It’s back to racing at Baja Aragón

After a three month break between events, riders competing in the FIM Bajas World Cup are heading to Spain for the legendary Baja Aragón.

Whilst it’s normally a 3 day event, organisers of Baja Spain Aragón have been forced to squeeze the event into two days – Friday, July 21st and Saturday July 22nd – to account for the general election being held in Spain on Sunday.

Andrew Houlihan will travel over 17,000km to be in Teruel to compete on his Speedcafe sponsored KTM 450. He will spend a total of 23 hours on 2 flights to reach Barcelona, and then drive the final 5 hours in a rental car.

He is also shifting from the cold of winter in his home city of Albury to extreme 40°C heat in Spain. Combine that with the traditionally dry and dusty conditions competitors encounter at Baja Aragón, and Andrew is expecting it to be a tough event.

“I have raced in Spain a few times before, but this will be my first time at Baja Aragon. I expect this to be the toughest round of the FIM Baja World Cup”.

Andrew will be competing against some of the top riders he has raced behind at Dakar, like Tosha Schareina & Lorenzo Santolino.

“I think these guys will be very hard to beat in Spain! For Baja Aragon I just need to get some good points in the FIM World Cup Classes to retain my overall lead in the Veterans class and 3rd place overall in the 450cc World Cup Class.”

Dubai-based rider Mohammed Al-Balooshi goes into this round with a 12 point lead in the championship, but admits he feels more comfortable racing in the desert environment of Dubai than the dry and dusty conditions of Spain.

Canadian rider Jonathan Finn, who is second in the overall classification and leader of the Junior class, will also be a serious contender.

Andrew’s good friend Barry Howe will once again be sitting this event out as he continues to recover from an incident in round 2 at Qatar where he broke his femur.

“I was looking forward to racing against my good friend Barry Howe. I hope he is back on the bike and racing again soon.”

Andrew is once again on the KTM 450cc Baja bike built by Aurora Rally Equipment in Greece, and Nomadas Adv Racing have prepared the bike and transported it to Teruel.

“I have some great sponsors who are supporting me in this years Baja World Cup, including one of the world largest motorsports news media sites –

“Another of my major sponsors, Adrian Channing from Channings Bottle Yard in Australia will be with me for Baja Aragon.”

“Channo” (Adrian) has many years of rally racing experience in Australia and at one stage was one of Australia’s fastest rally competitors.

“I have been good friends with Adrian & his wife Ange for a few years and having Channo with me in Spain will provide me with much needed support and assistance.”