David Haagsma Sweeps Both Pro ATV Wins at Straddleline
Olympia, WA – David Haagsma made it three for four Sunday, winning the Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels Pro ATV race during Round 7 at Straddleline ORV Park. Haagsma also won Saturday’s Pro ATV WORCS X race, as well as the WORCS X Side-by-Side race. Beau Baron finished second, earning his second runner-up finish of the weekend. Robbie Mitchell was third. Garrin Fuller and Collins Webster rounded out the top five.
While most racers look forward to this round for its cool temperatures and damp conditions, this weekend was anything but normal. With temperatures in the mid 80s and low humidity, “dust” was the word of the day on Sunday.
Mitchell took the lead at the start with Haagsma in tow. Mitchell went off course and handed the lead to Haagsma on the first lap. Haagsma hit a tree later in the race, handing the lead back Mitchell. One lap later, Haagsma took the lead for good with Baron charging behind him once again, but a mistake by Baron gave Haagsma was breathing room to take fourth straight win.Haagsma now owns a 10-point lead going into the next round at Glen Helen, but the title chase is far from over.
Beau Baron finished in the second spot in both Pro ATV events at Straddleline after challenging Haagsma for the win in both events, but despite his best efforts, he lost some valuable points to Haagsma in the championship race as the series heads into the final two rounds of the season.
After having fluke issues at the past couple of rounds, Mitchell came on strong this weekend to claim the final spot on the podium in both Pro ATV events, which currently has him third in points as well.
After re-injuring his shoulder at Sand Hollow, Garrin Fuller missed the last round before the summer break, which gave him several months to recover, and it obviously worked as he came away with two fourth place finishes on the weekend.
Collins Webster rounded out the top five on Sunday in the Pro class after making a late pass on Tim Shelman.
Tim Shelman “TPQ” came out of the retirement for this round of WORCS racing near his home in Washington, and he also talked Doug Eichner into racing as well. After a two year hiatus for racing, Shelman made an impressive run to finish in the sixth spot on Sunday, and he rounded out the top five in the WORCS X on Saturday.
Six-time WORCS Pro Champion Doug Eichner finished seventh on his KTM, and at over 50 years old, he put in hard charge for the 90 minute long race.
Mike Sloan clinched the WORCS Pro-Am Championship with his eighth straight win of the season. David Flores, Alex Ortiz, Joseph Shafe and Tyler Benally rounded out the top five.
While the Pro-Am championship is wrapped up, the battle for the Pro Championship will come down to the final rounds with Haagsma and Baron only separated by ten points. The next round of the Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels series heads south to Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, CA on September 26-27th.