“It was a crazy opportunity to have our first Baja 1000 be a full peninsula run,” said Blurton. “We put so much pressure on ourselves to win that it feels unreal that we actually did it. Our Can-Am Maverick X3 was flawless all day. We never touched it – we just put gas in and drove our race.”
The Baja 1000 is a huge undertaking, from pre-race preparation weeks in advance all the way through to the end. It is a true team effort and journey from start to finish – for example, Blurton’s Turbo Division team included 27 members and nine support vehicles.
These Baja 1000 results help solidify another extremely successful year for Can-Am Off-Road racing, taking podium spots at the most prestigious races around the world. Victories at the Baja 1000, Dakar Rally and King of the Hammers showcase the pinnacle of off-road performance. BRP knows that progress doesn’t come from standing still, and the teams that participate in these races are a prime examples of the relentless passion that drives Can-Am forward.
The Baja 1000 sets the stage for the next marquee global event – the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, which runs from January 1-14. Can-Am has dominated the competition at the Dakar Rally in recent years – a Can-Am Maverick X3 has won the rally the past four years, and in 2020 and 2021, Can-Am vehicles crossed the finish line in all of the top 10 positions.
Alongside the two victories, Can-Am race teams had strong results across the board:
PRO UTV FORCED INDUCTION (TURBO) DIVISION:
- Phil Blurton 1st place 26:58:56.767
- Jason Murray 4th place 28:39:26.084
- Marc Burnett 5th place 29:29:43.676
- P.J. Jones 7th place 30:38:30.772
- Alex Baker 8th place 31:14:10.967
- Austin Welland 10th place 32:03:22.423
PRO UTV OPEN DIVISION:
- Justin Elenburg 1st place 28:53:09.763