, Cody Mitchell, and Bryan Buckhannon
finishing out 500+ mile long BAJA 500
Higbee and his team are second in points going
into the final two races of the season. The season
finale Baja 1000 is a perfect venue for the team
to show off the durability of the machine.
“The Baja 1000 will really suit us the best,”
said Higbee. “We’re best at the long distance
stuff. We’re good at keeping the machine together.
Our strategy from day one was to be in striking
distance at the 1000. We’re building a brand new
bike to do the BITD races and we’ll have another
new bike for the Baja 1000.”
Cecco was honored to join the team at the beginning
of the season. He took on the sand whoops in stride.
It was clear to Cecco that the four riders were
the perfect team.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to race in
the SCORE series,” said Cecco. “It was definitely
an experience. There were whoops all over that
course and it was definitely challenging. We did
well and everybody pulled their share of the track,
and the Can-Am worked really well. I really enjoyed
High temperatures forced the team to make more
fuel stops than they had planned. Despite the
Can-Am running hot due to temperatures topping
out in the triple digits, Cecco was happy to finish
off the race in second.
“The bike was running a little hot due to the
temperatures, so it was drinking a lot more fuel,”
said Cecco. “So we had a little less distance
between fuel stops. I pushed really hard at the
end of the race, and I never had seen so many
whoops in my life.”
Higbee’s team will be back in action at the next
round of the Best in the Desert Series, the Vegas
to Reno. That race is scheduled for August 16-19.
The Baja 1000 is scheduled for November 14-18.
Racing 2017 Sponsors:
Can Am, Driven Powersports, Custom Axis, Tucker
Rocky, Dirtworks, Tire Spines, David Jesse Racing,
OMF, Dirtworks, Kenda, DP Brakes, Evans Coolant,
MSR, Arai, Team JDR, Airdam Clutches, Spider Graphix,