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8-Month Countdown To BAJA RALLY October 10-15, 2016

ENSENADA, BAJA CA, MEXICO-BajaRallyMoto.com announced today the first 36 entries to the 2016 BAJA RALLY taking place 8 months from today and hosted by Grand Marshall Nico Saad of the San Nicolas Hotel & Casino here in Ensenada October 10-15 2016

In addition to the first 9 countries represented in the 4th annual running of Baja CA’s first-ever navigation based, eco-adventure rally race for motorcycles and UTVs, 13 of those entries have reserved spots aboard the MAERSK NIENBURG, the Hong Kong-flagged freight liner delivering a shipment of 20 rally racing motorcycles from Europe directly to the Port of Ensenada. This historic voyage is the first of its kind to import a container full of race vehicles to any such event in Baja CA.

HISTORY OF INNOVATION
“Our city has a long history of pioneering off road racing over the past 50 years”, explained BAJA RALLY Grand Marshall Nico Saad, “So we are very pleased to host and welcome the next generation of international rally racers to Ensenada.”

Saad, an Off Road Hall Motorsports of Fame inductee and regarded as the Godfather of off road racing in Baja CA has been the key figure in supporting and developing off road racing in this state dating back to its origins with the Mexican 1000 in 1967.

“Our BAJA RALLY continues to innovate and grow off-road motorsports here with a new style of rally racing that is being warmly welcomed by our citizens, land owners and government authorities,” Saad continued, “I have supported this event since before its first edition and am proud of our official team who have been working passionately for the past 3 years to bring an international eco-adventure tourism event to our town.”

ROBUST ENTRY GROWTH
Due to extensive international print media & video coverage that has attracted global attention to this state’s first ever “rally-raid” event, BAJA RALLY has broken another barrier with pre-season entries reaching the limit in the month of December last year. More impressive is that half of the 36 current entries are comprised of returning racers who have competed in prior editions of the rally, including 3-time entrant and 2015 BAJA RALLY Champion Steve Hengeveld, who is considered a racing legend in this state. This is a measure of success to the organizers who seek to give the pilots their best experience in any race on any continent.

BAJA RALLY President Alfonso “Poncho” Alonso said that the entry growth is better than hoped and this only encourages his team of course designers to work harder and better with land owners and authorities to open previously un-raced areas to this cleaner and more eco-conscious event.

“We were working the past 60 days and all the weekends making new routes and talking with owners to make another hard challenge for the pilots,” Poncho explains, “We are so blessed by the support of the community to have them involved directly with us as we make it better than before the BAJA RALLY for 2016.”

Among the 36 first entrants are riders coming from as far away as Australia, India, Kenya and Western Europe. Indications suggest as many as 16 or 17 countries may be present at the start line and that as many as 60 pilots will take the green flag from Ensenada on Tuesday morning October 11 at the San Nicolas Hotel & Casino.
 
NAME                       HOMETOWN & COUNTRY         VEHICLE
1 STEVE HENGEVELD- Flagstaff AZ, USA   HONDA CRF 450X
2 JOHN MITCHINSON- Rushden, Northants, UK Rally 1 KTM 690
3 DEN SATAKE- Mill Valley CA, USA Rally 1 KTM 350 EXC
4 BOB JONES- Jasper Alberta, CAN UTV POLARIS RZR 1000
5 GEORGE DENNISON- London, UK Rally Pro HONDA CRF450X
6 TERRENCE STARRETT- Armagh, IRE Rally Pro KTM 500 EXC
7 CHRIS BRAUN- Oakley UT, USA Rally 1 KTM XC-W
8 NATHAN RAFFERTY- Park City UT, USA Rally 1 KTM XCF 350
9 JAMES MITCHELL- Durango CO, USA Rally 1 KTM 690
10 KENT CHOMA- Reno NV, USA Rally 1 HUSABERG FE450
11 QUINN CODY- Temecula CA, USA Rally Pro KTM EXC 450
12 MARC VILLENEUVE- Rockland Ontario, CAN Rally 1
13 TRENT BURGISS- Hood River OR, USA Rally Pro KTM EXC
14 PATRICK WHITT- Valley View TX USA UTV POLARIS RZR 1000
15 TONY GURULE- Grand Junction CO, USA Rally 1 KTM XC-F 450
16 MO HART- Santa Cruz CA, USA Rally 1 HONDA 450X
17 PATRICK REYES- Mexico City DF, MEX Rally Pro KTM EXC 450
18 RALPH BOYD- Orange CA, USA Rally 1 HUSQVARNA 501FE
19 JOHN DEYKES- Mission Viejo CA, USA HUSQVARNA 501FE
20 JENNY MORGAN- Wittshire UK Rally Pro HONDA XR400 RALLY
21 BERNARD MCKEVITT- Armagh UK Rally Pro KTM EXC 500
22 JOE BOLTON- Corona CA, USA UTV POLARIS RZR 1000
23 LEOPOLDO BUCHANAN- DF MEXICO UTV POLARIS RZR 1000
24 ART JOHNSON- Las Cruces NM, USA Rally 1 KTM 450EXC
25 DEVON MAHON- Midhurst ONT, CAN Rally 1 KTM EC-W 450
26 STEPEAN LITTLE- Ontario CAN, RALLY 1 KTM
27 RICK VETTER- San Diego CA, USA Rally 1 HONDA CRF 450X
28 BRIAN PIERCE- McKinney TX, USA Rally 1 KTM 350
29 SEBASTIAN ROSILLO- San Luis Potosi, MEXICO
28 *HARI IDDAMSETTY- INDIA - HUSABERG FE 570
29 PAUL LAKE- Kent, UNITED KINGDOM KTM EXC 450
30 NEAL SMITH- Staffordshire, UNITED KINGDOM
31 MICHAEL ANTHONY DOLLING- Buckinghamshire, UK
32 ANDREW NEWLAND - Hertz, UNITED KINGDOM
33 GERALD TAYLOR - Nairobi, KENYA
34 DUNCAN URE - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND
35 MATTHEW TISDALL- Melbourne AUSTRALIA           
36 PAT PRIESTLEY- Derbyshire, UNITED KINGDOM
 
ABOUT BAJA RALLY:
The BAJA RALLY is the first ever road-book navigation rally raid for motorcycles and UTV’s hosted by the Mexican State of Baja CA. As the fastest-growing event of its kind, the BAJA RALLY remains focused on the 3 goals of safely growing the ecologically friendly sport of navigation rally while bringing cultural and historical education to participants and stimulating return visits be eco-tourism enthusiasts.


More information on BAJA RALLY 2016 Visit www.bajarallymoto.com
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