Going back to tradition, the 2022 Off-Road Expo once again held the unveiling of the SCORE Baja 1000 map. With the show returning to the Fairplex in Pomona, California so did the yearly anticipated press conference.
“The 828.25-mile race course for the BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, runs in a clockwise after the first part to and then back and back from Ojos Negros,” Jim Ryan of SCORE said. “It goes up and over the Cordillera de Molina to drop into the desert around Rm 115.”
“After hitting the Ventana area it will run south to the El Chinero road crossing highway 3 at Km 192 and will keep going south to Matomi wash. Halfway into Matomi Wash it exits and goes north to Azufre Wash, then to Huatamote wash, Chanate Wash, and up to Morelia Junction. From there the course will exit the desert and go to San Matias Pass road and Mike’s Sky Rancho, down to Rancho La Jolla, and will run on the San Pedro Martir road to Meling Ranch.”
“After Meling, it will run to the Pacific Coast to Ejido Jaramillo and north to San Vicente where it will cross back to Valley de Trinidad then back to Ojos Negros and onto to the finish line in Ensenada. For safety reasons, all of the Sportsman classes along with Class 11 and Class 7SX will run a reduced course of 782.49 miles.”
In addition to the announcement of the course map, the Grand Marshal for the race was also announced. The Grand Marshal for this year’s Baja 1000 will be Hall of Fame SCORE motorcycle champion Scot Harden. Harden is a legendary professional desert motorcycle racer with a 50-year career as a world champion racer and motorcycle industry executive. In his career, Harden captured two SCORE Baja 1000 overall victories, three SCORE Baja 500 wins, two wins in the SCORE Parker 400 and he also won the 1979 SCORE Pro Moto Unlimited (Class 22) season point championship.
For more information on the course or race, be sure to check out the SCORE website.