Dave I understand what these guys are saying but in all honesty I am the only American (I think in the world too but need some research on that) that has earned the right to comment and draw comparisons and conclusion on the similarities and differences between the two... While both have an element of danger just simply look at the death rate per rider in the IOMTT and compare it to Baja...at one point about 2% of the cometitors at the IOMTT were dying EVERY year..The IOMTT is something everyone should see once in their life... It will really put things in perspective for folks...Yeah, Im saying exactly that. The Baja 1000 course is more gnarly than Isle of Man TT.
It is a 37 mile paved road over about 1300 feet of elevation change with huge rocks (and other stuff) directly on the edge of the road.
Or, exactly like the 30ish mile road section through Catavinia.
The course isnt what makes it hard, we could walk around the course in one long day. Walk to La Paz...on this course.
What takes TT up the level is the constant reminder of mortality when you attempt to compete at a worldclass level. And while it is truly in a class of their own, I would submit that anyone that competes in offroad motorsports at the highest levels is pushing the same envelope, obviously not to the same extent in a cage...but there is many points when you are on the ragged edge that I would assume is a bad decision, broken part, or blown high pressure line on the talent tank from dying. They arent captured on film as much, which is a double edged sword.
Apples to Oranges