The H&M Motorsports team recently embarked upon a drive to Primm, about 45 miles south of Las Vegas. There was a casino within eye shot of their destination, but the crew's goal had nothing to do with feeding the slot machines. In fact, A WORCS event is held behind the Buffalo Bill's Resort every year, and they were eager to test their skills against other riders at the annual event.
H&M Motorsports teammates, Beau Baron And David Haagma have already both earned victories early in the 2013 season.
According to team manger, Alan McCostlin, they arrived with a highly important aspect of racing on their side - recent success. "The Buffalo Bill's race was only the second of the year," he explained. David Haagma (H&M team member) was able to win the first race of the season."
H&M rider, Beau Baron, recently walked away from the Buffalo Bill's race, at Primm with two wins under his belt.
Continuing, he said, "We always try to be confident heading into every race, but Primm is a brutal track and is very challenging, both physically and on the bikes, to come out of there on top. We did a lot of off-season suspension testing with Elka and Jay Gobel, from Impact Solutions, and Doug Roll, from Roll Design. It helped us tremendously, and we were able to come away with a win."
With the first race of the day came the opportunity for Haagma to line up against his teammate, Beau Baron in the ATV Pro class. When the race was deemed underway, Baron managed to take an early lead, and never even considered looking back. He held a fast pace, striving to put distance between himself and the field of riders. He was never challenged once taking the front position, and his efforts were rewarded with a victory.
Beau has something that not a lot of people have, when it comes to racing," explained McCostlin. "He has a lot of heart and does not have any give up in his mind. He can get a bad start or a crash, or something else may happen, and he just keeps working and pushing through it. At the end of the day, he is usually on the podium. He's tough as nails and always gives 100-percent."
H&M team member, David Haagma earned a victory during the first event of 2013, setting standard that they hope to follow throughout the remainder of the season.
Although he already had one win under his belt, that was no reason for Baron to let up or call it a day. That's right, he had another race ahead of him. Lining up in the ATV class, the rider had already managed to muscle his way into the lead going into the third lap.
Again determined to win, the rider focused on the finish line. Through the remainder of the race, no rider was able to work their way close enough to Challenge Baron. When the dust had settled he was the clear winner and had earned his second podium of the event.
Haagsma, on the other hand, entered the race with less swagger in his stride than his teammate.
"David is usually confident, but this is one of his worse tracks," recalled McCostlin. "he does not care for Primm, and just tried to come out of there with a top-five finish. He ended up placing fourth in the race, so that was good."
Anyone who has participated in team sports will be quick to agree that unity is essential. Well, team H&M Motorsports is no different. "I think we have the best group of people surrounding our team for sure," stated McCostlin. "From riders to sponsors, and all in between, we have a great group of people with the same goal in mind - winning. We try to prepare ourselves the best we can for each event, and it paid off last year. We were able to win the 2012 WORCS ATV pro championship (Beau) and the 2012 Quad-X ATV Pro championship (David)."
The team is acutely aware that maintenance is often the deciding factor between failure and success. When asked if his team finds keeping their bikes in tip-top condition of importance, he said with a laugh, "I am very picky and try to make sure everything is one-hundred-percent all the time. It is a ton of work. But it the bikes don't finish races, we can't win championships. I try to keep on top of everything and make sure the equipment is prepared the best it can be for every event."
That in mind, the team manager and his crew are strong advocates of using K&N products for their filtering needs. "We've been using K&N filters since starting our team two years ago," explained McCostlin. "We use their air and oil filters on all of our ATVs and side-by-sides. David and I even have the K&N air intake systems on our trucks. K&N products are the best out. We have never had a failure and K&N played a huge part in my team winning two championships last year."
Anticipating what lie in store for the remainder of the season, Allan McCostlin concluded, "We are doing our best to win both ATV championships again, and David and Beau are going after the RZR championships also in Separate classes."
With high aspirations and a taste of previous championships, one might suspect that H&M Motorsports is capable of meeting their goals.
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