Track support, VIP shuttles,
Fun Zone & more
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 motor-sports 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.
Roczen’s other new ride: Ken Roczen, 2016 SX #2 and
MX #1, switched to Honda for 2017, and he cruises the pits
in a custom-wrapped Pioneer 700 with paddle shifters. Honda
is the only team to retain the ROPS cage and require helmets
when in motion.
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.