The Mexican 1000 race will be rerouted to stay above the 28th parallel as BCS officials closed access to NORRA due to COVID19 concerns
Baja California Sur state officials informed NORRA that they are closing access to the 2021 Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 rally race, scheduled to run from April 23 – 30 over concerns that the race route and format would potentially risk violating COVID19 safety protocols put in place by the state.
The news comes at a difficult time for off-road racing here in Baja which has seen the cancellation of many popular races due to the pandemic.
NORRA race officials expressed disappointment over the announcement but remain optimistic that they can still make the race an attractive event for both participants and race fans.
The race had planned for an Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas route but is now working on a revised track that will start in Santo Tomas and head east over to San Felipe before the next leg down to Bahia de Los Angeles.
At this point the motorcycles will make a loop continuing on to Guerrero Negro and then back to Bahia de Los Angeles.
All classes will then head back north through San Felipe before the last leg west over to the new finish line at the Horsepower Ranch outside of Ensenada.
The amended route will cover 5 days of racing with a total mileage of 1,141 miles including 11 special stages.
893 miles of the route will be on dirt and the remaining 248 will traverse over paved roads to reach the off-road segments.
Race officials from NORRA believe that this new route will include tracks through areas with terrain and scenery many of them haven’t experienced before that is highly technical to test even the most experienced riders and drivers, including portions that were previously uncharted.
NORRA Mexican 1000 Schedule
|Fri. April 23||COVID testing / Registration / Tech at Horsepower Ranch, Ensenada|
|Sat. April 24||COVID testing / Registration / Tech at Horsepower Ranch|
|Sun. April 25||Santo Tomás ~ San Felipe|
|Mon. April 26||San Felipe ~ Guerrero Negro (moto)|
San Felipe ~ Bahía de Los Ángeles (4-wheel)
|Tue. April 27||Guerrero Negro ~ Bahía de Los Ángeles (moto)|
Bahía de Los Ángeles ~ Bahía de Los Ángeles (4-wheel)
|Wed. April 28||Bahía de Los Ángeles ~ San Felipe|
|Thu. April 29||San Felipe ~ Horsepower Ranch (Finish!)|
|Fri. April 30||Post official results and trophy pick up, location TBA|