Baja 500 2013

posted May 19, 2013, 7:49 PM by Baja Off-Road   [ updated May 19, 2013, 10:15 PM ]
Robby Bell on his 4x Kawasaki at the San Felipe 250
Robby Bell, southern California desert racing ace, the defending overall winner, will be the first motorcycle off the starting line in the upcoming 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race. SCORE is celebrating its 40th year as desert racing organization in 2013 and this race is traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule. Some international motorcycle off-road racers and some of the USA’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 45th anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
As usual with all SCORE Desert Series events is the Baja 500 2013 a elapsed-time race with staggered starts with the green flag on Saturday (1. June 2013) dropping first for the motorcycles and ATVs at 6:00hr and several hours later for the cars and trucks.
One of the top motorcycle desert racers, Robby Bell, 26, of Menifee, Calif., is a three-time SCORE season Class 22 point champion and he has four overall motorcycle wins in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 including last year.
In the 2012 race, Bell and teammates David Pearson, Panaca, Nev. and Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., ended the 15-year win streak by Honda, giving Kawasaki its first Tecate SCORE Baja 500 overall win since 1996.
Bell/Pearson/Hengeveld ride the No. 4x Monster Energy THR Motorsports Kawasaki KX450.

The race will feature a course of just over 804 kilometers/500 miles that includes new or seldom-used areas as several new festivities will be held surround the event as the celebration continues for the 40th season of SCORE International desert racing.
Pre-running on the race course started officially last Wednesday, 15. May 2013, except for the portion from the start to Ojos Negros (approximately 56 kilometers/35 miles), which will be used in both directions during the race.
Leading the Pro motorcycle classes is the open Class 22 with seven entries in the start drawing. Class 24 leads the ATV classes so far with four and leading the Sportsman Motorcycles the SPT M/C> with 16 so far.

Pro Motorcycles

CLASS 22 (7)
4x Robby Bell
13x Nicola Dutto
1x Timmy Weigand
6x Mark Adams
2x Kurt Caselli
14x Kendall Norman
7x Arron Wright

CLASS 21 (4)
120x Adam Neuwirth
114x Carlos Valenzuela
106x Kenneth Slater
127x Jim O’Neal

CLASS 30 (6)
329x Brad Baker
301x Cliff Cook
302x Javier Hernandez
306x Robert Riggs
304x Jay Rabjohn
303x Ryan Gutile

CLASS 40 (3)
405x Andrew Lloyd
403x Oscar Fazz
402x Mike Prunty

CLASS 50 (2)
501x Carlos Valdez
500x Marc Prince

Pro ATVs

CLASS 25 (1)
11a Ryan Lea-1st RS

CLASS 24 (4)
103a Alejandro Avalos
101a Thomas Wright
102a Shawn Robins
111a Eric Dwiggins
  Sportsman Classes

SPT M/C< (5)
216X Hironori Okada
229x Tim Fields
203x Fred Sobke
206x Richard Ameen
249x Mark Winkelman-1st RS

SPT M/C> (16)
291x Stephen Ankeny
268x Eric Saltzer
275x Alan Martinez
299x Servando Cazares
284x William Salazar
257x Thierry Mas
258x Hironobu Tabata
256x P. Trent Whisenant
267x Bill Cotton
289x Scott Darkow
259x Tsuyoshi Nameki
260x Tomohiro Murakami
271x Bob Russell
294x Todd Powell
290x Stuart Gordon
266x Scott Dolphin

77a Fidel Gonzalez
51a Richard Epperson
55a Rodrigo Rubio
66a Rusty Batza-2nd RS
57a John Nores Jr.-1st RS

The core of this post is compiled with data from a public available SCORE Intl. news release.
Aiming to defend the 2012 Baja 500 title

Honda rider and Red Bull athlete Kendall Norman at 2012 Baja 500

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