Initially set to ride in the ‰Û÷B‰Ûª team again this year aboard the 3x machine; Udall had a pre-race crash resulting in a broken collarbone a few nights before the big race.
This saw Stokie move up to defend the championship aboard the Honda CRF450X 1x machine and take on the difficult task of filling in for Udall who was slated to ride the night section of the grueling race.
With little night riding experience [and the added pressure of defending the #1 plate] Stokie soldiered on completing his 5-hour long, 250 mile (402km) section of Baja, Mexico‰Ûªs harsh and vehicle destroying terrain.
Udall‰Ûªs championship winning Ox Motorsports team rode the Honda to a time of 18:16:43 and an average speed of 46.75 mph which saw them take the overall win. In the Pro Moto Unlimited Class, they were 1st of all motorcycle classes and won the series overall.
After meeting in 2015 while competing at the Tatts Finke Desert Race; Udall saw Stokie as a worthy addition to his team Ox Motorsports/Honda Squad and made the call to have him venture to the United States to compete.
Finke is a multi terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads run from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) Community, a familiar ride for Stokie who calls Alice Springs home.
Stokie is a member of the Desert Edge Motorcycle Team (DERT) here in Australia and has seen his fair share of top-ten finishes at Finke.
A step up for Stokie from the Finke circuit; he has become the first ever Australian to ride in a team to victory in the Baja 1000 dessert race.
Celebrating the win and his 26th birthday all in the same night, the Baja 1000 has been an extremely sucessful campaign for Stokie and the team.