FMF/KTM rider Russell Bobbitt started the AMA National Enduro season in the best way possible – with an event win!

Bobbitt, a 3-time National Enduro Champion, is no stranger to winning. After struggling with a separated shoulder throughout the majority of last season, he is back to top form for 2011. It’s no secret that Bobbitt has revamped his training routine since last October to focus more on speed training and overall fitness. All of his hard work paid off when he captured the win at the opening round in Salley, SC.

Not only did Bobbitt win the first race, he dominated the first race. He turned the fastest time in the first three sections before having his first hiccup. “I crashed once in the fourth test which cost me some time and I ended up with the fifth fastest time,” remarked Bobbitt.  Despite his crash, Bobbitt still maintained the lead after the fourth test.

The Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series traveled to Surprise, Arizona, this past weekend for Round 11 and 12 of the series. The weather was hot but the fans toughed out the heat to watch some great racing. If you missed our Round 11 highlights or the weekend wrapup story be sure to check them out.

If you missed the racing in Arizona this past weekend, the LOORRS crew put out a great video with highlights of the action from Round 11.

Off-road enthusiasts looking for guidance on how to choose the right tires for their trucks and SUVs have a helpful hand from off-road racers Cameron and Heidi Steele, who provide answers in Yokohama Tire Corporation’s third installment of Tire Tips. This series of short educational videos was created to help people learn more about tires, from proper maintenance to improving fuel efficiency.

The “how to choose a truck/SUV tire” video is hosted by off-road racing champions Cameron and Heidi Steele. Some might recognize Cameron from his other job as a TV commentator for X Games and other action sports event. He hosted the first two videos on the importance of  properly inflated tires and how to read the sidewall of a tire.  For the latest video he enlisted the aid of his lovely wife, Heidi, who also races off-road, to help determine the right type of wheel for your ride.

Scott Douglas had almost a perfect weekend at Rounds 5 and 6 of The Off-Road Championship Series (TORC).

After hopping into the #7 AMSOIL Kumho F-150 in his new MasterCraft driving suit for round 5 of the TORC Series, he went out and earned the win in the Pro 4 class. Once he made the pass for the lead in turn one, Douglas never relinquished the lead and earned the wire-to-wire victory.

At the fifth round of The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series at Bark River, Wisconsin, John Frana made history by being the first driver to pilot a four-wheel-drive buggy to a short-course win.

Frana, who says he started the project to build an all-wheel-drive buggy back in 2004, took the #907 Super Buggy to the win at Round 5 in the Sportsman class. As Frana notes, this is actually the second all-wheel-drive vehicle built at RCV Performance Products.

The Dakar 2011 will mark the third time in three years that the event will run in South America, and race organizers have already put together an official promotional video for the event. The 2011 race will through the countries of Spain and Chile. The race was traditionally known as The Paris-Dakar Rally, as the event took racers from Paris, France on to Dakar, Senegal. Unfortunately, the event was canceled in 2008 due to terrorist threats and concerns in France, which forced the promoters to find a new home for the race (and hence the change in name to simply “The Dakar”). In 2009, when the race moved to South America, it was the first time the race was not held in Europe and Africa.

Richard Hammond of the BBC television show Top Gear hosts an interesting, and somewhat surprising, battle with an off-road hill climb vehicle and a snowmobile charging across a lake. Yep, a lake. It’s pretty wild to see this Icelandic “Jeep,” made primarily for hill climbs, drive on top of the water. Hammond finds a driver crazy enough to try driving his 1 1/2-ton truck across a lake. Once that works, they challenge a snowmobile to which vehicle is faster.

As his team would note, it was just another day at the office for Scott Douglas and his  #7 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Baileigh Industrial Ford F-150 at the opening round of the TORC short-course off-road series from Crandon, Wisconsin. Douglas opened up the series with a solid weekend, as he made the podium in each of the three races he entered. In Pro 4×4 at Round 1 & 2, Douglas finished third,and for the Crandon Cup Pro 4×4 race he finished in first place in class and second overall, finishing a mere 0.259 second behind the winner.

Brad Lovell recently raced his Amsoil Pro-Lite short-course off-road truck at the 88th Pikes Peak Hill Climb. As he often does, Lovell wrote a race recap of the event and how he placed third in his class, which you can read here. To see him in action, check out the video he recently posted.

Professional off-road racer Rick Huseman has been a force on The Off-Road Championship (TORC) circuit and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series the last few years. He recently put together this video that highlights his four-wheel-drive short-course racetruck, explaining the features of the truck he built with his brothers. It’s an in-depth look at his truck from the inside out, and Rick talks about the difference between this truck and a two-wheel-drive short-course truck.