Beau Baron Clinches WORCS SxS Pro Championship
Primm, NV – The final round of 2013 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Motoworks and Dirt Wheels Magazine series was held at Buffalo Bills Casino in Primm, Nevada. Beau Baron overcame injury to claim the WORCS Racing SxS Pro Production championship. Cognito Racing’s Ryan Piplic raced to second place finish followed by Pro Armor’s Tommy Scranton to round out the Pro SxS podium in his Polaris RZR XP 1000, which made its WORCS podium debut.
WORCS racing combined all the SxS races for the season finale and 55 SxS racers took to the line for the 45 minute race. The course was rocky and rough with varying terrain. The racers completed five laps in the allotted time.
Maxxis Tire’s Beau Baron knew he had to finish eighth or better to claim the championship, but in true racer style, Baron didn’t settle for the bare essentials. He rocketed off the line and claimed the holeshot with his Holz Racing / Maxxis Tire Polaris and never looked back from the lead. Baron secured the win by 51.169.
“I am pumped just to be able to race. I knew what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t sure if I could perform the way I wanted, but I was able to come out here and get it done,” regarded Baron who has a broken collar bone. “The Polaris worked amazing, the Maxxis Tires, Sparks engine, Walker Evans suspension, everything was great. I am stoked to get this win and the championship. I couldn’t be happier,” said Baron on the WORCS Pro SxS Championship.
Sparks Racing’s Ryan Piplic crossed the checkers in second after laying it all on the line. Piplic needed to win to have a chance at securing the championship, and despite a hard charge crossed the line in second. Piplic took over second on lap two and pushed to get up to Baron. He got within 06.858 on lap three, but ran in to trouble later in the race that set him further back. Despite breaking a driveshaft, Piplic was able to hold onto second place and claim his spot on the podium.
“It was a good race. I am bummed about coming in second, but I drove hard and the Polaris worked well. My car has been flawless all year and I’ve had a good season. I wanted the championship, but it just didn’t work out in my favor,” said Piplic after the round.
Pro Armor’s Tommy Scranton made his first podium appearance this season and did so aboard the new Polaris RZR XP 1000. Scranton had a good jump off the line, but rolled his Polaris in the first corner. He got upright and put on a hard charge for the leaders. He worked from eighth place on lap one to fourth on lap three before overtaking the third spot on lap four. Scranton remained in third through the checkers to claim the final podium position.
“I am happy to finish in third. I rolled in the first corner and had to battle with everyone to come back for third. I am really stoked to be on the box and thankful to all my sponsors that helped get me here,” regarded Scranton from the podium.
David Martinez and Greg Row rounded out the top five in the SxS Pro Production class.
Jacob Shaw won his third straight race in the SxS Production 1000 Class. Shaw held the lead for much of the race and had an ongoing battle with Mitch Guthrie Jr. The pair had less than ten seconds separating them for most of the five lap race. In the end, Shaw claimed victory with a 05.944 lead over Guthrie.
Guthrie, who crossed in second, was still able to claim the class championship after an impressive five wins notched in early season. Michael “Speedy” Gonzales rounded out the top three in the class.
ITP Racing’s #918 Justin Lambert took the win on his Kawasaki in the SxS Production 850 class, but despite his best efforts in the final stretch, Lambert missed taking the championship by just two points. #654 Chris Willing claimed the championship with a seventh place finish at the season finale. Daniel Rosenweig and Kyle Melville finished second and third, respectably, in the SxS Production 850 class.
Amelia Morton didn’t face many competitors in the SxS Production 600 class this year, but she raced smart and did something many racers didn’t and that was finish every race in her Polaris RZR 570. Morton claimed five wins and won the class championship.
The 2013 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Motoworks and Dirt Wheels Magazine Series has come to an end for 2013, and the 2014 WORCS racing season will kick off in just over four months back at Buffalo Bills Casino in February, and as SxS racing gains momentum, there will surely be even more competition, which will make for another exciting year of WORCS racing.