Dirt-Logo-Best-in-the-Desert-1-26-16Editor’s Note: BITD sent out this note regarding the health of Best in the Desert Director Casey Folks and the upcoming Parker 425.

January 9, 2017 – Thank you to everyone for your concerns, messages and prayers regarding Casey. We truly appreciate the support.

While we would like to speak with everyone about Casey, we are currently busy trying to make preparations for the upcoming Parker “425.” So please do not call the office at this time looking for updates on him.

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Earlier this month, Yamaha inducted nine of its ATV, side-by-side, dirt bike and road racing titleholders to its Wall of Champions. The ceremony for the event was held at its office in Cypress, California, with 11 championships acknowledged during the event.

Trail-Tech-CVT-Temp-Gauge-12-22-16Trail Tech, Inc. recently announced the release of its new CVT Belt Temp Monitoring Gauge. Designed to help riders easily monitor thier CVT Belt Temperature 30-500°F (0-270°C), this device can help save your CVT belt from failure.

Serious ATV Mud Riding
It’s really amazing to see the different types of riding people gravitate toward. Some stick solely to the sand and wouldn’t dream of taking their prized ATV or UTV through a mud hole; others will spend thousands of dollars on upgrades just to bury it in the thickest, nastiest slop they can find. Different strokes for different folks, and if ATV mud riding is your thing, then more power to you. Check out the video below of a turbocharged ATV powering through the slop.

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Sturtevant, Wisconsin
– BRP (TSX:DOO) recently opened a state-of-the-art technician training institute within its Sturtevant, Wisconsin manufacturing facility. This new institute will train dealers and their employees to maintain and repair all BRP vehicles, engines and accessories. Alain Villemure, vice president and general manager of BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division and Martin Soucy, vice president of its global after-sales function, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony before employees, media and the general public.

Pismo ATV Dune Jump
Over the last decade, throngs of off-road enthusiasts have made the switch from ATVs to UTVs, so much so that on a busy holiday weekend you’re likely to see far more UTVs than ATVs almost anywhere you go. That being said, this video of a huge ATV dune jump shows us that there are still a handful of diehards out there that haven’t given up that ATV life.

GNCC Hillclimb
GNCC spectators are a unique bunch.  They’re known for getting a little bit rowdy and will occasionally find themselves in harms way.  That being said, and as you can see in this video, they are always eager to lend a helping hand to a struggling racer. This GNCC ATV Hillclimb is a perfect representation of how crazy, chaotic and awesome a GNCC race can be.

2017 Yamaha Raptor 90

2017 Yamaha Raptor 90

If you’re looking for a new ATV for your little dirt devil, Yamaha has some brand-new options available at its dealerships in the form of 2017 youth ATVs.

Just in time for the holiday season, Yamaha has a host of 2017 models that include the all-new YFZ50, which is aimed at ATV enthusiasts 6 years old and up, and new 2017 Raptor 90 model aimed at children 10 and up.

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San Diego, CA
– The UTV World Championship announced today that Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort & Casino has signed on as Official Host Hotel for the third annual Polaris RZR UTV World Championship taking place in Laughlin, Nevada April 13th – 15th, 2017. Racers, teams, fans and sponsors can book their rooms now using the discount code “UTVWC,” by calling (800) 227-3849.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio –The 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are higher than the agency’s May proposal and will mandate more ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply chain despite a low demand for higher ethanol blends and an inadequate distribution and sales network, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

“We told the EPA in May that increasing the amount of ethanol in our fuel supply creates an untenable situation for the marketplace and raises the risk to motorcyclists and ATV owners,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “The agency ignored our comments and the concerns of millions of motorcyclists. So, now it is up to Congress to fix the Renewable Fuel Standard.”