David Haagsma Takes Glen Helen SxS Pro Win
San Bernardino, CA – David Haagsma overcame unseasonably hot weather to dominate Saturday’s Rocky Mountain ATV WORCS presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels series Pro Side-By-Side Championship race at Glen Helen Raceway. Ryan Piplic strengthened his hold on the points chase with a second-place finish, followed by Beau Baron. Mickey Thomas and Matt Hancock completed to the top five. Championship contender RJ Anderson fell out early in the event with a transmission failure on his machine.
Temperatures topping 100 degrees tested both man and machine here as did the unique course, which comprised both of Glen Helen’s motocross tracks, the off-road truck section, as well as some low-lying brush sections.
The start was a survival game and Haagsma won. After snagging the holeshot, he ran unchallenged throughout the event to net his third WORCS victory of 2015. Behind him, though, was carnage. Going into the Talladega turn, several cars collided, with Piplic and Baron barely squeezing through.
Ryan Piplic held off Baron to finish second and protect his points lead. Piplic needs to merely finish the next race to clinch his second WORCS SxS Pro Championship.
Beau Baron was nearly taken out on the first lap on the start, but charged through. He then challenged Piplic late in the event, but settled for third, and recorded his fifth podium finish of the season.
Mickey Thomas held off Baron for the first four laps falling to fourth. Thomas was happy, though, to be getting up to speed in WORCS competition in his rookie year on the west coast.
In the Pro Stock Class, Ray Bulloch outmatched holeshot winner Codey Rowley to net his second victory this season with a remarkable 39-second margin of victory. Rowley clinched the championship with a second-place finish. Dustin Nelson returned to WORCS competition and debuted the new Yamaha YXZ 1000R, finishing third in the stock machine.
Ray Bulloch charged his way through the pack to take over the lead in the final half of the race, which he held to the checkered flag for his second win of the season.
Codey Rowley scored his seventh podium finish of the season, which was more than enough to wrap-up the SxS Pro Stock championship. earned the championship on the merit of three victories and three runner-up
The big story was Nelson and the new Yamaha. The unique machine features a three-cylinder engine and a manual five-speed gearbox. With little seat time prior to the event, Nelson was ecstatic with his third-place finish, especially after starting on the second row. Nelson also took the Sportsman class win in his custom Yamaha Wolverine.
Gilbert Flores won his first 1000 Stock Class race, handing Can-Am its first WORCS side-by-side victory.
Savannah Brooks claimed her first WORCS Powder Puff win after battling with points leader, Danielle Weatherly early in the race. Unfortunately, Weatherly suffered mechanical issues, and Brooks charged her way to the win.
Christy McGuffin claimed her best finish of the season as well in the second spot followed by Shelby Anderson in third.
Jacob Shaw clinched the Ace Championship with his sixth win of the season. Ronnie Anderson finished in the second spot followed by Brian Haag.
Rocky Mountain ATV WORCS presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels series Pro Side-By-Side Championship season finale is on October 16-18 in Primm, NV.