Beau Baron Takes Fifth Straight WORCS Pro ATV Win
Hurricane, UT – Can anyone stop Beau Baron? That question was being muttered around the Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels pits as he took home his fifth consecutive WORCS Pro ATV victory at Sand Hollow State Park. Collins Webster finished second, ahead of Mike Sloan, Robbie Mitchell and Matthew Hancock.
The heavy winds that battered the area on Saturday calmed slightly on Sunday, making for improved racing conditions. The ATV race, scheduled for a longer-than-usual one hour and 45 minutes, was started in conjunction with the motorcycles, but the courses split at the halfway point of the track.
CST’s Beau Baron got off to a sixth-place start and quickly made his way through the field to catch Sloan out front, but in the third lap, he made the pass for the lead, which he held to the checkered flag for his fifth straight win.
DWT’s Collins Webster’s runner-up effort was his best career WORCS Pro ATV finish. Webster has been gaining every race, and he said his training program is starting to pay dividends with his first podium finish of the year.
STI’s Mike Sloan managed to keep up and battle with Webster despite a flat tire on his Honda in the final laps of the race, but he wasn’t able to make the pass on Webster in the end, but claimed his fourth straight third place finish on the podium.
LMR Racing’s Robbie Mitchell was battling with Garrin Fuller for second when Fuller crashed hard off of one of the dunes. In a true show of sportsmanship, Mitchell stopped to help his fallen comrade. He rebounded to finish fourth. Fuller wasn’t seriously injured, but the wreck ended his race day.
ELKA’s Matthew Hancock recorded his best ever WORCS Pro ATV finish in fifth. He regretted running too slow a pace at the start of the event, but it topped off a great weekend for the Pro rookie who also scored his first Pro SxS podium finish on Saturday.
In Pro Am, Justin Waters took the victory and the points lead after Brian Sirevaag crashed in Open A class race on Saturday, suffering a serious concussion. Waters held off Logan Huff, who finished second, followed by Ricardo Gonzalez.
Waters won the race despite taking hard shot to the face in a crash. The get off required him to get stitches in his forehead, but it didn’t stop him from finishing the race.
Logan Huff overcame electrical problems to record his third podium of the season. He moved to second in points, ahead of Sirevaag.
Gonzalez should be given a special Iron Man award for his third-place finish. Gonzalez broke his collarbone at the last race in Lake Havasu and rebounded to claim his first Pro-Am podium finish when he was originally only planning to ride around and salvage some points.
The next round of racing is for the Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels has recently been moved to Mesquite, NV on May 6-8th, so be sure to update your schedule for next round of WORCS racing in less than a month.