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Ernie Vigil Healed & Set to Pilot Triumph 1200 XE at Mexican 1000

Triumph’s Ernie Vigial Heads to NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally

Stunt rider Ernie Vigil was set to compete in this past November’s Baja 1000 aboard the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE, but he suffered a practice crash in October that sidelined him. During the crash, which occurred while training on a 450 dirt bike, Vigil broke his ankle bone at the tibula and fibula.

Vigil has since recovered, and is confirmed to pilot the Triumph 1200 XE during the NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally, an off-road desert race that covers more than 1000 miles in Mexico’s Baja peninsula.

Ernie Vigil Healed & Set to Pilot Triumph 1200 XE at Mexican 1000Vigil is a factory Triumph rider, and the first rider to compete at the Mexican 1000 aboard a Triumph (Tiger 800).

Vigil has spent the last three weeks in Southern California with the race-ready Scrambler 1200 completing his final preparations for this grueling challenge.

“After nine months of training, the injury, and over 6,000 off-road miles in the saddle, I’m excited to be getting to the final stage of prep for one of the most challenging off-road races you can do,” Ernie Vigil says. “I literally can’t wait to get to that starting line and fire the Scrambler up! The bike has been performing amazingly well and I’m raring to go.”

Ernie Vigil to Pilot Scrambler 1200 XEErnie’s Scrambler 1200 XE is in near-standard condition, with only the addition of a desert racing seat, lights, grips and extreme profile sand tires. Topping off the race-spec features, there is also a unique off-road racing scheme with Triumph’s signature black and white paint and graphics.

“Everyone at Triumph is rooting for Ernie, his commitment to returning to race fitness following his injury has been amazing and we just can’t wait to see the Scrambler 1200 in action,” Paul Stroud, Triumph’s Chief Commercial Officer, said. “Baja desert racing has played such a big part in the history of scrambling and it was the spark that kicked off of our whole iconic Scrambler line-up.”

Ernie Vigil Healed & Set to Pilot Triumph 1200 XE at Mexican 1000 RallyFollowing is from Triumph:

The Scrambler 1200 XE is an all-new benchmark-setting motorcycle that represents a first for dual-purpose capability and modern custom style. This beautiful 1,200cc scrambler delivers a category-redefining level of performance, specification and finish, fused with Triumph’s iconic scrambler DNA and all the multi-surface capability of a genuine adventure motorcycle.

The NORRA Mexican 1000 is an incredible off-road racing event that covers more than 1,000 miles of Mexico’s rugged Baja peninsula, with riders tackling rocks, quicksand, unpredictable 1,000bhp racing trucks and the unforgiving desert landscape. If you want to compete in extreme endurance races on a motorcycle, the Mexican 1000 is one of the biggest. The original 1,000-mile route (which is where it gets its name) kicked off in 1967.

Ernie Vigil Healed and ready for Mexican 1000 RallyThis year’s race begins in Ensenada, Mexico, and while the route changes year-to-year and the overall distance varies, the race is always around 1,000 miles and broken up into multiple stages, each providing unique challenges. It promises to be a grueling test for both motorcycle and rider.

The Mexican 1000 is run on the same arduous course as the legendary Baja 1000, the same hallowed terrain that made the Triumph Scrambler name famous in the 1960s. Hence, this will be a bit of a homecoming for the Triumph Scrambler, back to prove its meddle to a new generation of riding enthusiasts. Ernie, who was selected for both his experience and his incredible commitment to this project, recognizes the formidable challenge that lies in front of him. He’s now been in full training for months and says that he and the Scrambler 1200 XE are ready.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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