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Murray Racing BITD Bluewater Desert Challenge Report

BEST IN THE DESERT
Bluewater Desert Challenge
Downey, CA (10/13/2016) - Can-Am / ITP / Lonestar Racing’s Jason and Derek Murray had a strong start, but mechanical issues slowed their charge during the Bluewater Desert Challenge Best in the Desert race in Parker, AZ. The Murray brothers were running their second race in Can-Am’s new X3 Turbo in the SXS Turbo Class.

The two-day race was held in the desert surrounding the Bluewater Resort and Casino. After a strong start, axle problems forced them to slow their pace to ensure a finish and to protect their points lead.

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The Can-Am / ITP / Murray Racing team overcame issues to claim yet another finish at the BITD Series to stay in the UTV Turbo class championship points battle

“We came into this race with high expectations; we really thought we could win,” said Derek Murray. “We didn’t know, however, that this would be the hardest course we’d put this new Can-Am X3 through. We were 11 miles from the finish when we lost our last two axles. We’re trying to improve those areas, pushing the limits, and sometimes that doesn’t work the way you want it to. We limped it into the finish to keep our finishing streak alive in BITD. The points are really close and we’ll see what happens at the last race of the year.”

Jason Murray won the Vegas to Reno event in the Can-Am X3’s debut. After that race, they continued to develop the car, but took a small step backward.

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The Murray Brothers have switched to the all new Can-Am Maverick X3

“In order to make a new car better, you have to test the limits, and sometimes you take a step back,” said Derek Murray. “We took a step back today. The car runs awesome. Even with problems here, we still got past a lot of cars. The Fox bypass shocks really makes it run better than anything I’ve ever driven. The ITP Tires were perfect today. We didn’t have one flat, and our goal is to work on reliability. Once we get the reliability down, this car is going to be an animal.”

Jason Murray said the team knows the nature of the issue and they’ll be ready for the next race. The Murrays are still well in contention for the BITD title.

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“Today didn’t go according to plan,” explained Jason Murray. “We tried some new things on the X3. We had to limp it, but we were glad to finish. The car is quick. This X3 pulls hard and it’s only going to get better from here. Once we work on this axle situation, this car is going to come to life and we’ll be on the box multiple times next season.”

The Murrays will be looking to clinch the 2016 Turbo Class Championship as BITD heads to Pahrump Nevada for the season finale December 1-4.

Murray Racing 2016 Sponsors:
Can-Am, ITP, Lonestar Racing, FOX, Yoshimura, Lazerstar, Torco, Beard Seats, K&N, Berts UTV, AMR Racing, Shoria, OMF, Rugged Radios, Streamline, Visual Impact, Pyrotech

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