Stunt rider Ernie Vigil has sustained a serious injury to his ankle during an off-road training incident, meaning he will not be able to pilot Triumph’s new Scrambler 1200 XE at the Baja 1000 as planned.
Vigil was riding his own 450 dirt bike at the time of the accident that means he won't be fit to ride in the Baja between November 14 - 18.
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Instead, Vigil will have to wait until the equally challenging Mexican 1000 in April 2019 which uses many of the same arduous sections as the Baja.
Vigil was awaiting delivery of his Scrambler 1200, which Triumph have been adapting by adding engine protection bars, an extended sump guard, removing the front and rear indicators and pillion pegs, adding a race exhaust system and race-specification lighting.
Speaking on the injury, Ernie said: "While waiting for my Scrambler 1200 to clear customs at LAX, I went on a training ride with my 450 dirt bike for some last minute conditioning.
"Unfortunately I tucked the front wheel when pushing a hard turn. The bike flipped me over, landing on my ankle snapping the bone at both the tibula and fibula.
"I’m absolutely devastated for the team and the effort they’ve put in in getting the bike over and ready, and also for everyone who supported me in training for this race."
"Fortunately the break was clean and I had a very successful surgery. I’m going to return home to Albuquerque and expect to be laid up for around 4 weeks until I can start my rehabilitation, but I expect to make a full and quick recovery. I can’t wait to get back into training for the Mexican 1000 in April."
The Baja 1000, part of the World Championship of desert racing, is held in the Californian/Mexican peninsula where motorbikes, cars, trucks, ATVs and buggies take on the same course.
Ernie is a veteran of the Baja 1000 course and rode previously during the Mexican 1000 on a Triumph Tiger 800. We also had the pleasure of his attendance at the 2017 MCN London show, where he put the then new Triumph Street Triple 765 to the test.
Also, read more about the 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200, after we attended the exclusive London launch event.