FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2015
The 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 For Motos -
-- Reduced Entry Fees With MAG 7 Inclusive Pit Support --
-- NORRA Reinforced Safety Implementations --
-- A Return To Bay Of LA With Bike Bivouacs --
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): The bikes have always been at the core of off-road racing. The same ideology applies to NORRA which began in Baja back in 1967. Throughout the years, the bike’s popularity has both risen and fallen but the hard core moto rider remains the same and is truly cut from a different cloth. They take on diverse terrain solo and work themselves and their machines to the limit.
Bikes are a huge part of each NORRA Mexican 1000, as the event's unique stage rally format and five-day time line provides a now safer and easier way for riders to enjoy a run down Baja's legendary peninsula.
LOWER ENTRY FEE ~
With that heritage in mind, NORRA is proud to announce its recommitment to the two wheeled competitor and has dropped the moto entry fee a thousand dollars from last year’s price to $1967. There will also be a “Pro Moto” option that costs $2967 which will include a “race for cash” payback. Also available at the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 are new pitting options to better address the needs of our adventurous moto competitors.
MAG 7 RIDES AGAIN ~
As before, in conjunction with the MAG 7 pitting organization, NORRA will offer free pit support for all motorcycles and ATV competitors when signing up for the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000. Registered competitors will receive a complimentary entry into MAG 7's “bike” level of pit support (a $600 value) which includes fuel at all pitting locations strategically placed over this year’s five-day, 1,300-mile trans-Baja Mexican 1000 rally.
Additionally, for the more hardcore adventure riders who wish to cut down the cost of their own chase support but also raise the stakes; NORRA will provide complimentary bike supply tote transport from Ensenada to San Jose del Cabo.
Mag-7 will have a dedicated team and support vehicle that will carry your bike tote. The bike totes or box (1 per team) are to be filled with the rider’s supplies. If he/she chooses to accept the challenge, this will allow the hardcore adventure rider a true test at the rally having only him/her self and basic pit support to rely on. The totes can hold various items such as: parts, tools, a tent, a sleeping bag and will be waiting for the rider each evening.
REINFORCED SAFETY ~
To increase safety and maximize competitor enjoyment, once again NORRA is instituting a highly unique "split course" format that will separate the motorcycles and ATVs from the four-wheel classes. This concept, along with the additional support of the NORRA MAG 7 pit support program, will help solidify a better experience for this special group of hearty NORRA competitors. Continuing our safety plan already in place, NORRA has: Live tracking, a medical helicopter, airborne radio relay, sweep trucks and the Mexican Red Cross combined with a vetted staff ready for anything that may arise.
NORRA looks forward to seeing our moto riders back at the 2016 Mexican 1000.
Registration is now open and payments are welcome. Please see details below-
Like NORRA's four-wheel categories, a wide and diverse group of two-wheel machines have found a fun and competitive home at the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. While many vintage and unique motorcycles have been part of the rally since its return in 2010, adventure seekers can be part of the "Happiest Race on Earth" via a wide variety of rides.
THE RETURN TO BAY OF LA ~
Moto riders will maintain a completely separate course on the first leg, which will leave one day earlier to the cars, to the overnight in El Rosario; then bikes will make their celebrated return to Bahia de Los Angeles (Bay of LA) with the rest of the racers on Rally Day 2. Once reaching Bay of LA and NORRA’s “Pit City”, moto riders will be come together in the “Bike Bivouac” where all moto teams are welcomed to pit, camp together and pool their resources.
“NORRA has enjoyed the support of the motorcycle community since hosting the very first Mexican 1000,” said NORRA President Mike Pearlman. "Our rally has evolved into a bucket list event for many people around the world – folks that couldn't enjoy the Baja peninsula otherwise. This is especially true of the motorcycle community. Today's announcements adds to the Mexican 1000's ability of offering a world-class event to everyone."
Interest in the 2016 Mexican 1000 has been strong since NORRA opened event pre-registration 74 entrants recorded, 9 of which are bikes in just hours. As of today, a sparkling field of trucks, buggies, sedans and motorcycles/ATVs of all types is growing. Currently NORRA's entry list includes competitors from California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina and New York, as well as teams from Mexico and Canada.
ABOUT MAG7 ~
The original "Magnificent 7" started with the Baja 1000 in 1969, and has grown to include dozens of racers and veteran pit captains, with hundreds of support personnel.
MAG 7 operates pits every 50-60 miles at all SCORE and NORRA, Baja races. If you race Baja, you know the pits are well-marked, and everyone wears the classic MAG 7 orange shirts so you can count on being able to find us! We arrange for, haul and deliver your fuel, spare parts and wheels. For more information, please visit: www.mag7race.com
2016 UPDATED ERAS AND RULES!
With the Eras firmly in place, NORRA has further clarified its rules for each of its respective classes. The rulebook is posted online at http://norra.com/rules_current.php. If you have any questions, please contact us.
PRE-REGISTRATION DETAILS ~
Want to get a head start? Login to your existing NORRA account, or create a new NORRA account at norra.com. Have picture images (.jpg, .bmp, or .png) of your Driver's License, Passport and Health Insurance Card ready to upload to your profile. Have your race radio frequency handy as well as your emergency contact phone numbers. Determine what category your vehicle should be competing in (refer to 2016 rules at www.norra.com/rules_current.php ). Update and complete the 'My Profile' and 'My Vehicle' sections of your account. It's as easy as selecting your vehicle and choosing your preference of payment option. Upon completion of registration you will receive a confirmation email and see your entry online.
Pre-Registration terms are as follows:
- Pre-Registration is now OPEN
- $500 non-refundable deposit
- Monthly payment plan options
- When your entry is paid in full – you will be able to purchase your room in Bay of LA until they are sold out
Pre-registering is a great way to keep the Team and Sponsors motivated though the off-season as we count down to the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000!
- Team profile featured on 2016 Entries Page
- Allows people who need the tax deduction to take it in 2015 vs 2016
- Allows teams to make monthly payments to take the pressure off one big payment
- Get the expense out of the way prior to the holidays
- Keep the teams focused and committed
We at NORRA see these changes as a commitment to the spirit of the event and hope they make this experience more enjoyable for all.
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Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The unique off-road rally was co-created by promoter Mike Pearlman to consist of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, four-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, rally cars, a limited group of modern desert racecars and classes for prerunner trucks and buggies.
Pearlman’s late father Ed and others established the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally in November of 1967, which eventually became internationally recognized and evolved into the Baja 1000 in the mid-1970s.
The General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 is supported by General Tire, American Racing Wheel, South Point Hotel Casino, Walker Evans Racing, Azunia Tequila, KC HiLites, Bilstein Shock Absorbers and Mastercraft/Impact Safety.