Storming desert on a dirt bike
Third in class and 10th outright, the four-rider crew from New Zealand can feel justifiably proud of their achievement at this year’s 45th annual Baja 1000 crosscountry endurance race in the Mexican desert.
The Awesome Foursome comprised Auckland’s Robert Creemers and Peter Herd, Tokoroa’s Sean Clarke and Te Awamutu’s Kevin Archer. They teamed up to race a Honda CRF450X in last week’s dirt bike marathon from Ensenada to La Paz.
‘‘We finished third in the 40 years plus class and 10th overall out of the bikes. The event was amazing with thou- sands of spectators lining the course right through the night,’’ said Clarke, whose seven-hour stint on the bike was perhaps one of the toughest, visibility at a premium.
‘‘ Fortunately, the Baja Design lights on the Baja Bound Honda CRF450X were just unreal.’’
Creemers had first stint on the bike, starting at Ensenada, riding the bike to the 318-mile mark where Herd took over for the next 210 miles to hand over to Clarke.
‘‘I got on . . . about 9pm and rode through to the 840 mile mark where Kevin Archer took over to wrap up the race after a total of 1122 miles, in La Paz with a finishing time of 26 hours and 25 minutes.’’
AWESOME: Auckland’s Robert Creemers and Peter Herd, Tokoroa’s Sean Clarke and Te Awamutu’s Kevin Archer, who teamed up to tackle the annual Baja 1000 this season.