The 2017 UTV World Championship race took place over the weekend in Laughlin Nevada and this event was another one of the books. Check out five of our favorite photos from the event below.
The World Offroad Championship Series round in Lake Havasu Arizona certainly takes its toll on both man and machine. Here is a great tucked Tuesday video showing a couple of UTVs bottom out off of a big jump.
With so many races being run on adjusted time these days, it’s pretty rare that the two racers battling for first place end up being so close together. Here Ryan Piplic and Cody Bradbury are on the gas and duking it out right up to the checkered flag during a recent WORCS race. This has to be one of the closest UTV racing finishes ever.
Ronnie Renner can drive the wheels off of just about anything. It may be true that with age comes a cage, but the multi-time X Games Gold Medalist isn’t slowing down, that’s for sure. Recently Renner was spotted doing some UTV Motocross out at Milestone MX in Southern California. Anyone who thinks you can’t “moto” a UTV needs to take lessons from Renner.
Every once in a while we’ll run across a photo or video that leaves us utterly dumbfounded. This particular video invokes so many emotions it’s hard to know just how we feel about it. One minute we’re cursing the driver because (more than once) he seems like he has no clue what he’s doing. Then we’re on our feet shouting for him to keep going because he just pulled out the save of the century. Check out this ultimate UTV fail that somehow turned out to be an amazing save.
The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy with support from Polaris RZR will award four brand new Polaris RZR machines to race winners. Last year the event gave away two new RZR XP1000s at the event. For 2016, event organizers have upped the ante by dishing out over $60,000 in RZRs. The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy takes place February 19th-20th in Laughlin, NV.
Minneapolis – After Jagged X/Polaris Driver Matt Parks won the opening round of the 2013 SCORE Baja championship, at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, he knew he would need to share the driving duties for the second round, the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500. Parks enlisted teammate Brandon Schueler, who races in the Best In The Desert series, to not only drive, but to start the race. The strategy would pay off with the Jagged X Team winning their second straight SCORE race.
“Schueler has more UTV racing experience that anyone out there and I knew he would do a great job in Baja,” Parks said.
Schueler and his co-driver Keith Redstrom took the green flag in the No. 1932 RZR XP 4 900 and kept a steady pace through the first fuel stop but encountered a huge bottleneck at the 100 mile mark where a long line of cars were stuck in a particularly nasty section. Once through the section, Schueler took after the lead UTV. Once in second place and 230 miles into the race, Schueler handed the RZR over to Parks and co-driver Jason Spiess.
Morgantown, W. Va (May 10, 2011) – After nearly a month off, the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to racing this weekend, May 15 and 16, to the newly added Indy 100 location in Gosport, Ind. This inaugural event will be co-sanctioned with the Mid America Cross Country Series, allowing riders to receive points in both series. New for 2011, the Indy 100 course gives all riders an equal opportunity to master the freshly designed course this weekend.
GNCC points leader Chris Borich is beginning to settle into a groove out front this season but Warnert Racing Can-Am riders Adam McGill and Chris Bithell have been chomping at the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider every weekend so far. Deemed “The Borich” method of racing, CB1 typically hangs back for the first hour or so and then turns it on full throttle in the final laps to secure the win almost every time. However, heading to a freshly designed course in Indy may give McGill, Bithell and Kiser the tools they need to hold Borich off in the end.
Greg’s ATV and Cycles’ Gabe Phillips has found that consistency is key in the XC2 class this year with mostly seconds across the board, but DeRisi Racing’s Eric Hoyland sits only four points back heading into the brand new Indy 100 this weekend. Ballance Racing’s Walker Fowler continues to dominate the XC2 field, even breaking into the top five overall last round. Fowler is going to be tough to beat if he keeps the pace he’s been running this far.
This nationally televised event on the VERSUS network will also feature round three of UTV racing on Saturday. The Polaris National Guard team has swept the first two rounds of the Open Modified class and currently holds the points lead heading into round three. Team Hendershot and Coastal National Guard are tied at 11 points behind the leader, while Can-Am’s Nightkrawler Kustoms sit one point back in fourth. UTV racing action begins at 4:30 p.m., following the ATV afternoon race so be sure to check out the fastest side-by-side vehicles as they blaze through the woods
Race fans, friends, families and sponsors are invited to head over to Vendor’s Row Saturday night from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to celebrate XC2 ATV points leader Walker Fowler’s High School Graduation. The Fowler family will be serving food and drinks under the big tent upon completion of Saturday’s races, so come join the 4.0 student in celebrating an accomplishment even bigger than winning a GNCC Championship!
Spectator passes are $15 for the full weekend, including pro pit access and pro autograph session. On Saturday and Sunday, youth riders race at 8 a.m., amateur riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the Pros race at 1 p.m. Saturday’s UTV racing will take place at 4:30 p.m. Local racers are encouraged to participate and may sign up at the event.
To get to the track, take 465 to 67 South. Go 28 miles. Turn right (North) on Drunkards pike. Go 2.5 miles. Location is on the left.
Minneapolis–Polaris RANGER RZRs had another great showing at Best in the Desert’s Bilek Racing Silver State 300 this past weekend, in Henderson, Nevada.
Polaris Regional Sales Manager Matt Parks and his Holz Racing RANGER RZR 4 800 were victorious taking the “Pro UTV” class and the Pro Overall. The tight and technical terrain of the course mixed with some really fast areas was different than what Parks is use to racing, but when the dust cleared, he crossed the line first.
Jagged X debut their new No. 1919 RANGER RZR XP 900 desert racer and took second in the “Pro UTV” class. The car was completed only hours before the race allowing Jagged X no time for tuning or testing, so the team relied only on our past experience and knowledge to get it right the first time. The new No. 1919 worked nearly perfectly for the entire 300 mile race, with only a couple small issues, and fought hard in an epic battle with Parks at the end of the race.
The next Best in the Desert race is the Epic Racing Bluewater Gran Prix, May 13-15, in Parker, Arizona.
Parks is sponsored by Holz Racing Products, Walker Evans wheels and shocks, Maxxis Tires, Tire Balls, Kroyer racing engines, Muzzy, Pure Polaris Lubricants, Utendorfer graphics, D.W.O. race prep, UTV Underground and Valley Cycle in Bakersfield, Calif.
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, Vision X- Off road lighting.
The Toughest off-road race on the planet will entertain an interesting spin on the format when the Stand alone Pit Bull UTV version of the race charges into the inhospitable deserts of Johnson Valley for the 3rd time Feb 10th as part of the week long off-road social experiment known around the world as KOH.
Pit Bull Tires again, leads the charge and will offer $5000.00 in prize money to the victors. This year’s 40 mile UTV race will find itself traveling through not only the wide variety of desert terrain in Johnson Valley, but will include 2 extreme trails from the collection of the Hammers. “This is the best course we have had in the 3 years” said Jeff Knoll of Hammerking productions who went on to add that the course is very well rounded and difficult, but will not require a specifically built UTV. “We used a nearly stock Kawasaki Teryx to test the race course.” Hammerking hopes that it can continue to grow the UTV format and will offer an additional race inside its 2011 Ultra4 tour. “Pit Bull Tires are extremely well suited for this type of racing” commented Dave Cole co-creator of the KOH family of events. Basic safety gear is the only requirement to participate in the race.
The Pit Bull Tires UTV race is limited to the first 50 UTV’s that sign up, and will take place as part of the weeklong KOH event on Thursday Feb 10th at 8:00 am. Following the UTV race will be an interactive Vendor show, and Kawasaki Teryx demo rides. To participate in the 3rd annual Pit Bull Tires UTV please submit a complete entry form.
Pit Bull Tires is also posting a contingency to UTV and Rock Buggy racers using Pit Bull Tires.