APPLE VALLEY, CA NOVEMBER 15, 2011 – Amputee Chris Ridgway will ride the Baja 1000 on Honda 10x This Friday November 18, 2011. After mechanical issues at the 2011 Extremity Games, Ridgway will take the leg of the Baja 1000 that could be the most treacherous – the 200 miles at night. “I am antsy, I haven’t done anything lately and this was an awesome opportunity to race with the Prohens Brothers that have raced the legendary Dakar Rally,” said Chris Ridgway.
The Class 22 pro team will start 10th off the line. The Honda CRF450x 10x will be ridden by Felipe Prohens and Jaime Prohens of Chile, and Chris Ridgway of Apple Valley, CA. Baja Bound Adventures Tim Morton has prepared the Honda 10x for the team.
The 44th Running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will start at 6:30am Friday November 18th with the Motorcycle and ATV Classes. Riders will have 32 hours to complete the 692 mile course. Three websites will have extensive coverage of the racing, including real time video and audio streaming from the start/finish line area are www.dirtnewz.com, www.race-dezert.com and www.racetheworld.net.
About Chris Ridgway – Chris Ridgway is an amputee and competes wearing a prosthetic left leg. His professional motocross career was cut short in 1995 when he had a “bad day at the office” falling from over 30 ft in the air and has since struggled to maintain strength in both his legs. After eight years, he finally convinced a doctor to amputate his left leg and is now stronger than ever. His competitive spirit originated with motocross and now he competes in many different events, including motocross, Rock Racing, King of the Hammers, Grand Am Rolex Series, the Silver State Classic, and Baja 1000. Some of his impressive wins include the X Games Gold Medalist: 2008, 2009; and the Extremity Games Gold Medalist: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.
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