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April 20, 2017
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The Monster Energy UTV World Championships happened recently in Laughlin, Nevada. It was part of the “Best In The Desert” series presented by Polaris. RJ Anderson won the Short Course Production Turbo class and topped an all-Polaris podium over Ryan Holz and Branden Sims. In the Desert Production Turbo 160-mile race, Turbo-class rookie Phil Blurton took the win in a Maverick X3 ahead of Justin Lambert (Pol) and Mark Holz (Pol). In Unlimited UTVs, Michael Isom took the win in a Maverick X3 ahead of Texan Robert Villarreal (Custom) and Spain’s Gabriel Varela in another Can-Am X3. Yamaha took the Class 1900 Pro victory with Andrei Isac at the wheel, ahead of Canadians Benjamin Bischoff (Pol) and Joe Loomis (Pol). Robert Parsons (Pol) was the lone Sportsman 2900 class entry, and he beat 28 Pro UTVs to the checkered flag, and 50 DNF.

Of more than 300 entries in the Short Course and Desert classes, 70-percent were Polaris RZRs, and Anderson, Blurton, and Isom won Polaris RZR XP Turbos. Winners of the Youth Production 170 (Luke Knapp) and Youth Unlimited 250 races (Dallas Gonzalez) won either a new Polaris Ace 150 or RZR 170. There were 53 Youth entries.


After three laps of a 16-mile course, RJ Anderson won the UTV Short Course World Championship, and a RZR XP Turbo, by 37 seconds over Ryan Holz with Branden Sims another two seconds behind Holz. RJ’s Turbo sports Holz suspension, Walker Evans Racing VS2.FIVE shocks and BF Goodrich on WER bead-lock wheels.


Phil Blurton won the overall and Turbo Pro class win in an almost-stock No Limit Racing Can-Am Maverick X3 with PCI radio, ITP tires, Fox shocks and Baja Designs lights.


Michael Isom’s Mobbin Racing Maverick X3 sports LoneStar Racing suspension, Shock Therapy-tuned Fox shocks, Tensor tires, VisionX lights and Rugged Radios.


The Youth Unlimited 250 and Production 170 race had some famous desert UTV-racing names including Jaxxton Lambert, Stockton Bulloch, Ryder Vanbeekum, and Wyatt Matlock. UTV Action contributor Harlen Foley’s daughter Faith also raced.

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