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SAN MARCOS, Calif. –
Pioneering off-road lighting manufacturer Baja Designs is the presenting sponsor of the King of the Motos motorcycle race on Feb. 4, during the ULTRA4 Racing King of the Hammers (KOH) week of trials and races at Mead Dry Lake, in Johnson Valley, Calif.

Team-Green-Kawasaki-1-17-2017Foothill Ranch, CA – Kawasaki mourns the loss of the Best in the Desert Racing Series founder Casey Folks, who passed away January 12.

Folks lived a life most of us only dream about. An avid participant and Off-Road Hall of Famer, he started Best in the Desert in 1984, offering motorcycle manufacturers from around the world a new way to truly showcase the performance of their bikes.

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The 2017 Dakar Rally saw Peugeot Sport and BFGoodrich monopolize the podium at the two-week event’s finish in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday, January 14. It was the ideal result, the brand’s 13th overall victory at Dakar, to mark the off-road tire brand’s return to the world’s most famous cross-country rally after a four-year absence.

Dirt-Logo-Best-in-the-Desert-1-26-16As Casey Folks would have wanted, Best In The Desert is forging ahead with scheduled 2017 events and developing plans for the 2018 season.

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.

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11SAN DIEGO, USA — BFGoodrich Tires, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Frank DeAngelo and brothers Jeff and Rick Geiser were among the major winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2016 SCORE World Desert Champioship with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala at the SCORE Tech facility in El Cajon, Calif., approximately 15 miles east of San Diego.

SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 14 categories along with the 31 winners of the Red Kap SCORE Milestone Awards as well as the overall and class point champions of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Also honored for the first time were the nine winners of the SCORE Triple Crown of Baja, presented by BFGoodrich Tires.

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TRD, the Toyota Racing Development division for the company, just unveiled the details on the vehicles it will have on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

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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.

Off-road Suspension whoops
This video perfectly illustrates how off-road suspension is supposed to work when it is properly tuned. Notice how little the driver and passenger are moving about in the cab. This is what great off-road suspension is supposed to look like!

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.

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God Speed Casey
Rest in Peace

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.

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– Tony Pellegrino of GenRight Off Road is primed and ready to conquer the 2017 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered By Optima, and this year GenRight will be welcoming Chris Rea to the team as Tony’s navigator. With just a few weeks away, the car is tested and works extremely well in the rocks and desert.