Ryan Piplic Takes SxS Pro Win at Straddleline ORV
Olympia, WA – Hometown Washington racer, Ryan Piplic, overcame unusual dry and dusty conditions Saturday to win Round 7 of the Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels series Pro Side-By-Side Championship at Straddleline ORV Park. Beau Baron finished second, ahead of Mickey Thomas, who beat out Mitch Guthrie Jr. for the final spot on the podium. David Haagsma rounded out the top five.
The event is the only one on the circuit that features tight woods trails, along with technical motocross sections. Racers are usually accustomed to cooler, damp conditions here, but with temperatures in the low 90s, and dust became the primary hurdle to victory.
Ryan Piplic nudged past Beau Baron in the first turn to grab the holeshot and then held him off for the flag-to-flag victory. Ryan Piplic padded his championship lead with the victory, his first this season since winning Round 5 in Utah.
Beau Baron also had his sights set on the holeshot, but just lost out to Piplic on the first lap. Baron kept the pressure on Piplic, but he wasn’t able to make a move for the lead with the lapped traffic.
Mickey Thomas earned his first WORCS Pro SxS podium finish after coming so close earlier in the season, and for east coast racer, the trees in Washington was the closest race to what he would experience at a race back home in Georgia.
Ronnie Anderson nearly destroyed his Polaris RZR in the Pro Stock class, but came away with the win, his first in WORCS Pro Stock class. The Points leader Codey Rowley led from the start, but broke an A-Arm and handed the lead to Ray Bulloch. Bulloch had an off-course excursion, handed the lead and eventual victory to Anderson. Bulloch was second, followed by Ryan Holz.
Ryan Holz claimed the final spot on the podium for the second straight race, and he did it this time in his home state even after making a tire change during the race.
Mitche Guthrie Jr. added a victory in the Unlimited Class to his fourth-place finish in the Pro class. Mark Holz was second, followed by Jeffrey Obering.
With his victory, Mike Gardner clinched the SxS 1000 Class Championship at Straddleline ORV Park.
Jacob Shaw flipped his ACE, but he still was able to come back and take another win in the 600 SS Class.
Other winners were: Chase Warren (1000 Stock and 600); Giuliana Flowers (Youth 600 Stock); Clayton Mickels (Youth 200 Stock); Stacey Pike (900); Karl Munford (700); and Ken Keegal (Sport).
The Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels series side-by-sides are back in action September 26-27th in the Golden State for Round 8 at Glen Helen Raceway.