Release Date: 11/27/2006
A motorcycle team made up of firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department finished eighth in their class, 111th overall, in the 39th annual Baja 1000, which started in Ensenada, Baja California and ended in La Paz on Saturday. Craig White, Chris Hart, Doug Weber, Mike Reitmayer and Bruce Galien shared riding duties through the 1,047-mile off-road race. Hart started the race and handed off to White after 185 miles. White moved into second place in class, but crashed into a cactus plant and damaged the team's bike. The team maintained its position in the race until Galien ran into trouble around the 600thmile. He submarined the team's motorcycle in some mud outside San Ignacio. By the time Galien handed the motorcycle off to Reitmayer, the team dropped to eighth place. Galien raced the last 100 miles of the course. The team finished the race in 28 hours, 51 minutes, 20 seconds, the team's best effort. A record 431 drivers and riders started the Baja 1000. There were 234 official finishers who completed the course in the allotted 43 hours. The Baja 1000 will be televised as a one-hour NBC Sports special at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10.
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