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Old 10-21-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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How to race Baja 250?

Hi friends,

after this year's Dakar i had to stop riding due to some problems but now i'm starting to ride again and would really like to attempt one day Baja 1000 all on my own. Everyone told me it would be better if i first give a try at Baja 250 because its a bit easier to organize, especially for an european rider like me that has no clue on what and how to organize this event.

Me and a friend would like to go race the Baja 250 both on the single rider class. I would really appreciate if anyone could help me get some more knowledge on what i need to know.

Entry Fee?
How many refueling/assistance points are there on the track?
What is the minimum fuel capacity needed?
When can you do the pre-run?
What license is needed?
What documents are needed?
Where can i find pick up trucks or minivan to rent for a couple of weeks at an affordable price? Any inmates that would rent theirs?
How many people do you think are needed as assistance?

Thanks a lot for any advice or help!!!
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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Contact Tim Morton at BajaBoundMoto, ( He's an inmate here). He can set you up with all of the help and info you will need. He and his wife are good people.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:01 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by KZJohn View Post
Contact Tim Morton at BajaBoundMoto, ( He's an inmate here). He can set you up with all of the help and info you will need. He and his wife are good people.

I'm guessing you are talking about the San Felipe 250? ..............or the Baja 500?

either way.....

Entry will be around $1K U.S.
Pit lease companies (Mag7, BajaPits, ect) set up on the course about every 50 miles so a 3gal tank is pleanty, but you may want more on your prerun bike.
Prerunning is opened when the course map is released, about 3 weeks prior to a race (the insurance company, not to be confused with Tim Morton's has many good links for someone traveling down to Baja including this one with links to renting cars.
For the SF250 you could, IMO, get by with 1 chase vehicle and a couple of people.

That being said (and of course IMHO), I don't think that racing the SF250 is good preparation for what you will encounter (terrain and logistics-wise) at the 1000. The Baja 500 is comparable in many respects to the 1000, especially when talking about the Baja 1000 loop as apposed to a year when the 1000 is a Penninsula run.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:53 PM   #4
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+1 on calling on Tim - it will cost less, you'll finish for sure, and you'll learn a lot. He's the man.
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:17 PM   #5
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Just saw your announcement about Yamaha , is that the bike you would run in Baja ?
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:51 AM   #6
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This was good to know some instant stuff
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:15 AM   #7
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Bajadad also would be a great source. I'm sure he has run this race many times...
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