SCORE: Honda finishes 1-2 in Tecate SCORE Baja 2000
15 November 2000
2000 SCORE Desert Series, Round 3: Baja 2000 Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, November 10-13, 2000 American Honda's Johnny Campbell rode his Honda Off Road Racing Team's XR650R across the finish line first -- ahead of all motorcycles and trucks alike -- in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Monday afternoon at the Tecate SCORE Baja 2000. Campbell, with the considerable help of teammates Tim Staab, Steve Hengeveld and Craig Smith, finished the 1726-mile race in an unbelievable 30 hours and 58 minutes, averaging 55.74 mph. The victory was Campbell's fourth consecutive in the Baja 1000 and Staab's second. Close behind the winning team came the XR650R-mounted Honda Legends "B" Team consisting of Baja champions and American Honda employees Bruce Ogilvie and Chuck Miller, as well as former champions Gary Jones, Bob Rutton, Paul Osbo and Bob Johnson. The Honda "B" team took the checkered flag approximately 20 minutes behind the Campbell team's XR650R and also finished ahead of all truck entries. The 33rd running of the oldest, most grueling and most prestigious off-road race in the world, the Baja 2000 doubled the traditional distance of the famous Baja 1000 desert dash. It was clearly the ultimate test of man and machine. The nearly flawless performance of the Honda XR650R stands out amid many significant factory entries that encountered difficulty, including the pre-race favorites of former Baja winner (on a motorcycle) Larry Roeseler and co-driver Ivan Stewart in the PPI Toyota Trophy truck, which reportedly blew its motor around the halfway point of the race.