51st annual SCORE Baja 1000 desert race.
The four races of the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship have been airing on the El Rey Network Visit http://elreynetwork.com.
The season-finale show will premiere on Sunday (February 24) at 8 p.m. ET and is scheduled to air again at Midnight ET as well on Sunday. Check local listings to confirm the time in your area. Hosts of ERN shows from the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship are SCORE champion Cameron Steele and Aaron Ampudia.
The 2018 race started for the 44th time and finished for the 25th time in Ensenada, Baja California. The start/finish line compound was once again on Blvd Costero in Ensenada alongside the scenic Bahia de Todos Santos one side and to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on the other with the first several spectator-friendly miles running up and back through the Ensenada Arroyo.
There were a total of 285 starters. 177 official finishers (62.1 percent) racing to Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
The total number of starters was the 15th most in the history of the SCORE Baja 1000. The number of finishers was the 11th most in the 51-year history of the iconic race
51ST BAJA MIL
The world’s most iconic, oldest, prestigious and longest continuously held desert race. This year’s race was contested held over a rugged course over 806.76-mile the Northern part of Mexico’s majestic Baja peninsula. Starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California Norte.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK WINNER
Popular action sports TV announcer/desert racer Cameron Steele was officially awarded the overall 4-wheel vehicle and SCORE Trophy-Truck race victory. Finishing second physically behind apparent winner Rob MacCachren. Steele was later awarded the victory after MacCachren was penalized for a course infraction.
MORGAN MOTORCYCLE MAGIC
Justin Morgan led his team to a perfect season in the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship. Capped by a convincing overall motorcycle victory in the 51st SCORE Baja 1000. Morgan, 28, El Cajon, Calif., led from green-to-checkered to earn his second overall win in this race. Morgan split the riding on the No. 7x Honda CRF450X with Mark Samuels, 28, Yucca Valley, Calif. and Justin Jones, 27, Murrieta, Calif. With a winning time of 16: 23:26 with an average speed of 49.22 mph.
His time was also the fastest of all vehicles in the race. It was the first time since 2013 that a motorcycle had the fastest time of all vehicles in the race. The victory was also the 28th overall motorcycle win in this legendary race for American Honda.
PRO UTV OVERALL WINNER
Veteran champion SCORE racer Wayne Matlock, 40, dove solo in his Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo to lead all 49. Pro UTV finishers in three different classes while winning his Pro UTV FI class to earn the Overall Pro UTV title as well over a field of 29 starters in his class. It was his second class race win of the year and it was his seventh all-time class victory in this epic event. His time was a penalty-free 20:25:18.
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires celebrated over four decades as a major player in SCORE Baja racing. In addition to being the official tire of SCORE International for over four decades. BFGoodrich has now produced the tire of choice for 30 of the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in the SCORE Baja 1000. Including 30 of the last 33 years along with a record-run of 20 straight from 1986 through 2005. In total, BFGoodrich Tires has now been the tire of choice for the overall 4-wheel vehicle winner in 91 SCORE Baja races including 32 in the SCORE Baja 500.
BFGoodrich Tires also awarded $25,000 contingency bonus money to the overall winner of this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 who ran exclusively on BFGoodrich Tires.
Here is the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship. It will be the fourth consecutive year all races are being held in Baja California, Mexico:
- 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 3-7, San Felipe, Mexico
- 51st SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
- Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 18-22, Ensenada, Mexico
- 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.19-24, Ensenada, Mexico
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and official race title sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento. COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Lucerna Hotels & Resorts 22nd Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Lucerna Hotels and Resorts, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.