The #10 Trophy Truck of Alan Ampudia was the first to make it back to Ensenada in this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 presented by 4 Wheel Parts, conquering the 800-mile course and crossing the finish line shortly after 3AM local time. Ampudia made it to the finish line 16 minutes before the #83 Trophy Truck of Luke McMillin and looks to be the unofficial class winner in desert racing’s signature event for 2019.
Following Ampudia and McMillin, the #76 Trophy Truck of Jesse Jones was third across the line, followed by the #89 of Mike Walser and #11 of Rob MacCachren in the 4AM hour. Jones’ truck was shared this year by a pair of 2019 Dakar Rally winners, Bikes champion Toby Price and Cars champion Nasser Al-Attiyah.
The strong finishes by both Ampudia and Luke McMillin leave the point standings somewhat in doubt as incoming leader Andy McMillin has yet to make it to the finish line as of 7AM PT. After winning the first two races of the season and finishing second in the inaugural Baja 400, Andy McMillin took a 37-point lead over his cousin into the weekend, and even brought in Bryce Menzies—who also sat in the top five in series points—to try and seal the deal.
Pro Moto Unlimited winner Justin Morgan was the first racer in any class to make it to the finish line, as he completed a perfect season by finishing atop the sport’s premier two-wheel class. But the second rider to make it to the finish line wasn’t even riding in a Pro class; Carlos Silva, competing in Sportsman Moto, made it to the line half an hour after Morgan, taking his second win in a row and fourth podium of the season.
Elsewhere, AJ Jones became the first finisher in Trophy Truck Spec, which may give him enough of a leg up on Charles Dorrance and Sara Price to settle a close three-way championship fight in his favor. Brendan Gaughan is projected to be the first Class 1 finisher, while Justin Lambert and Wayne Matlock are currently embroiled in a battle for the lead in Pro UTV Forced Induction.
The start of this year’s Baja 1000 was delayed by heavy precipitation, including reports of snow. As a result, organizers had to make changes to the course to accommodate flooded areas, throwing racers of all disciplines for a loop in the already challenging event.
Click here to follow live timing for the 52nd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 presented by 4 Wheel Parts as racers continue to finish throughout Sunday.