ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Competition Review board inquires have forced SCORE International race officials to hold back declaring the results official from Saturday’s BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. The pending results involve technical issues within the race.
While unofficial results are on the SCORE website, SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1/2-1600 results are total being held at this time for the results of the CRB expected within 48 hours of the end of the race.
Round 2 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship was held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, the Off-Road Capital of the World. It was held over a tight, technical, silt-laden 466.00-mile course
SCORE is celebrating its 48th year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization.
The celebratory internationally-televised race started and finished in a health-protocol required closed-to-the-public SCORE compound located Northeast of downtown Ensenada, 80 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.
The fastest four-wheel vehicles in the race finished in around nine hours and 50 minutes, the winning motorcycle covered the grueling course11:27:57. SCORE COMMENT
“While safety at SCORE races is our number one priority, we also want to continue to provide our racers the thorough opportunity to compete in a safe and well-monitored environment and event,” stated SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva. “To maintain that serious commitment, this race has presented a very few, but significant technical issues that require more time to resolve. In most races, the issues that arise are taken care of in a much shorter window of time following the close of the race course. SCORE conducted another amazing SCORE Baja 500 and this delay will enhance our ability to produce the highest quality of desert-racing events. We appreciate the understanding and patience by all concerned.” DUST TRAX
This spectacular event, one of the top 10 motorsports events held in the world with over 100,000 spectators spread out along the course, a total of 240 starters race in Pro and Sportsman Motorcycles for cars, trucks, UTVS, motorcycles and quads racing in 51 classes. Entries came from 24 U.S. States along with host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, France, New Zealand and Peru.
Following complete data-tracking review, preliminary results were made official late Sunday morning. The results are pending the outcome of the competition review board decision regarding two classes, SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1/2-1600.
There were 240 official starters, with 147 official finishers for a surprising 61.25 percent finishing rate considering the difficulty of the course in the elapsed-time race. OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNERS
Riding in a SCORE race for the first time after several years as a co-rider, Jason Alosi, led his three-rider team to the overall motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited title on a Husqvarna FE501 motorcycle in this year’s SCORE Baja 500.
Alosi, 37 of Reno, Nev., book-ended his teammates Wyatt Brittner, 26 of Reno, Nev., and Ross Neely, 26, of Chico, Calif. in a penalty-free winning time of 11:27:57 at 40.67mph.
Alosi’s two sections were from the start to race-mile 105 and he got back on to finish the race from rm 400 to the finish line. Neely also had two sections, rm 105 to rm 225 and rm310 to rm400. Brittner’s two sections were from rm 225 to rm 310 and from rm 370 to rm 400. M/C WINNER QUOTES
Alosi commented at the finish line, “I really like this course. It was obviously challenging, but overall it was great, just like we liked it. It was a little rough but we kept slogging away all day. Everybody rode really well and I’m really happy to be here. We really got to thank all of our families for allowing us to come down here and pre-run for a week and the countless hours spent in the garage preparing for this. I’ve been a part of this in some Pro Limited and Pro Unlimited teams and six weeks ago I decided it was time to do my own thing. I’m glad that Wyatt and Ross came on board, they rode exceptionally today. I just wanted to put this effort together and be taken seriously as a racer down there. I think we’ve done that today and I just wanted to build on this. We hope we can capitalize on this finish.”
Co-Rider Neeley said “The section that I rode was really tight and technical, I definitely hit some brush. The silt pockets got deeper during the week, so it was interesting. I definitely enjoyed the course. We had a few little problems. Wyatt ran out of gas but managed to find some gas there and keep on going. There was a little sweat, but we didn’t break down and that was awesome.” OVERALL TOTALS
SCORE Trophy Trucks have now won 25 overalls in San Felipe in the 28 years that this premier class has been part of this race. In this year’s race, SCORE Trophy Trucks captured seven of the top 10 overall finishing positions.
In 34 years of this race, Honda has now earned 23 overall motorcycle victories (including 21 in the last 24 San Felipe races).
In the overall pro 4wheel vehicles, Chevy has earned 11 wins and in overall engine winners. Leading these manufacturers is Ford with 18 victories. UTV OVERALL WINNERS
Leading 57 total starters in four UTV classes in the race, Branden Sims, 35, Prescott Valley, Ariz., teamed with Skyler Howell to capture the Overall UTV and Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class.
Sims and Howell earned the victory in their No. 2969 Polaris RZR in a winning time of 12:15:53. MORE UTV RESULTS
Impressive with their class wins in the other three Pro UTV classes were Kaden Wells, 22, Apple Valley, Utah, in Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated), Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif. in Pro UTV Stock, Justin Elenburg, 44, Mesa, Ariz., 51, in Pro UTV Open. OTRO MAS, POR FAVOR….
Leading the gregarious group of 68 racers with at least one class win in this race that competed this year was Jim O’Neal (Pro Moto 50) who extended his SCORE race-high class wins to 22 (age group motorcycle) wins–all in 22 of the last 30 years. O’Neal, who has raced in all 34 SCORE San Felipe 250 races now has 39 starts out of 53 years in the SCORE Baja 500 and 39 starts out of 53 years in the SCORE Baja 1000.
This year O’Neal was one of the riders on Giovanni Spinali’s winning team in Pro Moto 50. Spinali now has earned four class wins in this race as a rider of record.
O’Neal also had time this year to serve as Grand Marshal for the event. COURSE SNAPSHOT
SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva identified, plotted and marked another 466-mile spectacular race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers.
The race had an impressive course of 466.00 miles. It ran in a clockwise direction west to Ojos Negro then south down the middle and then up the Pacific Coast side of Baja California.
There were two physical checkpoints, 233 virtual checkpoints and two narrow virtual checkpoints for this race course. It also had 14 speed zones for a total of 74.9 miles.
The course went east through Ojos Negros and then South through El Alamo, the Goat Trail and Valle de Trinidad.
From there it went back west towards the Pacific Ocean going by and through Mike’s Sky Rancho, El Coyote Ranch and Rancho Meling. It then went through Santo Domingo Wash and San Simon Wash. The course then ran close to the Pacific Ocean going through San Quintin, Vicente Guerrero, Camalu, San Vicente, Santo Tomas and Uruapan before heading back northeast up to Ojos Negros and back to the finish line.
All Sportsman classes, Class 7SX, Baja Challenge and Class 11 and raced on a reduced course of 389.56 miles. SHOWTIME
Domestically, the race will be televised on a delayed basis on the World of X Games show on ESPN2 as co-produced by SCORE International and award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles. Action Sports television announcer/Baja adventure tours host/Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer Cameron Steele is the on-camera host of the TV show.
All four 2021 SCORE races are being held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year. SCORE LIVE
SCORE Live streamed throughout contingency and during the 27 total hours that the course was open on the SCORE website and on the new SCORE TV app. Colorful Rat Sult is in sixth season as the host of SCORE Live. Assisting him for this race were veteran announcer Dave Arnold and Matt Moghaddam. CLOSED START/FINISH
Because of the significant health and safety protocols developed by SCORE in conjunction with and the approval of state and local health authorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all race-week festivities and the start/finish line compound were restricted access only and closed to the general public.
Thousands of spectators, adhering to the protocols, were allowed to watch the race from around the race course. GRAN HISTORIA
This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship is another special tribute to the iconic SCORE Baja 500. The race is returning to its home in Ensenada after being moved last year and held in September in San Felipe because of the health pandemic.
The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event starting in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE in December of 2012.
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 in Ensenada as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races.
After being held last year because of the health pandemic in San Felipe for just the second time in race history, this year’s SCORE Baja 500 will start for the 47th time in Ensenada and finish for the 43rd time in Ensenada. NEXT UP
Round 3 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship will be the 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels. It will be held in Ensenada, Mexico from Sept 14-19.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com. SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the remaining two dates in the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—
September 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2021
For the third straight year, the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship races are airing on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races will air as specials on the World of X Games program on ESPN2. The BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, is scheduled to air on July 25. Check local listings for exact time.
ABC first covered the 1967 and 1968 Baja 1000 races on the old ABC Wide World of Sports show with Jim McKay and again in the late 1980s with veteran motorsports journalists Sam Posey and Jack Arute.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows also continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. The shows are co-produced by SCORE International and SoCal’s award-winning BCII TV.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.