I only raced one Baja race where we did not use Honda Pit Services, and that was only because at the 03 B500 Honda did not offer pit services to anyone other than the factory bike. We ended up pitting ourselves and finished 2nd in Class 30 with one bike and DNF'd in Class 40. I drove out to El Coyote and set up a pit there. In the early days of my racing down there Honda had many parts available at the pits included in our fee. This greatly reduced the need for spare wheels, tires, air filters and other essential items. While using one of the "independent" pit services is probably outstanding, their lack of parts was a major determent. If you knew the Honda guys well enough you could possibly get a rear wheel even when it wasn't flat. But in the later years of my racing down there Honda switched to the 450 and many of us were still racing the 650. At that time Honda scaled back the parts available at the pits greatly. We then started carrying spare wheels and parts in our chase trucks that we never carried before.IMO I think that plays a small factor into the majority of teams , which are budget guys . There’s still plenty of pit support available Baja pits , Mag 7 , Monkey Business even offers pit services . Honestly I believe it’s the entry fees , this years 1000 is $3700 for pro classes , including Ironman . That’s a lot of money for bike teams/rider(s). I believe if the entry fees were less expensive, there would be a larger bike/atv turnout that could actually generate a larger revenue/profit for SCORE . Don’t misconstrue my post as complaining nor expecting bike guys to pay pennies to race. But when I line up at the green flag , I’m here to RACE against other competitors.
I believe the resurgence of bikes at the 05 B1000, which I raced, was strictly because of the release of Dust to Glory. People came out of the woodwork to check that race off their bucket list after watching the movie.
I would say that entry fees are probably one big detriment to the bike guys now. Mexico racing is still the best IMO, but with the cost soaring, I would probably race stateside if I was still racing.