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Max Eddy Jr. displays his Team O'Neal jacket.

Barstow's Eddy hopes to race fulltime

BARSTOW • Motorcycle desert racer and Barstow native Max Eddy Jr. has captured the AMA Desert Heavy Weight title.  

Eddy will carry the #1 plate in the Premier D37 Heavy Weight class for 2013. This was accomplished after he finished third overall and first in Class 21 motorcycle at the SCORE (Southern California Off-road Racing Enthusiasts) International Baja 1000 on Nov. 15 in Mexico.

Eddy has been racing for 20 years and is part of Team O’Neal. He currently races in his spare time, but is hoping to change that, and soon.

“I work a little and race a lot,” he says. “I’m hoping next year to race fulltime.”

Taking third place overall at the Baja 1000 was impressive, considering Team O’Neal was the highest-placing non-factory team. The top two teams had sponsors, Honda Corp., and KTM Sportmotorcycle. By the time the race rolls around next year, Eddy may be with Honda Corp., with which he’s currently in discussions, himself.

“We go down there on a low budget, while they (sponsored teams) go down there with an unlimited budget,” Eddy said. “The factory teams have it easier that way, so taking third place was an accomplishment.”

Eddy, who still lives in Barstow, will race in Ridgecrest on Jan. 14.

“I like it here,” he says. “It’s not too busy, you can still have some privacy.”

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