Some breathtaking scenery and action from the fourth running of the North American Baja Rally…
The Baja Rally is the first ever road-book Navigation Rally Raid for motorcycles and UTV’s hosted by the Mexican State of Baja CA.
As the fastest-growing event of its kind, the Baja Rally remains focused on the three goals of safely growing the ecologically friendly sport of navigation rally while bringing cultural and historical education to participants and stimulating return visits be eco-tourism enthusiasts.
This five-day event is comprised of timed Special Stages for expert and pro motorcycles only over the course of four days which are subject to change each new year. The length of the Special Stages will vary between 50 and 250 miles. Highway transfers and liaison stages will complete the overall adventure.
The first official stage was a tough one, with Baja Rally newcomer, Garrett Poucher, giving the pros and vets a run for their money before retiring prematurely from the race after an accident.
Special Stage 2 was a high speed chase through the Baja Californian desert. The stage took riders across the sand dunes of Santa Maria and then inland toward Catavina and the bedrock desert of Baja.
Special Stage Three threw a curve ball on the day. The course was split into two parts and the race was cut short due to the fast-approaching sunset. But competitors arrived in the bivouac raving about the trail they blazed and the satisfaction of a such a great route.
The Baja Rally's Special Stage Four came to an end with the fastest speeds seen all week. Competitors slipped and slid through silty laid tracks and others carved out their own. But all those who finished felt accomplished for they agreed with that the Baja Rally is tough, diverse and proper training for the Dakar Rally.
BAJA RALLY Overall Results
1. Steve Hengeveld, #1 - 18:23:16
2. Trent Burgiss, #13 - 18:39:18
3. Gerardo Nino, #24 - 19:57:38
4. Mike Johnson, #83 - 20:16:48
5. Carlos Gracida, #32 - 20:52:48
6. Steve Enger, #59 - 22:31:18
7. Mauricio Santana, #72 - 23:43:01
8. George Dennison, #5 - 24:45:06
9. Rees Robinson, #42 - 24:59:57
10. Duncan Ure, #35 - 25:24:59
1. Ton Gurule, #15 - 19:41:55
2. Francisco Checchini, #67 - 19:57:10
3. James Mitchell, #9 - 20:44:47
4. Mo Hart, #33 - 21:05:32
5. Nathan Rafferty, #8 - 21:13:07
6. Nich Plumb, #49 - 21: 57:23
7. Mathias Pelzmann, #47 - 24:36:45
8. Stefan Rosner, #45 - 24:38:33
9. Bernard McKevitt, #21 - 25:11:35
10. Sergio Lopez-Jaimes, #58 - 25:21:46
1. Lawrence Hacking, #26 - 28:06:23
2. Keith Billings, #81 - 31:33:30
3. Casey Hilliard, #53 - 38:18:04
1. Bob Jones, #4U - 28:52:34
2. Patrick Witt, #14U - DNF
3. Polo Buchanan, #23U - DNF