By Robert Janis
Three-Quarters of a
Life Racing ATVs
He's only 25 years-old. But he's been racing
ATVs for 19 years. If you do
the math, yes, Jeff Hancock was 6 years-old when
he first raced an ATV. "Racing
has always been a part of my life and I have
never lost interest in it,"
He now lives with his fiancé and his 2 year-old
son Jacob in Salome, Arizona,
and it shouldn't be a surprise that Jacob is
already an ATV rider in his own
right. "Once he is old enough, he will more than
likely start racing," said
the proud dad.
Hancock has been desert racing since he was 18
years-old. It's only natural.
He has lived in a small desert town in Arizona
for most of his life. So a lot
of his ATV riding has been in the desert. Desert
racing was an obvious next
step. His first desert race was in Whiplash
Off-Road Racing, a series
specifically held in Arizona. A Yamaha Raptor
was the ATV that carried him to those
early victories. He raced the Raptor because it
was the first bike he owned. He
did no modifications but rather raced it stock.
It was good enough for him
to win the beginner and expert classes and
experience a third-place finish
overall with the pros. His success encouraged
him to turn pro in 2001 when he
was 20 years-old.
Now he races in the ATV Open Pro class in Best
in the Desert, SCORE
INTERNATIONAL, Whiplash Off-Road Racing and CODE
events. He claims
to be one of the only factory desert racers. He
began his factory ride in January of 2007.
Hancock has competed in 33 major races. He's
finished first ten times, second six
times and the rest of his finishes range from
third place and on. Last year he
finished first in points in the Whiplash
Off-Road Racing Series, third in
points in the SCORE series and fourth in points
in The Best in the Desert series.
His record in desert races for the last two
years includes a second-place
finish in the Baja 1000 and a second place in
last year's Vegas To Reno race.
"They were two of my most difficult but
important races because they helped me
gain the sponsors I currently have," he said.
His sponsors include Factory Polaris, LKH
Farming, where he is employed and
which is owned by his father; Hancock Racing;
Maxxis Tires; UNI; Alba Action Sports;
Regina; TAG; Tire Balls; Star Island
Motorsports; Custom Cycle-ATV; KD Cycle;
Motorsports; CT Racing and IMS.
Thanks to his sponsors the Polaris Outlaw 525
IRS he races has been taken
beyond stock and includes a Hancock Racing
steering stem and A-Arms front and
rear; a CT Racing motor; IMS foot pegs; TAG bars
and grips; Motion Pro Throttle;
Power Made hand grips and brush guards; PRM
bumpers; Fox Evo shocks; UNI air
filter; Maxxis tires with Tire Balls; Douglas
rims; Alba seat and an
No doubt it is his competitive nature that leads
him to say that winning is
the best part of the sport while losing is the
worst. However, he adds probably
because it is desert racing after all that he
competes in that breaking down "in
the middle of nowhere" shares with losing as the
worst part of the sport.
What's his favorite race? He's got a lot of
exciting events to choose from
including the Bajas sponsored by SCORE and the
Vegas to Reno produced by Best
in the Desert. However, it's the Baja 1000 that
he favors the most.
He predicted that ATV racing will become bigger
in the coming years.
"Hopefully as it grows, so do I and I am able to
get my name out and gain more
sponsors," he concluded.