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2012 Baja 1000 Final Preparations
The activity has been very busy here in Ensenada as the teams prepare for tomorrow’s race.
I am sitting in the sign up area chatting with riders as they come in. Ken Kiorsek(sp?) just walked past. Known as the “Baja Turtle” Ken will be attempting to ride the entire 1160 miles solo. Ken has plenty of experience in Baja racing. His “turtle” moniker is a testament to his slow but steady mentality. Ken never looks in a hurry as he is racing, but always plans to arrive at the finish.
The 260x Mexican Husaberg team just passed by also. They stopped to tell me how much they follow us here at Enduro360, because I always have all the latest dope. Speaking of which, we will try to update as much as possible on race day. I will be out of cell coverage for much of the morning, but will try to get everything caught up by mid day tomorrow.
We are packing right now to get started down south. Tonight we drive to El Rosario to spend the night a Mama Espinoza’s. In the morning we will get an early start to see the first motorcycles as they come through at El Crucero.
After that we will continue south in the pickup at best pace hoping to catch the bikes again at Viscaino and San Ignacio. After that it will just be a crap shoot as to what we will see. Maybe we will catch a glimpse at Loreto, but more likely not until Santa Rita.
All the top motorcycle teams are anxious to get started. They all act calm and try to lighten up the mood with jokes and small talk, but you can tell they are chomping at the bit. It is going to be a great Honda/KTM/Kawasaki battle.
While we all hope for a close and safe race. The Baja 1000 is one tough customer. I am sure someone will be losing time before mid day, about the mid point of the race. There are just far too many variables to keep everyone close for the entire day. It would be impossible to guess who will have the upper hand Thursday afternoon.
We expect the race time to be somewhere around 20 hours. They have added back one of the sections that got so much rain damage. Ron Wilson told me today that it is incredibly rough in that area going into Loreto. Much of it is a two track road with lots of rough cross grain in the track. Down the center is smoother, but the grass is growing and you can not see any rocks that might be hiding there, so it is a no go for trying to ride the center line.
So stay tuned with us as we follow the race progress from the course tomorrow. Time to load up and head out the door.