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November 8, 2021
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HONORING THE PAST - NORRA Updates Bike Competitor Rules for 2022.
AGUA DULCE, CALIF. – NORRA will be changing the bike competitor rules for 2022. NORRA Honors the Past while Forging the Future. Our events take you on the adventure of a lifetime all over the majestic Baja Mexico Peninsula. The amazing people, spectacular scenery, and rich culture of Baja are on full display, and there is no better way to fully immerse one’s self in it than while on a bike. You don’t just see the landscape going by, you feel it, smell it, and absorb it into your soul. NORRA events allow plenty of high speed adrenaline, but the rally format makes our events a mental challenge as well as the physical demands. In order to level the playing field, all bikes will use the same navigation aids. Some riders were using GPS, Leadnav, etc., while others were using the road book.
Beginning at the Yokohama Mexican 1000 in 2022, all moto entries are required to have an 8" motorized road book holder and a rally tripmeter (odometer with compass), for navigation. This will be the only means of navigation for the moto routes. NORRA will no longer provide GPS trails of the Moto routes. Moto entries are allowed to carry a GPS in a backpack but not mounted on the bike. The GPS is for emergency use to find the nearest route to the highway, not for rally navigation. Additionally, the moto will be required to run a NORRA supplied tracking device, typically a Stella mounted such that it can also be viewed while riding.
NORRA is working with the Rally Moto Shop www.rallymotoshop.com to help riders outfit their bikes with solid, dependable gear that meets the new requirements. There are several options available (f2r RB730, f2r RB850, Migtec, ICO MAX or RNS GFX), that will work on most any bike. NORRA and Rally Moto Shop can answer any mounting questions that may come up. We are also organizing some training sessions (in several locations), so that riders who are new to road book navigation can familiarize themselves with the operation of the equipment and master the necessary skills before using them in competition. We will have more information on the training sessions as soon as the details are finalized.
The very first bike competitors to challenge Baja were rugged individuals who had very little more than guts, and a sense of adventure. NORRA aims to pay homage to that concept by using a simple form of navigation at our events. It may create a learning curve for some, but once familiar with the workings we think it will only add to the fun and challenge. It will expand each rider’s abilities to match those who compete on a global level.
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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, five-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern pre-runners, trucks, buggies, UTVs, bikes and desert Rally Raid cars.
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-1970's.
NORRA enjoys corporate partnerships with Yokohama Tire, Method Race Wheels, South Point Hotel & Casino, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, STEEL-IT, RIGID, Multitool USA, Satélite del Norte, Biltwell, Cerveceria Transpeninsular, PCI Race Radios, The Fab School, Schampa, K&N, Baja Bush Pilots, Mag7 Pits, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF), B3KREATIV, and many more.