Leandro Torres and co-driver Lourival Roldan have become the very first Dakar SSV class winners, taking the 2017 title in their factory Xtreme Plus Polaris RZR1000XT machine by 4 hours and 42 minutes.
The family of Casey Folks has put Best In The Desert Operations Manager Donald Jackson in charge of race management and supervision. Donald was extremely close to Casey and has been his second in command for 13 years. He knows exactly how Casey would have handled anything.
If you’ve ever come up short, gotten stuck or otherwise found yourself running out of talent, don’t be ashamed. Even RJ Anderson runs out of talent from time to time. Check out the video below.
Minneapolis – Team RZR kept the winning momentum going at the first Best in the Desert (BITD) race of 2017, the UTV Winter Nationals in Parker, Ariz. Cool, wet weather made for a fast course, devoid of the typical desert dust, and Polaris Factory racers came out of the gate gunning for the lead.
Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert reported this morning that Director Casey Folks has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Below is the press release sent out this morning.
With a sad heart, Best in the Desert announces the passing of our leader on January 12, 2017. Casey Folks suffered a massive stroke on the morning of January 7th in Parker, Arizona. He was doing what he loved, living his passion for off-road racing, getting ready to drop the flag on the latest UTV race event. He was rushed to a hospital and transported by air to Las Vegas for care. Despite efforts by the best doctors in Las Vegas, Casey succumbed to the effect of a stroke this morning.
This video serves as a good reminder to always be attentive when riding, especially in the dunes. It’s hard to see, much less steer, when your wheels are off the ground and this sand car and UTV collision probably could have been avoided.
Method Race Wheels presents the first annual Baja Challenge for UTV off-road vehicles. This organized event will cover over 300 miles of Baja’s finest trails and travel over a wide range of scenic terrain, that will leave you breathless. Method Race Wheels is proud to host an industry event like this in Baja, to share one of the last true off-road frontiers.
The 4 Wheel Parts in Compton, California, will be hosting a King of the Hammers Pre-Show event tonight at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. If you want to head over there in person the event is open to the public, but for those who don’t want to tackle the rain and traffic the event will be streamed online.
Minneapolis – Polaris is excited to launch their 2017 RZR Factory Racing program, with an unprecedented level of support and focus. Polaris RZR is the winningest brand in side-by-side racing, and the RZR Factory Racing team is home of the reigning champions of Best in the Desert (BITD), King of the Hammers (KOH), The Mint 400, and SCORE Baja 500 and Baja 1000. 2016 saw countless victories for the team, including 21 podiums in BITD, six of seven BITD first-place overall UTV wins, 12 podiums in SCORE International, three of four SCORE International first-place overall UTV wins, and many additional victories in WORCS, GNCC and KOH.
KENNESAW, Ga. – January 7, 2017 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, is launching an all-new YXZ Supercross Sweepstakes to kick off the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season. Contestants can enter from now through April 2 at www.YXZsweeps.com to win a 2017 YXZ1000R SS (Sport Shift) Side-by-Side (SxS), a VIP trip to the 2017 Supercross finals in Las Vegas, a meet and greet with both Chad Reed and Miss Supercross, and more.