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Images from World Desert Championship Off Road event Baja 500 that took place in Ensenada Baja California Mexico from June 1st through June 5th 2022

Monster Energy racers are back for the SCORE Baja 400

Sep 152022

The Monster Energy racers that get it done in the desert are in Ensenada, Mexico, this weekend for Round 3 of the four-round 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship. The Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels – with Monster Energy being the event’s official energy drink.

Leading the Monster Energy assault on Baja will be Cameron Steele, who’s burning the candle at all three ends this week, including double duty – racing his No. 16 Desert Assassins Monster Energy Ford Raptor and handling the intro announcing for the ESPN2 broadcast. The race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on the ESPN2 World of X Games programming. It’s scheduled to first air at 9 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The lone Monster Energy-backed racer coming into the Baja 400 with a point lead (or in this case, tied for the lead) is Justin Lambert (PRO UTV FI/Forced Induction). Lambert is tied for 1st place in the division with Edgar Garcia Leon with 229 points, having won the opening 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship round in San Filipe, then finishing 14th in the Baja 500.

Other Monster Energy-backed racers competing at the Baja 400 include: Alan Ampudia (Trophy Truck), Bobby Pecoy (Trophy Truck), Tim Herbst (Trophy Truck), Pierce Herbst (Trophy Truck Spec), Marc Burnett (Pro UTV FI), Rodrigo Ampudia (Pro UTV FI), Phil Blurton (Pro UTV FI) and Matt Burroughs (Pro UTV FI).

A few fast facts (courtesy of SCORE)…


·       More than 200 entries are expected, covering 45 competition classes for pro and amateurs that include trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles, and quads.


·       22 states and 14 countries are represented at the Baja 400.


·       The course, designed by Jose A. Grijalva, covers 393.82 miles of rugged Baja terrain (370 miles for motorcycles and quads due to safety reasons).


·       The course includes high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, along with washes, canyons, and stretches along the seashore with elevations varying from sea level to upwards of 5,000 feet.


·       The course runs in a clockwise direction from Ensenada and back, with two physical, full-stop checkpoints and 170 total virtual checkpoints.


The newest of the four SCORE/Baja races (San Filipe 250, Baja 500 & Baja 1000), the SCORE Baja 400 launched in 2019, was not held in 2020 due to the global pandemic, and returned in 2021 without spectators.