Gary Sutherlin Takes Sand Hollow Pro Win
Hurricane, UT – Gary Sutherlin takes the win at round five of the 2015 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Bike. Precision Concept’s Robby Bell finished in the second spot and RPM / KTM’s Eric Yorba claimed the final spot on the podium.
The Sand Hollow WORCS course was the longest of the season at around twelve miles long over some of the most scenic terrain in the country with red rock buttes and sand dunes lining the course, but after a full weekend of racing, the mostly sand track developed some deeps whoops and there were plenty of rock sections to challenge the racers, which made it one of the most brutal two hour long races of the season.
The dead engine start for the race was right along the Sand Hollow beach on the sand, and John Burr Cycle’s Steve Gibson grabbed the holeshot, but he was quickly passed by RPM / KTM’s Eric Yorba before the end of the first lap. By the second lap, Yorba came under fire from Gary Sutherlin and Robby Bell who both got off to slow starts, but the duo spent the rest of the race battling for the lead and the Sand Hollow win as they charged past Yorba into the front two spots.
Gary Sutherlin and Robby Bell battled for the lead nearly the entire race as they swapped the lead back and forth throughout the race, and in the final lap they both cranked it up in a mad dash to the finish line with Sutherlin recording the fast lap of the race in the final lap to take the win Bell going down in the sand while charging after Sutherlin.
Robby Bell got off to rough start when he collided into the rear of Ryan Reina on the start, which dropped him to the back of the pack, but he quickly recovered and charged into the lead in the lead by the second lap and began battling with Sutherlin for the win, but he went down in the final lap and finished in the second spot.
After a rough start to the year, Eric Yorba was finally able to claim a spot on the WORCS Pro podium with a third place finish after making a last lap pass on Justin Seeds. Precision Concept’s Justin Seeds just missed the final spot on the podium by less than one second in the fourth spot in a dramatic battle to the finish.
RPM / KTM’s Travis Coy also barely edged out Ivan Ramirez for a top five finish as they raced tire to tire to the finish line with Coy collapsing shortly after the checkered flag to the ground after giving it everything to hold off Ramirez in the end.
In the Pro 2 Class, Dalton Shirey claimed his second straight win to extend his points lead in the class over second place finisher, Justin Wallis. Wallis would have won, but he was penalized several minutes for speeding in the hot pits two laps, which dropped him back to second place finish. Travis Damon rounded out the top three on the podium.
In the Pro 2 Lites class, Jeremy Newton claimed his first ever class win, and he did it on his birthday weekend, which made it even better. Logan Chambers went down several times during the race, but he still managed to claim the second spot on the podium followed by Mitch Anderson.
Round six of the 2015 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Bike returns to Utah on May 23-24th to Cedar City for the Iron Mine race, which is the last race before the two month long summer break.