Tempe, AZ (4/21/2017) -
Pro Motorsports’ Matt Hancock teamed up with
Beau Baron to win the Pro ATV portion of the
Best in the Desert Series race in Laughlin,
NV. Hancock made a last-minute decision to
return to ATV competition after a brief hiatus
to prepare for the UTV World Championship
events, held later in the day.
The pair rode one of Baron’s Hondas he usually
campaigns in the WORCS series. Hancock snagged
the holeshot on the dead engine start, but
fell to second before the first stop. Baron
took over, making up a minute-plus gap to
take the lead and win by over a minute.
Hancock teamed up with Beau Baron to
take on the BITD UTV World Championship
Pro Quad Race
“We thought it would it be a good decision
to see the course in the morning and get some
exercise in to keep our heads clear for the
SXS race,” said Baron. “Matt got off to a
great start, got the holeshot and went back
to second. We were about a minute behind when
I got on the bike and we won by a minute.
It was fun and it was a good day.”
The race marked Baron’s second BITD ATV start.
Despite gearing issues, Baron put in hard
work in the corners to get the victory.
Racing's Beau Baron charged into the
lead late in the race & held it
to the checkered flag for the win
“I ran a BITD race four or five years ago
and finished second,” said Baron. “I did some
gearing changes to get a little more top speed,
but it still wasn’t quite enough. I had to
make it up in the corners; that’s for sure.
I was pumped.”
Hancock got a last-minute invitation to race
with Baron. Despite having not ridden in nearly
six months, Hancock was quickly back up to
Matt Hancock started the race for the
“I had only ridden a quad for about 20 minutes
in the last six months so I was hoping it
was going to be like riding a bike,” said
Hancock. “We got into a hole early on, but
I kept a good gap. Then I gave the bike to
Beau and it’s amazing what he can do with
an ATV. He just put it down, made up that
minute and put another minute on the field.
We didn’t even have the right setup for a
desert race and we were still able to rip
with the other riders. It was a lot of fun
and good practice for the SXS race.”
Hancock previously raced here last year with
his brother Jeff. The pair fell out of championship
contention when engine trouble ended their
“My brother and I lost the championship here
last year when we lost a motor,” said Hancock.
“So it was nice to come back here and get
some revenge. The course was fast and it was
fun. We had some fun in the corners with our
Hancock and Baron will be back in action
as WORCS heads to Sand Hollow State Park in
Utah for its next round April 21-23.
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