Ride a Suzuki GSX-R1000RR in a Rally? Why Not?

Credit motorsport.com.pt
  • Ricardo Domingos rode a Suzuki GSX-R1000RR in the Portugese Baja Rally.

  • Although he didn’t win, he beat out a large number of other competitors.

  • The Baja rally pits competitors against the clock.

What’s the first you need to have in order to compete in a rally? An offroad motorcycle, of course. Er… So, what’s this Suzuki GSX-R1000RR doing here?

The Portugese stunt rider Ricardo Domingos obviously had different ideas when he competed in the Portugese version of the Baja 500. He said all he needed were knobby offroad tyres and higher handlebars to do the job. Plus some engine remapping for torque instead of all-out horsepower, too.

He then entered in the amateur class of the Baja 500 Portalegre rally, finishing 24thout of 70 participants. If you think that’s a bad result, think about the other 46 riders on offroad bikes that he beat.

The original Baja 500 (as in 500 miles) is held in the Baja California Peninsula in America. There are separate classes for cars, trucks, buggies and motorcycles. Participants race through the desert against the clock.

The Portugese Baja, on the other hand, had been around since 1987. It was created by JoséMegre, a former Paris-Dakar competitor. It is now part of the Rally World Cup.

Check out the video of Domingos and his Gixxer below. Courtesy of EnduroPro Magazine.

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