IN THE DESERT
Blue Water Challenge
October 8-9, 2016
BITD Blue Water Challenge ATV
Parker, AZ (10/9/2016) - The torch
has been passed. Best in the Desert ATV Champions,
Matthew and Jeff Hancock, finished their last-ever
ATV race in the BITD series with a dominating victory
at the Bluewater Desert Challenge. The pair ran
away with the race, ahead of UXC Racing’s Don Higbee
and Kevin Trantham. With a third-place finish, David
Scott and Cody Mitchell clinched the 2016 Best in
the Desert Pro ATV championship in the four-round
Take Win, Scott & Mitchell Clinch Championship
The two-day race was held in the desert surrounding
the Bluewater Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona.
Both races featured a four-lap format. Saturday’s
race was fast in the mid-90s heat with a fairly
smooth and fast track, but by Sunday, it was a
different story with rough conditions and higher
heat challenging the competitors.
was the first time that ATV racers competed
at the 2 Day BITD Blue Water Desert Challenge
with racers running 4 laps in a Grand Prix
Style Finish over the 25 mile long course
on Saturday & Sunday. With the early
morning start at 7:45AM, it was the second
race of the morning
For the 2015 BITD Pro ATV Champions, the conditions
didn’t seem to matter as the Hancock Brothers
had a strong race from start to finish on both
days. “We had a solid run, with no issues and
Matthew did great,” said Jeff Hancock who started
the race on both days. “We have to give up our
number one plate, and I wanted to do it because
it would be our last race with that plate. It
also felt good to give it up to CT Racing because
they have an amazing crew.”
Motorsport's Matthew & Jeff Hancock
finished out their BITD Pro ATV Career with
the Win at the Blue Water Desert Challenge
Matthew Hancock, fresh off finishing third in
the Terracross Pro UTV Championship, was happy
to finish off his BITD ATV career with a big win.
They weren’t in contention for the championship
after missing the Vegas to Reno, but wanted to
end their ATV career with a victory.
Motorsports' Q1 Matthew Hancock
“This is my kind of racing,” said Matthew Hancock.
“I wanted to do 10 more laps out there. I was
at home and loving life. It was really sandy and
fast on Saturday. Sunday it was rougher, and I
like that a lot more. I congratulate David Scott
and Cody Mitchell on the championship. They’re
getting our number one plate, and they earned
it this year. We won the first and last race of
the season, and we secured the overall win by
more than 10 minutes.”
Motorsports' Q1 Jeff Hancock
The Hancock brothers grew up just an hour away
from the race venue. Their father, Larry, attended
the race to see his sons dominate the field.
“They did well this year,” said Larry Hancock.
“They won two of the three races they competed
in. If you have go out, that’s the way to go.
I’m looking forward to them focusing more on UTVs.
It’s a lot safer.”