Lake Elsinore, CA - The 2013 running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 marked the 10th time Francisco Arredondo has been a part of the world-class race, and the third time he has celebrated a Baja 1000 win. But this time it was also the best overall finish for the Guatemala based global adventurer, who helped lead his BREMEN/Chris Haines Off-Road team to third overall (motorcycle) and the Class 30 win!
Rider of record Arredondo was joined by a team of very fast Baja racing veteran including Cycle World editor Ryan Dudek, Shane Esposito, Brian Pinard, Scott Meyers and, of course, Chris Haines in competing in the 883-mile Baja 1000. Aboard the #349X Jimmy Holley-prepped Honda CRF450X, the team skillfully navigated the rugged course, and recorded a nearly flawless race, with not so much as a broken spoke on their way to the finish line in Ensenada.
"It was a really good team event for us," Haines commented. "Everybody did their part well and there were no big mistakes and nobody had any crashes. Typically somebody will fall over, but we had no mechanical problems, no flat tires, no fiascos of any kind."
The BREMEN/Chris Haines team started off strong, and held a steady pace throughout the race - a daunting task given the nature of the 2013 course. "It was really tough," Haines said. "SCORE put a really good course together this year that was far more challenging than it had been in the last five years, maybe. Typically the Baja 1000 is a lot faster, but the overall speed turned out to be lower than people anticipated. I think that's the reason the motorcycles won overall and beat the first Trophy Trucks."
For Haines himself, it marked his 14th SCORE Baja class win at the infamous race. But like Arredondo, this year's result marked his highest overall finish.
The BREMEN/Chris Haines Off-Road team was also backed by IMS Products, Pro Circuit, Fox Racing, Race Tech, Tire Balls, Baja Designs, Scotts Performance, Works Connection, Hinson Racing Components, Dunlop Tires, Pro Grip, Acerbis, Oakley, BRP and ZLT Designs.
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