221 TEAMS TO START IN BAJA ARAGÓN
221 competitors of more than 27 nationalities will be lining up for the start of the 36th edition of the
Baja Aragón, held on 25-27 July. The star-studded entry list includes FIA World Cup for Cross-Country
Bajas leader Vladimir Vasilyev of Russia, as well as Martin Prokop, Kuba Przygonski and Orlando
Terranova – just to name a few.
The categories of FIA cars, Aragon Trophy, Spanish Championship, regularity, bikes, quads, trucks,
buggies, and Parabaja altogether make up one of the highest number of entries of the past years.
The 2019 edition counts for the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas for the cars, being the fourth
round of the series, and also for the FIM World Cup for bikes and quads.
The competitors will tackle a total distance of more than 500 kilometres, divided into two days of
racing, on Friday and Saturday, with four special stages.
In the category of trucks, a total of nine units will take part, including the winners of the last two
editions, Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Valtr and his compatriot Martin Macik.
In bikes, France’s Michael Metge returns to Baja Aragon as defending champion of the event, but he
has to face tough rivals, like Joan Pedrero, in the 70-strong field of bikes and quads.
Spanish adventurer Jesus Calleja returns after 2018 again at the helm of a Toyota Hilux, with co-
driver Fernando Lopez. We can also see some former bikers starting in a new role in the event:
Gerard Farres, together with co-driver Armand Monleón in a Can Am Maverick already has some
experience, while for Carlos Checa this year’s Baja will mark his first participation on four wheels
A Baja for all
This edition of the Baja Aragón will also serve as a springboard for the next edition of the Dakar Rally
for those non-professional riders who, throughout its history, have formed a major part of the
extensive lists of entrants of the event.
Once again, the Road to Dakar and the Road to Merzouga programs give the winner the opportunity
to get an entry for the Dakar Rally. The Parabaja category, that makes it possible for competitors with
disabilities to take part in the race, once again confirms Baja Aragon's commitment to integrity, with
the participation of six teams
Cristina Gutiérrez and Rosa Romero: references for female competitors
There will be again a number of female competitors in the different categories of the Baja including
two who are references for the female competitors in Spain: Cristina Gutiérrez in cars and Rosa
Romero, for whom it will already be her seventh participation, in bikes.