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New Full Exhaust System for 2016+ KTM SX-F Motorcycle

After two years of research and testing, we completed the development of our full single exhaust system for the 2016+ KTM SX-F. We worked with two independent dyno experts, including AMA Grand National Champion Bryan Bigelow, to develop a pipe that would produce power for MX, flat track, and ice racing riders. We are pleased to announce a system for the KTM that delivers power gains over the entire power curve.

Performance

Bryan Bigelow is well known in the flat track racing industry and encouraged us to develop a pipe for the new KTM motor. Working with Bryan’s invaluable feedback Barker’s focused on creating a pipe that kept the header super tight away from the front tires, allowing for riders with oversized tires and ice picks to install and run the pipe with no problems. Additionally, our pipe design eliminates the need to drop the rear shock to install the header.

With their background mostly in MX applications, Barker’s also completed testing with dyno professional Alex Galeczka at LaBaron’s Powersports. Alex did his testing on a stock KTM vs a fully tuned Pro-Circuit Pipe vs a fully tuned Barker’s Performance pipe. The dyno results can be found here on our website showing the Barker’s pipe picking up a full 5 horsepower, producing more power than both the stock and tuned Pro-Circuit exhaust.

In addition to the exhaust system, Barker’s is also offering a pre-mapped Power Commander V. For riders who prefer to do their own tuning or run autotune products, an O2 bung can also be installed at the time of purchase.

The Barker’s Performance KTM 450 SX-F Full Single Exhaust System for 2016+ models include a full exhaust system, a billet clamp to secure the exhaust to the bike’s frame, optional O2 bung, and the choice of brushed aluminum or black powder coated muffler. Customers also choose a black, blue, red, or yellow Barker’s badge for the muffler. As with all our exhaust systems, the new KTM 450 SX-F full exhaust system is hand tig welded in Michigan.

 

Pricing & Availability

The brand new Barker’s Performance exhaust for the KTM 450 SX-F is available for immediate shipping from our website starting at $610. Alternatively, your local Barker’s Performance authorized dealer can order the pipe for you and assist in proper installation and tuning.

 

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Team Dietrich Racing Gears Up for 51st SCORE International Baja 1000

With the 51st SCORE International Baja 1000 right around the corner, we reached out to our sponsored rider, Tristan Dietrich, to learn more about how Team Dietrich Racing is coming together and preparing for the big race. 

Tristan Dietrich - Pre-Running - 50th Baja 1000

Who is on your team this year? Can you tell us a little more about them? 

This years team consists of Dan Nickol, Wendelin Bittner and myself behind the handlebars. Kylie Tonita, Devon Wood and Nick Dietrich are behind the wheel of the chase trucks.
    Dan Nickol – Dan is a mechanic that focuses on restorations and diesel modifications. He is also a philanthropist and pastor and spends much of his time building churches, women’s shelters and orphanages in developing countries.  He has helped rehabilitate and provide shelter for many women in Ensenada in particular. Africa is another place he spends time providing aid. Dan is one of our racers and returning from last year. I met Dan last year for the first time at the Tijuana airport a week before the Baja 1000. Dan was a youth pastor for a good friend of mine Cody Robertson that owns the Yamaha/Correct Craft dealer in Swift Current Saskatchewan. When I was down to no racers besides myself last year, Cody recommended Dan to me. I sent Dan a quick text to see if there would be any interest in the Baja 1000 before I called him to give him my spiel, he said yes without knowing anything. I was not aware that he had always dreamt of competing in the 50th Baja 1000 and had started building a vehicle that he eventually gave up on as he could not find anyone to share his passion. So when I got a hold of him it was an immediate yes. He honestly thought it was a cruel prank people were playing on him, especially since we were half a day late picking him up.
      Wendelin Bittner – Wendelin is a heavy duty mechanic for a Kenworth dealer.  Wendelin is a dear friend of mine that equally shares my passion for riding quads and Yamaha in general. He actually owns more Yamaha products than I do, and that is not easy to do. He appreciates quality, dependability, and reliability… hence Yamaha. He is my right-hand man for modifying our quads and snowmobiles to make them do what we need them to do.  I normally come up with a crazy idea, Wendelin tells me I am crazy, looks at me like I have two heads and then makes it happen. Wendelin is a skilled rider and very at home on the Yamaha Grizzly. Despite him not being able to make the race last here, he put many hours in helping me get ready for the race. I am really looking forward to him getting behind the bars this year. He will be a huge part of our success.
        Tristan Dietrich – I am the Driver of Record for the race. I am a consultant for a water technology firm.
          Kylie Tonita – Kylie is our team manager. We call her Baja Deb. Baja Deb was born sometime in the 36 hours of mayhem in the race last year. We started the race with Kylie and by the end, she was Baja Deborah. She owned the Baja.  She kept us organized, focused, and if we needed anything she got it done. She is a huge asset to the team. Kylie is another member that I knew for 5 minutes and she was fully committed… actually, she was the first one to sign up and get the ball rolling. If it was not for her, we would not have raced last year.
            Devon Wood – Devon is a local ATV rider that we know. I have had fun riding with him in the past but just recently learned of his interest in this race. He is a very good fabricator and was eager to get in on our build and help in any way he could. Very rare to see, so we asked him if he wanted to come.  It did not take long to get a yes. I just have to guarantee some Trophy Truck visuals. He has no idea how up close and personal he is about to get with Trophy Trucks. Devon is our team mechanic for this race. Devon is an insurance adjuster by day.
              Nick Dietrich – Nick is my youngest brother. Nick owns and operates Community Creative, a digital media company that makes materials for customers and marketing firms to use for their customers. Nick is our lead chase driver and media specialist. My whole life I have been making Nick do the things I was always scared to do. I lived vicariously through him as he did the things I was not skilled to do. I feel in this case, Nick is getting a kick out of me actually doing something, even though he has no interest in racing. Nick has been a huge support and encourages me to get after it instead of letting something I am passionate for slip through my fingers. I love having him on the team as I do not get to spend much time with my brothers these days and for the short while, it is really nice to reconnect.

                What experience did you gain from last year's race that you think will help this time around?

                Last year we learned a lot. We learned that air filtration is overrated as we ran over 520 miles with no airbox in the dustiest terrain I have ever witnessed. We learned that our a-arms are not as strong as we thought. We learned that a Yamaha Grizzly will pull a trophy truck out of the silt. We also learned that we can sustain speeds required to win the race. Our machine is best suited for 75% of the terrain of this race and still does really well on the other 25%. I am most looking forward to putting our best foot forward this year. We have fixed the things that slowed us down and took us out of the race last year and I am confident that we have a shot at being on top when the dust settles. This year’s race looks to be a gnarly one with lots of rocky, mountainous terrain… right up the Grizzly’s wheelhouse. The big tires, four-wheel drive, and independent suspension fitted with Elka shocks will eat it up.  We also ride this type of terrain frequently in the Rocky Mountains.

                   

                  What are you doing to prepare for the race?

                  Getting prepared for this year’s race has been comprised of physical training, mental preparedness as well as getting our machine ready. We have lots of fabrication going on with new a-arm designs, repairs, and engine building.   

                  What machine are you racing? 

                  We are racing a Yamaha Grizzly 700. Our machine has custom arms, gusseted frame, 734cc race motor, Elka shocks, Rox Speed FX ergos, Maxxis tires, Hyper wheels, bazzaz FI, JBS clutching, slime products, and Barkers Dual exhaust setup.

                    What are you most looking forward to? 

                    We learned a lot last year.  Although we only made it 900 miles, we feel it was a success. We were doomed for failure from the time we said we were doing this and found a way to make it until the machine could not go any further.  The treatment process we did on the engine internals proved to have huge dividends as the motor held up despite being dusted for the first 520 miles. The rest of the machine held up really well and no modifications needed for this year besides the a-arms. The a-arms were our weak link and we have that addressed. We’re really looking forward to this race as I am confident to what we are bringing to the table. 

                    How can we follow along with you?

                    People can follow us on Instagram and Facebook @teamdietrichracing. We will also have live tracking available through SPOT GPS. We will post a link will be posted on Facebook prior to the start of the race. 

                    Barker's Performance will also be keeping up with Team Dietrich Racing as they continue to prepare for the race and we will stay current with all details of the race as they come across the wire. Follow along with Barker's Exhaust on Facebook and our blog for more information. 

                     

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                      Team Nine6Nine - Recap 2018 ATV MX National Championship

                      Team Nine6Nine had a successful run through the 2018 ATV MX National Championship, but that statement alone doesn’t seem to speak to the magnitude of what this team really achieved this season. With the securing of 4 national titles, a tremendous accomplishment, visible growth with this team was plain to see. Still, the real growth went on behind the scenes, from within, and where it matters most. Having endured their share of adversities, this team; the individuals, their families, and their coach, Mr. Travis Moore, banded together to put on a spectacularly exciting display of grit and resilience. With the season now over and still fresh in our minds, we can’t help but replay the climactic journey to the final flag.

                      When each season comes to a close, the entire team takes a required break from racing where they’re “not even supposed to think about racing,” says Travis, the team’s coach, and pack leader. After a few weeks, the team can unwind and it gives them a chance to miss it. Typically around November, they begin to gather one by one and with a renewed hunger begin rebuilding bikes and strategizing for the upcoming season.

                      Nine6Nine on bikes training

                      While training in Florida, or wherever mother nature takes them for more favorable riding conditions, the team does more than just ride bikes. It takes mental and physical preparation to build endurance and lay a proper foundation even before the season begins, and for this Team Nine6Nine does not skimp. You will find them anywhere from the weight room to the back roads riding bikes (the non-motorized kind). All training programs including weight and high-intensity training are customized for each individual racer.

                      When it comes to training and mental preparation, these players do not fall short, but a wise man once said, “just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.” - Steven Covey

                      The 2018 season was a season of growth for the Nine6Nine boys, the kind of growth that lasts a lifetime and that which cannot be displayed neatly on a shelf. It’s the kind of growth that produces champions from the inside out, and that is what we want to highlight most of all about these boys, their coach, and those who had a hand in their journey this season.

                      You are about to encounter a summary of Nine6Nine’s 2018 ATV National Championship run. Know that between the lines is where the true growth and success of this team took place, and this is what we believe will wholeheartedly play a tremendous role in their record-breaking success in the year to come.

                       

                      Round 1 - Daytona ATV SX at  Daytona International Speedway, Florida

                      Heading into the 2018 season, Daytona proved itself to be an exciting start with each racer securing a win.

                      Alan Myers, less formally known as Junior and who has been with Moore since the team’s inception in 2015, snagged the lead taking first in both motos in the Open Pro Sport Class and finishing fourth in Pro-Am.

                      Logan proved his former back-injury was fully healed as he recovered from a crash in the Open Pro Sport by taking first in the 450A main event.

                      Cole won the main event in Open C establishing his first win at a national event.

                      Alan Myers - Podium Finish - Daytona - ATV MX National Championship

                      Logan Stanfield - Podium Finish - Daytona - 2018 ATV MX National Championship

                      Cole Wullenweber - Podium Finish - Daytona - 2018 ATV MX National Championship

                      Alan Myers
                      • Pro-Am: 4th Overall; net 18 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      Logan Stanfield
                      • 450A: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: DNS
                      Cole Wullenweber
                      • Open C: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • College (16-24) Sportsman: 5th Overall; net 16 points

                       

                      Round 2 - South of the Border MX in Hamer, South Carolina

                      The second round of the ATV National Championship proved to be both fruitful and challenging. Alan and Logan secured three victories between the two of them.

                      Alan launched ahead of the pack gaining himself three holeshots and scoring overall victories in both the Pro-Am and Pro-Sport classes.
                      Logan swept the 450A class as he charged ahead to the lead on the first lap of the first moto, and snagged a holeshot in the second.
                      Cole had a bright start in the first moto in Open C with a 2nd place finish but was taken out of the second moto when he flipped it. A little thrown off from the crash he would go on to finish seventh overall in the College 16-24 class.
                      Zack made his 2018 debut with a 3rd place finish in the Schoolboy Senior class and just missed the podium finishing fourth in Youth All-Stars.
                      Alan Myers
                      • Pro-Am: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      Logan Stanfield
                      • 450A: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 4th Overall; net 18 points
                      Cole Wullenweber
                      • Open C: 13 Overall; net 8 points
                      • College (16-24) Sportsman: 7th Overall; net 14 points
                      Zack Decker
                      • Youth All-Star (13-15): 4th Overall
                      • Schoolboy Sr. (14-17): 3rd Overall

                       

                      Round 3 - Underground MX in Kemp, Texas

                      With a few motos under their belt, the team looked forward to taking on the track at Underground MX, a track with a consistency much like the dirt track they had practiced on throughout the preseason. Unfortunately, adversity struck the team during the third round that would keep three team members from fully competing.

                      Zack Decker, the team’s youngest member, experienced a serious rib and back injury prior to the third round that would ultimately keep him from competing until the final two rounds of the ATV MX National Championship.

                      Alan had his first brush with injury when he cased a triple in the Pro Sport race. Fortunately, the injury turned out to only be a bone bruise and he would return after a short stint with physical therapy.

                      Logan secured his first victory in the Pro Sport class, after putting on an exciting display of endurance to earn himself a third-place finish in the first moto and a second place finish in the second. Logan, however, was unable to race in the 450A race due to mechanical issues on his quad.

                      Cole continued to pad his points with a second overall finish in the Open C class with a 1-2 run. Despite their recent struggle, the team and all their family and friends banded together to help each other through this difficult patch of luck.  

                      Nine6Nine family standing together at Texas Underground MX - 2018 ATV MX National Championship

                      Logan Stanfield and Travis Moore - Nine6Nine - Podium Finish - Texas - 2018 ATV MX National Championship

                      Alan Myers
                      • Pro-Am: DNS
                      • Open Pro Sport: DNF
                      Logan Stanfield
                      • 450A: DNF
                      • Open Pro Sport: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      Cole Wullenweber
                      • Open C: 2nd Overall; net 22 points
                      • College (16-24) Sportsman: 11th Overall; net 10 points

                       

                      Round 4 - Ironman ATVMX in Crawfordsville, Indiana

                      The team proved it’s resilience in the fourth round of the ATV MX National Championship at Ironman ATVMX, where both Logan and Cole had a strong comeback.

                      Logan ran third in the first moto in the Pro Sport class, and launched ahead in the second moto taking the holeshot and leading every lap to earn a first-place finish. This handed him the overall victory, his second win in a row. In 450A, he pulled the holeshot in both motos and led every lap sweeping the class.

                      In Open C, Cole won his first moto leading every lap and finished second in the second race to earn himself first place overall. Stepping Cole into the 450C class proved to be fruitful as he went 2-1 to net an overall victory. This win took the overall total wins for the weekend to four.

                      Even Alan, still healing from the injury he obtained in round 3, was able to ride for points.

                      Logan Stanfield - Nine6Nine - Podium Finish - Indiana - 2018 ATV MX National Championship

                      Cole Wullenweber - Nine6Nine - Podium Finish - Ironman - 2018 ATV MX National Championship

                      Alan Myers
                      • Pro-Am: 8th Overall; net 13 points
                      Logan Stanfield
                      • 450A: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      Cole Wullenweber
                      • Open C: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • 450 C: 1st Overall; net 25 points

                       

                      Round 5 - High Point ATVMX in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania

                      Heading into round 5, team Nine6Nine was thrilled to have Alan back on the bike. He earned a third-place finish in the first moto and 7th in the second moto to secure 5th place finish overall.

                      Cole went 1-2 in the 450 C to secure a first place overall finish. With a little more difficulty in Open C, Cole went 6-4 for a 5th place overall finish for the weekend.

                      Logan had a killer weekend of racing going 1-1 in the 450 A and 1-2 in the Open Pro Sport class, securing him a first place finish in 450A and a second place finish overall in Open Pro Sport earning him not one but two podiums!  

                      Logan Stanfield - Racing at High Point - ATV MX National Championship 2018
                      Alan Myers
                      • Pro-Am: 5th Overall; net 16 points
                      Logan Stanfield
                      • 450A: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 2nd Overall; net 22 points
                      Cole Wullenweber
                      • Open C: 5th Overall; net 16 points
                      • 450 C: 1st Overall; net 25 points

                       

                      Round 6 - Sunset Ridge MX ATVMX

                      Sunset Ridge, round 7 of the ATV MX National Championship, proved to be fruitful for the team even in 100+ degree heat. Commitment and determination took this team through even the most challenging of circumstances.

                      Alan came back even stronger in round 6 as he conquered Open Pro Sport earning 1st overall, and then 2nd overall in Pro-Am.

                      Logan earned 1st place overall in 450A and 5th in Pro-Am/A, and Cole Wullenweber crushed Open C to take 1st overall, and 2nd in 450C.

                      Logan Stanfield - Nine6Nine - 1st Sunset Ridge 2018 ATV MX National Championship

                      Alan Myers
                      • Pro-Am: 2nd Overall; net 22 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      Logan Stanfield
                      • 450A: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 5th Overall; net 16 points
                      Cole Wullenweber
                      • Open C: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • 450 C: 2nd Overall; net 22 points

                       

                      Round 7 - Unadilla MX in New Berlin, New York

                      With such an awesome weekend of racing in the previous round, spirits were high going into round 7. One thing Travis, the team’s leader and coach, preaches though is that one success does not guarantee another. You have to fight for every lap and position you get despite previous successes. This teaching was put to the test and they were humbled to clinch not one, but two championships with two races left in the game.

                      Both Logan and Cole scored overall victories in their respective classes. Logan swept the 450A class by winning both motos, and in the Open Pro Sport class, he went 1-3 for a runner-up finish. That position lined him up for another championship going into round 8.

                      Cole, racing what could be considered his home track, also won both his motos in the Open C class clinching the championship. In 450C, he finished second and also positioned himself to possibly grab that title even despite missing the first three races.

                      Decker made further steps in his recovery with a practice run and eyes on returning at Redbud.

                      Round 7 would not be complete without acknowledging Alan Myers, who despite having a bad get off in the first Pro Sport moto on Saturday and incurring a back injury returned from the hospital to ride for points the very next day. This complete warrior earned 15 points that ultimately positioned him at 4th in points for the Pro-Am heading into final two rounds. The Nine6Nine boys certainly earned their success in round 7.  

                       Nine6Nine - Unadilla National Champions Logan and Cole 2018 ATV MX National Championship

                      Alan Myers
                      • Pro-Am: 6th Overall; net 15 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: DNS
                      Logan Stanfield
                      • 450A: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 2nd Overall; net 22 points
                      Cole Wullenweber
                      • Open C: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • 450 C: 2nd Overall; net 22 points

                       

                      Round 8 - RedBud ATV National in Buchanan, MI

                      With adrenaline at an all-time high, the team took on round 8 at Redbud with fierce composure, landing them five podium finishes and undeterred by the rain.

                      Logan, who was able to secure a national title in the 450C in the previous race, stepped up to try his hand in the Pro-Am. Not only did he make his debut in the class, he went 3-3 finishing 3rd overall earning a podium finish! Not only did Logan earn a podium in the Pro-Am, he snagged another podium with a second place finish overall in the Open Pro Sport Class.

                      Cole, fresh off clinching the Open C title, set his sights on the 450C championship. Finishing third overall, Cole was able to position himself in second heading into the final round.

                      Alan, who is just a complete overcomer, lost his seat after snagging the holeshot at the start of the Pro-Am, pushed through and stood the entire race despite having recently recovered from a back injury in the last round to finish in first! In the second moto, he recovered from a difficult first lap to finish second, earning him a spot on the podium.

                      Decker made his triumphant return and made a statement by finishing on the podium in the Youth All-Stars class, even despite a crash earlier in the weekend.

                       Alan Myers Total Rebound after back injury - Nine6Nine - Redbud - 2018 ATV National Championship

                      Alan Myers
                      • Pro-Am: 2nd Overall; net 22 points
                      Logan Stanfield
                      • Pro-Am: 3rd Overall; net 20 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 2nd Overall; net 22 points
                      Cole Wullenweber
                      • Open C: DNS
                      • 450 C: 3rd Overall; net 20 points
                      Zack Decker
                      • Youth All-Star (13-15): 3rd Overall

                       

                      Round 9 - Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee

                      The final round is perhaps the freshest on our minds. This race had its fair share of challenges with bike malfunctions and a crash, but this didn’t stop the team from finishing strong.

                      Cole was gunning for another title in the 450 C class, and was able to clinch it with a second place overall finish going 1-2. This finish earned him not one but two national titles!

                      Logan had a few issues with his machine that hindered his run in the Pro-Am, but he was still able to net a 5-8 run giving him a 7th place overall finish. With a second championship within reach, the biggest race of the final round for Logan was the Open Pro Sport class. He focused and accomplished what he needed to do and earned his second championship!

                      Alan experienced another unfortunate event in the series during the Pro-Am when a rider out in front caused a crash in the first moto. He was able to rebound in the second moto with a second place finish, however, earning him a 6th place finish overall.

                      Zack Decker was unable to start either race due to motor problems.  

                       Cole Wullenweber - Nine6Nine - National Champion - Loretta - 2018 ATV MX National Championship

                      Alan Myers
                      • Pro-Am: 6th Overall; net 15 points
                      Logan Stanfield
                      • Pro-Am: 7th Overall; net 14 points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 2nd Overall; net 22 points
                      Cole Wullenweber
                      • Open C: 1st Overall; net 25 points
                      • 450 C: 2nd Overall; net 22 points
                      Zack Decker
                      • Youth All-Star (13-15): DNS
                      • Schoolboy Sr. (14-17): DNS

                       

                      2018 ATV MX NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

                       

                      Alan Myers
                      • Pro-Am: 3rd; 146 total points (only 15 points behind the leader)
                      • Open Pro Sport: 8th; 75 points overall
                      Logan Stanfield
                      • 450A: 1st Overall; 150 total points
                      • Open Pro Sport: 1st Overall; 138 total points
                        • Pro-Am: 10th Overall
                        Cole Wullenweber
                        • Open C: 1st Overall; 147 total points
                        • 450 C: 1st Overall; 136 total points
                        Zack Decker
                        • Youth All-Star (13-15): 9th
                        • Schoolboy Sr. (14-17): 8th

                         

                        In summary, one thing is certain. Barker’s Performance is incredibly proud and blessed to call Team Nine6Nine not only sponsored riders but friends. They are first class people with a first class attitude not only toward racing but life. We look forward to what’s to come in 2019 and feel very strongly that the Nine6Nine boys will return with a swagger that’s never been seen before. You better keep these boys on your lineup to watch next year.

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                        Team Dietrich Racing First Baja 1000 Race Account

                        There’s something to be said about someone going the distance to take their wildest dreams head on. For Barker’s sponsored rider, Tristan Dietrich and Team 102A, this dream became a reality in November for the 50th Baja 1000. We reached out to Tristan to get the low down on their crazy journey, and what we learned about the Baja 1000 was a real eye-opener. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to race an ATV in one of the most brutal desert races on the planet for the first time, then this one’s for you.

                         

                        What was once a pipe dream became a reality in the early morning hours on November 16th, 2017. Team Dietrich Racing was sitting at the starting line, ready for the flag to drop at the 50th Score International Baja 1000. The Baja 1000 has been a dream of mine for nearly 11 years.  Over the years I have been building and modifying a Yamaha Grizzly 700 to what I felt would be able to conquer the Baja 1000. I focused on building up the chassis, finding the correct motor modifications, and researched what aftermarket parts would hold up to the task. One of those important parts would come from Barker’s Performance. The dual exhaust system from Barker’s for the Grizzly 700 was key for letting our race engine breath and achieve peak performance, lowest head temps, and most importantly, reliability. 

                        Building my team proved to be challenging, but I was extremely fortunate to find great support in the process. The team I had come up with originally backed out almost at the last second, but I was so focused on completing this race that not going was never in the cards. I pressed on to find more team members. Fellow racers of the event introduced me to many people that may be interested in racing as well as kept me focused on just getting down there to compete. The support for this race was phenomenal.

                        Our team consisted of Dan Nickol and myself (Tristan Dietrich) as the racers, and my brother Nick Dietrich, and acquaintances, Kylie Tonita and Dakota Radcliffe, as our support team. Our chase team, Kylie and Dakota, had never been involved in motorsports, racing, or anything to do with an event such as this. Many people thought we were nuts; a team of misfits without a clue going to tackle the world’s longest, continuous, most grueling race.

                        Team Dietrich Racing Baja 1000 Team

                        Before we knew it, it was time to make the trek from Canada to Mexico. We had terrible roads through Montana, Idaho and Utah, almost losing control in Utah when the trailer started to pass the truck. We also suffered some tire damage into the second day of travel and required replacement of all tires on the trailer. After we had finally got our team together and arrived in Mexico we could begin preparing for pre-running the course.

                        Planning our prerunning and final tuning of the bike consumed our first day on location. Then we set off to pre run and get a feel for the course. After 120 miles of pre-running we bent an a-arm nosing into some of the gnarly whoops on this section of the course. We considered it a minor setback as we had an extra, or so we thought. This repair ended up preventing us from running any more of the course for the remainder of the time we were in Ensenada. Our time was filled with repairs and tuning, however, the bike turned out great in the end. The shocks were spot on, fueling was tight, our JBS clutching was nailed, and our bike was strong.

                        Finally, race day was upon us. We left the gates just after 2:00 am on Thursday. It is well known that you do not win the race in the first 100 miles but you can lose it. Despite knowing that the first 100 miles is make or break, I knew that this section was a good one for me. It was rutted out, lots of turns, climbs and everything in my wheelhouse. I drove to my ability quickly passing other sport ATV’s and even dirt bikes. I felt that I could get ahead here to make time for the straight sections where the sport machines would be better suited with the whoops and top end.  We were limited to 72 mph with how the bike was setup to handle middle ground elevations.  Then it happened, 30 miles in I came around a corner and smoked a rock that was placed in between a gate opening. I didn’t think much of it as the impact didn’t feel substantial, and I had hit worse. It turned out that I had broke another a arm and it was the same side that I had broke before so we had no spares. I pressed on at a slow pace. I thought we were done, but Dan Nickol is a mentally tough man. This race was not going to stop at mile 78. The Baja Pits were to have welders at some locations. Dan said, “it’s not over”, jumped on, and kept on driving on three wheels.

                        Team Dietrich Racing at Baja 1000

                        Dan pressed on carefully to race mile 130 where BFGoodrich pits had a team of fabricators on hand. They repaired our a arm and got us on our way. From then on the a arm held up the entirety of the race. At this point, we were far behind. We had to go so slow to this point and the repair took a couple hours as well. We were 5 hours behind the pack in total. It was 10:00 p.m. and the Trophy trucks were just being released. The BFGoodrich pit manager pulled us to the side and said, “You are in the death zone now. Be careful and watch your back.” Dan hopped on and our faith was restored. We were good to go. Dan hammered his way to San Felipe where we would exchange again.

                        It was hot, 40*C if I recall. The San Felipe stretch was gruelling. The whoops seemed to be never ending and were not synced so it was hard to get rhythm. Fans were lining the course waiting for the trophy trucks to pass. It would be quite the sight to watch the suspension of those trucks dance through these whoops. I drove the machine as fast as I’ve ever driven it, far exceeding my “ride 70%” target. The Grizzly took the whoops surprisingly well as the Elka shocks softened the blows. When I’d hit our target to switch, Dan hopped on the machine and took off. Within 5 minutes the first helicopter came through. A truck was right on Dan’s tail. We radioed to Dan that one was running him down. Dan will tell you that trophy trucks are just flat out scary. You cannot hear them coming, they blast the sirens but you can only hear them when it’s already too late. You must pull over at speed because if you slow, you’re a bug on the grill. Dan was officially in the “Death Zone” now at dusk. We did good getting this far before they caught us, but this was likely the worst time to be getting passed by the trucks. Once again we had to slow down to let the trucks pass even though there were no good sections to pull over at this part of the course. Finally, Dan made it to checkpoint 2, road marker 520 at 11:00 pm. that evening, roughly 2 hrs behind schedule.

                        Team Dietrich Racing Baja 1000 Desert

                        At this point we knew we had to service our bike. Dan had went through some silt beds prior, but to our surprise the filters were not dirty. I pulled side panels off to find the airbox lost its clamp on the throttle body. We were sucking in dust and silt for God knows how long. It was not a good sight, but despite this the bike was still running and not burning oil. We fixed it and I jumped on the bike and headed off into the fog of the night.

                        The fog was terrible. You could not wear your goggles because it was so thick water was running off the lens as if it was raining. Still, the silt beds were intense and a ton of fun. The 4wd of the Grizzly really helped in this department. I kept the wheel speed up and it floated over the silt without care. Although where I had success, many others got stuck. I did my best to help out as many other racers as possible as I felt it was the right thing to do. Things were going great at this point in the course... until I broke an axle.

                        Team Dietrich Racing, Baja 1000 - Tristan Pulling Out Others

                        After this happened I was just trying to finish the race. I realized we were not going to be able to podium. Despite this, I was still pushing as hard as possible. The goal was to finish regardless.

                        I got to the truck with our broken axle, exhausted, and with a big smile on my face. I literally had to be carried off the machine but I was jacked. That night was the most fun I have ever had behind handlebars. Dan and Dakota fixed the bike as I was useless. Dan jumped on and carried on. The terrain was gnarly as the boulders on the course were the size of our tires. The trucks kept coming and even drove Dan off the course a few times. Dan dug deep and kept pushing on.  At 3:30 that day the machine lost power and turned off. Race mile 897 was as far as we made it. We lost compression and  could not repair. Tristan Dietrich at Baja 1000

                        Since the race we’ve teared down the bike and it appears that the dust we took in early on was our demise. Dust had caked the rings and oiling was an issue. The crank bearing eventually failed as well. It was impressive to see the abuse a motor can take. We did use WPC treatment on all moving parts and cannot help to think this helped prolong the inevitable.There was no way that taking in dust for 500 miles unfiltered wasn’t going to take its toll.

                        Sometimes when you don’t know how to do something, the best thing to do is just do it.  Everyone has to do it for the first time. This race is truly life changing. It’s a battle from start to finish and just to finish is an accomplishment. Our team is more hungry than ever to get after the next one.

                        Baja 2018 is in our sites!

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                        Post-Race Report - Juan Pirruñas Dominguez & Team 109A Finish 2nd at 50th Baja 1000

                        Barker's Performance could not be more proud of our sponsored rider Juan Pirruñas Dominguez and Team 109A! Finishing 2nd place in one of the most brutal off-road races on the planet is no small feat. Honestly, just being able to cross the finish line in this race is a big deal.

                        We got up with Juan to get the scoop on his team's journey to the finish line at the 2017 50th Baja 1000. Here's what we learned.

                        After putting together our Baja 1000 in less than a month, Pirruñas Racing and Team 109A finished the 50th anniversary Baja 1000 in 2nd place, after battling the Baja peninsula from Ensenada to La Paz in 27 hours and 22 minutes, along with a 20-minute penalty. This 2nd place finish allowed us to clinch our 3rd World Desert Championship! The team's journey started by heading to Baja 1000 race headquarters on Tuesday, November 14 with all the adrenaline pumping for the green flag to drop. 109A rolled through tech and contingency festivities that evening with no issues and was ready for 1,134 miles of the most demanding terrain on earth. 

                        Team 109A & Juan Pirruñas Dominguez take 2nd place in the 50th Baja 100

                        The start of the Baja 1000 started at 2 am on Thursday for us, as I began navigating through the streets of Ensenada and into the dark night of Baja battling dust, fog, and booby traps for the first 40 miles. Since we were 9th quad off the line out of 17 entries, our plan was to was to ride smooth and not make any mistakes through the night, since it was very hard to push through dust and fog in pure darkness. By mile marker 110, we were leading the Sportsman ATV class until Baja Pits #2 chose to sleep in that night and not provide a fuel stop for us at mile marker 89. An unplanned gas stop at rm110 allowed 100A to get by and left us battling through the thick dust once again. As we came into Baja Pits #3, we were able to make a much quicker fuel stop and rider change and left the pit before 100A and into clean air. As we left the pit, our rival 103A came hot into the pit in hopes of taking over the lead. As the sun became to rise, we decided to remove our Baja Design dual racer lights, in order to pound the whoops of puertecitos with less weight on our front end. We were able to hold onto the lead until rm341 where the dust of the two pro quads held us back from moving away from the rest of the competition.

                        We decided to do a maintenance pit at rm341 which allowed 103A to get by us and settle in for 2nd place. From this point, we played catch up with 103A and were within minutes all the way to mile marker 860 when bad luck struck for us. Our spark plug fouled from the numerous water crossing between San Javier and Insurgentes, where we lost more than an hour trying to troubleshoot the issue. We battled the next 200 miles of the gnarliest fog we have ever witnessed and finished about an hour and a half behind 103A. Other than the spark plug failure, 109A ran a flawless race with no other mechanical issues or flat tires. 103A ended up receiving a one-hour penalty and put us around 40 minutes from the top spot. If it wasn't for our spark plug failure, we would have won our 4th Baja 1000. Lessons are always learned in Baja and to win you must have a perfect race! Although we took all measures to protect our spark plug since we knew water crossings were going to be a factor after pre-running, we still had an issue. 

                        Although we didn't take the top spot, I was very impressed with how are Baja 1000 effort worked out. We were not planning to compete in this year's Baja 1000 due to transitioning jobs, but the support from our sponsors, friends, and family, we were able to live our dream again. Our riders Javier Robles, Jose "Moño" Contreras, Rusty Repass, and Daniel Webb did a hell of a job navigating through the course! Hats off to Rusty and Daniel that pounded their sections without pre-running. It is like racing blind!

                        Team 109A at the 50th Baja 1000 with Barker's Exhaust on their Honda TRX450R

                        I want to personally thank Paul Hirth and Lee Larsen at Liberty Motorsports for building us a solid motor and carburator that ran without a beat for 1,134 miles in less than two weeks;  My buddy Greg Fiddes for reinforcing our frame and not cracking after pounding it for over 27 hours;  My buddy and competitor Felipe Velez at Baja ATV Riders Only for setting up our suspension and tire blocks; My close friend/mechanic Jose Nolasco for sponsoring us our tireblocks and allowed us to not worry about no flat tires the entire race; My Tio Mono at Master Exterminators for sponsoring us a set of rear tires; my cousin Raul Gutierrez at Marina's Tax Services for sponsoring us a set of front tires, Dave Nugent at Barker's Performance for setting us up with the most durable exhaust on the planet, Ruly at YaDije, my dad Vicente for helping me put together a bulletproof quad in less than 3 days and helping out with expenses, my cousin Jose for chasing us and helping out with fuel expenses, and my girlfriend Juanita for supporting me and giving me positive vibes that this race would be possible! Also huge thanks to My Tio Victor and Chibuya for chasing us while pre-running the beautiful Baja peninsula!

                        Words cannot express how happy I am for putting this effort together in a less than a month and having such a flawless run for 1,134 miles. This just proves that we have the best sponsors and supporters to be successful in Baja!

                        Team 109A posing for a picture after taking 2nd place at the 50th Baja 1000 in the Sportsman ATV Class

                         

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                        Sponsored Rider, Juan Pirruñas Dominguez Ready to Conquer the 50th Baja 1000

                        For Juan and his team, the journey to this year's 50th Baja 1000 is in full swing. They're ready for the green flag to drop in about 2 weeks which is when the SCORE International's 50th Baja 1000 is set to begin. We got up with Juan to learn more about his thoughts, team, and their machine going into this brutal race.

                        Barker's Sponsored Rider, Juan Pirrunas Dominguez

                        The team and I are stoked for this 1134.40-mile journey through the Baja peninsula from Ensenada to La Paz. As the race gets closer, the jitters get bigger as Pirruñas Racing is ready to be on top at the 50th Anniversary Baja 1000.

                        The team is getting ready to pre-run the course on November 3-7 in order to get a close look at the terrain we will be battling for over a thousand miles! The riders for this year's Baja 1000 includes me (Juan Dominguez) from Yuma, AZ, Javier Robles from Mexicali, Rusty Repass from Virginia, Dan Webb from Maryland, and Jose Contreras from Tecate.

                        Our team will be piloting a 2005 Honda Trx450r built by local Honda dealership, Liberty Motorsports. The quad has been completely torn down to the bare frame and reinforced by our best local fabricator Greg Fiddes, who is an awesome dirt bike rider himself. Our suspension is being handled by Felipe Velez at Baja ATV Rider's Only, who is known as the best individual to adjust the suspension on ATVs involved in desert racing. Barker's Performance is setting us up with the most durable exhaust on the planet to help get the power we need to pull out in front of the competition. Tire Blocks will be protecting all four tires from going flat for the 1134.40-mile journey. Pirruñas Racing has relied on these companies for all our wins in Baja and is a huge asset to our success south of the border.

                        Barker's Single Exhaust for Juan Pirruñas Dominguez's Baja Winning Honda TRX450

                        With that being said, Juan and his team are ready to take on the most challenging race of the SCORE International series. We wanted to pick his brain on his thoughts going into this race and learn more about his team on the journey to the 50th Baja 1000. Here's what we learned.

                        How many Baja 1000's have you raced in?

                        The 50th anniversary Baja 1000 will be our 8th straight running in the legendary off-road race. We have been blessed enough to win 3 Baja 1000s and just falling short of winning last year after leading all race long, and having carb issues in the last 10 miles. Every Baja 1000 has been a learning experience and life long adventure.

                        What have you learned from these races that will help you in the race to come?

                        We have gained tons of knowledge in previous running's of the Baja 1000 and the biggest is to prepare for the worst. You can never prepare enough for a Baja 1000. We have been wrenching away for the past couple of months and will continue until the day before the green flag drops. To win you must first finish!

                        What do you think will be the greatest challenge?

                        The greatest challenge for this Baja 1000 will be starting at night. We are scheduled to leave the starting line in Ensenada at 12 am Thursday morning. That leaves us racing through the night Thursday, all day Thursday, all night Friday, and reaching the finish line in La Paz Friday at sunrise "if all goes well." This will make it very tiring for our support crew and riders so we will need to adjust our sleeping schedule quite a bit. Three of our riders will be racing through the night and the other two riders will be racing through the day.

                        What are you most excited about?

                        I am excited about racing for over 24 hours. Since this Baja 1000 is point to point, chase crews need to drive double the distance from pit to pit, and riders need to ride double the distance in hopes of being the first quad across the finish line.

                        Tell us a little bit more about your team...

                        We are pretty excited for this years Baja 1000 team of riders. Every rider has tons of ATV racing knowledge and has the dedication to win races. Javier Robles Jr. at 28 years of age, has been racing Baja since he was 16. He grew up watching his dad race ATVs in the Baja as well and was very successful at it. Javier is known as the ATV champion in Baja after winning first quad overall for 3 years straight. He decided to join us this year to keep his reigning championship going. Jose Contreras at 33 years of age, has been racing Baja since his early 20s. He was part of our 2015 Baja 1000 winning team and plenty of experience racing in such a demanding race. Rusty Repass and Dan Webb are fellow racing buddies from the east coast. The dual have been racing GNCC for many years now and enjoy the mystic of Baja. The racing buddies were part of our 2016 Baja 1000 team and falling short of winning their first baja race. We are excited to have everyone a part of our 2017 Baja 1000 effort!

                        2017 Baja 500 Winning Team Sport ATV Class

                        The class we will be competing in is the sportsman ATV class. Our team has been strong enough to win both the San Felipe 250 and the Baja 500 this year. We hope to make it three next month!

                        Special Thanks

                        Juan Dominguez and Pirruñas Racing wants to give a special thanks to Lee and the rest of his service team at Liberty Motorsports, personal mechanic "Jose Nolasco" for helping us wrench on the quad and setting us up with Tire Blocks, Dave at Barkers Exhaust for allowing us to run the most durable exhaust in the racing industry, my girlfriend Juanita Cabrera for supporting my dream in winning another Baja 1000, and to my Tio Victor, Primo Jose, and my dad Vicente who will be chasing us all over the Baja peninsula for over 24 hours. Without such a determined team, winning Baja races would be impossible.

                        Thanks to all our sponsors, supporters, fans, friends, and family who made the 50th Anniversary Baja 1000 a reality! Look for Pirruñas Racing and Team 109A to be the first ATV across the finish line in La Paz! 

                        Juan Dominguez & Support Team

                        We can't wait for the Baja 1000 to begin on November 19th! We'll be keeping up with Juan and his team, as well as our other sponsored rider, Tristan Dietrich and his team leading up to and throughout the race so be sure to follow along with us on our Facebook page.

                        Good luck to all our riders and their teams at the 50th Baja 1000! 

                         

                        Juan and his team run our Full Single Exhaust System for the Honda TRX450. Learn more about this exhaust below. 

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                        Meet Our New Sponsored Riders

                        Some of the best feedback we have for our exhaust systems come from our sponsored riders. From the desert to backcountry trails, to national MX tracks and arenacross circuits, our sponsored riders give us the opportunity to test our exhaust systems against a number of different conditions (distance, weather, terrain, etc.) This opportunity gives us a great advantage as we continue to research and develop Barker’s exhaust systems for our customers.

                        You may already be familiar with our sponsored rider, Juan Pirrunas Dominguez who races in the SCORE International race series and will compete in the upcoming 50th Baja 1000 in November. Working with Juan has given us the opportunity to research and test how our exhaust performs in some of the toughest, most brutal conditions: off-road desert racing. Working with Juan has given us the chance to test our exhaust’s quality, durability, and performance over tremendous distances and under extreme changes in both temperature and terrain.

                        Recently, we’ve had the chance to add a few more sponsored riders to our team. These partnerships will provides us with an even greater opportunity to not only test our systems but to support the sport we love and the riders who make it possible. We thought we’d introduce them to you as we’ll be keeping up with them on social media and our website as time goes on.


                        Camdon Beverly

                        Camdon Beverly

                        • Dayton, Ohio
                        • #508
                        • Races in the GNCC, OXCR, and some of the IXCR races
                        • Machine: 08 Suzuki LTR450 & 06 Suzuki LT-Z400

                        Camdon joins us from New Lebanon, Ohio, where he lives and runs his own business called LOL Fast Speed Shop. At 26 years old, Camdon has a beautiful wife, two beautiful children, and another on the way. We look forward to his upcoming season racing in the GNCC!


                        Blake Sykes

                        Blake Sykes out in front

                        Blake is a bright 17-year-old from Algonac, Michigan. When he’s not keeping up his 4.0 GPA, you can find him wrenching on his machine or rubbing tires with the competition. Blake races in the Michigan ATV State Championship for AMA District 14. Can’t wait to see you in the winner’s circle, Blake!


                        Tristan Dietrich

                        Tristan Dietrich

                        Tristan hails from Manitoba, Canada where he’s a consultant by day and motorsports enthusiast by night. He has a lovely family with his beautiful wife and two kids. Tristan has a knack for pushing the limits of his Yamaha Grizzly and enjoys the challenge of design to make the machine capable of handling various racing environments. Tristan will be racing in the 50th Score International Baja 1000 in November, a race that trails from Ensenada, California to La Paz, Mexico. The brutal terrain and racing conditions are sure to be a true test for his Grizzly 700. We know this man and his machine will do great things in the races to come!


                        Kenny Pennington

                        Kenny Pennington

                        Kenny has grown up in a military family and was born in Germany. He now resides in Texas, which has been their home for a while now. Kenny races in a number of different series, but his main focus this year will be in arenacross. We're excited to have him on our team and know he will do great things!   

                        We are thrilled to work with these new sponsored riders, and we can't wait to learn more about them and how our exhausts perform in the races to come. Follow along on social media and check our blog to keep up with all Barker's Sponsored Riders and Barker's news. Thanks for reading! 

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                        Barker's Performance Gearing Up for the 2017 AIMExpo in Columbus, Ohio

                        In a few short days, thousands of motorsports enthusiasts will be headed to Columbus, Ohio for the 2017 American International Motorcycle Expo. Barker's Performance is excited to be participating and exhibiting at this year's show. 

                        2017 AIMExpo

                        Touted as, "the show that changed the powersports industry," the AIMExpo is the place to check out all the latest and greatest in the industry. From new product unveilings to gear, parts, and aftermarket upgrades galore, there is an endless amount to look at and learn about. 

                        Getting ready for the 2017 AIMExpo in Columbus, Ohio

                        This year you will find Barker's Performance at booth #1251 in the Made in the USA section. We will have two rad machines, fitted with our exhausts on display in addition to three full stand-alone systems for you look at and learn more about. One of the machines is a super sexy 2018 Yamaha Raptor 700 featuring our Barker's Full Dual Exhaust. We will also have a stand-alone full dual exhaust system for the Yamaha Wolverine and a full single exhaust for the Yamaha YFZ450R on display, in addition to a new surprise system for a mystery machine we've been working on you won't want to miss.

                        You will also find our brand experts, Dave and Samantha, present to speak to dealers and consumers about our products. One of the highlights for our dealers will be officially launching our new dealer price books. The new price books will replace our current single price sheet and includes a number of new products and pricing. We're really excited to get face to face with dealers and consumers and learn about all the new and exciting things going on in our industry. We hope to see you there!

                        New 2017 Barker's Performance Dealer Price Book

                        Stop by and see us in the Made in the USA section at booth #1251 for some cool Barker's swag! 

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                        Excitement Builds as Team Nine6Nine Takes On the Second Half of the 2017 ATV MX National Championship

                        With more than half of the 2017 ATV MX National Championship completed, Team Nine6Nine gives us a run down of the last few races. Excitement is building as they enter the last stretch of this challenging competition. 

                        The second half of the ATVMX National Series has been full of excitement for Team Nine6Nine. Round 5 of the ATVMX National Series did not disappoint at Sunset Ridge MX in Walnut, Illinois. There were a variety of firsts for Team Nine6Nine. That Friday's practice was the first time Logan Stanfield #55 was able to ride in the 2017 season. Although he hasn't been cleared to race yet, he's been training locally to prepare for strong finishes in the 2018 season.

                        Zack Decker #23 earned 1st place overall in both Super-Mini and 250 Mod at Sunset Ridge. He also competed for a 2nd place overall in Youth All-Star. Phil Oppen #121 rode aggressively at Sunset Ridge to earn a 2nd place overall in Junior 25+. He had a good weekend as a rider but an even better weekend as a mechanic. Sunday was the first time one of his machines made it to the Pro-Am podium in 2017. In Pro-Am moto one at Sunset Ridge, Alan Myers #24 proved his place in the class charging early for a 1st place finish, winning by 24.6 seconds. In Pro-Am moto two, he knew who to beat and rode a comfortable 3rd place which landed him in the center of the box. Winning his first Pro-Am podium in the 1st place position was a sweet end to Father's Day weekend.

                        Round 6 at Millville MX helped Team Nine6Nine gain even more momentum leading into the last few rounds of the series. Alan Myers #24 went 1-1 in Pro-Sport sweeping his first Pro-Sport 1st place podium finish. He's felt more like himself since Sunset Ridge MX, where he won Pro-Am for the first time in his rookie season. Zack Decker #23 was able to lock in his 250 Mod National Title and hopeful to lock in his Super-Mini title in the following rounds. As the season comes closer to the end, Phil Oppen #121 was pushing to earn a 1st place podium finish in hopes to close the gap between himself and the points leader in the Junior 25+ class. The team has had high motivation since MN with the return of Logan Stanfield #55 to the 969 Compound. His return is still uncertain in the 2017 season, but when it happens, it will be quite the comeback!

                        The weather for Round 7 at Unadilla MX wasn't the best, but Team Nine6Nine was happy that it didn't affect any motos. In fact, the track was a favorite one in the series so far for the 969 Boys. It was also a local race for Myers and Decker, so they were hoping to give their local fans some fun racing to watch. Alan Myers #24 put on a show on Sunday with a 3rd in Pro-Am for the first moto and a 1st place in the second moto. He ended up with a 2nd overall podium position. He also battled hard in both Pro-Sport motos to earn of 4th overall on the weekend in that class. Zack Decker #23 had some trouble on starts for the weekend in his Youth All-Star class but was able to battle through the pack to earn 3rd place in both motos with a 3rd place overall. Since he locked in his 250 Mod class last round, he wanted to focus on locking in his Super-Mini title. Unfortunately, bike issues plagued his lead in both motos. He was still able to earn a 5th place overall on the weekend. Phil Oppen #121 had some tough competition in his Junior 25+ for the weekend. He pushed hard to earn a 3rd overall. Logan Stanfield #55 stayed in Indiana to do some practicing throughout the weekend. He says he is feeling stronger every day and is anxious to return as a competitor in the series.

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                        Barker's Sponsored Team Nine6Nine On The First Half Of The 2017 ATV MX Nationals

                        We are thrilled to have teamed up with Nine6Nine MX School this year as they take on the 2017 ATV MX National Championship. With so many talented riders racing the season has been very exciting. We hooked up with Travis Moore the team manager to learn more about the first half of the season. You can read all about it below! 

                        Nine6Nine team leader, Travis Moore, give us a rundown of the first half of the 2017 ATV MX National for the team and its riders.

                        The first half of the ATVMX National Series had it's ups and downs along with a cancellation of Round 3 at High Point MX in Pennsylvania. Team Nine6Nine rider Logan Stanfield #55 never started the season with his fellow teammates due to an injury that occurred during pre-season training in Florida. Successful back surgery and physical therapy have allowed Stanfield to work his way back to riding an ATV. He says, "I had big things to accomplish this year in the A-class. This was just a minor setback for my major comeback. You will see me on the box again in the 2018 series."

                        The loss of training with Stanfield wasn't an easy adjustment for his New Jersey brother, Alan Myers #24. Entering his rookie year in the competitive classes of Pro-Sport and Pro-Am, Myers knew his training had to go next level. After training for months in Florida, he started the season strong in Daytona with a 4th place overall in Pro-Am and a 2nd place overall in Pro-Sport. Heading to Texas with confidence, the two classes proved their level of competition would be tough. Myers ended the weekend with a 6th in Pro-Am and a 4th in Pro-Sport. He was ready to step up to the challenge.

                        Team Nine6Nine Alan Myers

                        At Monster Mountain, he was pushing for a second place finish when he got caught up with a fellow competitor causing mechanical issues that would affect his riding pace. Pushing through, he ended the weekend just outside the top 10 in both classes. High Point MX being canceled allowed more training time than usual. He felt good going into Ironman and proved it by running a strong 3rd place on Saturday in Pro-Sport and a 5th place overall in Pro-Am on Sunday. Mechanical issues forced a bike change before Muddy Creek. One that proved to be a good move. Myers had his best starts of the season in Pro-Am coming out top 3 in each holeshot. He ran 2nd for most of both motos while dropping a few spots by the end due to a health issue. He fought for a 3 way tie for 2nd that landed him a 4th place overall on the weekend in Pro-Am. He says, "Because I have ridden a Walsh Hybrid before, I decided to go back to my roots. I knew coming into these classes that'd I'd be racing some of the toughest competition in the sport. I'm ready to prove my spot on the box."

                        While dealing with all of Team Nine6Nine's mechanical issues, Phil Oppen #121 manages to find time to run at the front of his Junior 25+ class. He ran strong 2nd place finishes at Underground MX and Monster Mountain MX. He was ready to step it up and ran 1st place for some of the moto at Ironman. Unfortunately, at the last turn of the track, a competitor passed him to land him 2nd place overall. He came to Muddy Creek with confidence as he had allotted more time to training. Oppen pulled the holeshot in moto one. While running first on the last lap, a mistake before the uphill triple caused a drop in position earning him a 5th place overall. He says, "Although I don't get to train as much as I'd like, I am able to live my dream of building motors with this team. I am happy that at my age, I can still competitively race and have a career in the racing industry. These people have become my family."

                        Team Nine6Nine Ready to Race

                        The newcomer of the Nine6Nine boys is Pennsylvania native, Zack Decker #23. He may be 13, but he has proven he has the work ethic of his older teammates. His consistent training has earned him first place finishes overall every round in his Super-Mini class and 250 Mod class. Youth All-Star is always a fun class to watch where all the fast youth riders compete. Decker earned first place overall finishes in the class at Underground MX and Monster Mountain. His competition stepped it up for Ironman MX. After a bad start in moto one, he fought his way to 3rd place. He was running out front the second moto, but a mishap with a wrecked rider pushed him back to a 7th place position. He ended the weekend with a 5th overall. He worked hard during the off weekend and came to Muddy Creek seeking more first place finishes. He made a skilled pass in moto one to earn 1st place. While running in second and charging for first in moto two, he and a fellow rider got tied up in a corner on the last lap. A mistake the would cause him to drop to a 3rd place overall on the weekend. He says, "I have never worked so hard for anything in my life. I am working on fixing some of my rookie mistakes and plan to be out front from here on out."

                        Team owner Travis Moore is very happy with the roster of guys for this year's team. Each family of the rider plays a huge role in making the Nine6Nine team run smoothly. From cooking and traveling to track maintenance and endless support, Moore is very appreciative of the opportunity to work with such great people. He says, "I have really liked to see my guys go through adversity and push through with toughness this season. From Logan getting hurt to Alan having mechanical issues, this year has not run as smoothly as last year. It's a good life lesson that with work and determination you can progress and succeed." Speaking on behalf of Team Nine6Nine, we cannot thank you enough for your support and effort to help make this race team successful. 

                        Team Nine6Nine

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