The SCORE Baja 1000 is one of the most difficult off-road races in the world, due not only to the rigorous terrain but also the sheer distance the competitors must navigate during the day and through the night. Early on Friday however, Red Bull athletes proved their mettle by crossing the line first in both the Motorcycle class and the premium Trophy Truck class.
Kendall Norman finished his race on the 1X JCR Honda without another motorcycle within two hours of his team. He and teammate Quinn Cody earned the victory with an overall (unofficial) time of 19 hours, 22 minutes, and 15 seconds, with an average speed of 54.874 mph.
“I had a relatively clean ride,” Norman said at the finish line. “I got one flat tyre just a couple miles from the asphalt in Viscayno, but we had a guy there with wheels, so we changed the rear wheel and had a fresh tyre; it was pretty clean after that. The course was really fast this year. Maybe not quite as technical as it’s been in the past, but it was good. It was a fun course.”
“Viva Mexico” is what Gustavo “Tavo” Vildosola shouted to the very excited crowd after he climbed out of his #21 Trophy Truck. He and his father Gus are the first-ever Mexican National team to win the Baja 1000 in this, the 43rd running of the event. Not only did Tavo win the Overall in 4-wheeled vehicles, but he also beat the bikes. His was the fastest vehicle at this Baja 1000, averaging 55.88mph.
Here's Tavo running through a breakdown of the Baja 1000 in 2009:
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