Grider, a 5 time Dakar Rally competitor and multi-time SCORE champion, narrowly won the Inaugural BAJA RALLY by a mere six seconds over Cameron Steele last October after rally leader Quinn Cody blew a motor only 10 miles from the finish in San Quintin.
“Andy has the rally bug and it’s spreading”, explained BAJA RALLY creator Scotty Breauxman. “He really believes in rally sport because he’s raced rally on four different continents and brings a lot of positivity to our event as a cunning navigator. How he managed to find the finish of the first BAJA RALLY with out the use odometer a mystery but can be explained by his vast experience.”
“Last year was a great rally for me and we showed rally fans that you don’t have to be the ‘fast guy’ to win”, Grider recalled, “Minimizing your downtime and mistakes is key and last year proved that.”
Grider defied odds last year by navigating the final 129 mile special stage without an odometer and using his rally and Baja CA experience to stay on course.
“This year for BAJA RALLY 2.0 I plan to come more prepared with my body and mind set to defend my title”, Grider concluded, “My equipment will be better prepared and I hope my BAJA RALLY will be smoother than last year.
GRIDER’S 2014 SPONSORS:
Baja Bound Insurance
Troy Lee Designs
A cross section of Grider’s Rally Career:
KTM Adventure Challenge 2005
TUNISIA 2005: Optic 2000- 3rd OA Bike (2nd in class)
DAKAR 2006: Motorcycle-broken pelvis
DAKAR 2007 Navigator for Robby Gordon- 8th OA
DAKAR 2008 Navigator for Robby Gordon Cancelled- Rally Moved to Hungary Central Euro Rally
DAKAR 2009: Navigator for Robby Gordon-3rd OA
DAKAR 2010: Navigator for Robby Gordon-8th OA
DAKAR 2012: Navigator for Team Overdrive-DNF
INAUGURAL BAJA RALLY 2013: Overall Champion
The BAJA RALLY is the first and ONLY navigation based rally raid for motorcycles in Baja CA Mexico and takes place over 4 days of racing through 800 miles of timed special stage routes and transfer stages. Modeled after the world’s premiere rally event, The BAJA RALLY is introducing the sport of rally to the people of BAJA CA while teaching this state’s rich culture and history to participants with the goal of creating return adventure tourism.
For more information, visit Bajarallymoto.com.