Like clockwork, SCORE officials kicked off the 2011 at 6:30 a.m. as advertising from Ensenada, Mexico. SCORE updated the number of total official entries this morning to 285. Due to the heavy rains last weekend, major mud hole sections forced SCORE to add a few miles additional course, increasing the total race course distance to 705 miles (up from 692).

There were 96 bikes and ATVs leaving the start line this morning, with the trucks and buggies scheduled to leave four hours after the last bike (at about 11:30 a.m.). This included 55 professional teams and 41 sportsman entries.

The first bike teams will return back into Ensenada later tonight. Guesstimates on race time ranges from 13 to 16 hours of total race time. The rain and mud section made the course a little more challenging, so it’s not clear when the first riders will return.

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