Blayne Thompson Takes First Win at South Point Casino WORCS
Las Vegas, NV – Blayne Thompson won his first ever WORCS Pro Motorcycle race at South Point Casino against a stacked field of racers with 29 racers alone in the Pro class for round three of the Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Bike. With many racers crossing over from EnduroCross and Motocross competition, WORCS racers still carried the day with Justin Seeds finishing in second, ahead of defending WORCS Pro Champion, Robby Bell.
The South Point Casino event was unique for the normally off-road focused WORCS Championship with a course racing through three indoor arenas along with an outdoor section on the casino grounds. The course combined three different types of dirt and sand, as well as concrete and asphalt sections. The main arena featured big air jumps, combined with a log section and tires, and a huge crowd of spectators gathered to watch the racing action all weekend with a record turnout of racers and spectators in attendance for this special racing event.
The Pro motorcycle race was held on Saturday night, and Blayne Thompson battled with Justin Seeds early in the event, and once he took the lead he overcame a get-off to win the event.
“I did it,” said an exuberant Thompson. “I found good lines to get around the lappers, played it smart and came out with the win. In the sand section there was a triple. Right when I came over it, I landed right on top of another rider and went right over the bars. The bike stayed running when it fell, so jumped on and got going.”
Justin Seeds admitted he wanted the victory, but was happy with second on the difficult and unique course. “I wish I could have won, but I’m just so stoked,” said Seeds. “This race was so intense and I’m stoked to be up here. This was one hell of a race. We got all of those crashes behind us and now we’re up here in second with my teammate in third and my buddy Blayne in first. I couldn’t ask for anything better. I got the lead for a lap or two, made a mistake and then Blayne got by me. From there I just tried to stay smooth because I need the points. This was a huge boost to my confidence.”
Bell was pleased to be one of three WORCS regulars to sweep the podium. “I know a lot of motocrossers came out thinking it would be more their discipline, but the WORCS guys swept the podium,” said Bell. “I think that shows that we can compete in a wide variety of terrain.”
Justin Jones finished in the fourth spot just ten seconds behind Bell, and Mike Sleeter rounded out the top five.
In Pro 2 Class, Logan Chambers secured his second win of the season ahead of Kyle Mercier, and WORCS newcomer, Noah Kepple. It wasn’t easy and Chambers stayed busy the entire race.
“I had battles the whole time,” said Chambers who was recovering from a cold heading into the weekend. “We’re used to sand or rocks, so this was something out of everyone’s element, especially with the wet concrete and asphalt, and that made for some great battles. The ruts got gnarly and the sand got crazy. I’m happy to walk away with a good clean run. Coming out of here with the points lead, I’m just stoked.”
Mercier’s training regiment paid off with a runner-up effort here, marking his first WORCS podium. “This was a little more motocross, so it suited my style,” said Mercier. “It was nice to see the change up, bringing a little more motocross to the off road. I’m really focused on off road this year. I’ve been putting a lot of work at home with my riding buddies. I’m just really excited the hard work is really paying off.”
Kepple took third from Round 2 winner Travis Damon on the final lap and just held him off to snag the last spot on the box. Like Mercier, this was Kepple’s first WORCS podium. “He took the inside line, hit a little kicker and had a tip over,” said Kepple. “I heard his bike behind me on the rev limiter. He was definitely coming for me and wasn’t happy in losing a podium spot. Coming from Enduro Cross, I like the tight racing, so I thought this was the perfect time to just go for it.”
In the Pro 2 Lights, Dante Oliveira secured his third straight win followed by Jarett Megla, and Austin Warren.
The next event for the WORCS Championship is a doubleheader race at the Crazy Horse Campgrounds in Lake Havasu, AZ. The motorcycles are running on their own weekend, March 25-27.