Beau Baron Takes Win, David Haagsma Clinches Championship
Primm, NV – Beau Baron’s quick thinking pit strategy paid off as he won his second consecutive Rocky Mountain ATV WORCS presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels series at Buffalo Bill’s. David Haagsma’s second-place finish handed him the 2015 WORCS ATV Pro Championship. Mike Sloan made his Pro debut and finished third. Robbie Mitchell and Collins Webster rounded out the top five.
With rain on and off all weekend and temperatures in the mid-70s, the track was fast and fun, and Baron made the most of it. The ATV event was run in conjunction with the Motorcycle class, but the ATV course split for much of the course.
Mitchell took advantage of the fast and tacky condition and nabbed the holeshot at the dead engine start. Haagsma, whose goal was the title, was on a mission and grabbed the lead on the first lap, with Baron just behind. At the midpoint of the race, Baron elected to short pit and only take fuel. That move put him in the lead for good and handed him the victory.
Baron overcame injuries suffered earlier this year to finish strong with two straight wins, but he fell short on regaining the points lead and finished the year in the second spot.
Haagsma was simply out to finish third or better to clinch the title. After losing the lead to Baron, he elected to run a conservative pace to protect his championship. Haagsma is heading to the East Coast next season and plans to run the full ATV Motorcross Nationals season. Winning the WORCS title was an important milestone for Haagsma, but he will be back at the WORCS series for races that don’t conflict.
Sloan made his Pro debut after clinching the Pro-Am Championship at the last round. He was pleased with this third-place finish after having to charge from the back of the pack. In the end, cramping legs and a flat tire slowed Sloan’s charge to the front.
Mitchell’s quad suffered a front wheel bearing failure, which forced him to have an extended pit stop, his team changed the front spindle and bearing and got him back out. He charged back to finish fourth.
David Flores won the Pro Am race, running from the back to the front. After a disappointing start, he picked off positions all race, taking the lead on the final lap and the eventual victory.
Mathew Hancock finished in the second spot followed by Alex Ortiz at the WORCS season finale.
The 2016 WORCS season kicks off on January 15-17th in Taft, California at Honolulu Hills.