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2010 SCORE Baja 1000 day two – pre race
Preparations for the Baja 1000 are complete
Anthony and I wait for Ivan in Ojos Negros
Yesterday was the day that everyone was working to get all the pre race preparations finished. Today (Wednesday) will be sign in, tech inspection, media presentation, riders meeting etc., so everyone wants to have the bike work completed so as not to worry about it during the busy day. Of course that is not always the way things work out, I know of one team who is currently waiting for a replacement bike to arrive from San Diego as their race bike has decided not to start. I am sure that there will be others working on bikes late into the night.
Speaking of which, it is amazing how many people break bikes while pre running for the race. As the race bike is where all the attention is focused, the pre run bikes get less attention, yet often have to do hundreds of miles of hard work when the arrive here in Baja. I received two calls from my buddies Mike Garvin and Pete Cochran who were both down south in Loreto with broken bikes. I gave them each others phone numbers in hope that maybe they could get together to combine efforts and make one bike run. My other buddy Gabe Williams, who is riding with Baja Bound support, broke his bike also so I let him borrow my KTM to prerun the start with yesterday.
As far as the big teams go, things are looking good. The KTM box vans arrived yesterday with the race bike. Mechanics JR and Anthony will chase all the way down the peninsula to support the team bike. Of course, as the race starts early tomorrow morning, that means that they have to leave this afternoon to get to the first pits down south. For that matter I am leaving today and driving with the KTM team sponsor Dean Potts to El Rosario tonight.
I just visited the JCR Honda pits and Kendall Norman and Colton Udall were both just leaving to pre run the start again this am. The start winds through town and can be kind of tricky to navigate. It is also an area were there will be lots of people and possible booby traps and arrows pointing the wrong direction, so you need to be familiar with it all before hand, so not to lose time from a wrong turn. The locals always find creative way to entertain themselves :).
We will start out early in the morning to chase the bike. Thursday, the race day, will be a very long one for everyone involved in the race. The factory Honda projects finishing in just over 18 hours. So we will need to be clear to La Paz by about 1:00 am Friday morning. It will be a very long day of driving.
The rest of the riders will straggle in over the next 24 hours, hoping to make the 45 hour cut off time.
We made it out to take pictures of the team bike yesterday and to let Ivan Ramirez test it. He came back with a big thumbs ups, not looking for any adjustments to be made. So all looks good for the race. Here are some of the pictures I took before the race.
As the race progresses tomorrow, I will attempt to make updates as best I can, so stay tuned.