I think the race will happen and if you like the SF 250, then you will love the 500 twice as much. It will be a hot, rough one. Don;t expect to see any of the West Coast or mountain passes.
if you need help down there I'm more than happy and capable. And free!I will be honest I would love to do it and I may just be making excuses. I am not afraid of the heat or the drive. I also do not really worry about the people of Baja and crime, that may just be me listening to my wife. haha
But we have so many challenges, one of which is our sponsor is not signed up for any Baja races and doubt they would help us for Baja. So that puts the entire bill on me. Also need more guys which adds cost. So if we do not do it its mostly because I cant afford it on my own. It's a huge cost to run a race like that and will not only take a top level prep but expenses are huge for a team of 12 or so guys.
Just wanted to be real and not just blame the easy stuff.
I am going to do some work on getting things like tires, fuel, etc.. covered. Our prep guys really want to race in Baja so I am sure they will do what they can.
Just the reality of racing with a small boot strapped team. Sometimes budget is the limiting factor.
expenses are huge for a team of 12 or so guys.
Sometimes it wasn't...Just the reality of racing with a small boot strapped team. Sometimes budget is the limiting factor.
Baja more dangerous than mainland?We had already planned and booked V2R when they talked about it getting canceled. So was not much we could do. States races are much easier to plan and deal with logistically than Baja races.
It is further but we are not afraid of the long drive. I would most likely fly my plane down anyway Haha
The issue is all the work and planing for a uncertain race. Also the fact that we may not be able to pre run hurts us. The guys that know the course and have lots of experience will have a large advantage from guys like us that need to pre run.
We were just in Mexico for a family trip and it was great but Baja seems more dangerous and we will be out in middle of nowhere which is much more difficult to protect ourselves. The people of Baja must be super desperate from this mess.
What tires do you run? I know you guys are fairly new and even newer to Baja. I would suggest using BFG and taking advantage of their pit support until you get your team lined out. You don't need as many guys this way, and in my experience the guys in the BFG pits are great.This is a tough call. We really wanted to race in Baja but it just seems too uncertain for the B500. Plus I am still worried about crime and the last minute cancellation. Its a ton of work to plan a race like this and we can't go thru all that and then have it canceled again. Plus after V2R its clear we would need even more guys than we had in the pits. Lots of people and moving parts to risk it.
So I think we are out and super bummed. We are going to do everything we can to do the B1000 this year.
said by 3/4 of the racers I know.I will most likely pull it off even if I shouldn't.
One of these years I'm going to figure out how to get down to Baja in November and ask someone like you if they need a tall guy who can pray and type fast and has few other usable skills if they need a spare hand chasing the race. Seeing you guys talk this way makes it sound so... doable.JD,
We run Toyo and absolutely love them, would not change to BFG. I know BFG does have great support.
We used Baja Pits when we did the 2018 B1000 and that helped, we could do that again. They are not as good as the BFG guys but they have good coverage and are a bunch of great guys.
thanks fo the offer and we may take you up on it. Just talked to the guys and they really want to pull it off. We want to do the B1000 for sure and the B500 will be a good pre race for the 1000.
Just need to do some budgets and see what help I can get from our sponsors.
Thanks for the offer, if we can pull it off we will for sure ask for your help.
The fact is this sport is a sickness and like a bad drug. I will most likely pull it off even if I shouldn't. Haha
uh nope, lol. Although that would be nice, don't get your hopes up.Awesome course would be up to 3 pole, san matias, trinidad, crossover, down to san Quintin, up to mike's, down to diablo, matomi, and back up to felipe. Not from any rumor train, just what I thought would be a cool course right about 500 miles.