Final Round of Best in the Desert Series - News - Dirt Rider Magazine

Campbell/Hengeveld Haul at Henderson's Terrible 300The inaugural Henderson's Terrible 300 in the Eldorado Valley south of Henderson, Nevada, turned out to be a lot tougher than most competitors expected at the finale of Best in the Desert's Silver State Series. After starting out on the very fast 62-mile-long truck and buggy course, the motorcycles and ATVs tackled their own 32-mile-long loop which they'd do five times—if they were fast and in shape—though Ironman entrants would only have to do four laps.

In the end, it took winners Johnny Campbell and Steve Hengeveld six hours, 41 minutes and 53 seconds to cover the distance on their XR650R, wrapping up the Open Pro series championship and making a nice addition to the number one plate they'd earned in SCORE by winning last month's Tecate Baja 1000.Many called it one of the most fun-to-ride courses of the BITD season, drawing comparisons to the established hare scrambles in Laughlin. "I think it's real similar to Laughlin," Hengeveld said. "If not, it's a little slower than Laughlin.""I figured, after riding Baja the last couple weeks, I could go 300 miles no problem, but I didn't think the course was going to be this rough," runner-up Andy Grider admitted. "It's pretty similar to Laughlin. It was a tough course to ironman. Now that I know what this course is like, I probably would've went out a little easier at first and saved it for the last ."Grider rode a KTM 525 M/XC with Chris Blais listed as his partner in the Four-stroke Pro division, but with Blais preparing to jet off to Africa for pre-Dakar Rallye testing, it was up to Grider alone to try to retain the team's number one plate in the class.Even if Grider won the class at Henderson, however, XR650R-mounted Mike Childress and Chuck Dempsey simply had to finish to wrap up the division. Their second in class and fourth overall guaranteed them the F1 plate for next year.Third overall Clint Braun and Matt Gosnell wrapped up the 250cc Pro championship on their KTM 250 SX at the Las Vegas 200, so they entered the same bike in the Open Pro class to see if they could improve their overall placing. After drawing the first starting position, Braun led the early going until he slid out in a high-speed watered turn (that must have been icy in the near-freezing temperatures), but they recovered and finished their experiment as Open Pros.