cutting out on him. He would have a good pace and be
passing riders; then all of a sudden, nothing. He couldn’t
do anything but watch them go by again. If the bike quit on
the way in to Ensenada, his hopes for a podium finish were
over. He received assistance, including a bump-start from
Chilly White, and I personally passed him twice on the way
to the locations. Each time, he shook his head in disbelief.
All that hard work, and the minutes were ticking away. In
the end, Henge and the Monkey Business Honda made it
to the finish line with lots of cheers and laughter.
Scott Bright, the pit bull from Colorado, had come
out on top, with Carlos Gracida from Mexico in second.
Surprisingly, even with all Steve Hengeveld’s mechanical
problems, he got that overall podium finish that he and
the Monkey Business team deserved. Congrats to all who
came to taste a little of Baja’s finest.
The Baja Rally was a success. The organizers overcame
huge hurdles, plotted an 800-mile race across northern
Baja, and everyone was home with their families after the
event. Racers were given the opportunity to pin it in northern Baja’s sickest terrain. Races like this are gifts. It’s like
the first days of SCORE and the Baja 1000. You hear all
the old-timers saying, “Back in the day—” and “You should
have been here when—.” I’m excited for this style of racing
in North America. Whether you’re a bench racer or a professional pilot, you can enjoy the fruits of Baja at this great
race. Contact the Baja Rally and tell them you want to
come see magic south of the border. It will be the adventure of a lifetime. One day, you might see it in the lower
48. Who knows? Put it on your calendar. Let’s ride motorcycles and share some killer fish tacos and cold cervezas.
See you in 2015 at Baja Rally 3.0. ❏
AN 800-MILE INTERNATIONAL EVENT
Johnson and Phil Bowman of the Rally Management team.
This race was going to come down to the wire.
When the Baja Rally needed help with the course around
El Rosario for the Mama Espinosa’s stage, they called on
Oscar Hales’ knowledge and expertise. Oscar helped set
the first loop of the day, which would take them out to the
Pacific and back to a stage finish in El Rosario. After a
short liaison north, they hit the beach for Stage 6 and the
dunes along the coast before turning into the foothills of
Baja’s countryside. It was fast and navigationally challenging. The final stage was along the coast, and riders had
to navigate past some of Baja’s famous surf breaks for
three solid stages, all on the final day. Competition was still
intense among the top five, and pilots were counting min-