David Haagsma Wins Primm, Beau Baron Takes WORCS Championship
Primm, NV – Round nine of the 2013 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Motoworks and Dirt Wheels Magazine season finale was held at Buffalo Bills Casino in Primm, Nevada. H&M Motorsports David Haagsma claimed his second win of the year followed by Can-Am’s Dillon Zimmerman in second and Dustin Nelson taking the final spot on the podium aboard his Yamaha, and Maxxis’ Grant Mitchell wrapped up the Pro-Am championship with the win.
The weather could not have been any better this weekend at Buffalo Bills in Primm, Nevada with temperatures in the mid-seventies with a steady breeze, which keep the dried out the track, but dust wasn’t an issue with the wind. The racing kicked off at 9:30 AM on Sunday. The start of the race this round was different than most with both Pro ATV and Pro Motorcycles racing at the same time to help shorten up the racing day to make time in the afternoon for the awards banquet.
Despite having a broken collarbone, Beau Baron made an appearance this weekend to gain his five points for starting the race that he needed to capture the championship. Also, Josh Frederick made a surprise appearance this weekend after having a tragic accident at Lake Havasu, which left him paralyzed, but “The Animal” Josh Frederick has been doing great with his recovery.
Both Baron and Frederick rode a parade lap with Frederick sporting the number 2 plate on his Can Am DS450 equipped with a hand shifter. They also started the race, but pulled off shortly afterwards with Baron claiming his second consecutive Pro ATV championship in the WORCS series a day after he wrapped up the championship in the SxS Pro class.
With Baron out of the line-up, David Haagsma claimed his second win of the season. After a dead engine start, Haagsma started near the back of the pack, but he charged his way into third by the end of lap one. “The race didn’t start off very good because it took two kicks to get started and everyone got off the line before me. I just went into attack mode right away, and I think I got two guys passed by the third turn,” said Haagsma on his start.
After lap two, he had worked his way into the lead passing Josh Row. The hard work paid off in the end for Haagsma as he gained a nearly two-minute lead to secure the win. “Everything went great this season. I am trying to figure out next year. I kind of want to go back east and race motocross because that’s more of my thing. I enjoy off-road, but I enjoy motocross a lot more and that’s where I want to put my focus,” said Haagsma.
GPS Off-road Product’s Dillon Zimmerman got off to a decent start having close battles with Dustin Nelson and Josh Row early on in the race. After racing hard on the rough track early on, he captured his season best second place finish aboard his Can-Am after passing Row, who was experiencing engine problems.
“Nelson, Row and I were all battling. I saw Row pushing his quad back to the pits and that was when I got second. I just put my head down because I wanted to do good on this last round,” said Zimmerman after his second place finish.
Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson had his fair share of good and bad luck this season. Starting the race in fifth, Nelson battled in third with Row four consecutive laps. After passing Row who was broken down on the side of the track on lap eight, Nelson placed him self into third position. This was his third straight podium finish for Nelson to finish out the year.
“I caught up to Robby, and he roosted me with a huge rock that hit me right in the stomach. It kind of knocked the wind out of me and it also pulled my kill tether out, which stalled the bike. I also had a lapper that didn’t see me and pulled right out in front of me. I ended up hitting him and our quads got tangled up,” said Nelson after his third place finish.
Robbie Mitchell took the fourth place position this weekend after grabbing the holeshot at the beginning of the race on his #8 LMR Honda. He had a great race early on, but his stomach started to give him issues and forced him to slow down on lap eight. Later in the race, he realized his shocks weren’t quite right and running them too soft really began to beat him up, wearing him out even more.
“I wanted to at least podium this weekend and really wanted to win. This is usually my worst track, so I am happy with fourth,” said Mitchell after the race.
Collins Webster rounded out the top five this weekend after running in sixth most of the race and passing for fifth on lap nine, which was his season’s best finish. Webster is also a local to the area, residing in Las Vegas. The finish today at Primm helped him gain momentum going into next season on his Can-Am DS450.
“It was my best finish of the year. I was a little disappointed because I think I had more in me. I rode a little tight, but I am happy with the finish,” said Webster after his finish.
Garrin Fuller took the sixth spot this weekend on his Honda followed by Josh Row who put in a brilliant effort leading the race early on. Row had an accident that dropped him back in the pack, followed by an engine failure that secured his seventh place finish.
Going into this weekend, there was a narrow points battle between Grant Mitchell and Bryce Peart in the Pro-Am class, pushing these two racers to give all they had for the win. In order to win the championship, Mitchell had to take the win today. Mitchell was the only Pro- Am rider to finish the race on the lead lap with the pros just before the checkered flag dropped. Peart started near the back of the pack, but battled his way up to the top spots and finished fourth this weekend.
“Last time we were here, I crashed and had some problems. Today I lost the front brakes for the entire race, but I did what I needed to do to get the win for the championship, and I can’t thank Maxxis, Sparks, Elka, Tireblocks, and all my other sponsors for making this championship possible ,” said Mitchell after the win.
Mike Sloan finished in the second position after a great battle for the lead with Grant Mitchell. David Flores finished third, following just a minute behind Sloan and one second in front of Peart. Chandler Waxman rounded out the top five in the Pro-Am class.
The 2013 season was another exciting season of racing with Beau Baron coming back next year to defend his championship along with Grant Mitchell who will remain in the Pro-Am class running his number one plate. It will be interesting to see which riders will fight for the championship in the 2014 WORCS series.