Beau Baron Wins, Clinches Ninth WORCS Pro ATV Title at Mesquite MX
Mesquite, NV – Beau Baron rode his Honda to his sixth victory of the season and clinched a record ninth Rocky Mountain ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Polaris RZR and Dirt Wheels championship. The event was held at Mesquite MX. Braxton Grosse inched closer to the Pro-Am title with his fifth win of the season.
Known equally for its deep sand and its world-class motocross track, Mesquite MX has given Baron several bitter pills over the years. He’s lost races and championships here due to track’s rugged nature and parts-breaking sand. This year, however, Baron rewrote his history here.
In the Pro ATV race, after taking the lead into the first corner, Baron rode a determined pace and quickly established an insurmountable lead. The dominant victory relieved Baron by helping him clinch the championship one race early. Motorcycle-turned-quad racer Travis Damon was second on his Yamaha, followed by the similar quad of Mike Sloan.
“Clinching the championship here is like a sigh of relief,” said Baron. “I can’t believe I’m still doing this after all of these years, but I’m doing it and I’m having a hell of a time. This place has been my nemesis in the past due to random things, so to get the results I’ve had this weekend has really changed my opinion of this place.”
Damon all but secured a top-three finish in the points chase with his second podium of the season. Damon is a regular in the WORCS motorcycle classes, and he took the four-wheeler with ease, earning accolades from the very start. “The boys didn’t make it easy for me during the first three laps,” said Damon. “I finally got some clear air, I spotted Beau and tried to time off of him, but he was moving. I’m definitely stoked to gain some points here.”
Sloan had great traction at the start, so much in fact that he popped a wheelie before reeling back in his newly built machine. While working his way through the field from sixth, he lost his front brakes, so he exercised will and skill by landing on the podium for the sixth time this year. “I was just trying to control the machine and keep it on all four tires,” said Sloan. “I tried not to make any mistakes, rode my race, and I made it onto the box.”
In Pro-Am, young Braxton Grosse rode his Honda to his fifth victory of the season. Like Baron, he took the lead at the start and led every lap of the two-hour race. Cody Sanford was second on a Honda, followed by Yamaha of Alex Ortiz.
“I always seem to do better on the rougher tracks,” explained Grosse, who has been in a victory dry spell since round foyr. “I really needed a win, so I put my head down, got out, got a gap and just held it. I pitted on the fourth lap for a splash of gas and some water, and hoped I would make it. I did.”
The season finale for the ATV classes is scheduled for November 12-14 as part of the SXS Finals at Buffalo Bill’s Resort in Primm, NV.