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September 20, 2021
To air Oct. 31 on ESPN2
Shane Redline team overall motorcycle, Pro Moto Unlimited win at 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels
Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship held in Ensenada; Competition Review Board decides no additional penalties for Pro Moto Unlimited
193 total starters, 146 finishers-23 States, 10 countries on 400-mile course;
NOTE: Pro Moto Unlimited official results, post-race quotes at bottom of text; NOTE2: Official complete results available atwww.score-international.com
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Following final review by the SCORE Competition Review Board (CRB) it was determined that the team led by Shane Redline was the overall motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited class winner at this past weekend’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels. The race launched the second half of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Redline, 45, and his talented six-rider team finished second physically behind Derek Ausserbauer’s two-rider team and was declared the official overall moto winner after penalties were assessed to earn his first SCORE class win. Riding the No. 22x Honda CRF450X, the Redline team were declared the official moto champions with a finishing time of nine hours, 28 minutes and three seconds while averaging 42.25 miles per hour over the extremely technical and rugged race course.
The youngest race in the long and storied nearly 50-year history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization was held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The TV show for the race, produced by BCII TV in association with SCORE International, will air as a one-hour special on the World of X Games show on Sunday, Oct. 31 on the ESPN2 Network. SCORE COMMENT
“After reviewing all the tracking data and other input from race officials, the Competition Review Board of independent racers assessed a 10-minute penalty to the No. 5x Motorcycle of Derek Ausserbauer for impeding another racer,” stated Jose A. Grijalva, SCORE President/Race Director. “The penalty moved the No. 22x motorcycle of Shane Redline into first place in Pro Moto Unlimited with the No. 5x motorcycle of Ausserbauer officially finishing in second place. We appreciate the work of the CRB to assist in adjudicating these special situations that arise from time to time.” REDLINE RACING
Shane Redline was also the driver of record in the No. 66 SCORE Trophy Truck and his 16-year old son Jax Redline was DOR in the No. 22 SCORE Trophy Truck. In this race Shane Redline finished 17th out of 33 starters in SCORE Trophy Truck while his son finished 10th in the marquee SCORE racing division. NO. 22x
Shane Redline put together a strong, veteran team for this race. While the elder Redline only rode several hundred yards of the start, his five other riders for this race were Chris Phillips, 22, Tucson, Ariz., Phillip Herrera, 23, Tijuana, Mexico, Larry Serna, 25, San Diego, Carlos Pardini, 27, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Brandon Prieto, 30, San Diego. THE RIDE
Breaking down the winning ride for the 22x, Shane Redline started and went several hundred yards and turned the bike over to Phillips who rode to race mile 120. Prieto rode from race mile 120 to race mile 200. Pardini rode from race mile 200 to race mile 280. Herrera rode from race mile 280 to race mile 320. Serna rode from race mile 320 to race mile 380 and Phillips rode to the finish.
The team plans to return intact to compete again in the season-ending 54th SCORE Baja 1000 in November. MORE DIRT FAX
This spectacular event returned after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic with a total of 193 starters raced in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks UTVs, motorcycles and quads in 51 classes. Entries came from 23 U.S. States, along with host Mexico, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Ecuador, France, New Zealand, Peru and South Africa.
The rugged race route officially closed early Sunday morning (Sept. 19) in the SCORE Compound Northeast of downtown Ensenada with no spectators allowed because of the worldwide health pandemic. Large crowds of spectators were spread throughout the race course watching one of the most spectacular events held in all of Mexico.
Following complete data tracking review, results were made official Sunday afternoon.
Besides the solid 193 starters, there were an amazing 146 official finishers for an astonishing finishing rate of 75.65 percent.
All four 2021 SCORE races are being held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year. CLOSED START/FINISH
Because of the significant health and safety BioSecurity protocols developed by SCORE in conjunction with and the approval of Mexican state and local health authorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all race-week festivities and the start/finish line compound were once again restricted access only and closed to the general public.
Spectators, adhering to the protocols, were allowed to watch the race from around the 400-mile race course. THE COURSE—BRIEFLY
The race featured a course designed, plotted and marked by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 400 miles of rugged Baja California terrain. Running in a clockwise direction, the race started and finished without spectators in the SCORE compound on the Northeast side of Ensenada.
The race featured an impressive course of 400 miles. It ran west to Ojos Negro then south down the middle and then up the Pacific Coast side of Baja California.
The course started east through Ojos Negros and then began its Southern journey through Tres Hermanos, east to Highway 3, south through El Alamo, Leyes De Reforma and south through Valle de Trinidad.
From there it wound its way back towards the Pacific Ocean going over the hill at Mike’s Sky Rancho, and then to Checkpoint 2 and south to make a loop just in north of Colonet. The course then paralleled and drew close to the Pacific Ocean going through San Vicente, Santo Tomas and Uruapan before heading back northeast up to Tres Hermanos, Ojos Negros and back to the finish line. START GRID-SCORE BAJA 1000
The results of the SCORE Baja 400 also have determined the start order within each class for November’s legendary season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. FINALE
Season finale of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship will be the iconic BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4Wheel Parts. The Granddaddy of All Desert Races is scheduled to start in Ensenada, Mexico and finish at the south end of the majestic Baja peninsula in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Race week dates are scheduled from Nov. 14-20.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
Sept. 18-19, 2021—400 miles – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico Total Starters: 193 Total Finishers: 146 (75.65 percent) (from 23 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Ecuador, France, New Zealand, Peru, So. Africa) OFFICIAL FINISHERS (Following complete data tracking review and CRB findings) PRO MOTORCYCLES
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (400cc or more)– (9 Starters 8 Finishers)—1. 22x Shane Redline, 45, Real Del Mar, Mexico (Amarillo, Texas)/Chris Phillips, 22, Tucson, Ariz./Phillip Herrera, 23, Tijuana, Mexico/Larry Serna, 25, San Diego/Carlos Pardini, 27, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Brandon Prieto, 30, San Diego, Honda CRF450X, 9:28:03 (42.25 miles per hour); 2. 5x Derek Ausserbauer, 28, Solvang, Calif./Colton Udall, 34, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 9:28:38; 3. 77x Hosea Struiksma, 19, El Cajon, Calif./Jonathan Struiksma, 23, El Cajon, Calif./Isaac Struiksma, 21, El Cajon, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 9:338:48; 4. 11x Carlos Silva, 44, Mexicali, Mexico/Oswaldo Moncado, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Muary Herrera, 27, Ensenada, Mexico/Arnulfo Verdugo, 28, San Felipe, Mexico/Javier Salazar, 19, Tijuana, Mexico/Hector Ayala, 30, Jacume, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 9:57:30; 5. 30x Cade Smith, North Bend, Ore./Sean Willitts, 22, Sisters, Ore., KTM 500exc-f, 10:55:57; 6. 21x Ana Rivas, 28, Mexicali, Mexico/Brandon Dudley, 27, Mexicali, Mexico/Raul Ortego, 22, Ensenada, Mexico/Edgar Michael, 22, Mexicali, Mexico, Luis Beltran, 28, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 11:35:37; 7. 19x Jacob Nieder, 45, San Diego/David Smith, 34, San Diego/Aldo Muller, 42, Houston/Kevin Cicarelli, 41, San Diego, KTM 450xc-f 13:19:22; 8. 38x Ivan Delgadillo, 38, Chula Vista, Calif./Courtney Ludwin, 40, San Diego/Josh Smith, 41, Escondido, Calif., Honda CRF450RL, 13:54:33.
September 19, 2021
2nd SCORE Baja 400 Presented by VP Racing Fuels
Post-Race Quotes (Finish line – interviewed by Paul Hanson, Jose Vazquez; transcribed by Cindy Clark)
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (400cc or more) SHANE REDLINE, No. 22x (First Overall Motorcycle, First in class,). Redline started and went several hundred yards (Redline also drove in SCORE Trophy Truck) and turned the bike over to Chris Phillips who rode to race mile 120. Brandon Prieto rode from race mile 120 to race mile 200. Carlos Pardini rode from race mile 200 to race mile 280. Philip Herrera rode from race mile 280 to race mile 320. Larry Serna rode from race mile 320 to race mile 380. Phillips rode to the finish) – – CO-RIDER CHRIS PHILLIPS SAID: Technical, super fun, dusty, but that’s Baja. It’s very silty coming back up. But we are here; that is all that matters. We will be out here for the SCORE Baja 1000 and chase the 5x for sure and give it all we got. We had a couple mistakes this race, but we will clean it up.
DEREK AUSSERBAUER, No. 5x (Second in class). A Colton Udall started and rode to race mile 240. Derek Ausserbauer rode from race mile 240 to the finish.) – – It was a good day out there. This guy (Colton Udall) did some magician moves. He handed me the bike two minutes up. We are racing on super high-speed roads. That was legendary. That fired me up to keep up the pace. CO-RIDER COLTON UDALL said: The magic trick is persistence, patience and breathing a lot of dust. I ended up riding 240 miles and got the bike to Derek in first place. I clicked it into gear and gave them some dust. Our bike is really good. We held it wide. Now the ultimate test is the SCORE Baja 1000.
HOSEA STRUISKMA, No. 77x (Third in class). Hosea Struiskma started and rode to race mile 60. Isaac Struiksma rode from race mile 60 to race mile 120. Hosea, Isaac and Jonathan passed the bike back and forth. Jonathan Struiksma rode to the finish) – – CO-RIDER JONATHAN STRUIKSMA said: The course was pretty brutal. I’m really tired. There were a lot of rocks. Pretty technical. A lot of fun. CO-RIDER ISAAC STRUIKSMA said: I had most of the silty sections, so it made it a little difficult to hit those sharp corners. But we were able to compensate in the straight sections and get some speed.