Quad75Dezert is leaving the Northwest and heading South for the Best in the Desert's General Tire Vegas to Reno Race. The 530 mile race takes place on Friday the 17th and will conclude that day in Reno. Normally riders Jorie Williams and Brandon Brown would be taking the Q10 race bike from Beatty, NV to the finish, however this year's race has applied a lot of changes to the program, some of them very last-minute.
The original plan was to have three teams under the Quad75Dezert banner. Jorie Williams and Brandon Brown on one bike, Kenny Sanford and Jamie Kirkpatrick on a second bike, and Sean and Mary McHugh on a third bike. Sean and Mary have been helping the Quad75Dezert racers in Mexico with parts from their TCS Motorsports company as well as coming down to pit and chase for the team. This year, the husband and wife duo decided to take on a challenge of their own - get in shape and race the Vegas to Reno. Their plan seems to be the only one unchanged. A misunderstanding has left a shipment of much needed parts nowhere to be found for two of the race bikes, and currently Jorie Williams is out with an infection, resulting in needing his wisdom teeth removed just days before the race.
The McHughs are nervous, but ready. "It's still not quite feeling real yet," Mary McHugh said via phone, "We are going to be in Vegas on Friday, the race is going to start, and we are going to see what we can do!"
"I'm not quite sure what I am going to do yet," Stated Brandon Brown after speaking with Jorie Sunday night, "I want to race, but it is important for Kenny and Jamie to race also. They will come first. Jorie is horribly disappointed at being unable to race, but his health is what matters most. We both want to win this race since we have had nothing but bad luck in Nevada the past few years. We are going to chase for Sean and Mary or Jamie and Kenny regardless, but if it's possible I might call up another rider to race with me if we get our parts. If the opportunity presents itself, I might solo the race because that's something I've always wanted to do in the back of my mind. It would be a great experience and great for training, but that distance is grueling and you have to be in a certain mindset to do it or the mental fatigue will wear you out before the physical does."
The team would like to thank the volunteers that agreed to come chase for them in Nevada as well as the following sponsors. Quad75Dezert competes with the help of Tire Blocks, S&S Motorsports, Waterwell Developing and Surveys, KBH Construction, HB Jaeger, Maxxis, Fox, Klim, Teixeira Tech, HMF, Ryno Power, CBR, K&N Filters, UPP Racing, Fullbore Innovations, ProCaliber.com, HiPer Wheels, Pro Armor, TCS Motorsports, Spider Grips, Rekluse, Warn, Quadtech, Sunstar, Maxima Racing Oils, Precision Racing Products, Asterisk, Wiseco, 100%, Powermadd, IMS, We All Ride, Promoto Promotions, Trail Tech, Shorai Power, Hot Rod Fab, Dunetech Off-Road, Fusion Graphix, PitTraffic.com and Murray211.