Baja 1000 2013: Dates, Route, Course Map, Race Classes and Full Schedule

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 13, 2013

13 Nov 1992: A cyclist rides through a field of smoke at the Score Baja 1000.

The SCORE Baja 1000 is the pinnacle of the desert racing calendar, and the 46th annual edition of the event is set to once again kick off this Thursday.

This year, it's a newly designed loop course that drivers and riders alike will be making their way around in what is a 900-mile journey, although not as one unit.

This is due to the fact that pro motorcycles will get their campaigns underway in the late hours of Thursday evening, whereas the trophy cars are set to head out the next morning.

SCORE has decided upon this format in a bid to space out the two mediums and lessen the risk of dangerous overtaking, crowning the first time that the Baja 1000 will use a night start in its history.

Read on for a breakdown of exactly when one can hope to catch the motorsport mayhem as well as a preview of what's to come.

Pro Motorcycles, Pro ATVs, Sportsman Motorcycles, Sportsman ATVs

When: Thursday, Nov. 14

Race Start Time: 11 p.m. local time (PST)/2 a.m. ET (Fri.)/7 a.m. GMT (Fri.)

Start/Finish: Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (Loop Race)

Route Length: Approx. 900 miles

Cars and Trucks

When: Friday, Nov. 15

Race Start Time: 9 a.m. local time (PST)/12 p.m. ET/5 p.m. GMT 

Start/Finish: Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (Loop Race)

Route Length: Approx. 900 miles

Course Controversy

As aforementioned, the night start of this year's race has been utilised for the first time in an attempt to protect those, mostly motorcycles, from the dangerous overtaking of other, bigger vehicles.

However, beginning the race during the later hours is a contentious decision in itself, posing a number of possible risks. The difference in the lighting that racers will face is just one such example.

Another issue is that a lot of participants will now finish the Baja 1000 in the dark, the event coming to a close in the earlier hours of Saturday morning.

Rider Kurt Casselli commented on the controversial decision to start the race at night:

It seems that only through trying out the new start format will SCORE discover if its new initiative works out for the best. 

Two 2012 Champions Returning

There was huge controversy in last year's Baja 1000 when, after initially winning the race, Tavo Vildosola was stripped of his title seven days later due to a protest from BJ Baldwin.

The Baja 1000 Twitter account announced the news at the time:

The video above was filmed four hours prior to the decision being given that Vildosola was in breach of the rules regarding the receiving of vehicle services. He was handed a 90-minute penalty, resulting in Baldwin being named the 2012 Baja 1000 champion instead. 

This week, the pair both return to Mexico and will have a personal vendetta to settle in the cleanest manner possible, although there could easily be another who rises to the fore.


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