Josh Row is a second-generation pro
Row’s machine uses the older, stronger and lighter kick-start Honda motor.
Sparks gets as much horsepower as he
can out of the powerplant without sacrificing an ounce of reliability.
Row’s current race machine is
not brand new. Row purchased the
Honda from one of his main competi-
tors, H&M Motorsports, for a smoking
deal of $7800. Their race package
is very proven and has helped rid-
ers Davi Haagsma and teammate
Beau Baron win numerous races
and championships in both WORCS
and Quad X. Row’s Honda is typical
of what you would see racing and
winning events out West. It’s a very
similar combination to what guys like
Doug Eichner and Mike Cafro used
before Baron and Haagsma.
This winning combination of Roll
Design’s suspension arms and Elka
shocks is very popular on the West
Coast. The top three guys in the
WORCS races are running this setup,
along with Curtis Sparks power.
When Josh got a hold of his new
racer, his long-time mechanic, Kevin
Avina, went through it and made it to
his liking. What stayed are the basics.
The Roll Design-gusseted stock Honda
frame is complemented with a complete Roll front and rear end and controlled by an Elka Stage 5 suspension
package. Avina equipped the quad
with Maxxis tires mounted on DWT
beadlock wheels. Inside those Razr
2 front and Razr X rear tires are the
super-tough XC versions of Tire Balls.
Flat tires aren’t a common thing in
WORCS racing, but the time it takes
to change a flat can be the difference
between winning or losing. All the top
WORCS racers either use Tire Balls or
a product called Tire Blocks.
To get power through the Hinson
clutch and D.I.D. 520 chain to the
21x11-9 rear tires, a Curtis Sparks
race motor is used. Along with getting tons of power out of these Honda
motors, Sparks makes sure he cools
the engine as much as possible,
which is key to reliability of a race
engine. Sparks has all kinds of tricks,