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2011 Polaris RZR XP 900 SxS / UTV Race Review

2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 SxS / UTV WORCS Race Review

2011 Polaris RZR XP 900 SxS / UTV
Maxxis / MCR's Pro ATV Racer, Beau Baron, races the all 2011 Polaris RZR XP 900 in the Lake Havasu WORCS Race
Lake Havasu, Arizona - It wasn’t long ago that we had our first peak at the 2011 Polaris RZR XP 900, which was built for performance and agility. We were impressed with it to say the least and were very anxious to get our hands on one so that we could take it out and put it through the rigors of what we felt would be a great way to see exactly what this machine was made of, and we found just the place.

Round three of the 2011 WORCS series, held at the infamous Crazy Horse GP in Lake Havasu, Arizona, would be where we put the RZR XP 900 to the test by taking it on the track and racing it in basically bone stock form.

We at ATVRiders.com enlisted the help of Pro ATV WORCS racer, Beau Baron, who also recently claimed the Soboba Grand Prix win in a stock Polaris RZR4 800 against a field stack with highly modified UTV / SxS machines

The only modifications we made to the Polaris RZR XP 900 for the WORCS race were the addition of a front frame brace for strength, safety harnesses, provided by fellow racer Nick Nelson, and a fire extinguisher, which is required by WORCS in order to race in any of their side-by-side events.

2011 Polaris RZR XP 900 SxS / UTV
2011 Polaris RZR XP 900 SxS / UTV

The only mandatory changes we had to make to the Polaris RZR XP 900 to race in the WORCS Series was the installation of a 5-Point Harnesses along with a fire extinguisher

The only other modifications made to the RZR XP 900 was the installation of a front upper a-arm frame bracket for added frame strength, which was recommended for racing applications

We thought that we may be a little under powered, considering we were going up against the likes of William Yokely in his tricked out RZR XP and Mark Holz aboard the new Can-Am Commander, so we weren’t expecting any phenomenal results, but we were very surprised and impressed with the end results of our test ride/race.

There were a record tying number of UTVs lined up and ready to race the sandy desert course, and unfortunately for Baron, he was to start on the second row for this event. The 875cc EFI 4-stroke twin cylinder engine of the RZR is known for its performance capabilities and it did not disappoint, even under the pressures of racing.

2011 Polaris RZR XP 900 SxS / UTV

#549 Beau Baron on the far left, started the race mid-pack on the second row with #418 Keenan Rogerson grabbing the Holeshot also in a RZR XP 900

“Even bone stock the RZR XP had great power. We started on the second line, but it handled so well and had so much power that it didn’t take long to catch up to everyone in the first line,” stated Baron.

The RZR XP 900 is equipped with Fox Podium Shox all the way around and has 13.5” of dual front a-arm travel instead of 9” of travel that come standard on the RZR 800 while the rear arms offer an impressive 14” of travel. The extra width and travel really helped with the stability of the machine and kept it stable, even while railing around corners on the track. The shocks also worked great, even when hitting some of the bigger jumps on the track.

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