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Jim Evans: First time is the charm for this desert racer

February 27, 2013

Jim Evans racing his ATV in the desert.

Jim Evans, 44, of Corona, Calif., didn’t set out to win a national championship in the 2012 AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series. He just went racing to “see how it goes.”

He went home at the end of the season with the ATV 100-Open B title.

“This was my first year racing in this amateur class, so I knew I had to step it up a bit to do well in this class,” Evans says. “It wasn’t easy.”

His toughest competition came from Christopher Peatross, who he battled the year before as well.

“Towards the end of the year there were some other really fast guys coming out to the races so it’s going to be very challenging [2013],” Evans says.

Evans ran most of the season aboard a Yamaha YFZ450R outfitted with a full set of PRM skid plates, a DynoJet programmer, GYTR full exhaust and larger tires.

“The power and handling of the YFZ450R is one of the main reasons I was able to be more competitive this year,” he says. “The Yamaha was very reliable and I had no mechanical issues all year. It’s a rock solid quad.”

Evans says he really likes racing the AMA ATV Hare & Hound National Championship Series because the races are challenging and really test your riding ability. You are able to push yourself a little farther at each race, he says, which makes him a better rider.

The Nationals “also bring out more quad riders to compete with,” he says.

Evans raced motorcycles and did a lot of trail riding starting in the late 1980s but switched to quads after seriously injuring his leg in 2005. He first began racing ATVs in 2011 and decided to get make a full-on effort in 2012.

“This is my first championship and I am really proud of that,” Evans says. “I’ve come a long way since my accident.”

Now that he has a title under his belt, Evans hopes to capture another one in the 2013 AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series. He also plans to run some district 37 (Southern California) races, and might even try racing Baja.

“Anything that allows me to put miles on my quad I’ll be there,” he says. “That’s what I enjoy most.”

When he’s not racing ATVs, Evans enjoys riding his mountain bike and hiking with his wife, Wendy, who has been supportive throughout the years.

“We went through a couple tough years with my leg injury,” Evans says. “She is a really special lady and the love of my life.”

Evans would like to thank everyone involved with the NHHA series, District 37 clubs, Rescue 3 and all the voluntaries who devote so much time and effort to put on desert races.

He also thanks all the District 37 quad racers who “make it a fun, family atmosphere at the races.”

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