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UTVs OF AMA SUPERCROSS

May 18, 2017
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Popularity of UTVs continues to grow like Jack’s beanstalk, but not all UTVs get to experience the grace of carving dune bowls, the thrill of short-course jumps or the sheer speed of desert racing. Many get to shuttle hunters to their camps, deer stands or duck blinds, while others never leave the construction site or see 20 mph. Still, others suffer the indignity of being relegated to hauling hay one way and horse apples the other way. UTVs also do grunt work in other parts of the motorsports industry servicing racing communities. They’re an integral part of the behind-the-scenes world of NASCAR, NHRA drag racing, drag-boat racing and all sorts of American Motorcyclist Association pro racing, with AMA Supercross coming first in the racing season. Every major factory team has its own UTV for shuttling racers, support crew, visiting VIPs and parts, and track personnel use UTVs for all sorts of things, including carrying the T-shirt Gatling gun during opening ceremonies. Here are the UTVs of AMA Supercross, with other racing series to be presented in the near future.

Bam Bam’s Bad Boy: Joe Gibbs Racing MX switches to Suzukis and Bad Boy Stampede 900 support vehicles for 2017. Justin “Bam Bam” Barcia was injured in the off-season, and Jake Weimer took his place on the JGRMX RM-Z450R.
Bam Bam’s Bad Boy: Joe Gibbs Racing MX switches to Suzukis and Bad Boy Stampede 900 support vehicles for 2017. Justin “Bam Bam” Barcia was injured in the off-season, and Jake Weimer took his place on the JGRMX RM-Z450R.

 

Cage fighters: Most SX/MX teams remove their UTVs’ cage so that they’ll take up less room in the semitrailer. The Geico/Factory Connection Honda team place ProTaper handlebar pads over the protruding ROPS posts for safety.
Cage fighters: Most SX/MX teams remove their UTVs’ cage so that they’ll take up less room in the semitrailer. The Geico/Factory Connection Honda team place ProTaper handlebar pads over the protruding ROPS posts for safety.

 

Moose Utilities Division: Moose Racing has a factory semi at each SX round that also displays the latest in MUD UTV products. Dick Burleson, eight-time national enduro champ and Moose product developer, is father to Jon-Erik Burleson, head of KTM North America.
Moose Utilities Division: Moose Racing has a factory semi at each SX round that also displays the latest in MUD UTV products. Dick Burleson, eight-time national enduro champ and Moose
product developer, is father to Jon-Erik Burleson, head of KTM North America.

 

Team Green Teryx4: Kawasaki has a huge pit presence, complete with its entire line of dirt bikes and this monster Teryx4 Limited Edition.
Team Green Teryx4: Kawasaki has a huge pit presence, complete with its entire line of dirt bikes and this monster Teryx4 Limited Edition.

 

Legends & Heroes: Kymco sponsors the Legends & Heroes vintage bike museum, and Kymco’s UXV450i is part of the L&H display when not being used to ferry VIP and cargo to the Fun Zone.
Legends & Heroes: Kymco sponsors the Legends & Heroes vintage bike museum, and Kymco’s UXV450i is part of the L&H display when not being used to ferry VIP and cargo to the Fun Zone.

 

Monster Energy RZR: Monster has the largest setup in the SX Fun Zone, complete with a sound stage and VIP area. Matt “Monster” Borroughs displayed his BITD RZR XP1K in which he finished the 2016 series in fourth, with several podiums at 2016 SX rounds. He’s in a Cognito Maverick X3 this year.
Monster Energy RZR: Monster has the largest setup in the SX Fun Zone, complete with a sound stage and VIP area. Matt “Monster” Borroughs displayed his BITD RZR XP1K in which he finished the 2016 series in fourth, with several podiums at 2016 SX rounds. He’s in a Cognito Maverick X3 this year.

 

High-def UTVs: At each Supercross round, Fox Sports Network uses UTVs to move all of the audio-video equipment into place around the stick-and-ball stadium or NASCAR track. Each three-hour broadcast takes several days of planning and production.
High-def UTVs: At each Supercross round, Fox Sports Network uses UTVs to move all of the audio-video equipment into place around the stick-and-ball stadium or NASCAR track. Each three-hour broadcast takes several days of planning and production.

 

Yamaha displays a GYTR YXZ1000R at its “Blue Cru” VIP area, complete with MX vs ATV bigscreen.
Yamaha displays a GYTR YXZ1000R at its “Blue Cru” VIP area, complete with
MX vs ATV bigscreen.

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