Their target is the Lucas Off Road Racing
Series’ Pro classes, but up-and-coming
racers have a bunch of routes to get there.
Words & Images Richard S. James
you have to learn more throttle control in
UTVs than karts. In the karts, you pretty
much go into a corner, downshift and
stand on the throttle. In the UTVs there’s
braking, there’s clutching and shifting…
just a whole lot more going on,” he says.
Osborn notes that, as much as
anything, racing teaches you how to race.
“I feel like I know what’s going to happen.
I can tell if someone’s going to try to hit me,
or try to block me,” he says. Only experience
can teach a driver all the nuances, but that
experience can come in almost anything.
For some drivers in short course
o;-road racing, experience comes from
other forms of motorsport. Ryan Beat has
been racing most of his life on a dirt bike
of some kind or another, culminating in a
role as a test rider for the factory Kawasaki
motocross team. Like many motocrossers,
though, his career ended with injury.
But, also like many injured motocrossers,
short course o; road proved the perfect fit and he joined Osborn
Racing in the middle of last season, driving the SR1 UTV that Bryan
Osborn drives now. For the first half of this year, he stepped up into
a Pro Lite, although that’s temporarily on hold again.
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