Changes are coming to the Best In the Desert (BITD) race series.  The BITD Association operates the largest off-road racing series in North America.  Their events include the Parker 250, Parker 425, Laughlin Desert Classic, Silver State 300 and Vegas to Reno.

Best In The Desert Racing Association new classes

Now, the BITD has announced that it is adding four new classes to its motorcycle division for 2020.  Probably the biggest news is the addition of an “Adventure” category for adventure motorcycles with two cylinders.  The new classification should bring a lot of new participants and models to the BITD series.

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The Best In The Desert Racing Association is adding an Adventure Bike and other classes in 2020. Image credit: Best In The Desert Racing Association

A twin-cylinder adventure class can bring machines to the series.  Machines like the KTM 790, BMW F 750/850 GS, Honda Africa Twin, Ducati Multistrada/Scrambler,  and perhaps the new Yamaha T700 into the series.  The new category should allow people with these adventure machines to find the limits of both their bikes and their own personal capabilities.

In addition, the BITD will also be adding other classes to help build interest and participation.  In 2020 BITD will offer an Ironman Pro-Class due to many requests from racers.  A Women’s only class is also being added to encourage female competitors.  BITD is also increasing the displacement limit from 300cc to 399cc for Pro, Amateur, and Sportsman classes. The last new class is a unique Family class for those wishing to compete as part of a family unit.

Changing market

BITD Desert Race Operation Manager Donald Jackson had this to say:

“We’ve been watching the motorcycle market closely for several years, and there’s no question where the growth is in the market. Adventure motorcycles featuring twin cylinders are the fastest-growing segment of the market, and many riders are looking for competitive events to test them in.

Also, with women now making up almost 20% of all motorcyclists, the time has come for us to offer a 100% women’s class for them to compete in as well. Ours is one of the most exciting forms of racing on the planet, and the addition of these new classes is sure to draw additional interest and attention.”

Registration for these new classes and each event will be opening soon.  For more information, you can go to BITD’s website.


Feature photo credit: Best In The Desert Racing Association.

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