ATHLETE FEATURE | RISQ RACING - WELLS BROTHERS
RISQ Racing has burst onto the off-road motorsports scene the past few seasons with authority. They won back to back SCORE Championships in 2018 and 2019, following that up with a second place finish in 2020. In 2021, they are hoping to lock up another SCORE Championship heading into the Baja 1000.
For RISQ, racing is a family affair. Based out of Southern Utah, the Wells family does 100% of their builds and prep in house at their shop. The brothers Kaden Wells and Corbin Wells pilot the race vehicles while Libby and Travis Wells (mom and dad) manage the chase and pit crews. A support group of amazing friends and family also pitch in at races and events.
They didn't start with UTVs, but the Wells family has always had a passion for the thrill of racing. Starting out in BMX racing, Kaden and Corbin eventually found their way to UTVs starting out in the WORCS series. Instantly hooked, the two brothers eventually traded in the track for the open desert.
The Wells family's operation has grown substantially in recent years. They have their own shop and now boast a fleet of vehicles that includes 6 race vehicles, 2 pre-runners, and a chase truck.
Approximately 500 hours go into each race vehicle they build, explaining the seemingly supernatural consistency and dominance the Wells brothers have enjoyed in recent seasons. RISQ Racing builds their own chassis and gusset kit to reinforce stock arms. A slew of aftermarket parts and accessories, including 32" DS Tensor Tires, help round out their race vehicles and make them some of the best in Baja.
RISQ RACING Q&A
TENSOR: How do you all manage two racers and a fleet of vehicles?
Libby Wells: Good question [lol]. We work a lot of hours, but it pays off when we all get to go to a race and do what we all love! It's a group effort and we all pitch in. We also have awesome support from our friends and family.
TENSOR: Who is your support team?
Kaden Wells: My parents for sure. My co-drivers Mitch, Arnie, and Manni. Our main shop dude, Troy. Our chase team. And of course our sponsors! Can't race like we do without the help.
TENSOR: What goes into your race prep?
Travis Wells: For a full race prep we install new suspension, motor, tans, front diff, clutches, belt and bolts, and all 4 corners. It takes approximately 4 days to a week. Minor prep includes changing fluids, bolts, clutches, belt, air filter, any wear and tear items, and greasing the wheel bearings.
TENSOR: What race series do you like best and are your future racing aspirations?
Kaden Wells: My favorite race series is SCORE. I like endurance races and seat time! Score races are usually more miles than the series in the States.
TENSOR: Why did you choose Tensor Tires?
Corbin Wells: We chose Tensor Tire because they are incredibly light weight and durable! We can honestly say they are the strongest and best tire we've ever used!
RISQ RACING NOTABLE FINISHES
2018 BITD Champion (1st)
2018 SCORE World Desert Championship (1st)
2019 SCORE World Desert Championship (1st)
2020 SCORE World Desert Championship (2nd)
2020 BITD Championship (2nd)
2019 BITD Championship (2nd)
2020 BITD Championship (3rd)
|Platforms||2016 (x1), 2019 (x1) 2020 (x2), 2021 (x2) Polaris RZR XP1000s|
|Chassis||RISQ Racing - Custom|
|Wheels||Method Race Wheels 401-R Low Offset|
|Tires||Tensor DS 32" Hard Compound|
|Suspension||Alltech Motorsports/ Assault Industries|
|Livery Design||Union Graphic Co.|
|Seats||Simpson custom seats|
|Particle Separator||S&B Filters|