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San Felipe 250 changes

posted Mar 13, 2020, 1:35 PM by Race Reporter   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 1:37 PM ]

San Felipe 250 changing race-week schedule as announced by the race organizer.
Recognizing that the health and safety of the racers, crews, staff and broader communities is the highest priority, and based on the concerns related to the COVID 19 (novel Coronavirus), SCORE International is modifying its race week schedule for the upcoming 34th annual SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico.
Launching its 47th season racing, pre-running opens Saturday on the rugged, near race-record long 326.7-mile course for the event.
The season-opening event of the four-race internationally-televised 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held March 24-29 in San Felipe, the peaceful fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
“After consulting and evaluating the situation with Mexican authorities we are making a series of modifications to the schedule of events for our season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250,” commented Jose A. Grijalva, SCORE President/Race Director. “While certain elements are still being finalized, our goal is to minimize the exposure of racers, crews and staff with the public. We will be providing updates as needed as we begin pre-running this weekend in preparation of the following week of race activities and the race itself.”
“We also want to remind teams, crews, media and the fans the importance of following preventative measures such as washing hands regularly, avoiding direct contact with other individuals and covering your mouth when coughing,” added Grijalva. “If you feel sick or have any flu-like symptoms avoid coming to the race. We also encourage the public enjoy the race out on the course and avoid large concentrations of fans.”
Most significant changes will include moving racer and media registration as well as Race Tech Inspection to the Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch which will be closed to the public so race teams will not be required to drive through the Malecon except on race day.

AMA Supercross Championship KTM

posted Mar 8, 2020, 5:22 AM by Baja Racing   [ updated Mar 8, 2020, 5:23 AM ]

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a solid night for Cooper Webb and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team as they raced their way to a podium finish at Saturday’s Daytona Supercross for Round 10 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship. With his second-straight podium finish, Webb has moved into third overall in the 450SX Championship with nine rounds remaining in the season.

It’s been a tough start for the reigning 450SX Champion, who battled sickness early in his title defense and just as he began to hit his stride halfway through the season he suffered a hard crash in Texas that left him bruised and a little broken the last two rounds. He was able to bounce back in Daytona, though, kicking off the day with a third-place qualifying position inside the world-renown Daytona International Speedway.

Lining up in 450SX Heat 2, Webb got off to a second-place jump and he quickly powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to the lead on the opening lap. With two riders pressuring him from behind, Webb held strong to capture his first heat race victory of the season as he carried a favorable gate pick into the Main Event. In the main, he grabbed a top-five start and raced his way into third by lap three. Determined to reach the lead battle, Webb diligently climbed into second, setting his sights on the leader ahead. He made a couple of mistakes and lost the second-place spot with six laps to go, but he maintained a solid pace in the final laps to secure his seventh podium finish of the season with third.

Webb: “I felt like I put myself in a good position – I was in second and a little way back and Eli [Tomac] was able to get me. I started making a lot of mistakes and let him get away. It’s good to be on the podium, so I’m stoked on that but I’m going to work this week. I think I’m at a point where I’ve finally healed up good enough to try to contend, so I’ll take the podium but I really want to get another win.”

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown finished sixth in the 250SX Eastern Regional division following a solid performance in Daytona.

Next Race: Indianapolis, Indiana – March 14, 2020

Results 450SX Class – Daytona

1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 18 laps
2. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, +0.707
3. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +9.882
Other KTM
12. Benny Bloss (USA), KTM
14. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM
16. Ryan Sipes (USA), KTM
17. Henry Miller (USA), KTM
20. Daniel Herrlein (USA), KTM

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 10 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 226 points
2. Roczen, 223
3. Webb, 197
Other KTM
12. Baggett, 109
19. Bloss, 34

Results 250SX East Class – Daytona
1. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda
2. Jeremy Martin (USA), Honda
3. RJ Hampshire (USA), Husqvarna
Other KTM
6. Pierce Brown, (USA), KTM
16. Curren Thurman (USA), KTM
19. Dustin Winter (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX East Class 2020 after 4 of 10 rounds
1. Sexton, 98 points
2. McElrath, 88
3. Hampshire, 80

VW Atlas Cross Sport R

posted Mar 8, 2020, 5:10 AM by Baja Racing   [ updated Mar 8, 2020, 5:11 AM ]

This November, Volkswagen plans to bring a new vehicle to the grueling desert races of Baja – the Atlas Cross Sport R race car, a specially-modified 480-hp purpose-built version of the brand’s all-new midsize SUV. Desert racing has always been among the most open and accessible motorsports in the world, and today Volkswagen announced it will be opening up the opportunity to design the race day look of the Atlas Cross Sport R race car.

Eligible fans can submit their own original design for the race livery of the Atlas Cross Sport R race car. A panel of Volkswagen designers, drivers and executives will pick the winning submission that will be adapted for the vehicle’s final look. Beyond the pride of their car wrap design becoming a reality on the course, the winner and a guest will have the chance to attend a pre-race test experience with Volkswagen.

“We are continuously amazed by the creativity of our customers and fans,” said Reto Brun, Director of Volkswagen’s Design Center in California. “This is the people’s race, and Volkswagen is the people’s car brand. We’re excited to see how people propose to outfit our latest off-road racer.”

Built from a variety of Volkswagen and custom racing components, including a 2-liter turbo four-cylinder engine adapted from Volkswagen’s successful rallycross program, the mid-engine Atlas Cross Sport R race car is currently being tested and further developed for racing this fall.

The winning design will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this June. Official Rules and details for the contest can be found here.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older or age of majority. Void where prohibited by law. Begins at 10:00 a.m. PT on 2/21/20 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 3/31/20. For complete details see Official Rules click here.

Atlas Cross-Sport R race car is not available for sale.

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