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SMD Motorsports teamed up with seven-time AMA National Motocross Champion Ricky "RJ" Johnson for its Baja 1000 Protruck effort. Ricky's years with Team Honda are emblazoned in the history books as well as in the minds of off-roading fans. Matt Scaroni took the first leg, and handed off the controls to Steve Scaroni, his father. At mile 448, Steve let RJ take over. Ricky showed his speedy nature and kept the team's nearly half-hour lead despite a flat tire. Thanks to skill, and a bit of luck, the flat tire was the only trouble encountered during the race. SMD Motorsports won the Protruck division of the Baja 1000