BILSTEIN-sponsored racers had a strong showing at this year’s King of the Hammers

February 17, 2023 3 min read

BILSTEIN’s New Black Hawk UTV Shocks Finish Second in Grueling King of the Hammers UTV Desert Race

JOHNSON VALLEY, CA – BILSTEIN-sponsored racers had a strong showing at this year’s King of the Hammers off-road motorsports event.

Doug Mittag, fitted with Bilstein’s new Black Hawk Powersports UTV shocks on his Polaris Pro R, crossed the line first and placed second on corrected time in the Toyo UTV Desert Challenge on Saturday. Black Hawk UTV shocks use a proprietary Zone Control internal bump-stop system that provides position-sensitive damping without the downsides of internal bypass.

On Monday’s Short Course, in what turned out to be a knock-down brawl of a finish, Ryan Beat took first place in the Pro 2 Unlimited competing on BILSTEIN shocks while Doug Mittag came in third.

Other BILSTEIN-sponsored racers who had strong showings include Brian Deegan, who took fourth place in the Can-Am Pro-Stock Turbo UTV class on Thursday and placed 17th overall.

“We couldn’t be more proud of our racers’ achievements this year as well as the performance of our new Black Hawk Powersports dampers,” said Steve Seggern, Head of Marketing & Powersports for Bilstein. “And let’s not forget thanking Dave Cole’s group for putting on the most spectacular event in off-road racing. We’re excited and looking forward to continuing our re-entry into desert motorsports, a winning legacy that dates back almost 50 years in North America.”

King of the Hammers brings off-road racing competitors from 37 U.S. states and multiple countries to the Johnson Valley area of southern California. The 13-day event includes separate races for UTVs, desert-racing trucks, buggies and motorcycles. BILSTEIN was there again this year to showcase their products and support sponsored racers. Fans also had the opportunity to visit the BILSTEIN booth to meet and greet drivers.

BILSTEIN-backed racers compete on the company’s 9200 Series Bypass, 9200 Coilover7100 and Black Hawk Powersports shock absorbers. For the first time, the company’s new Black Hawk Powersports shocks are available for the Powersports market and offer BILSTEIN’s patented two-stage, externally adjustable Zone Control jounce cut-off system.

To watch recaps of the event, visit To see highlights of the event, visit the BILSTEIN Instagram page, @bilsteinus.

About thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America

Founded in 1873, BILSTEIN is the world’s leading manufacturer of shock absorbers and suspension technology. With their main headquarters located in Germany, BILSTEIN is an original equipment supplier to BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, GM, Chrysler, Ford, Toyota and many others.

Today, BILSTEIN Aftermarket and Motorsports has grown to nearly 980 employees located in three locations around the United States and distributes more than 3,500 part numbers into the U.S. aftermarket. BILSTEIN operates within ThyssenKrupp Component Technologies Group. For more information, please visit

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