Sonora Rally 2018

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  1. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Race Course Stage 2 - 100km of dunes HP, plus a long beach run and a few other surprises outside the dunes.
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    This is excellent news Scott!!!
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    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    It was 5 years ago this month that Mike Shirley and Russ Martin joined me for our very first rally prerun and scouting trip in Sonora, Mexico (see photo). I had the vision for a couple of years of making a multi-day cross-country rally there, utilizing the vast dunes as the centerpiece. I made a couple of roadbooks for possible race stages, and we went to see what the terrain was really like, and to verify the roadbooks.

    I had been there only one time before, back in 2005 with Kevin Heath, Alan Roach, James Embro and a few others in preparation for our 2006 Dakar attempt. The experience of riding those incredible dunes stuck in my head for years, until 2013 when I decided to go forward with the rally plan.

    Knowing that I didn't want to run the whole rally show, Darren Skilton joined the team to take over as rally boss, allowing me to sort of concentrate on my favorite parts which are exploring, creating the routes, making the roadbooks, and prerunning. I ended up with a lot more on my plate, but it has still been a ton of fun!

    We had a rough start the first two years trying to pull the rally together and run most of it in wide regions where no off-road racing had ever taken place. There were countless political, logistical, environmental and other challenges. We evolved it through Diabolical Rally, Cortez Rally, eventually settling on the Sonora Rally name. And to a great extent through Darren's hard work, and significant help from many volunteers, it has become a world class event.

    The location in the photo was planned to be part of the rally route every year since 2013, but every year we ran into issues that kept us out of that particular area. This year Darren, Rodo, and Erin put in a herculean effort, finally overcoming the issues. So, here you see a piece of the 2018 race course, FINALLY!!!

    Oh, that photo spot is indeed a triple danger ! ! ! in the roadbook because the road is perfectly straight for several kilometers, then comes over a blind rise and makes a sudden unexpected 90° turn right before a near straight-off cliff. You'll never see it coming!!!

    Anyway, that's a super abbreviated history of Sonora Rally, and it gives a bit more significance to this 2013 photo.

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    So f'n cool to see that pic again. No doubt: My best days ever on a motorcycle have been spent chasing Scott along some crazy ass rally route. Thanks for letting me tag along :)

    Congrats to the whole Sonora Rally crew for creating and growing this world class event.

    Can't wait to get the band back together in just a couple of weeks.
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    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    We are working on assigning race numbers today (Prologue start position will be in the same order). We'll post the list with names once it's settled.

    Interesting list of bikes, Husky leads by quantity!
    Car/UTV/Safari are not included here.
    I think a couple of these have bailed out, so we will probably have a few less than this, but here you go:
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  7. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Go for it !
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    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    ► This year’s Yokohama Sonora Rally will see a record number of competitors tackle North America’s premier rally raid.
    ► "Road to Dakar" (previously "Dakar Challenge") returns to Sonora Rally.
    ► Walker Evans enters Sonora Rally for a new off-road experience!
    ► Food and Drink
    See the full press release here: Press Release
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    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    This is one place in Sonora where HP would not be pleasant. Fortunately we're sticking to the road here!
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  11. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Here is the Entry List:
    Motos PDF file
    Cars PDF file

    Start order on the Prologue stage is the same as the assigned race number sequence.
    Start order on Stage 1 is the finish order on the Prologue.

    Motos
    # Rider - Hometown Vehicle (Road to Dakar)
    1 Reserved
    2 Scott Bright - Plattville, CO KTM 450 EXC
    3 David Pearson - Santa Fe, NM KTM EXC450-F (DAKAR)*
    4 Garrett Poucher - Valencia, CA HONDA crf450x (DAKAR)
    5 Radek Burkat - Squamish, BC KTM 525 (DAKAR)
    6 Andrew Krynen - San Diego, CA KTM 450 EXC
    7 Mario De La Ossa - New York, New York SHERCO 450 SEF
    8 Carlos Gracida - Guadalajara, MX Husqvarna Rally Replica
    9 Carlos Yfarraguerri - Mexico City, MX Husqvarna 450 (DAKAR)
    10 Mauricio Santana - Mexico City, MX HUSQVARNA 501 FE
    11 Jim Pearson - Santa Fe, NM KTM 450 EXC (DAKAR)
    12 Chilly White - Escodido, CA KTM 525 XC (DAKAR)
    13 Skyler Howes - ST George, UT HONDA CRF450X (DAKAR)
    14 Ralph Boyd - Anaheim Hills, CA HUSQVARNA FE501
    15 Matthew Glade - Delta, BC HUSQVARNA 501 FE
    16 Jason Lan - Kennedy -Town, HONG KONG Husqvarna FE450 (DAKAR)
    17 John Henson - Atlanta, GA KTM XCF (DAKAR)
    18 Daniele Bartolucci - Westlake Village, CA HUSQVARNA FE 501
    19 David Edward Bihn - Carson City, NV KTM XCF 450 (DAKAR)
    20 Jeff Hayford - Walker, MN Husqvarna FX350 (DAKAR)
    21 Akihiro Saito - Yokohama, JAPAN HONDA CRF450X
    22 Vasile Scurtu - Surrey, BC Husqvarna F 501s (DAKAR)
    23 Aaron Richardson - Garibaldi Highlands, BC KTM 500 exc
    24 Kent Choma - Reno, NV HUSQVARNA FE450
    25 Eric Hall - Irvine, CA HONDA CRF450x (DAKAR)
    26 Hari Iddamsetty - San Jose, CA HUSQVARNA FE450 (DAKAR)
    27 Phil Burns - Tucson, AZ Honda crf450rx (DAKAR)
    28 Joshua Jones - Las Vegas, NV TBD (DAKAR)
    29 Gil Shoham - Los Altos Hills, CA KTM EXC-F 500 (DAKAR)
    30 George LaMonte - Palmdale, CA TBD
    31 John Deykes - Mission Viejo, CA HUSQVARNA FE501

    * (DAKAR) = Road to Dakar competitor


    Cars & UTVs:
    # Name - Hometown Model
    50 Eric Pucelik - Santa Cruz, CA Predator Buggy
    Mike Shirley - Reno, NV
    51 Todd Jergensen - Oakhills, CA Class 1 Chevy
    Kyle Jergensen - Oakhills, CA
    52 Dave Sykes Del Mar, CA UTV Polaris 1000xp
    Scott Steinberger
    53 Joe Bolton - Corona, CA UTV Polaris 1000xp
    Dave Peckham
    54 Jon Steinhilber - Escondido, CA VW Meyers Manx
    Joe Lowery Escondido, CA
    55 John Scripps Alpine, CA Dodge Ram 2500
    Kent Kroeker - Valley Center, CA
    56 Casey Currie - Norco, CA Can Am Maverick
    TDB
    57 Luis Perocarpi - Brownsburg, IN Izusu Vehicross
    MarkWells
    58 Robert Ridgely - Highlands Ranch, CO Izusu Vehicross
    TDB
    59 Butch Jensen Las Vegas, NV UTV Polaris RZR
    Tricia Reina - San Diego, CA
    60 Kellon Walch - Alamo, NV UTV Polaris RZR
    TBD
    61 Walker Evans - Riverside, CA RZR 4 Seat Turbo
    Anderson Elizabeth - Fallbrook, CA
    62 Dave Broome - Santa Cruz, CA Predator X-18
    TBD

    Safari Class:
    70 Jason Walmsley - Millarville, Alberta Canada Ford Raptor
    Michael Walmley - Millarville, Alberta Canada
    71 Pat Shirley - La Quinta, CA Ford Expedition
    Paul Shirley
    72 Alan Pflueger - Honolulu, HI Ford Raptor
    Mark Wells
    ScottSpeigle
    73 Melissa Eickhoff - Long Beach, CA Jeep Sahara
    Sydney Olson
  12. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    This year we are introducing online live timing to follow the progress of the rally. Mike Johnson has made great progress in advancing the Rally Comp device, and now has live timing which includes intermediate checkpoints, similar to the Dakar online timing system. We ran a preliminary test with a few units during our recent rally school, and found it worked pretty well. This image gives an idea what you'll see, though we were still experimenting so this sample is not complete. Check the Live Results page on the Sonora Rally website to follow the rally live.
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  13. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    I see that the Rally Comp has new power connectors that are incompatible w/ the traditional ICO connectors. What about the handlebar remote switch on the RC, can I still use my F2R or ICO handlebar switch, or is this proprietary too?
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    Nope. Mike has some adapters, maybe. I pretty much use the Rally Comp only for the arrow, and rely heavily on the audible beeps. One beep means "look at arrow", then I lock onto a heading and navigate to the WPM and wait for next beep. Otherwise, I don't use any info from the RC. I just use the ICOs. So, no need for remote sw.

    Dave
  15. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Here is the four page map to the Registration hotel in San Luis Rio Colorado, plus the Parc Ferme and race Start location at nearby El Bosque park. This is a different hotel than we have used in the past.

    Four page PDF map

    Don't forget to fill out the Customs Form before you hit the road.

    map page 2 of 4:
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    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    Scott, the last time I went through Migration in SLRC you didn't need to go next door to Banjercito to pay for your FMM for more than 7 days. Remember that for less than 7 days it's free!
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    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Craig, Darren would be the one to discuss that with. Given that the hotel is just down the street from the crossing, you could easily go back if you didn't get all the paperwork you needed.
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    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    Good point about the proximity of the hotel.

    When you did have to go to the Banjercito directly next door in SLRC, it wasn't a big deal at all. It was different last year and it was a "one stop shop" at Migration as the INM could take your money. However being Mexico, things do have a habit of changing every time you go through, but again going next door to the Banjercito is not a issue/big deal.
  19. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Here are a few details for the Monday Prologue stage. Prologue finish times are used to determine the start order for Stage 1, but are not included in the total overall time for the event.
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    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    The Sonora Rally gang is hitting it hard before tomorrow's Prologue stage!
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    Race bikes and cars showing up
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    Rally school and Prologue stage briefing underway now. The Prologue starts Monday around 1:30 pm Mountain time. Watch the Rally Comp live timing results online here: http://sonorarally.com/liveresults.html
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