Fans packed the slopes on either side of backdoor for the King Shocks Shootout. PHOTOS BY JOSH BURNS

Fans packed the slopes on either side of backdoor for the King Shocks Shootout. PHOTOS BY JOSH BURNS

King Shocks hosted a Monday night competition called the Shootout at Backdoor to kick off the week for the 2014 King of the Hammers. Over 50 racers signed up to tackle the ledge at Backdoor all while vying for the a $12,500 prize purse from sponsors King Shocks, 4 Wheel Parts, Raceline Wheels, RCV and Dynomax. There ended up being 43 racers taking runs during the event, with a great deal of carnage on the rocks that saw many racers leaving chunks of their cars out on the trail – or at least a little fluid.

Cody Webb defended his 2013 King of the Motos title today after winning the 2014 King of the Motos.

Cody Webb defended his 2013 King of the Motos title today after winning the 2014 King of the Motos. ALL PHOTOS BY JOSH BURNS

Defending King of the Motos Champion Cody Webb couldn’t have gotten a better start if he had bribed the officials and the rest of his competition.

The American Beta rider, who had finished second by mere seconds after the morning loop, dominated the 2014 King of the Motos in Johnson Valley, California, today, defending his KoM crown after pulling an incredible holeshot up the rock formation known as Chocolate Thunder during the afternoon’s second, more technical, loop.

Johnson-Valley-Hammers-3-1-13JOHNSON VALLEY, CA:  Hammerking Productions, the founders of The Griffin King of The Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire, are pleased to announce that the week-long off road festival held annually in Johnson Valley, CA will be able to continue in its current location for the foreseeable future. After six years of negotiations between the United States Marine Corps, the federal government and the Off Highway Vehicle(OHV) Community, a deal has been reached to preserve the majority of the land in Johnson Valley for OHV use.

Congressman Paul Cook spearheaded the deal which allows nearly 100,000 acres of land to remain open to the public and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Marines will have access to approximately 55,000 acres of shared use land for 60 days a year to meet their training objectives, but will not retain ownership of the land the remaining 305 days a year.  The proposed legislation is expected to pass  the House later this week and the Senate next week before the holiday recess.