Story and Photos by Brendan Lutes
Lets face it; no one started riding a dirt bike on a perfectly prepped motocross track. As virgins to motocross, we all loaded up and headed to the desert or local trails to learn a thing or two on a dirt bike. It’s those infant years aboard a motocross bike that many riders regard so fondly. And for the past three years now, FMF, DC Shoes, Spy, Toyota, Troy Lee Designs, and The Desert Assassins have put together a ride of epic proportions south of the border in Baja, Mexico, harking back to those early years of riding when it was all about fun with your buddies.
Affectionately named the Baja Bonanza, this three-day trip brings racers, motocross industry peeps, and friends from all backgrounds together for the time of their lives. This year, the trip began at Horsepower Ranch just outside of Ensenada, climbed into the mountains to the infamous Mike’s Sky Ranch, then headed out to the coast for a night at Coyote Cal’s before wrapping up at Horsepower Ranch again on the final day. For this year’s ride, numerous current and former racers showed up for some fun. Included in the 40-plus man riding train were Jeremy McGrath, Kurt Caselli, Michael LaPaglia, Kyle Redmond, Geoff Aaron, Colton Udall, Kendall Norman, Danny LaPorte, and Matt Eddy.
What you’ll find in the pages of the following post is a breakdown of each day and a humongous photo gallery at the end. We’re already looking forward to next year’s ride…