The top pro motorcycle teams joined the Trophy Truck and car teams in Ensenada today for the traditional press conference prior to the start of every Tecate Score Baja 1000. The only difference is that, this time, after finishing their various speeches and interviews, the motorcycle guys had to switch into full race mode for tonight’s scheduled 11 p.m. motorcycle and ATV class start. In light of the race schedule, attendance by the riders was sparse. Here is what they had to say.

FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM team manager Antti Kalonen (left) and Kurt Caselli (right).

FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM team manager Antti Kalonen (left) and Kurt Caselli (right).

FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM

Antti Kalonen, Team Manager: “I have Kurt Caselli with me today. Unfortunately the rest of the riders are on the course, getting ready for tonight’s start. We have Kurt starting today for the first part of the night section, and then Kendall Norman will get on in San Felipe for the rest of the night section. Then Mike Brown is going to get on the bike, and we’re going to have a couple more riders along the way, taking the shorter sections toward the end. It is a long race, and we have been working very hard for this one. Preparation has been going well. We learn, every race, something new. I’m excited, and I want to thank Roger (Norman) for making some necessary changes to the rules and the course and making the sport better and the racing better. I am looking forward to this one, and we hopefully we can cross the finish line on the top spot.”

BJ-Baldwin-Preview-Baja-1000-11-14-13Ensenada, Baja California – BJ Baldwin is in the midst of final preparations for the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (B1K). He won the B1K last year and hopes to back that up with the victory this year as well. BJ ran the entire 1,120 mile “Peninsula Run” race driving solo with a winning time of 20 hours and 59 seconds.

Driving solo again this year, BJ has spent hours prerunning the 883 mile loop course that covers the gamut of treacherous and punishing Baja terrain. This is the longest loop course ever run during the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. It starts and finishes in Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico. The course travels southeast to San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez before heading south through the infamous Coco’s Corner. It then heads to the Pacific coast, up through Ojos Negros and back to Ensenada for the finish.

Here are the official results for the Pro Motorcycle and Pro ATV qualifying for the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000. There were 32 motorcycle teams that qualified yesterday just outside of Ojos Negros, Baja California, Mexico. Only four ATVs opted to qualify for this year’s race.

Kurt Caselli bested the Pro Motorcycle field in qualifying yesterday. Photo: Scott Rousseau

Kurt Caselli bested the Pro Motorcycle field in qualifying yesterday. Photo: Scott Rousseau

1. Kurt Caselli-KTM, Class 22, 5 minutes, 41.690 seconds
2. Colton Udall-Hon, Class 22, 5:43.245
3. David Pearson-Kaw, Class 22, 5:55.237
4. Francesco Arredondo-Hon, Class 30, 6:04.503
5. A.J. Stewart-Hon, Class 30, 6:10.500
6. Brian Garrahan-Kaw, Class 22, 6:18.601
7. Dustin Paloposki-KTM, Class 22, 6:19.606
8. Mike Meyer-Hon, Class 30, 6:32.351
9. Cody Schafer-Kaw, Class 21, 6:32.860
10. Mike Johnson-Hon, Class 30, 6:34.693
11. Adam Neuwirth-Hon, Class 21, 6:41.654
12. Steve Kameda-KTM, Class 20, 6:50.925
13. Mike Prunty-Hon, Class 40, 6:53.050
14. Bobby Belz-Hon, Class 30, 6:53.790
15. Paul Gallagher-KTM, Class 30, 6:53.819
16. Chris Warwick-Unk, Ironman, 6:57.974
17. Giovanni Spinali-Hon, Class 40, 7:02.599
18. Jeff Benrud-Hon, Class 22, 7:06.522
19. Chad Broughton-Hon, Class 20, 7:10.031
20. Cliff Cook-Hon, Class 30, 7:12.435

Javier Robles Jr. earned the fastest time in qualifying yesterday of the four ATVs that qualified. Photo: Josh Burns

Javier Robles Jr. earned the fastest time in qualifying yesterday of the four ATVs that qualified. Photo: Josh Burns

1. Javier Robles Jr.-Hon, Class 25, 6 minutes, 23.295 seconds
2. Adolfo Arellano-Hon, Class 25, 6:33.417
3. Oscar Ruiz-Hon, Class 24, 6:50.811
4. Thomas Wright-Hon, Class 24, 7:00.831

The Pro Motorcycle class took a new turn in Baja California, Mexico, today, even before the official start of the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Racers took part in a timed qualifying format on a slightly modified version of the five-mile course that the Trophy Trucks used, just outside of Ojos Negros, to set the front of the field for the race, which is scheduled to start at 11 p.m. Thursday night.

In a frantic sprint unlike anything that many of the racers are used to, FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM’s Kurt Caselli is generally acknowledged to have claimed the top spot, although official results were not available as of our post time. Caselli is said to have completed his flying lap between one and three seconds faster than Johnny Campbell Racing Honda’s Colton Udall, with THR Motorsports/Monster Energy Kawasaki’s David Pearson timing third quickest, setting the front three starters for the grueling 883.1-mile race.

Bryce Menzies earned the fastest time today in qualifying and will head off the line with clean air on Friday.

Bryce Menzies earned the fastest time today in qualifying and will head off the line with clean air on Friday. Photo: Josh Burns

Bryce Menzies put an exclamation point on the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000, and the race hasn’t even begun yet. Menzies placed first in qualifying today at a short five-mile track just outside of Ojos Negros in Baja California, Mexico. With race times now official, Menzies beat his next closest competitor by roughly 7 seconds.

Juan Carlos Lopez finished in second place behind Menzies. Finishing in third place during qualifying was Gustavo Vildosola Jr., who said that he likes the qualifying format despite a poor qualifying attempt at the Baja 500 last June.

Radar-Tires-Baja-1000-11-13-13ENSENADA, Mexico – Radar Tires enters this weekend’s 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 with two goals: win the Class 10 race and earn Radar Tires the Class 10 Unlimited championship title in the tire manufacturer’s inaugural off-road racing season.

Both goals are attainable based on the performance of Mike Johnson and Mike Majeksy, co-drivers of the No. 1031 Radar Tires Buggy.  In March, during the SCORE International Baja 250, Johnson and Majeksy earned a third-place Class 10 Unlimited finish.  Then Johnson raced solo during the Baja 500 in May and earned Radar Tires’ first long course, off-road racing win.  As a result of the two podium finishes this season, Johnson heads into this weekend’s endurance race leading the Class 10 championship by just two points.

This week, Johnson and Majesky have been pre-running the course with the Bronson Motorsports team.  The drivers and team have been inspecting the terrain, and setting the race strategy and pit stop locations to ensure they are set and prepared for the main event this weekend.

Graham-Baja-1000-Watch-11-12-13Ensenada, a peaceful town in Mexico known as La Cenicienta del Pacífico, “The Cinderellaof the Pacific.” What a pleasant place to enjoy the sea, sun and nature. But the area leaves behind its calm and peacefulness for 4 days to turn into the crazy track of the legendary Tecate Score Baja 1000 race. For the second successive year, GRAHAM is the official timekeeper of the off-road desert race. The 2013 event will see the new limited edition Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Baja 1000 watch on the most enthusiasts’ wrists. Limited to 200 pieces, the Superlight watch, with a carbon nanotubes case, demonstrates GRAHAM’s expertise and passion for challenge and high-technology.

With the air temperature rising as high as 40 degrees Celsius and no wind in the afternoon, the Tecate Score Baja 1000 race takes place in a wild and unforgiving environment. Attracting over 350 entries from 30 States and a dozen countries each year, the gruelling course runs through villages along the peninsula luring nearly 200,000 spectators.

KC-HiLites-Terrible-Herbst-11-12-13KC HiLiTES is proud to welcome Tim and Troy Herbst of Terrible Herbst Motorsports as the newest members of our ever-growing KC “Dirt Tribe”. Terrible Herbst Motorsports is the most winning off-road racing team in Baja history. When they line up their two Trophy Trucks to take the green flag at this year’s SCORE Baja 1000, Friday, November 15th, they’ll now be armed with the night shattering power of KC-POD HIDs

Recently, KC President & CEO, Michael DeHaas attended a test session in the desert outside Las Vegas as the Herbst team prepped for the upcoming race. Starting earlier in the afternoon to check the set up on the King shocks and try out some new BFG tires, the team worked well into the night where they had the opportunity to get the new lights precisely aimed and compare their performance to what they were running previously.

baja-1000-logo-2013-SCORE-11-4-13Here is the expanded entry list, by class for this week’s 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, which will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. More than 30 additional late entries are expected to be processed this week in Ensenada.

46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Celebrating 40 years of SCORE desert racing
Nov. 12-17 – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (883.0 miles)

Lovell-Baja-1000-11-12-13Colorado Springs – Team AMSOIL / Torchmate / BFGoodrich Tires partners & brothers Brad & Roger Lovell will return to the iconic SOCRE Baja 1000 this week to defend their 2012 Baja Challenge Class win. They join an expanded all-star team of BFGoodrich Brand Ambassadors.

For the first time ever, Team BFG will tackle the race in two Baja Challenge cars. Team drivers come from all forms of motorsports including pavement, rockcrawling, rally, short course, stunts, & various driving schools.