Beau Baron Regains Points Lead With Ridgecrest Win
Round five of the 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV / MC World Off-Road Championship Series Presented by DWT and Dirt Wheels Magazine proved to be a great weekend for H&M Motorsports’ Beau Baron. After taking the WORCS Racing Pro SxS win on Saturday, Baron stepped up and claimed the Pro ATV win on Sunday and regained the points lead from Josh Row. EXIT shock’s Robbie Mitchell had an impressive run to the end to claim the second spot on the WORCS Pro ATV podium followed by Maxxis’ David Haagsma
Saturday’s dust storm wreaked havoc on many racers, but for Sunday, the winds calmed a bit down to about 30 MPH, which was still windy, but it did not hamper visibility as it did during racing on Saturday.
The WORCS racing track at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds in Ridgecrest, California was very unique with a wide range of terrain from high speed off-road sections, motocross track, pavement section, and challenging obstacle from rock, dirt, and log piles to challenge the racers, which made for some exciting racing action.
The Pro ATV race began just after 11:00am and Elka Suspension’s Beau Baron was ready to take back his points lead after a disappointing round four when he suffered a rare mechanical issue. Baron came off the gate in the third spot, and he made quick work of Garrin Fuller and Robbie Mitchell to take over the lead by the end of lap two.
Once out front, Baron still had to push hard as Mitchell and Haagsma stayed within striking distance of Baron, and with just three laps to go, Baron stalled his quad in the logs, which allowed Mitchell to take over the lead.
Baron’s battle for the lead in the final laps with Mitchell made some exciting racing action, and in the final lap, Baron was able to regain the lead on Mitchell to claim his third win of the season and regain the WORCS Pro ATV points lead heading into the final four rounds of the season.
LMR Racing’s Robbie Mitchell grabbed the Pro ATV holeshot and was looking strong, but Garrin Fuller soon made a pass on Mitchell for the lead. Mitchell then was passed by Beau Baron and fell to third, but Mitchell kept on the gas and was able to get by both Fuller and Baron when they encountered trouble on the track.
Mitchell held the lead for two laps, but in the final lap, Baron was able to make the pass with Mitchell finishing just ten seconds back in the second spot on the WORCS Pro ATV Podium, which was a season best finish for the Utah privateer racer.
Haagsma’s third place finish also moved him within two points of Josh Row in the WORCS Racing Pro ATV points championship race.
JRi Suspension’s Dillon Zimmerman didn’t get the start he was hoping for, but after pacing himself for the first half of the race, Zimmerman put in a charge and made his way to the number four spot before reaching the checkered flag.
Sparks Engine’s Josh Row put in a good run and rounded out the top five in the Pro ATV class. This was the first time this season that Row has finished off of the podium.
In the Pro-am ranks, STI’s Mike Sloan took his third win of the season; extending his points lead over the competition. Ryan Waldo claimed his best finish of the season with a strong second place, finishing about a minute behind Sloan. Despite a spin out late in the race, Alex Ortiz was still able to keep it together and claim the final spot on the WORCS Pro-am podium in third.
The WORCS series will be taking at least a two month break before round six is scheduled for July 11-13th at Pala Raceway, which is currently closed, so the WORCS Series will decide this week if it will move the race to another location or cancel the round, so stayed tuned for updates on when WORCS racing will resume for the final half of the 2014 season.