Beau Baron Takes Fourth Straight Pro ATV Win at Three Peaks Oasis WORCS
Cedar City, UT – Beau Baron out-jumped Travis Damon on the first lap and went on to win the Pro ATV portion of the six round of the 2021 Rocky Mountain ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Polaris RZR and Dirt Wheels. Alex Ortiz scored his first ever win in Pro-Am ATV. The events were held at Three Peaks Oasis in Utah.
Dusty conditions on the combined off-road and motocross track made passing difficult, as did the technical nature of the track. Three Peaks is a new venue for the WORCS series, which had previously competed here at Iron Mine Raceway.
In Pro ATV, Baron started second on his Honda, just behind the similar quad of Damon. Coming into the motocross section on the first lap, Baron closed the gap and then jumped past Damon on one of the tabletops. From there, he was never headed and he extended his points lead with his fifth win of the season. Mike Sloan was second on a Yamaha, ahead of the Honda of Robert Villalovos. “Travis got off really well and I hung behind him for a little bit,” said Baron. “Once we got close to the motocross track, I got up right behind him. Then we hit one of the tabletops and I jumped as far as I could to take the lead. I pulled a nice gap and just tried to maintain from there.”
Baron was astounded, and possibly confounded, by the number of turns on the course. He admitted there were so many turns, he couldn’t remember all of them. “I like corners and picking lines and there were a lot of corners out there,” said Baron. “It’s tough to remember them so I had to stay a little bit timid while also keeping up my speed. It was a really nice course, and I am just glad that Randy is willing to add new race locations to the schedule because for years we have been going back to the same tracks over and over, so it is a great change.”
Sloan started slowly, but was quickly in the mix. After losing several positions when he pitted early, he got going, passing Evan Spooner for third and then making it to second at the finish. “I didn’t get the start I wanted, but once I got going, I started working behind these guys,” said Sloan. “After that it was working behind Spooner and got up to third. I pitted early, and kept my charge going to finish the race.”
Villalovos sustained a leg injury in practice. Despite his bum leg, he got off to a great start and came home for his second podium of the season. “It was a tough race, but everything went well,” said Villalovos. “I hurt my leg in practice, but the bike worked awesome. I’ll go see the doctor now!”
In ATV Pro-Am, Ortiz said he had worked super hard during the summer break to get his program moving forward. That work paid off as he scored a dominant win, finishing first in class and second overall. It marked the Yamaha rider’s first Pro-Am victory. Cody Sanford was second on a Honda, followed by Braden Schoefell’s Yamaha.
“This feels amazing to get my first ever Pro-Am win,” said Ortiz. “I’m really stoked on how the team did this weekend. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support in this program.”
Sanford ran second for the most of the race and finished there for his fourth podium of the season. Like many onlookers, Sanford was awed by Ortiz’s finish. “He got me off the start, and I just tried to put in laps from there,” said Sanford. “He finished second overall so that was pretty surprising. I knew he was in front of me, for sure. I beat my brother, so that’s really all that counts.”
Schoeffel snagged the holeshot and led the first lap but backed it down to a more conservative pace to sustain his race through the entire 90 minutes. After getting stuck in the deep sand, he fell to third and that’s where he finished. “I edged Braxton out for the holeshot and I led the entire first lap,” said Schoeffel. “I backed off a little to keep it consistent, but I bogged out in some sand and fell back. Braxton had some issues and I kept a solid pace for the whole 90 minutes.”
The WORCS ATV classes will next compete October 1-3 at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, CA.