Campbell Wins Baja 2000

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
American Honda's Johnny Campbell rode his Honda Off Road Racing Team's XR650Racross the finish line first -- ahead of all motorcycles and trucks -- inCabo San Lucas, Mexico on Monday afternoon at the Tecate SCORE Baja 2000.



Campbell, with the considerable help of teammates Tim Staab, Steve HengeveldandCraig Smith, finished the 1726-mile race in 30 hours and 58minutes, averaging 55.74 mph. The victory was Campbell's fourth consecutive inthe Baja 1000 and Staab's second.

Close behind the winning team came theXR650R-mounted Honda Legends "B" Team consisting of Baja champions and AmericanHonda employees Bruce Ogilvie and Chuck Miller, as well as former championsGaryJones, Bob Rutton, Paul Osbo and Bob Johnson. The Honda "B" team took thecheckered flag approximately 20 minutes behind the Campbell team's XR650R andalso finished ahead of all truck entries.

The 33rd running of the oldest, most grueling and most prestigious off-roadracein the world, the Baja 2000 doubled the traditional distance of the famous Baja1000 desert dash.

Campbell and crew soundly thrashed even the pre-race favoriteslikeformer Baja winner (on a motorcycle) Larry Roeseler and co-driver Ivan Stewartin the PPI Toyota Trophy truck, which reportedly blew its motor around thehalfway point of the race.

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