Baja 1000

From ORC...

10:05 PM

Honda's 1x has just passed SCORE Check #13 and the Johnny Campbell/Steve Hengeveld Baja winning team is on route to capture just another Baja 1000 victory. The Honda Red Rider team is only minutes out from the finish line as the crowd prepares for the first racer across the finish line of the 2004 Baja 1000.

About #302

At mile 350`1x was 20 minutes in front of 8x(KTM). Rob barnum was in 5th

overall. He is good. ME? Our bike never made it to the 1st pit. I am back in

Ensenada. I have no idea why the bike quit or why it wasn't repaired.

I'll let ya know what happened later.

Gene ; (

More #302

I was at @ bay of LA when they all went through. Everyone was doing about 60 on

the hwy. The speed limit for racers is 60 on the pavemnt and their is approx

100 miles of pavemnt this yr. Yes we are 302x and we are DONE! I don't know

what happened to the bike. It is sitting out in the bike cage here in Ensenada

and my friend is not here. I''m going back in Feb to Ironman the 250 though.

Lets all go down to San Felipe for a big ride. Mexico is very easy, safe and


PS. Sure glad I got to at least pre ride my 330 miles. The country is

georgeous, open and emmpty. We all need to do a Baja Pigfest. Don't let the

rumors scare you. So far my experiences down here have been great. My fears

have slipped away.

Deesert race next satrday I think if anyone is interestd.


From ORC...

10:33 PM

Johnny Campbell and Steve Hengeveld cross the finish line at 22.32.27 finishing in an unofficial time of 16 hours 2 minutes and 27 seconds.

Honda captures victory at the Baja 1000 once again. Years of dedication and factory sponsorship with American Honda has provided this dynamic duo the opportunity to perform at levels unmatched by any other motorcycle manufacturer. Complete details and interviews with the team riders coming very soon.

From BFG...

BFG says Campbell / Hengveld finished the 1016.3 mile race in 15 hours, 57 minutes and 37 seconds with an overall average speed of 63.676 MPH. This elapsed time contradicts what's posted on ORC. It would be great if they did finish in under 16 hours.

From ORC...

10:55 pm

Honda's Red Rider team no doubt OWN Baja as the incredible team of Campbell/Hengeveld. Steve Hengeveld brought the Honda 650xr moto across the line in championship fashion. Honda rocks! Team Honda had a finished elasped corrected time (unofficial) of 15:57:37 averaging 63.6 miles per hour.

11:14 pm

KTM's 8x moto ridden by Chris Blais crossed the finish line at 16:22:12 hours. KTM reported the last 30 miles of the course is packed with spectators therefore. Blais said, "It was one of the best rides I've had so far, I havn't done any night riding and the bike held up and got to the finish. We received this new KTM only a week ago Monday and preran on Saturday after prepping the bike. We only have 1500 miles on the bike before the race. We'll be back next year looking to win this race!"

Chris Blais is his name...he smokes. Look for him in 05 Paris Dakar.

Im doing a calendar and here is his month and his bro...


why doesnt any of the html work on this new forum? are we not allowed to post a picture anymore? Lame if so.

I hate Change :cry::cry: :cry:

Wow! "Mexico is very easy and safe"? I personally would never solo the San felipe 250.

PRO MOTORCYLES CLASS 22 (250cc or more)—1. Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda XR650R, 15:57:37 (63.51mph);

2. Chris Blais, Apple Valley, Calif./Kellon Walch, Las Vegas/Andy Grider, Los Olivos, Calif./Scot Harden, Menefee, Calif., KTM 700LC4, 16:22:12;

3. Brian Pinard, Wildomar, Calif./Bo Harris, Fallbrook, Calif./Jim McKay/Roland Bucher, Hemet, Calif./Martin Lemiereux, Canada, Honda XR650R, 18:32:15;

4. Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif./Mouse McCoy, Santa Monica, Calif./Chuck Dempsey, Hesperia, Calif., Honda XR650R, 19:05:25;

5. Robert Barnum, Phelan, Calif., Honda XR650R, 23:00:14; :cry:IronMan

6. Chris Eberz/Sean Eberz/Carlin Dunne, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda XR650R, 23:16:30;

7. Enrique Legaspy, Punta Colonett, Mexico, Husqvarna TD, 24:23:51;

8. Scott Hamby, Bellflower, Calif./Ronnie Smith/Danny Fitzgerald, Orange, Calif./Christian Lee, Long Beach, Calif., Honda XR650R, 24:30:59;

9. Kent Richardson, San Diego, Honda XR650R, 26:02:29;

10. Gary Cluff/Scott Rucker, Mesa, Ariz./Sam Rames, Glendale, Calif., Honda XR650R, 27:28:34; (12 Starters, XX Finishers)

CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)—

1. Joe Desrosiers, San Marcos, Calif./Jesse Sharpe, San Diego/Julian Guerra, Goleta, Calif., Yamaha YZ250, 23:25:00 (43.28mph);

2. Katsuhisa Mikami/Jun Mihashi/Hiroyuki Watanabe, Japan, Honda XR250, 30:43:01;

3. Jim Townsend, Orange, Calif./Lindsay Smith/Cliff Parker, Huntington Beach, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 32:35:57 (4 Starters, 3 Finishers)

CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—

1. Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Sergio Vega/Manuel Santana, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda XR650, 17:35:23 (57.62mph);

2. Todd Starks, Tarzana, Calif./Keith Jones, Templeton, Calif./John Thornton, Riverside, Calif., Honda XR650R, 22:35:45;

3. Jimmy Lewis, Costa Mesa, Calif./Tim Morton, Escondido, Calif./Jonah Street, Ellensburg, Wash./Dave Donattoni, Thousand Oaks, Calif., BMW GS1200, BMW, 25:06:42;

4. Tom Tunicliffe, Burbank, Calif./Mike Blackman San Marcos, Calif./Tim Morse, Burbank, Calif., Honda XR650R, 25:25:02;

5. Mitchel Sanchez, Campo, Calif./Darryl Varnado, Boulevard, Calif./Shad Bodenstadt/Eddie Zeller, Coronado, Calif., Honda XR650, 27:02:30; (7 Starters, 5 Finishers)

CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—

1. Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Jeff Kaplan, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda XR650, 17:33:13 (57.74mph);

2. Lukas Lundin/PG Lundmark, Canada, Honda XR650, 18:22:11; 3. Matt Lyman, Honolulu/Steven Trinies, Kanehoe, Hawaii/Darryl Hambleton, Acton, Calif., Honda XR650, 18:57:02;

4. Michael Laenger, Sherman Oaks, Calif./Kent Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif./Seward Ogden, Putney, Vt./Kevin Ward, Chatsworth, Calif., Honda XR650, 19:29:39;

5. Greg Hauser/Larry Brown/Scott Atchison, Bakersfield, Calif., Honda XR650R, 21:10:17;

6. Bob Fallers, Peoria, Ariz./Gary La Plante, Aguanga, Calif./Brian La Plante, New River, Ariz., Honda XR650R, 24:08:48,

7. Gerardo Garcia/Alejandro Ibarra, Tapaipa, Mexico/Guilliermo Gomez, Zamora, Mich., Husaberg U650, 28:23:43;

8. Tatsushi Murata, Japan, Honda XR650R, 28:25:09 (10 Starters, 8 Finishers)

CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)—

1. Chris Haines, Dana Point, Calif./Jack Johnson, Las Vegas/Malcolm Smith, Riverside, Calif., Honda XR650R, 20:14:04 (50.09mph);

2. Gene Dempsey, Van Nuys, Calif./Sam Dempsey, Lake Balboa, Calif./Doug Heil, Glendora, Calif./Ron Bishop, Escondido, Calif./Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif., Honda XR650R, 22:31:15;

3. Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Bob Wadlow, Arcadia, Calif./Greg Hawks, Santa Monica, Calif., Honda XR650, 23:33:03 (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)

PRO ATVs CLASS 25 (over 251cc)—

1. Ruben Martin/Gilberto Santana, Tijuana, Mexico/Arnoldo Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, Bombardier DS650 Baja X, 19:52:23, (51.00mph);

2. John Gregory, Spring Valley, Calif./Doug Eichner, El Cajon, Calif./Marc Speath/Danny Rudd, La Habra, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 20:01:16;

3. Ray Schooley, Poway, Calif/Ryan Wheeler, El Cajon, Calif./Tony Baker/Greg Row, San Diego, Bombardier DS650X, 24:34:40;

4. Nick Nelson, Anaheim, Calif./Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif./Jeff Anderson, San Bernadino, Calif., TRX450R, 25:14:35;

5. Peter Irving, Alamo, Calif., Bombardier DS6Peter Irving Electric, Hassett Construction, 28:27:46; 6. Cornel DeVilleas/Clayton Du Plessis/Shaun Gunter/Leander Pienaar, South Africa, Bombardier Baja X, 33:03:16 (10 Starters, 6 Finishers)

CLASS 24(250cc or less)—(1 Starter, 0 Finishers)

The XR650R was also the dominant bike for the IronRider's in the 2004 Baja 1000.

Malcom Smith, an eight-time winner in Baja 1000 races, and SCORE are proud to introduce the SCORE Malcolm Smith IronRider award for motorcycle and ATV riders who complete the course as a solo rider. Eleven individuals were brave enough to try this feat, and seven of them have succeeded. Below is a list of the seven (with vehicle number and time):

(5x) Robert Barnum, Phelan, Calif., Honda XR650R – 23:00:14 :cry:

(2x) Kent Richardson, San Diego, Honda XR650R – 26:03:29

(405x) Tatsushi Murata, Japan, Honda XR650R – 28:25:09

(295x) Steve Luly, Escondido, Calif., Honda XR650R – 32:41:03

(294x) Don Robbins, Phoenix, Husaberg 600 – 32:41:34

(296x) Jorge Lizarraga, Tecate, Calif., Honda XR400 – 33:34:54

(264x) Masanobu Kameda, Japan, Yamaha WR450F – 35:54:41

Huge congrats to Rob for winning the Ironman Award!

It was great to see Husabergs, KTM's and the BMW down there.

Our race prepped CRF250X did what everyone said it would do---stopped running at mile 346! We started with the loosest shims we could buy.

We geared it up and honestly took it way easy on the bike...what a piece o crap. Another CRF250X had the same problem--and Honda replaced their head at pit 6! Imagine haveing to schedule a head change every 5-6 hours. Crazy. That bike has a serious problem.

Did someone say Baja Pig Fest? That might be fun.

Baja is awesome right now. The rain has turned everything green.

Congrats to KTM on their success.


After I got off the bike at BOLA, I watched that team change the head at Pit 6 (race mile 332.5 for those wondering how far the valves lasted) where I spectated. It took 2 tries of total assembly/disassembly. The team member who was doing it was one persistent guy. It took around 5 hours, but the results indicated that they finished in around 32 hours! I wonder if they had to reshim later in the event? They left them loose, but your experience indicates that's not enough. I also wonder if the long wide open section south of Puertocitos caused the valves to fail earlier than they might have. I understood from a member of the team changing heads, that they had some prototype stainless steel valves in the first head that were provided by Honda. Finally, congratulations to Rob Barnum. He was absolutely flying when he passed my handoff point in San Felipe, he is a SERIOUS hardman! I am going to link this to the CRF 250 forum for their info.



"Congrats to KTM on their success" is because they made it without braking down? :cry::cry:

I know second is quite an acomplishment in a 1000 mile race but, I had to rub it in.....being that this is a XR650R thread. :cry:

Thought I would stir it up some :cry:

That was a big talk on the Yahoo site about the CRF250 being a throw away bike....I hope this makes Honda change directions and make race bikes that last.

I was down there chase trucking for the 3rd place open class riders (7x - Brian Pinard, Wildomar, Calif./Bo Harris, Fallbrook, Calif./Jim McKay/Roland Bucher, Hemet, Calif./Martin Lemiereux (this guy rips), Canada, Honda XR650R, 18:32:15), the temecula motorsports quad team, and we pitted the 1206 12 class and the Pechanga Pro Truck. Such a awesome time! I have a ton of digi videos (of the trophy trucks) I took w/ my digi camera but have no clue how to get it off my camera onto my comp. I have a older comp running windows 98. If anyone knows how to get videos off a digi camera using a older usb port card let me know. If any od you live in the southwestern states I would suggest experiencing this atleast one time. Baja rocks! :cry::cry:

Our race prepped CRF250X did what everyone said it would do---stopped running at mile 346! We started with the loosest shims we could buy.

We geared it up and honestly took it way easy on the bike...what a piece o crap. Another CRF250X had the same problem--and Honda replaced their head at pit 6! Imagine haveing to schedule a head change every 5-6 hours. Crazy. That bike has a serious problem.

Yikes. Sorry to hear about that. This is the type of story that scares the #$%! out of me when considering the new 450 X to replace my venerable BRP after four years. I like these "X-models" but walking away from XR type reliability and durability is making me reconsider. Sometimes, there really is "no replacement for displacement"! :cry:


I can't believe a CRF250X only lasted around 350 miles when 250cc 2 smokes were racing some of them finished with decent times.

Does anyone know if any CRF450's raced and how they did? I am thinking of selling my CR250 to get an 05 or 04 CRF450 (not the X, cuz I have a 2000 650R) but I do not want to deal with bikes that can only go for 500 miles before they have valve or whatever type problems.

Congrats to KTM for a good finish, as a spectator I look forward to the competition.

Hello Everyone,

I thought I'd sent a note so as not to miss anyone.

Rob raced the Baja 1000 this year solo, 1016 miles and did awesome!!!

I would say it was the ride of his life. Even as his wife I was completely in awe. so here's the quick run down....

Rob worked his tail off the final days before Baja and then finally we left on Tuesday morning around 7 am. Drove all day with stops in San Diego and then over the border headed to Ensenada. When we arrived in Ensenada we went directly to our gas pits to help load several pit crews and drop supplies. As some of you may know we also ran Barnums Pro Pits; teamed up with Mag7. That took a few hours as everything does in Mexico but Rob got all the teams off headed south for the long drive to various pits.

Then we headed over to San Nicholas Hotel and Resort, the only place to stay in Mexico.

The next morning, Wednesday Contingency, Rob was up early on the radio taking care of more pit and fuel issues that would prevail all day. We actually buy our fuel weeks in advance and then it is trucked over the border by a large fuel company such as VP or Union 76, so what happens is we have our fuel designated for our pits but several teams arrive later and try and buy fuel on the spot. We were sent information late in the day the our fuel connection had run out of fuel for pit 1. Thank goodness it was wrong information but still Rob and I had to go personally over to the fuel pit and check it out, all this while we were working with other race crews and doing last minute bike details.

I usually work with race teams to making sure that they have appropriate manufacturer stickers on their bike so that they can be eligible for contingency of free product or cash.

It's gets quite crazy but I have found that good radios can save you.

We actually all carry radios the moment we step over the border because that is the best communication.

With everything finally figured out and on it's way we had some time for Contingency photos and interaction with the crowds. I love this part best because the Mexican people are so gracious. It's quite an honor to race and work in their country.

and then off to bed with butterflies for a few hours and wondering what race day will bring.

I was up at 4:00 am to leave early for Bahia Los Angeles with Dana Reed's chase crew. These guys were awesome and did the incredible with getting me there safe and on time because within about 1/2 hr here came Rob. This was my first chance to see him since the start. I don't quite know how to explain it but there was this glow about him and I could see that he was completely in a groove. He stopped for about 15 minutes, ate a sandwich, Gene Lane changed his tire, loaded up on fluids and off he went.

again it's hard to explain how I felt but I knew this was going to be the best day of my life.

You see, Rob has been racing with teams the last few years and not finishing as well as he felt he could. He would come home with that disappointed look of "I could have done better". So this race was his chance to really prove to himself and his industry what he's capable of, no more excuses just Rob.

This time I took off with Dana driving. These guys drive as awesome as they race and we headed for Insurgentes. This would be a long stretch. We arrived in Insurgentes I believe around 11 pm and within another 1/2 to 45 minutes here came Rob. We met him at the pavement/dirt section and gave him his enduro jacket and off we went without a scratch still in the top 5 of his class where he would remain until the Pit 16. It was well into the night by this time and we knew that this last section would determine the race.

By now the trucks and cars had caught up and the terrain would be rough.

I headed down the road with Dana to wait for his rider so that he could ride the last section. I caught a quick nap and finally headed out alone around 4 am. Dana's rider had not shown up yet and the disappointment was obvious as the chase crew buckled down for a long night of waiting and then searching.

I was nervous about heading out alone but I was Rob's chase and knew that is something happened he might need me. Heading to LaPaz I called every pit crew on my radios and stay with as many other chase crews as possible until finally atop a plateau I heard Rob for the first time. He was already in LaPaz, he had finished at 6 am, the victory was in his voice and he was hanging out at the finish drinking a Tecate.

I will get a low down from Rob with all the race details and post it on our website but I just wanted to send out a special thanks to Dana Reed and his team as well as Gene Lane, we couldn't have done it without you. I didn't hear if Dana finished so I hope all is well with you and Gene, we'll see you next year. and thanks also to all the friends at TT who support my husband.

Now it's off to some rest for Rob & I, we just arrived in Phelan after a long 40 hour drive.

sincerely denise

The other CRF250x team that replaced a head, does have a set of stainless steel valves. The bike was also raced at the 500 in June and had a problem with the stock valves tightening up. The team did finish with a time of 32 hrs. The stainless valves where put in about 1 week prior to the 1000, so testing was limited.. Good Job P. Dogs...

Mike P

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