IN THE DESERT
Parker 250 UTV Race
January 7, 2017
Best in the Desert - Parker
250 - ATV Race Report
Parker, AZ (1/18/2017) - Despite
the fact that it was their first race as a team,
on a brand new Duncan Racing Honda 450R, brothers
Drew and Erin Simmons teamed up to take the BITD
Parker 250 Quad Pro win. The race was the season
opener for the Best in the Desert Racing Series.
Bryan Buckhannon and Don Higbee on a Can-Am Outlander
4x4, finished second, ahead of Jeremy Gray and Robby
Cockrell. Defending Pro Champions, Cody Mitchell
and David Scott finished fourth.
Erin & Drew Simmons Take BITD Pro Quad Win
before sunrise, Casey Folks sent off the
ATV & Motorcycle Desert racers for the
last time and the start will never be the
same without him, Godspeed, Casey Folks
The field took the start just before sunrise
for a three-lap race on the 80-plus-mile course.
Rain in the area prior to the event kept dust
to a minimum this year, but the track, which featured
deep sand, rough terrain and rocks, was sure to
claim its share of victims, and it did.
Despite the rough conditions, Simmons brothers
were undaunted on their new Duncan Racing-built
#Q5 Antelope Slot/Canyon Tours/B+B Auto Repair/
Honda for the first time at the line, they ran
a consistent pace. While others fell back, they
stayed strong and won in their BITD Pro Quad debut.
Racing's Erin & Drew Simmons won the
Best in the Desert Parker 250 season opener
in the Pro Quad Class
“That was awesome,” said Drew Simmons. “For our
first Pro team race, it was exciting. We were
super stoked to pull off this win. My brother
started out the race. He got us up to second.
Then I got on the bike and I made it into the
lead. Today was the first time we got to see the
quad. It was something else. It has tremendous
power and everything is dialed in really closely.
It’s a great bike and is super fun to ride.”
Erin Simmons started the race and actually had
a hard get off 42 miles in. Shaking it off quickly,
he got back on and soldiered forward.
Erin & Drew Simmons
“I got the quad back on four wheels and kept
going,” said Erin Simmons. “I was super excited.
I was so nervous going into the race. I knew we
had a good chance and I am super stoked about
Don Higbee along with new his new ride and teammate
brought home a second place finish. For 2017,
Higbee, has teamed up with Multi-time GNCC Pro
4x4 Champion, Bryan Buckhannon, on the Can-Am
Outlander 1000. The duo got off to a great start
to take the early lead before Higbee hit a rock
and damaged the left floorboard.
Powersport's Don Higbee switched to the
Can-Am Outlander 1000 for the 2017 Best
in the Desert Series
“I wadded it up and ripped the whole floorboard
off the left side,” said Higbee. “So we made it
to second and that was the best we could have
done. Bryan came in with a healthy 20-minute lead.
I took over, hit a rock and crashed. I limped
it to the pits, gave it back to Bryan and he limped
it home for second. The course was really rough.
There were a lot of rocks and whoops. It was a
fun course, challenging and rough. Bryan is awesome.
We had the only utility 4X4 quad out there and
we did great.”