There’s no doubt, Ronnie Renner has paid his dues. As one of the pioneers of freestyle motocross, he’s spent years risking life and limb and built a name for himself that has carried him into numerous other off-road pursuits. That being said, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t just a little bit jealous of his lifestyle and all the fun he gets to have (Red Bull even made a new series about is, which you can see the first video here). He definitely lives the off-road life that we all wish we could, as illustrated in this video from a day out at 212 land off-road park spent riding dirt bikes, driving RZRs and an SR1 car.
After you’ve mastered driving a UTV on four wheels, the next logical step is to learn how to drive it on two, right? And just to be clear, we’re not talking about merely getting the car onto two wheels… oh no, mastering the art of two-wheel UTV driving involves being able to control and turn the vehicle all while riding on two wheels. Check it out the two-wheel UTV master below.
The STI Outback is a true “all conditions” performer. Job one for STI’s hardworking design and production team was to create the most versatile tire on the market. That goal was scored with a model that provides the comfort and control of dedicated hardpack trail rubber, while still delivering the grip and cleanout capabilities of a deep, open-lugged bogger.
Now add in a few things we learned about durability while earlier developing the bulletproof Roctane XD. The result is a tire that lives up to its name — if you’re going way out and want to get back, get outfitted with Outback. Its 6-ply bias carcass and robust rim guard provides exceptional reliability while remaining surprisingly light.
The Outback’s tread design is responsible for many of this tire’s capabilities. The tread pattern’s center “V” design provides OEM-like ride on hard surfaces, while deep, dimpled lugs aggressively dig into loose, soft terrain. Wraparound shoulder lugs supply controlled side bite.
August 5th, 2013 San Diego, CA – Mad Media and UTVUnderground.com launched a new video today called “XP1K,” which features off-road racer RJ Anderson in the new Polaris RZR 1000. Directed by The Martelli Brothers, best known for directing the first three Gymkhana films, XP1K features off-road champion and factory Polaris Pro UTV racer RJ Anderson behind the wheel of a custom-built, 190-horsepower, 2014 Polaris RZR XP1000 UTV. The video is a non-stop blitz of off-road action, jaw dropping close calls, and precision driving – and features a climactic world record-breaking ending!
The XP1K project was announced a week ago in conjunction with the release of the 2014 Polaris RZR XP1000 off-road vehicle by Polaris Industries at their annual dealer show. The official XP1K trailer was released on XP1K.com shortly after, followed by a teaser clip that was hosted by project partner Falken Tire. Both clips highlight the unique nature of the project, and feature arresting images of both the XP1K vehicle and the unforgiving, destructive backdrop that served as the location for filming.
TORRANCE, CA: The 14th Annual Sand Sport Super Show has fluctuated in size with the economy and is excited to announce another increase in industry demand to be part of the show. The Sand Sports Super Show will be taking over the Orange County Fair & Event Center Friday September 14 through Sunday September 16th. “There is a positive vibe as I talk to companies about this years show,” said Shawn Parker. “I am ecstatic to see the market coming back and companies that haven’t been able to display in a couple years joining us again!”
Big news includes Can-Am unveiling their brand new UTV Friday September 14th at 6 p.m. Can-Am has joined as a primary sponsor and will have a large display behind building 10. Chaparral Motorsports will take up all of building 16 which will now be named the Chaparral Pavilion. Half will be packed with accessories and gear and the other half lined with Yamaha, Kawasaki, Can-Am and Polaris OEM vehicles.
Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am X-Team racers Derek and Jason Murray piloted their Murray Motorsports / Can-Am Commander 1000 X to the UTV class victory in the 2012 Best In The Desert Mint 400 race in Las Vegas, Nev. Driving the Can-Am X-Team-supported Desert Toyz Commander 1000, racer Cory Sappington finished second and joined the Murrays on the UTV class podium. The Mint 400, dubbed the single largest off-road event in the United States, allowed side-by-side vehicles to compete along side the automotive field for the first time in the history of the race.
“I just couldn’t be more proud of our guys and the way they each drove their Can-Am Commander side-by-sides in these gruelling conditions,” stated Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “It was definitely a historic weekend of desert racing for Can-Am, the Commander 1000 and our X-Team racers. The Murrays and Sappington’s team deserve a lot of credit for all their hard work and dedication that they each put into preparing their machines and for putting the Commander on the top two spots of podium in the first ever Mint 400 UTV race.”
Murray Motorsports, winners of two of the last three BITD UTV class races, started 18th out of 30 competitors. However, the team kept pushing forward, picking competitors off one by one. With 10 miles remaining, they caught Sappington and raced ahead for the class overall, becoming the first side-by-side and Can-Am Commander 1000 to cross the Mint 400 finish line. The Murrays finished in 4:38.58, roughly five minutes ahead of the second place team of Sappington and co-pilot Jim Sharp. The two Commander racing teams finished seventh and ninth, respectively, in the overall Mint 400 two-lap race standings.
“I really want to thank everyone at BRP for all their help and support. We really want to keep this momentum going into the next race. We had absolutely no issues with our Can-am Commander 1000,” said Derek Murray. “The organizers really treated all the UTV finishers like kings, as we were recognized on stage with our award for the UTV class overall immediately after Robby Gordon was presented his for the Pro truck overall.”
For more information on Can-Am racing, the entire 2012 schedule, the ’12 contingency program and amateur racer support program, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.
Mitch Guthrie, #555 took the overall win at 2012 UTV King of the Hammers in his Polaris RZR XP. Guthrie ran a flawless race, keeping a fast pace that gained momentum with each race mile. Todd Stephenson in the #1944 Artic Cat Wildcat took 2nd, making it an impressive first run for the Artic Cat Wildcat.
Moab, UT – Rally On The Rocks (ROTR) is pleased to announce our third annual UTV/SXS rally in beautiful Moab, Utah on May 16-19, 2012. We are excited to also announce that this years rally is sponsored by Arctic Cat! In addition to a new presenting sponsor we have a lot of great and new things planned for this years event including an on-site rock crawling demo track with demo rides being provided by Arctic Cat. Arctic Cat will also be offering attendees the opportunity to drive the industries hottest new UTV, the 2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat!
Come join us in beautiful Moab, UT and drive the greatest, coolest, gnarliest, and most scenic trails in the world in your UTV/SXS. Also, our vendor row promises to be bigger and better than ever. Come see the latest advances and accessories the UTV/SXS industry has to offer and don’t forget about the catered dinner and raffle! Due to the success of last years raffle, ROTR was able to donate $2500 to Take Back Utah which helps preserve our right to enjoy the trails in this great state via our off-road vehicles. We are also excited to mention that this year we’ve added the Sagebrush Coalition, a Moab local trail support group to support the rally and our attendees while on the trails adding even more experience to our already experienced group here at ROTR!
Online registration opens the first week of January 2012 with early bird registration at $70.00 per person so make sure you take advantage of this deal as it does end on February 29th, 2012. Regular online registration is from March 1st to May 6th and is $80.00 per person. Walkups at the event are $90.00 per person.
If you are interested in joining the rally as a vendor please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP as spots are filling up quick.
Thank you to all who volunteer, support, sponsor, and attend – we’ll see you in Moab!!
Riverside, CA 12/13/2011 – The 2011 off-road racing season ended in spectacular fashion for the Walker Evans Racing (WER) team. Driver RJ Anderson clinched his very first UTV Unlimited Championship in the final rounds of racing at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) finale in Chandler, AZ at the always fun Firebird International Raceway. It has been a long time coming for RJ and his #637 Walker Evans Racing /South Point Casino Polaris RZR. Having competed in all 3 seasons of LOORRS in a UTV and seeming to always fall just a few points short of winning it all, it was really encouraging to RJ, the Walker Evans Racing team, and all of his sponsors to come out this year and dominate like he did.
“I couldn’t be happier right now. Our team has worked so hard to win this championship for more than a couple of years now, so to finally get it makes all the hard work and challenges we faced really worth it. We had been battling against bigger and faster UTV’s for a couple of seasons so we were really excited when Polaris came to us with this new platform to compete with this season. The Polaris RZR XP900 is the best UTV on the market in stock form, combine that with our Walker Evans Racing team and products and now we have the Championship we have wanted for so long. I give a lot of the credit to Kevin Kroyer. We wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for Kevin Kroyer and his Kroyer Race Engines that he built for our Polaris UTV. He squeezed every bit of power he could out of these engines keeping us in front and ensuring that we always started and finished races. This was our last year racing UTV’s at Lucas Oil so it was important to go out and win the championship, and thats what the team did and because of that I just couldn’t be more pumped than I am right now. I want to also thank each and every member of our team and every sponsor that has helped us along. South Point Casino is a huge part of our program in all classes and their support gets us here every round. Holz Racing Products for building and giving me one of the sweetest handling UTV’s ever built. Goodyear Tires for giving us the grip we need, Mastercraft Safety for keeping me safe especially in my big wreck during the opening rounds of racing at Firebird this season. Of course I need to thank Walker Evans Racing, they along with my Mom and Dad have provided me with this opportunity to go race and do what I love and for that I owe them more than words could ever describe. Muzzys, K&N Filters, Dethrone Racing, Oakley, Utendorfer Design, UTVUnderground.com, Summers Brothers, and of course Polaris Industries, thank you to all of you for all of the parts, support, and encouragement all season long!” – RJ Anderson
The UTV Championship wasn’t all RJ and his team set out to accomplish in these final rounds of racing. Anderson and team was also set to compete in the #37 Walker Evans Racing / Dethrone Racing / So-Cal SuperTrucks Super-Lite and go for the win in the BIG season ending Lucas Oil Challenge Cup race. Not only did RJ put on what would be one of his best driving performances all year, but in the end he would check out from the competition and bring home a massive $10,000 pay day and the title of 2011 Super-Lite Challenge Cup WINNER! The racing all weekend was filled with carnage and mayhem. This race proved to be much of the same with spectacular roll overs, 3 wide corner racing and door to door passing was all part of this amazing Super-Lite race. In the end RJ would pick his way through the pack, take the #1 position and then proceed to separate from the rest of the competition. You could tell from the podium celebration that this win meant a lot to RJ, his team, and of course his fans, which to no ones surprise, has a lot of them now!
“Racing in the Super-Lite series has been one of the coolest things I have ever been able to do. The competition is fierce and the trucks are really close to one another in terms of spec. I feel like I always get to compete against a star from some other world of action sports or racing such as Jason Ellis, Sunny Garcia, or the late Jeff “OX” Kargola which is always fun and brings more exposure and attention to the track. Like UTV’s this was going to be our last year in Super-Lite at Lucas Oil so we wanted to go out in a big way. Due to some mid season mistakes that I take credit for, we weren’t really going to be able to get back in the points although we were still in the top 3. But once that championship race was done on Saturday I was all about winning the Challenge Cup race, bringing home a check, the cup, and going out on top! To set that goal and accomplish it, well, there is a reason I can’t wipe this smile off my face right now! I want to thank as always, Dethrone Racing for coming on board and supporting our program, these guys came in and put there team behind me and its been a blast being a part of Dethrone Racing. I want to also thank everyone at So-Cal SuperTrucks for all of their support as well, they have been here with us in Super Lite all year long and are always showing me and the team a ton of love and support. Of course I have to thank South Point Casino, Utendorfer Design, Mastercraft Safety, Oakley, Goodyear Tires, K&N Filters, UTVUnderground.com, and last but not least Walker Evans Racing! Again, Walker Evans along with my Mom and Dad support me like no other and they are truly the reason I am here racing and able to have so much fun doing what I love to do!” – RJ Anderson
Before racing commenced in Arizona, RJ Anderson headed to Indianapolis, IN where he would attend the TORC Banquet and Awards Ceremony. It was there that RJ would be awarded TORC Rookie Of The Year honors for the 2011 race season. Just more icing on the cake for what has become the most exciting year of racing for the young RJ Anderson. He was only a few points off a championship in the Pro-Lite class at TORC in his rookie season and it was great to see TORC take notice of his performance and reward him for it.
The 2011 race season was the most intense season of racing this young rising star has ever had. RJ went from competing in one class in one series to competing in 3 classes in 2 series. Not to mention a few WORCS series races sprinkled in the middle where he would compete in another of his Walker Evans Racing / Holz Racing Poducts Polaris UTV’s (RJ would capture another win for his record at the final round of WORCS this year). RJ has developed into one of the fastest rising talents in off-road racing and if his driving didn’t prove that then his stats certainly do!
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
Competed in: UTV Unlimited – Super Lite Championship – Pro-Lite
38 – Total Races
26 – Podium Finishes
10 – 1st Place WINS
10 – 2nd Place Finishes
6 – 3rd Place Finishes
UTV Unlimited CHAMPION – Super Lite Challenge Cup WINNER
TORC Off-Road Racing Series
Competed in: Pro-Lite
15 – Total Races
6 – Podium Finishes
3 – 1st Place WINS
2 – 2nd Place Finishes
1 – 3rd Place Finish
TORC Rookie Of The Year Honors – Pro-Lite Championship Runner-Up
Photo: UTV Underground
Minneapolis–The Henderson 250 was the last race of the six-race Best in the Desert series, and the Pro UTV title was on the line. Four-time championship winner Jagged X led the series by a few points with Matt Parks right on their tail. The Transwest Ford Henderson 250 would be the deciding factor.
The race started before dawn with freezing temperatures and howling winds in Jean, Nevada. The Jagged X crew was confident with the No. 1919, but in racing, nothing is ever a sure thing. By mile 14, they realized how something as small as a clogged fuel injector could change an entire season. Brandon Schueler managed to limp the No. 1919 into the second pit and after some diagnosis and a quick repair, the car was back on the course at 100 percent. Even a few minutes lost in a short race like this is detrimental. Schueler was able to make up some time but in the end, was short of the finish they had hoped for. When the dust cleared the Jagged X No. 1919 team ended the incredibly great season in the second overall position.
Parks was having some trouble of his own with extreme helmet fogging, making it difficult for him to see. He worked his way up to first place after the end of the first lap, and decided he needed to raise the ride height of his RANGER RZR 4 800 to keep from dragging on the heavily-crowned, rocky course. The adjustment made for a lengthy pit stop half way through the race. Knowing he was quite a way ahead of Jagged X, Parks had the team completely check the RZR 4 over, add more pre-load to the shocks and he worked on the helmet fogging issue. While he was in the pits another UTV got by, but Parks knew that second place would be good enough to win the title. Back on the course, he gained a little on the leaders on the final lap, but didn’t push too hard because he didn’t need to win the race in order to win the title. Parks cruised to the finish line in second place and took the championship.
“We would like to congratulate Matt Parks on his first Best in the Desert championship,” said Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris. “Both Parks and Jagged X’s dedication to racing Polaris products is apparent and they’ve made it a fun and exciting season.”
Parks is sponsored by Maxxis Tires, Walker Evans Wheels and Shocks, Kroyer Racing Engines, Holz Racing Products, OMF, Muzzy Exhaust, Desert West Off Road race prep, Tire Balls, Utendorfer Graphics, Bill Abshier, UTV Underground, Pure Polaris Lubricants.
Jagged X is sponsored by Polaris Industries, BF Goodrich Tires, CR Designs- Custom Painting and design, Cutting Edge Manufacturing- laser cutting and CAD design, OMF Performance- Custom beadlock wheels, Elka Suspension- Shocks, Simpson- Harnesses & safety products, Total Auto Pros- equipment for support trucks, Affordable powder coating- durable high quality coatings, Summers Brothers- Axle shafts, Walker Evans-Wheels, Pure Polaris Lubricants, Vision X- Off road lighting