This is my favorite-est BITD race, for ATVs. Maybe it's because the spectating does actually have some action, easy access for multiple photo spots - or maybe it's because the after party at the casino is always so much fun!
Team Skat-Trak Dominates Best In The Desert Bluewater Grand Prix
This was the second year of the Bluewater GP and team Skat-Trak with Greg Stuart and Niclas Granlund came ready and was hungry to take the victory.
Unfortunaly at a last minute check of the quad a front brake caliper was acting up, after several unsuccessful attempts to fix it the team went to the drivers meeting and was able to locate a caliper from another racer and after some quick work the quad was race ready.
The morning started with a unclassified race which was more like a pre-run and was used to dial in the new prototype Fox shox and the rest of the Laeger xr 650 quad.
(“The quad is working awesome and we are ready to go” said Nic after the pre-run)
(Greg is able to race anything to its max potential and was eager to go racing).
With a GP style start and 8 laps around the 10 mile course that included mud holes, sand and lots of whoops the racers would stand in front of the quad with a dead engine and all the classes taking of at the same time.
Greg would start the race and got the quad started quickly but stalled the engine so he was about in 25th place thru the first turn, Quickly passing riders he moved up to 10th at the second turn, By turn four he was in 8th, As they entered the desert section Greg had moved up to 5th place, Then there was about 15 minutes before the first quad came in to finish lap one, As the first quad came down the pit road Greg was in the lead with about a 30 second advantage over second place. By now the temperature was over 100 degrees, When Greg came in for the second lap Nic would get on the Quad, With a smooth rider switch Nic left the pit with over a one-minute lead.
“My first lap was fast and smooth but I started to catch lappers on my second lap so I had some dust to deal with”
When Nic handed the quad over to Greg it was the only re-fueling needed to go the distant. As lap 5 was started Greg had over 4 min on second place. The rest of the race was very hot as the temp would reach 105 in the shade but Team Skat-Trak kept a solid pace not needing to push as they were consistently increasing the lead they even took some time to look over the quad before starting the last lap. After 8 laps of a perfect trouble free race Nic and Greg would take the checkered flag well ahead of the competition.
The next race for Team Skat-Trak is the longest race in the USA, Vegas to Reno that runs for 532 miles.
Greg and Nic would like to thank the pit crew of Ken, Tom, Tommy
And all of our sponsors: Skat Trak, NGR, Fox Shox, CT, AC, FASST, Fullbore, Dragon,, Hinson, Torco, Maxxis, DWT, Quad Tech, Streamline, Laeger, Precision, Kengingering