H&M Motorsports’ Beau Baron and Davi Haagsma took the West Coast ATV racing scene by storm last year. Beau won WORCS with Davi as runner-up, and then Davi won the QuadX championship and Beau earned second place. For a team to dominate like this requires near perfection in all aspects, and their race machines are no exception. I talked at length with Beau, Allan and Curtis Sparks to find out what makes their program so good. Beau was quick to point out that their bikes are not next-level unobtainable stuff. Everything they use can be purchased; the H&M quads just feature a great combination of available parts. The major difference lies in the amount of testing that they do to ensure that everything works well together and performs at the highest possible level. Beau and Allan both mentioned that what sets them apart as a team is that they won’t run an inferior part to appease a sponsor—they want to win. If they feel there are better parts out there, they buy them, test them and determine what’s best for themselves. The parts they run are the best available, and that is one heck of a confidence booster. When looking at Beau’s and Davi’s WORCS quads, they appear identical. Truth is, they pretty much are. The only difference is a slight shock- shaft-length difference for Davi, as he is taller, and different crossovers for Beau, as he tends to ride more over the bars. The first- and second- place bikes share everything—down to the same valving and spring rate on all three shocks. The program is pretty straightforward. Sparks Racing builds the motors, and Allan painstakingly assembles both practice and race quads with the parts list they have developed. Allan mentioned that he devotes his entire attention to the builds, cutting out any and all distractions. Allan goes as far as turning off his phone and pushing into the night to ensure he finishes what he starts the same day he started it. There are no exceptions, as he feels that most mistakes are caused by distractions or even trying to pick up where you left off. The bikes are completed long before the season starts, and the riders spend countless hours with Doug Roll of Roll Design and Jay Gobel of Impact Solutions developing the best possible suspension setup.
THE WORCS CHAMPION’S RIDE Beau Baron’s H&M Motorsports TRX450R
By Nick Nelson
Photos by Harlen Foley