Josh Hogan Solos In A
Suzuki QuadRacer R450 In Demanding Baja 1000
Brea, CA - December 2, 2008 - Suzuki-mounted
Josh Hogan completed one of the most grueling
off-road races run in the world - the Tecate
Score Baja 1000 - and he did it entirely solo.
Hogan's feat was even more spectacular due to
the fact that he had never raced in Baja before.
The 41st running of Baja 1000 started on
November 21 in Ensenada, Mexico and covered some
of the most rugged terrain that the Baja
Peninsula can dish out. The Livermore,
California Suzuki rider was one of 347 starters
and 31 solo riders. Hogan was one of only 18 who
finished the race without a relief rider, and he
did it with a time of 28 hours, 2 minutes and 50
seconds. This secured him second in the
IronRider (solo rider) and 7th overall in the
Sportsman ATV class.
Hogan came armed with a talented crew and the
strong Suzuki QuadRacer R450. He got a quick
start and made great time passing teams with up
to five riders. As the night began to fall, he
had set a consistent average speed of 36 miles
per hour. This slowed when he got to a section
known as the San Felipe Whoops. "These monster
whoops were so big that on a quad all I could do
was take them slow and know that no other ATV
was going to be making good time there as well."
After a long night in daunting conditions,
Hogan put his head down once the sun came up and
pushed hard for the final hundred miles of the
"By the time I made it out of the whoops it
was close to midnight and I had been riding for
almost 16 hours. The rest of the night went by
in a blur and as the sun started to rise I had
finally reached the Pacific Ocean. The last
hundred miles of the Baja 1000 was probably the
most physically and mentally grueling test of my
life. By the time I reached the finish line I
could barely stand and it took every ounce of
strength I had to twist the throttle."
It was an impressive display of strength,
skill, and perseverance, not only for Hogan, but
also for the Suzuki QuadRacer R450.