The toughest desert race in North America, the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 begins today. This willl be the 41st anniversary of the event.
Starting and finishing in Ensenada, Mexico, just across the U.S. border, the elapsed-time race this year leads nearly 375 teams from 39 states and 24 countries 631.35 miles around the Baja peninsula on motorcycles, ATVs, cars and trucks.
The first motorcycles will enter the course at 6:30 a.m., with the first four-wheel vehicles expected to start around four hours later. Vehicles will leave in 30-second intervals. While every participant will have 31 hours to complete the distance, the fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in about 14 hours.
Honda rider Johnny Campbell, competing with teammates Kendall Norman and Robby Bell, is seeking his record 11th overall motorcycle victory.
Campbell is tied with Larry Roeseler for 10 overall motorcycle wins. Roeseler’s record of 10 overall motorcycle wins in the event was achieved in 1994. It took 13 years before Campbell tied the record last year.
Among the pro motorcycle and ATV classes, Class 22 for open motorcycles has the most entries to date with 16 teams. Sportsman Motorcycle over 250cc has 41 teams, Sportsman ATV features 17 teams and Sportsman Motorcycle under 250cc includes 16 teams.
The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 awards presentation takes place 10 a.m. Sunday, November 23 at the San Nicolas Hotel in Ensenada.