McMillin/Roeseler general victors in brutal 53rd Baja 1000
The BFGoodrich SCORE Baja 1000 is at all times robust, however this 12 months’s 898.40-mile loop race from Ensenada (the longest in Baja 1000 historical past) was as difficult as any racer might bear in mind. Regardless of that, the group of Luke McMillin and veteran Larry Roeseler have unofficially earned McMillin Racing a clear sweep of the 12 months’s most important 2020 desert races by taking the 53rd version of this storied off-road marathon.
Piloting their No.83 4WP BFGoodrich Ford Trophy-Truck, the duo managed to outgun a troublesome battle up entrance with the eventual second-place group of Rob MacCachren and Josh Daniels (No.11 Makita Instruments/BFGoodrich Ford) and the No. 7 Purple Bull-backed Toyo Tire Ford of Andy McMillin and Bryce Menzies.
The Monster Vitality Honda bike of Justin Morgan crossed the end line to cap off a dominating efficiency with Mark Samuels and Justin Jones to earn prime honors within the Professional Moto Limitless Class.
The ultimate entry checklist for the race had 187 automobiles from 26 states and 14 nations. all taking the inexperienced flag at an Ensenada beginning line with no spectators because of COVID-19 security considerations. The pandemic compelled a condensed race season in Baja with this race representing solely the second SCORE Worldwide occasion in 2020.
Saturday’s efficiency marked Luke McMillin’s first Baja 1000 general victory, increasing a household legacy within the sport that features a complete of 5 such titles for his father, Mark. The California racer additionally took prime honors in February’s Monster Vitality Desert Invitational and the March BFGoodrich Mint 400.
Luke’s brother Dan added to an unimaginable 12 months for McMillin Racing, taking the BFGoodrich SCORE Baja 500 in late September.
RACER.com will present full race outcomes once they grow to be out there as many groups are nonetheless out on the lengthy and troublesome Baja 1000 racecourse battling for sophistication wins and/or well-earned finishes.