Rally racing is supposed to be about relying on your navigator for note reading and direction cues. Don’t tell Max Eddy this as he has taken the stage 1 win at the Sonora Rally over Baja Veterans, Wayne and Kristen Matlock, Sara Price, 2020 Dakar winner Casey Currie and others.
Max (pictured above) is piloting a SMG, 4WP, EFX, Maxima Oils, Polaris RZR RS1 and doing all of the navigating and driving with early success during the 40 kilometer first stage with is taking place in mainland Mexico.. Here’s an excerpt from the Sonora Rally press release.
The UTVs surprised fans with their own unexpected outcome. 2020 Dakar winner, Casey Currie and navigator Sean Berriman [#52, Polaris RZR] endured the same onboard errors as some of the other contests, which placed him further down the ranks than usual. While Dakar comrades, fresh off their first venture to the infamous rally in Saudi Arabia found their way, more predictably, in the top seats with Polaris RZR teammates Kristen Matlock and Terry Madden [#54] taking Second and husband Wayne Matlock with co-driver Sam Hayes [#55] settling in Third. The real excitement came with former navigator Max Eddy Jr. [#57] taking their reins and a road-book for himself in an independent effort to win the favor, officially, of Polaris. Even he was a bit surprised as he rocketed across the desert and into the Winner’s Circle captaining a single-seat RZR (with a cast on, no less), with unwavering focus on the next step, Special Stage Two.
1. #57 Max Eddy, Polaris RZR RS1
2. #54 Kristen Matlock and Terry Madden, Polaris RZR Pro XP
3. #55 Wayne Matlock and Sam Hayes, Polaris RZR Pro XP
4. #51 Casey Currie and Sean Berriman, Polaris RZR Pro XP
5. #53 Dave Sykes and George LaMonte, Yamaha YXZ 1000R
6. #52 Sara Price and Kellon Walch, Polaris RZR
7. #61 Bill Conger and Amy Feistel, N/A
8. #59 Jim Price and Sienna Price, Textron Wildcat XX