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Minneapolis – For the second Best in the Desert race in a row, Polaris RZRs swept both the Pro Turbo and Pro Production podiums. Polaris Factory Racers Marc Burnett and Justin Lambert would win each class with Burnett taking the overall and Polaris Factory Racer Branden Sims taking third overall.

SCORE-Baja-500-2016-Logo-4-14-16RENO, Nev., USA — With pre-race planning and logistic sessions ongoing as well as tweaking of their exotic desert racing machines, the drawing for starting positions is Thursday and pre-running opens Saturday for entries from all across the United States and around the world expected for next month’s internationally-televised 48th annual SCORE Baja 500.

Round 2 of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held June 2- 5 in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.

DRAW DEADLINE WEDNESDAY
The deadline to enter the race in order to be included in the drawing for starting positions is 5 p.m. on Wednesday.  The drawing, to determine the start order within each class, except the featured SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, will be held on Thursday. For SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, the drawing will determine their start order for qualifying on Thurs., June 2.

PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official race course will begin on Saturday, May 21. The official map of the 477.51-mile course is available on the SCORE website.

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Minneapolis
– Polaris Factory ACE Racer Sam Yokley made it two-in-a-row in his Polaris ACE 900 SP last weekend at the Camp Coker GNCC race, in Society Hill, S.C.

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Head Hoonigan in charge and Can-Am brand ambassador Ken Block recently pulled the cover off of his two new Maverick side-by-side builds. Customized with his own personal style and flair, the unique Maverick X rs 1000R Turbo and Maverick MAX X rs 1000R Turbo side-by-sides will be showcased in the coming year to highlight the performance capabilities of the vehicles.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The BlueRibbon Coalition recently announced it was contacted by some its members regarding rumors that a land transfer bill, H.R. 2733, might include portions of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Moon Rocks in the Hungry Valley OHV Area near Reno, Nevada. BLM members were reportedly concerned with the bill and its possible inclusion of this area, which would result in the closure of the area.

BlueRibbon Coalition contacted both the BLM and Congressional Representatives to ascertain if, in fact, there were any impacts to legal OHV recreation at Hungry Valley, Moon Rocks, an area well known for catering to a variety of off-road vehicles, including dirt bikes, ATVs, trucks, SUVs and Jeeps.

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Robby Gordon was fastest on day four of the Mexican 1000.

(San Jose Del Cabo, Baja California): The final stages of the NORRA Mexican 1000 were not merely a formality. Plenty of challenging terrain was in store for competitors as they made their way down the coast from La Paz to the finish in San Jose Del Cabo. Some pulled under the NORRA banner at the finish with hardly a scratch. Others limped in, dirty, broken and barely running. Most notable in its absence was the #72 Trophy Truck of Robert Acer. Acer’s V-drive gave out during the first special stage, leaving him miles from the finish line. Rear engine trucks have the back end of the engine pointing forward. The V-drive redirects the drive shaft back to the rear axle. Without it, the truck doesn’t move. The NORRA Mexican 1000 is the happiest race on earth but it’s also an extremely challenging test of endurance.

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Chandler, Arizona
— It is a fact of life that parts can… and will… break when you push a UTV past its limits. It’s just the nature of the beast when it comes to off-roading. The team at DragonFire has developed a range of replacement axles for those times when you find you have gone over the limit. Designed for superior strength they drop right into place with no modification needed.

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Vex Pod

Miramar, FL — JL Audio, known for producing some of the finest audio systems in the, marine, mobile, powersports, and home audio markets, has unveiled a massive, new product line specifically designed for off road, all terrain vehicles. The new MX Series amplifiers, VeX Pod speaker systems, Stealthbox subwoofer systems, and three source units, are designed for the rigors of installation in off-road vehicles that like to play dirty.

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Valcourt, Quebec/Canada
– BRP, in collaboration with Kappa Clothing and Cyclops Gear, is launching a Can-Am VIP Fan Contest to reward two different winners with a trip to the Can-Am 500, the November 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in Arizona.

Bill Patterson captured 6th overall for the day. Photo: Ken Hill

Bill Patterson captured 6th overall for the day. Photo: Ken Hill

UNION, S.C. – The Coastal Racing ATV and Side-by-Side team had a successful day of racing on Saturday at Round 4 of the 2016 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series in Union, South Carolina. The ATV efforts were led by Brycen Neal, who scored 2nd overall en route to his 4th consecutive podium appearance this season. In Side-by-Side action, Coastal Racing Team Drivers Bill Patterson, Sean Bogdan and John Henry each captured a top-ten overall in the highly competitive SXS category, with Henry earning the XC2 Pro Sport victory.

ATV Race
The XC1 Pro ATV holeshot was a chaotic one as two of the top riders collided off the start, causing a pileup around the first corner. Neal was able to stay clear of the carnage and put his Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis/Waynesburg Yamaha into a favorable second-place position on the opening lap. Neal soon made the pass on Chris Borich to overtake the lead on lap two and the Ohio native pushed hard to create a 30-second gap over the battle for 2nd place.