Entries by Andrew Houlihan

Qatar Baja 2023: Stage 2

Andrew Houlihan has won the Vets class and finished 4th outright in the Qatar International Baja. The 4th place overall is Andrew’s best ever finish since his debut on the international rally scene in 2018.

Qatar Baja 2023: Stage 1

Andrew Houlihan has finished 5th overall and 1st in the Vets class in Stage 1, and goes into the final stage with a 7 minute lead over second placed Ola Floene. Many riders got badly lost, and there were a couple of bad crashes in the unforgiving terrain.

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We’re heading to Qatar!

For the first time in 5 years we only have a short 14 hour flight to Doha. The event in Qatar will be a much bigger event than Round 1 and has the highest ever number of entries for this event. There are quite a few big name riders racing too!

Saudi Baja 2023: Stage 2

1st overall in the Vets World Cup class and 9th overall in the World Cup open class! The result has been a good start to the year for me in the 2023 FIM Bajas World Cup, and way above what I came here expecting to achieve.

Saudi Baja 2023: Stage 1

Today was my “BAPTISM OF FIRE”. After yesterday’s good run in the Prologue, I was the 2nd bike out in Stage 1 today. I knew it would be a big challenge and I can now see why the top riders never want to open the stage.

Saudi Baja 2023: Prologue

It’s Prologue day – a short special stage that determines the starting positions for tomorrow’s Stage 1. It’s kind of the same as the Top 10 shootout at Bathurst. I qualified 6th overall and 1st in the Vets class!

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Settling in to Ha’il

I had a very quiet and relaxing day for my first day in Ha’il yesterday. Outside the wind was howling, it was pitch black when I woke at 6.30am. There was a massive sand storm in the distance and it was very hard to keep upright with the wind. Then came the rain! It could be an interesting race if this weather keeps up!

The Change of Bike for Round 1

Supply chain issues and other other time constraints have forced Andrew Houlihan to swap to Husqvarna FR450 Dakar Race bike prepared by Mishal Aglhuneim from the Saudi Dirt Bike Centre for the first round of the 2023 FIM Bajas World Cup.