The Monster Energy Kawasaki
UTV team has grown larger for 2011, building on an already impressive roster, aimed at attacking all disciplines the side-by-side world has to offer. From short courses to desert, expect to see the Monster Energy Kawasaki UTV team in full force and in serious contention for championships. The diverse team, hand-picked by Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green manager Reid Nordin, has been assembled to decimate the competition racing the 2011 Kawasaki Teryx RUV. This year’s team includes a list of proven racers who know what it takes to win championships, including Chad George, Mike Lasher, Bobby Van Beekum, Jon Crowley, Casey Currie, and Brian Bennett.
“This year we have expanded the Monster Energy Kawasaki UTV team,” said Nordin. “We have selected a great group of proven racers from a diverse field to compete in several different off-road series and events. Pairing skilled drivers with the Kawasaki Teryx RUV’s powerful V-twin engine and proven power-train is a winning combination.”
Returning for his fourth year on the Funco Monster Energy Kawasaki team, Chad George is no stranger to winning. This season George will be focusing his talent in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. With four LOORRS championships already under his belt, expect this veteran to be tracking down more trophies in his Kawasaki Teryx. With its V-twin power-plant at his command, George has proven to be one of the fiercest competitors in the series.
While he is officially the new kid on the Muzzys Monster Energy Kawasaki team, Bobby Van Beekum, is no rookie to off-road racing. Finishing third in the overall points in last years LOORRS series, Van Beekum knows how to find the podium. Building momentum from several wins last season, expect Van Beekum to give every racer in the LOORRS series a run for their money.
Veteran UTV racer Mike Lasher will also continue to represent Lasher Motorsports Monster Energy Kawasaki this season. Lasher finished second in the Best in the Desert overall points in 2009 and is looking to take one more step up the podium in 2011 to claim the championship title. In addition to his run for the BITD championship, Lasher will also be racing in the Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts racing series.
Coming back for a second year representing the Monster Energy Kawasaki off-road race team is resident Traxxas TORC Pro Light champion, Casey Currie. When he is not blasting through checkered flags in his Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Light truck, Currie will be piloting his Kawasaki Teryx in several select race events throughout the year.
Representing Crowley Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing for another season, Jon Crowley is looking to come out on top in both the Valley Off-Road Racing Association series and Hammerking Productions events this season. Having raced in the King of the Hammers since its inception, Crowley knows what it takes to win and has put together a bulletproof team to help him get there.
Known for his ability to customize a Kawasaki Teryx for just about anyone anywhere, Brian Bennett is renowned for his engineering prowess. Leading the Long Travel Industries Monster Energy Kawasaki race team, he also plans on showing the competition his skills extend beyond the fabrication shop. Racing in any of his beautifully customized Kawasaki Teryx machines never fails to draw a crowd of envious onlookers.
For the 2011 race season, the Monster Energy Kawasaki UTV race team will be infiltrating several off-road race series. Look for our racers at the LOORS, BITD, Hammerking Productions events, SNORE, VORRA, ASCC, and several other high profile off-road race events. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green will be on hand at several UTV events in 2011 to offer technical assistance and emergency parts to support Kawasaki Teryx owners.