SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Recreational visitors observing a fine flaky substance this morning at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) will be pleased to hear it is not snow but judicial manna. Barely a month following argument, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. Northern District Court of California yesterday issued a long-awaited decision on the 2013 ISDRA management plan, ruling almost entirely on the side of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and sand-rider organizations, and against the latest challenge led by the Center for Biological Diversity. The ruling sets the stage for implementation of the 2013 plan, which would allow resumption of access to areas placed off-limits to riders through “interim” closures imposed over a decade ago.
Primm, Nev., – Radar Tires continued on its quest of short course off racing during day two of the “Duel in the Desert”, the opening weekend of the 2014 TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL season.
That quest for a podium finish was running strong in the opening laps of Sunday’s PRO Light Race. The field was set based on Saturday’s race results and Radar Tires racers Cam Reimers, Luke Johnson and Ian Harris were gridded in the eighth, 11th and 15 positions, respectively.
RENO, Nev. — With entries continuing to arrive daily from around the world, the live drawing for starting positions will be held Tuesday for the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 desert race. Round 2 of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held April 24-27 just west of El Centro, Calif and approximately 100 miles east of San Diego.
With over 150 entries competing in 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles, UTVs and ATVs expected at the start line on Saturday, April 26, entries to date have come from 16 U.S. States along with Austria, Denmark, Germany and Mexico.
Torrance, CA: This past Saturday, the Honda Red Riders took on round 14 of the 2014 AMA Supercross series at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. It was a stellar night for Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia, who landed on the podium for the fourth time this season with an impressive second, while teammate Trey Canard finished in fourth. This weekend also played host to round seven of the Western Regional 250 SX class and Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne scored a fifth-place finish.
Buffalo, NY: Dunlop riders had an impressive showing at the 4th annual James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship that took place March 19-22 in Wortham, TX. Dunlop kicked-off the week by celebrating the eighth season of its exclusive amateur elite support program called Team Dunlop with a catered dinner and special team photo shoot.
After nearly a week of racing action, the event crowned 46 different division champions, 42 of which were riding Dunlop-equipped machines. In addition, Team Dunlop members scored an impressive 15 championships. Each champion is invited to attend the Champions Ride Day at James Stewart training compound in Haines City, Florida in November.
Irvine, CA – The GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil is ramping up for its eleventh season of the most exciting indoor off-road racing. With two new venues joining the schedule this year, it is shaping up to be the most exciting season yet.
The Gwinnett Center, just outside of Atlanta, GA will provide a heavily requested East Coast swing for the series and Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT is also officially on the schedule for the first time. EndurocCross will now be showcased in nine cities (up from seven in 2013).
Suwanee, Ga. – Following its November launch at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Rugged Ridge today announced that so far its Trail Access Program has awarded six grants totaling more than $27,000 to non-profit off-road organizations.
The first round of donations included grants to the following organizations for the purpose of keeping recreational trails open on public land and advancing the interests of the off-road hobby:
· Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) – a national non-profit trade association of motorized off-road related businesses formed to promote and preserve off-road recreation.
Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers competed in roughly 17 events for more than $22,000 in prizes at the 2014 High Lifter Mud Nationals at Mud Creek Off-Road Park in Jacksonville, Texas. Team Gorilla Powered by Can-Am, Performance Power Sports / Can-Am and S3 Racing / Can-Am and others combined to earn 24 podiums and win seven classes, including both RUV classes, in the Can-Am / BRP Mud Bog and Mudda Cross competitions.
Motorsports fans can rejoice with the recent news that former Speed channel show “Wind Tunnel” host Dave Despain is returning to TV later this month, specifically on MAVTV, on an all-new show entitled “The Dave Despain Show.”
“The Dave Despain Show” will premier Friday, April 25 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, with MAVTV featuring 26 successive episodes. The 30-minute format gives the veteran interviewer the opportunity to sit with racing legends, current superstars, and rising young guns from across the spectrum of motorsports competition. The new series allows viewers to gain an “insider’s” look behind the skill, passion, friendships, tragedy, courage and technology breakthroughs that makes motorsports such a thrilling spectacle.