The biggest UTV race in the world nets 300 race teams, big crowds, 50,000 Livestream views and more!
October 16th, 2020 – San Diego, CA – The dust has finally settled on what was deemed by everyone in attendance and watching from home, to be one of the most successful off-road races of the year! The UTV World Championship played host to 300 teams from 21 states and they battled for two days in ten different races. The best of the best rose to the top after tackling a brand new and very technically challenging race course. Racers enjoyed four fantastic days of prerunning, and a qualifying race for the top two classes which saw 75 cars compete for starting position. Doug Fortin and Dodge Poelman each walked away with $5,000 thanks to Robby Gordon, SPEED UTV and SPEED SxS.
The sixth annual Rigid Industries Poker Run, navigated by onX Off-Road saw 280 participants tackle over 60 miles of beautiful Arizona desert and participants nabbed tens of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. The AZ West UTV Festival attracted thousands of UTV enthusiasts from Arizona, Nevada, California and as far away as Texas. And the Mad Media produced Livestream clocked over 50,000 unique views of the broadcast organically – proving once again that professional off-road TV production is ready for the mainstream.
“The 2020 UTV World Championship was a major home run,” stated UTV World Championship COO, Joshua Martelli. ”First and foremost we had zero injuries. Not one. There were over 100 retrievals by our safety team, but no one was hurt and that’s our most important metric.”
“Second – the community of Lake Havasu City really embraced the event and the remote drive-in spectating was the perfect answer to concerns about COVID. And finally our impact online was huge. We reached as many folks with our LIvestream as some of the big car and truck races and that speaks volumes about our team and technology we’re using. We’re very proud as an organization for what we produced and very grateful to our racers, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers.”
“Worlds” as it’s now called in the racing community – saw special guest appearances by UFC fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Supercross legend Jeremy Mcgrath, Sid Wilson Of Slipknot, and media personality Jim Beaver. Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy was in attendance as well – supporting a local race team. The best racers from around the globe came to compete – and top honors were taken by Polaris factory racer Ryan Piplic in the “Fortin Racing” Pro Desert Turbo race and Dodge Poelman in the Naturally Aspirated Desert competition. Ronnie Anderson, another Polaris factory team racer, took the win in the Short Course Pro Turbo race. In fact Presenting sponsor Polaris RZR nearly swept the entire event, taking all of the top podium honors! A complete list of all the winners can be found on utvworldchampioship.com
“This was a really important event for the sport of UTV racing and the off road industry as a whole,” stated UTV World Championship CEO, Matt Martelli. “All of the top professional racers showed up to race, the top sponsors showed up to support them, the town of Lake Havasu greeted us with open arms, and together we created an important cultural milestone. We just proved to the world that we can come together and recreate and compete under the toughest of conditions and look professional while we’re doing it. We’ve said it before – never underestimate the power of this community, We didn’t come here to take part, we came to take over! Thank you racers, sponsors, members of the public, our staff and volunteers!”
The UTV World Championships will return in 2021 October 13th – 17th. For up to date information on the event visit utvworldchampioship.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @utvworldchampioship
About The UTV World Championship
The UTV World Championship (www.utvworldchampionship.com) is the world’s biggest UTV race and takes place every year in beautiful Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The UTV World Championship draws the best UTV racers in the world to battle in both short course and desert races to decide who is the best UTV racer on the planet! The race features an ultra exciting side-by-side land rush start and intense door to door racing all the way until the checkered flag. The UTV World Championship has the biggest TV, online, and social media coverage in the sport of UTV racing.
About Mad Media
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