Diesel Thomas showed his determination and grit last year at the Baja Brawl, winning the title in the 85cc (9-11) Limited class after a hard crash on the sighting lap left him bruised and banged up with an injured hand. The Nebraska native has been a consistent podium threat at the Brawl in recent years and although he made the move up to the Supermini classes this season, his plans didn’t change in the slightest. Thomas was consistently one of the fastest riders on the track in the Supermini 1 (12-15) and Supermini 2 (13-16) divisions at Baja Acres over Labor Day Weekend, winning a total of two motos with three additional top five finishes under his belt. Despite a 7th place in the first moto of the Supermini 2 (13-16) category, the Husqvarna rider bounced back with 1-4 results in the second and third moto in order to salvage an overall podium finish. In the Supermini 1 (12-15) class, Thomas started things off slow with a 4th place result in moto one, but he was able to turn up the intensity in moto two with an impressive victory. After starting in 2nd position, the Husky rider immediately made a pass for the lead and took advantage of the clear track ahead of him to set the fastest lap of the race, never looking back as he held the lead until the checkered flag. As a result of the disparity in finishing positions around him and the shortened third motos, Thomas did what he needed to do with the championship in mind and maintained a solid 4th position throughout the entirety of the third moto, clinching the Supermini 1 (12-15) number one plate by way of 4-1-4 moto scores.