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Baja 1000 – Race updates all day
I stayed up a good portion of last night to catch what race action I could online and from texts coming in from the field. For the most part it appears the start went off without a hitch. I have not heard any reports of problems yet.
The big news is that all three lead bikes are still quite close to each other this morning. Colton Udall did a massive ride last night. He caught and passed Kurt Caselli early in the race and the two of them went at it for the first 200 miles. Kurt got back in the physical lead, but the two stayed very close. Kendall Norman got on the KTM during the night, but did not put any time on the Honda. I am not sure how far Colton rode, it might have been clear to daybreak.
The Honda has gained a few minutes lead. David Kamo is on the bike right now and chasing him is Ivan Ramirez on the KTM. The Kawasaki is few minutes back. It lost some ground early going over the summit, but has held its ground since then. So all three lead bikes are still in the hunt as they make their way to the pacific coast this morning.
The gaps behind the lead group are big. It is the two class 30 leaders, 349x and 300x running 4th and 5th overall. In the Ironman class Chris Warwick is leading Alexander Smith, but they are also close to each other.
The majority of the motorcycles are just reaching San Felipe, hours behind the streaking leaders. The Spot Trackers seem to be working reasonably well. but the updates are spotty for some bikes. While many of the bikes update every 5 minutes or so, other bikes may take 10-15 minutes to update on the website. It requires looking at a group of readings or updates to see the true positions of each bike. Fortunately, when you hover over each bike on the tracking map, it displays the length of time since the last update.
According to the latest update, the KTM seems to be closing ground on the Honda. The Kawasaki seems to be slowly losing touch. But there is a long ways to go. One bobble or mistake could change the entire outcome.