Talk about draggin' up an old post
It is unfortunate other companies are not involved in Baja right now, but these things go in cycles. It's dangerous, expensive, time consuming, and a total PITA to race down there for the factories. They probably do not feel it will sell enough bikes to be worth while. GNCC, WORCS, and Nat. H&H is easier to handle and makes for good ads too.
Maybe more will head South in the near future.
All I have to say is KTM OWNED the DAKAR this year, Chris Blais finished on Podium, the Dakar is like running the Baja 500 14 times over!!! If KTM feels it worthwhile to go through the hassle of running the DAKAR (which is a much tougher logistically than Baja; It does run through some of the harshest and cruel environments in the world) don't you think they could easily do Baja? Maybe they know something the rest of us don't know.
Also Cars almost always get the Dakar Overall win, while they never get the win in Baja.....