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AN INTERNATIONAL GATHERING A Historical Race Brings Worldwide Attention And Competitors By Dan Sanchez Photos by Get Some Photo The final race of SCORE’s 50th Anniversary Celebration was a historical event that attracted 335 racers from all parts of the world. Many wanted to challenge the second-longest race in SCORE’s history (1310.94 miles) that also started for the first time in La Paz and ended in Ensenada. Aside from the numerous racers from the United States and the host country of Mexico, racers came from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, France, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, and Venezuela. US/Australian Team-up Among some of the international racers from countries other than the U.S. and Mexico, who finished the race, included Australians Paul Weel and Toby Price, who co-drove with Larry Roeseler in the No. 43 Baja Vida SCORE Trophy truck. The two had competed together all season in their own No. 46 SCORE Trophy Truck, but due to vehicle issues plaguing them, they were not able to finish a race. As teammates with Roeseler, they had their first finish of the season in seventh place. “We’re happy to be at the finish line,” said Price. “Larry did an amazing job holding it together and got us back up within the field. This is our first finish in a year and a half. We wanted to be a bit further up, but we’re happy to be here.” Jaos Japan Team In Stock Full, the No. 8188 Jaos Lexus SUV driven by Tomonori Noto of Japan, competed in the SCORE Baja 1000 in previous years. In this year’s race, however, the course was too tough for the team, and they stopped to help other teams in need along the way, causing them to not finish the course in the allotted time. Although they officially posted a DNF the entire team celebrated completing the course. INTERNATIONAL RACERS WHO Competed In THE 56TH SCORE BAJA 1000 BOLIVIA Juan Carlos Salvatierra - 1x Pro Moto Unlimited Bike (1st Place) Fabricio Fuentes – 785x Pro Moto Ironman (5th Place) NEW ZEALAND Robert Creemers, Sean Clarke, Kevin Archer, Eliott Kent, Mark Pollard, and Pete Herd - 501x Pro Moto 50 team (2nd Place) Rhys Millen, hailing from Huntington Beach, Ca. Co-driver with Cayden MacCachren on the No. 1821 Pro UTV Open Polaris RZR (1st Place) Andrew McFederies, Alastair Miles, and Jeremy Chapman - No. 3969 Pro UTV Stock Polaris of Brandon Medina (8th Place) ITALY Andrea Tumba - co-driver No. 55L truck of Jose Flores (4th Place) Nicola Dutto, Tiziano Interna – Italy - 313x Pro Moto 30 Team (6th Place) CANADA Bruce Cook - co-driver No. 270 SCORE TT Spec of Jimmy Diaz (17th Place) Matt Montieth, Jody Potire - No. 2995 Polaris in Pro UTV FI (10th Place) Scott Rattray, Jeff Hill, Richard Drennan and Rob Cameron - 550x Pro Moto 50 bike (4th Place) ARGENTINA Diego Llanos - co-rider 1x Pro Moto Unlimited Bike of Juan Carlos Salvatierra (1st Place) SPAIN Julian Villarubia, Ruben Saldana Goni - co-riders 313x Pro Moto 30 bike of Nicola Dutto (6th Place) Miguel Arranz - 99a Pro Quad Ironman (DNF) GREAT BRITAIN Eddie Meek - 712x Pro Moto Ironman bike (2nd Place) Steven Coulson - 761x Pro Moto Ironman bike (DNF) NETHERLANDS Boy Janssen, Henk, Thenissen, Edwin Van Der Vegt, Henk, Van Steenbeek - Class 8 No. 810 (DNF) Wouter-jan Van Dijk 741x Pro Moto Ironman (7th Place) JAPAN Tomonori Noto, Daijiro Akahoshi, Kazuhiro Tanaka - Stock Full No. 8188 (DNF) Kenji Okiawa - 254x Sportsman Moto - (DNF) Kazunari Iriki - 239x Sportsman Moto- (DNF)

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