Beau Judge secures his second straight win of the season at the Canyon MX WORCS
Peoria, AZ – Beau Judge took a huge risk with a brand new Can-Am Maverick X3 build and came out of round two of the ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Polaris RZR Series SXS Pro Production race with his second consecutive victory. The event was held at the combined off-road and motocross facility at Canyon MX. Cayden MacCachren won the SXS Pro Stock race.
In the Pro Production race, Judge showed up with a Can-Am Maverick X3 that was just finished by Phil Blurton’s No Limit Race Development. Though a gamble to enter a new car with no time on the clock, Judge proved his mettle as a driver and No Limit’s strength as a builder as he took the holeshot and led every lap in an event that saw many top competitors fall out—including frontrunners Beau Baron and David Haagsma—due to attrition. Shawn Saxton was second in his Polaris, ahead of the similar ride of Matthew Hancock. “To holeshot and lead it wire to wire is pretty amazing,” said Judge. “I think this car is only going to get faster. That thing was a bare frame on Saturday so to not have one thing happen is amazing. These guys are all winners so it’s stacked out here.”
The victory was Judge’s second and he remains unbeaten so far this season. While Judge may be best known for his time in Best of the Desert competition co-driving with Blurton, he came into WORCS two years ago and has been competitive from the first race. This year, he comes in with factory Can-Am backing and that, according to Judge, has made a significant difference. “We did a deal with Can-Am this year,” said Judge. “I told them if they gave me a contract that it would give me the edge I needed. It feels good.”
Saxton started on the last row due to a DNF in round one. Despite the disadvantage, Saxton ran a strong race. He took the holeshot on his row and quickly reached the first-row cars. Late in the race, as cars began to fall out, he made it to second on adjusted time. He attempted to make a run on Judge, but mechanical issues held him to second. “I drove smart and started catching the first row early,” said Saxton. “With three laps to go I noticed the belt had started slipping so I had to back it down just to get it to the finish. There’s no better way to finish than with a podium with the issues we had.”
Hancock kept his podium streak alive here by running a consistent pace to preserve his Polaris RZR to the finish. While cars fell out seemingly every lap, Hancock, who ran second for most of the race, kept it going. Toward the end of the race, he set sights on Judge, but a technical issue slowed him and he settled for third at his home track. “About three quarters of the way through I tried to catch up to Beau Judge,” said Hancock. “I got into the motocross track and made up some time. Then I hit a jump in the infield and the car shut off in the air. When I landed, the power came back on and I was glad it worked. I was a little bit down on power from there. I have a lot of history here so it’s always fun to come out here and race.”
In Pro Stock, Cayden MacCachren scored his first Pro victory on adjusted time. After starting on the third row, MacCachren proved he has the same competitive drive as his dad, Rod, and put in an excellent run. Kody Winieki was second, ahead of Chris Johnson. All were driving Polaris RZRs, which have become ubiquitous with the class.
“I slowed my pace early to make sure I made it to the finish and that worked out for us,” said MacCachren. “The track was really rocky so my setup worked really well. The attrition rate started up so I wicked it up the last couple of laps and got the win.”
Winieki, another up and comer like MacCachren, earned his first Pro podium with the runner-up finish. Driving a car borrowed from his uncle, he came out ahead of Johnson, who challenged him throughout the race. “I had Chris on my butt the whole race so I had to keep the skinny pedal down,” said Winieki. “This is very exciting. I get to make my car payment next week with the check.”
Johnson did everything he could conceivably do to try to get past Winieki during the race but settled for third at the end. Battling with Winieki the entire race made for a more competitive, and fun event for Johnson. “I finally put a whole race together and it’s nice to be back on the box again,” said Johnson. “Kody was driving really well. I’d catch him in some sections and then he’d run me in others. It was cool to race with somebody the whole time.”
The WORCS SXS classes are scheduled to be back in action March 19-21 in Lake Havasu City, AZ.