Parker “425″ | Best in the Desert 2023Follow
- Hill Climb
Hello everyone, on behalf of myself and the team at BITD we appreciate your time.
First and foremost, please know the following, the Future of off-road racing with BITD is as strong as it has ever been.
We at BITD are heavily invested in the long-term growth of our series and the entire sport. We hope the next few min will answer many of your recent questions & concerns.
My message to you today is to provide a clear direction on the future of off-road racing with BITD. Firstly, to address the recent cancellation of the Parker Events.
As acting president and the director of day-to-day operations I take full responsibility for the cancellation of these events. To our racing community, to the town and businesses of Parker AZ, to the Mohave County and all involved, you have my most sincere apologies. We know how much this event means to you all.
When BITD moved the Parker events-main pit from the CRIT land to the old Parker side main pit onto exclusive BLM land it changed the event in more ways than most can understand. When the event was run on CRIT land the spectators were much more spread out and easier to manage and control.
When the event main pit moved to Shea Road all of our spectators also relocated. An estimated 15 to 20k spectators now congregated into a small area causing more than a few challenges. The largest of these challenges was how to effectively control spectators at this event. There were several promoter infractions that we incurred at the 2022 Parker event, of which we addressed in our operations plan for 2023. However, the major infraction in 2022 was controlling the spectators.
The resounding factor that caused BLM to deny our 2023 race permit was due to the fact that we did not provide a satisfactory action plan on how we would control the spectators in 2023. We do not begrudge the BLM! The BLM are our partners, and we ultimately agree with their decision in regards to this year’s Parker Events. BITD is in the process of managing these spectator issues for future events.
Moving forward into the future, BITD will be installing a full-time safety and security team to participate at all events. After the intimate review of the current situation we feel this is our best step forward. It is our determination that such action will not only secure the survival of BITD, but also ensure the survival of all off-road racing that we all love so dearly!
As I said earlier – The Future of off road racing with BITD is stronger than ever! And now we are taking measures.
BITD is heavily invested in the long-term growth of this series. We have publicly shared our 2023 and future growth plan in an extensive series deck you will find it available now on our website in the coming days. The purpose of this outline is to give not only our invested partners & sponsors a clear path forward, but this is also for each of you to continue building your future plans with BITD. We developed this as a tool for you to share with your current and future sponsors. The health of each racer and team is equally important to the growth of our community.
SCHEDULE: due to the Parker events we have revised the 2023 schedule. However, you can confidently know we have a commitment to return to Parker in 2024.