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Images from the Off Road Baja 1000 event taking place in Ensenada Mexico

Weekend Recap: November 20 - 21

Nov 222021



Monster Energy’s Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes-AMG Silver F1 W12 E Performance Silver Arrow mastered the Qatar Grand Prix taking the win over 2021 Formula 1 World Championship leader Max Verstappen. In a masterful lights-to-checkered flag victory that saw him pit twice and win the Grand Prix by 25.743 seconds, Lewis scored his sixth win of the 2021 campaign. Hamilton is now within eight points of championship leader Verstappen with two races left to run. Monster Energy’s Hamilton and Bottas will now move on to the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Araba on December 5, 2021.



The final act of what has been the 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship drama played out on Sunday afternoon at the 2.678-mile, 17-turn Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit located in West Nusa Tenggara.  Jonathan Rea of the Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK won the opening race of the rain-lashed weekend, with Monster Energy’s Scott Redding of the Racing Ducati placing third. Despite the win, Rea lost out on the 2021 FIA WSBK World Championship to Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu. In the curtain dropping second and last race of the weekend, as well as the last race of the year, Rea once again claimed the victory with Monster Energy’s Scott Redding in second and Michael van der Mark in third.



Man and machine were tested at the 1,227 mile Baja 1,000 in the beautiful but rugged Baja Peninsula.  It was the fourth-longest race in the 54 years of the Baja 1,000 with Monster Energy’s Mark Samuels of Slam Life Racing (SLR) Honda taking the Pro Moto Unlimited Class win. His Monster Energy teammate, Phil Blurton took home the win in the Pro UTV Forced Induction Class. After winning, Burton said “It was a pretty flawless SCORE Baja 1000. It was our first one ever, so we didn’t know what to expect. There were some bottlenecks; we sat for 20 minutes at one point. Then we cruised along the rest of the day. We pre-ran a bunch and I think that helped. We raced the whole SCORE series this year to get used to racing in Mexico and it seems like that paid off for us. The course was really fun. When we first pre-ran, it was a lot smoother but it got a lot more beat up by the end of today. But it was a super fun course. A little bit of everything!”



The premiere SCORE racing division has fire breathing, ground-pounding 1,000 horsepower Trophy Trucks, and Monster Energy’s Cameron Steele powered to an excellent third-place finish in the Monster Energy/Desert Assassins Ford Raptor. Fifth in the Trophy Truck category fell to Tim Herbst in the Terrible Herbst/Monster Energy Ford F-150. In the highly competitive Trophy Truck Spec classification for the Baja 1000, it was Monster Energy’s Jorge Sampietro in the Monster Energy/Monkey Business Chevrolet placing an impressive third overall.