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Driven Powersports’ Wins the BITD Tonopah 250
Don Higbee’s Team Finishes Second in BITD Pro Quad Championship

Casper, WY (10/25/2017) - Can-Am Driven Powersports’ Don Higbee teamed up with Jeremy Gray, and Jose Torres and won the Best in the Desert season finale Tonopah 250. Driving a Can-Am Outlander 1000R, Higbee’s team became the first team to win a BITD Pro ATV race on a 4X4 utility quad.

Don Higbee Can-Am Outlander 1000 BITD Racing
Can-Am / Driven Powersport's Don Higbee along with Jeremy Gray & Jose Torres secured their first BITD Pro Quad win at the season finale

Gray took the holeshot at the beginning of the race. After handing it off to Higbee, the team briefly lost the lead before coming back with Torres to re-take the point. Gray finished off the race for the victory.

“We’re very proud of the team,” said Higbee. “It feels great to go out there against the 450s on this Can-Am Outlander 1000R and make it happen. Everything just clicked today. It comes down to the teammates, the desire to get it done, and the bike preparation. The Can-Am really shined in this high-speed terrain today. It was great on the high end and high-speed stuff. Can-Am builds a great product. It speaks for itself. Today everyone laid down great times from pit to pit and we made it happen.”

Jeremy Gray Can-Am Outlander 1000 BITD Racing
Driven Powersport's Jeremy Gray grabbed the holeshot with the Can-Am Outlander

With fast and dusty conditions prevailing, getting the lead early was key to victory. Gray put his motocross skills to work at the dead engine start, outgunning the sport quads.

“I wasn’t intimidated by the guys at the start and I rode them hard into both corners,” said Gray. “I just made dust from there. I’ve had to chase it down from behind before and I know how hard it is to run in the dust. So I figured if I got a lead fast, I’d be able to hold it.”

Jeremy Gray Can-Am Outlander 1000 BITD Racing
Jeremy Gray started and finished the race for the Driven Powersports Team

Torres’ small frame made it difficult for him to muscle the big utility machine. He managed though, and easily retook the lead during the middle stages of the event.

“This thing was a handful for me because of my size, but I put my head down and pushed,” said Torres. “I reeled in the leader, they made a mistake and I capitalized. From there I just tried to make as much dust as I could. By the time I got to pit three, we had a good gap and I gave it to Jeremy for the finish.”

Jose Torres Can-Am Outlander 1000 BITD Racing
Jose Torres regained the lead just before pit three, which the team held to the finish line for the win

Changing paradigms is difficult in any sport, but Higbee made it look easy this year. Riding a competitive Can-Am gave his team the juice it needed to run competitively all season. It also helped to have Custom Axis Shocks, Kenda Tires and Tire Spines in the mix. In the end, they finished second in the championship, just four points back.

“David Jessie Racing does all of our suspension geometry and this thing handled like a dream out there,” said Higbee. “The Custom Axis Shocks were perfect, as always. We finished off the BITD season with no flats. We never changed a tire and never changed a rim. So the combination of the Kenda Tires and Tire Spines are spot on. We have great sponsors.”

Higbee will bring his Can-Am Outlander 1000R to Mexico for the 50th Anniversary of the Baja 1000. Teamed with Torres, Gray, Bryan Buckhannon, Cody Mitchell, and Rick Cecco, the Higbee will compete in the off-road endurance race November 14-18.

Driven Powersports Racing 2017 Sponsors:
Can Am, Driven Powersports, Custom Axis, Tucker Rocky, Dirtworks, Tire Spines, David Jesse Racing, OMF, Dirtworks, Kenda, DP Brakes, Evans Coolant, MSR, Arai, Team JDR, Airdam Clutches, Spider Graphix, Cecco Racing

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