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The Mexican 1000 - Ernie Vigil

On 28 April – 2 May stunt star Ernie Vigil is taking on one of the most dangerous and gruelling races in the world – the Mexican 1000. An incredible off-road racing challenge that takes in more than 1000 miles across rocky desert, tackles quicksand, unpredictable 1000bhp racing trucks and the elements.


Riding his new Triumph Scrambler 1200 https://www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk/motorcycles/classic/bonneville-scrambler-1200 the original plan was to tackle the legendary Baja 1000, but a broken ankle, sustained in training, put his plans on hold. Only a few months later, Ernie shares his recovery story and preparation for the equally challenging Mexican 1000.

The Mexican 1000 is a huge undertaking. Ernie describes it as ‘top of an off road rider’s bucket list’. If you want to compete in extreme endurance races on a motorcycle, the Mexican 1000 is one of the biggest. Starting in Ensenada, Mexico, the original 1,000-mile route (which is where it gets its name) kicked off in 1967. The route changes and the distance varies but it is always around 1,000 miles, and promises one thing: an incredible challenge. FTR catches up with Ernie, who explains how he got into off-road riding, his knowledge of the route, the extreme preparation required and of course his new weapon of choice the Scrambler 1200 XE.