Pair wins Best in the Desert Pro championship
After a rough start, Wayne Matlock and Chad Prull defended their title and won the Quad Pro championship in the Best in the Desert (BITD) Racing Association.
Riding a Honda TRX 450R, Matlock and Prull had to overcome some bad luck in the first race to pull out the win over David Scott and Jeremy Hunt by just 15 points.
“Our first race, the Parker 250, Chad was on the bike and actually got a hole in the radiator from a rock,” Matlock told ATV.com. “We had to patch that on the track and the patch came off the radiator. We ended up getting seventh in that race, so that set us back pretty far in the points right out of the gate”
The season-ending Henderson’s Terrible 400, which took place on Dec. 1, marked the end of the line for the Matlock/Prull partnership.
“Chad and myself aren’t racing together anymore,” says Matlock. “He’s been my partner for five years now. He’s going to go onto a new team and his focus is going to be on the WORCS series.”
Matlock will begin his defense of the Quad Pro championship with Harold Goodman when the BITD season kicks off with the Epic Racing Products Parker 250 on Jan. 5, 2008.
Also new for 2008, Matlock will start to race on Honda’s new TRX 700XX.
“We’re debuting that for Honda at the Baja 500 in June,” says Matlock. “I’m looking forward to bringing that to Best in the Desert as well. Races like Vegas to Reno you get such high speed so we’re hoping to get about 100 miles per hour out of that 700.”
Ed Teixeira and Todd Hunter took home the Quad Sportsman championship. The pair rode a hybrid KTM 525R for the first two races of the season before switching to a Honda TRX 450R for the final four races.
Cory Hove and Rick Cecco rode a Honda to second place, 40 points behind the winners. Shaun Moore and Cody Mitchell had a fantastic final race on their Yamaha, edging out the Polaris team of Charles Borges and Jason Woelfel for third place by a single point.