Alexander Rossi survives rollover in Baja 1000

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Alexander Rossi rolled over his Honda Ridgeline Off-Road truck while leading Saturday’s Baja 1000 in Mexico.  Rossi’s Honda approached a 90-degree left over a hill and did not have the vehicle at the proper angle, sending it rolling over on its side followed by an end-over-end rolled before landing in a ditch on its roof around the 95-mile mark.

With the help of some locals from the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, Rossi and his co-driver were pulled out of the vehicle. The truck was eventually rolled over and made it out of the ditch, but had lost valuable time and was no longer in the lead.

Rossi and the team were able to continue for another 100 miles or so before the mechanically damaged truck was retired from the race. This came after co-driver Jeff Proctor and Rossi got it back into contention.

“Too many variables weren’t in our favor this year so we had to call it,” Rossi said after the team retired from the contest. “Jeff (Proctor) evaluated the situation, and ultimately decided that the safety of the team was being compromised.

“It isn’t just the driver and co-driver to consider, but the crew for repairs and recovery in sketchy conditions.

“But the Ridgeline race truck is so fast and capable. I can’t thank the team enough for all they do to prepare for this legendary event.”

Rossi is an NTT IndyCar Series star for Andretti Autosport and won the 100th Indianapolis 500 in 2016.

It was the second straight year that Rossi has endured a memorable moment in the race. Last year, Rossi’s truck was flying over the top of a blind hill when a passenger SUV driving in the wrong direction was in the way. Rossi’s truck narrowly missed a head-on collision, clipping the passenger sideview mirror off the SUV.

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Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.