Beau Baron Wins Pro ATV, Tops off Near-Perfect Glen Helen Weekend
Devore, CA – Beau Baron held off a charging Mike Sloan to win the Pro ATV portion of the Rocky Mountain ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Polaris RZR and Dirt Wheels event at Glen Helen Raceway. Sloan crossed the line second but was penalized one position for going backward on the track, elevating Logan Huff to second. Kenny Sanford won his fifth consecutive Pro-Am ATV race.
The event was held at on Glen Helen’s motocross and off-road track. Excellent hard-packed dirt made for fast times and an exciting event.
Baron took the holeshot but Sloan was close behind. As they entered the bridge section of the course, Sloan went wide left and up the hill while Baron went straight across the bridge. That gave Baron all the gap he needed and led the remainder of the race. Baron’s third victory of the season allowed him to extend his points lead. It also marked an almost perfect weekend for him with a win and two Pro SXS podium finishes.
“I gated almost perfectly and I was happy to have a good start,” said Baron. “Sloan was right there the whole first lap. On the second lap we went over this roller, went left, and that’s where they opened up the bridge. I went straight and he went up the hill. As he came back down the same hill, that gave me the chance that I needed. He was riding hard and we had a great race.”
Huff had an excellent start, but lost several positions going into the second corner on the first lap. After scoring eighth on the first lap, Huff made the rest of the race count, moving up five positions. Sloan’s penalty put him second at the finish.
“I don’t get a whole of good starts, so I was stoked,” said Huff. “I guess I got scared going into the second turn so I fell back to eighth. I just put my head down and started running some laps. I was fortunate enough to get a podium finish.”
In Pro-Am, Sanford had an excellent start and then took the lead going into the stair step portion of the track. A slight mishap late in the race allowed Alex Ortiz to catch up, but Sanford wasn’t to be denied and he padded his points lead with his fifth straight win. Ortiz finished second, ahead of Braden Schoeffel.
“I had a solid few laps in the beginning behind my brother Cody,” said Sanford. “They watered down the stairs going up. He hit them and spun out so I made a beeline for them. Coming down the hill I was neck and neck with Ortiz. I had a little spill, Ortiz caught back up to me but I held him off.”
Ortiz hadn’t raced in WORCS for the past couple of year, so he was happy to be back on track. He was so happy that he made the podium on his first start of the year. “It’s been a long time since I’d been here,” said Ortiz. “I was making my marks and hitting my lines.”
Schoeffel is also a relative newcomer to 2020 WORCS competition and was making just his second start of the season. His quad was setup more for motocross than off road, but he made it work and scored his first podium finish of the year. “I’m on a full moto setup and I just hammered down,” said Schoeffel. “I just tried to put in solid laps and I was feeling good. The whole track was really fast and I had a good time.”
The WORCS ATVs will return to action October 16-18 during round seven at Shorty’s Sports Park in Blythe, CA.