BEAU BARON IS KING OF THE LAGOON WITH VICTORY IN HAVASU
By: Connor Moore
Spring Break is almost here, and no better place to start the party than in beautiful Lake Havasu with the third round of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS series. Lake Havasu is traditionally one of the more brutal courses on the circuit, and it indeed held up to its expectation this year. On Sunday, the Pro and Pro-Am lined up for 75 minutes of racing on the grueling Havasu course filled with big ruts, making passing quite the challenge.
Once the green flag was waved, Beau Baron took the holeshot edging out the rest of the class around the 180-degree turn after the short start straight. Travis Damon would make up some time and battle with Baron hard for multiple laps to make the pass for the lead during lap 6 of the race. Damon would hold that lead for the next few laps as the battle continued, with Baron never letting him out of his sight.
As the race moved forward, Baron would eventually find his way back into the top position and steadily hit his marks and gain some time on his closest competitor, finishing just over a minute ahead of him to continue his perfect season with a victory. Damon aboard his LowProfile Motorsports machine, would finish the race in second.
Third place was a battle from start to finish, with multiple people battling for the spot over the course of the race. 3 Racers would put on quite the spectacle during the beginning of the race for the fans at Crazy Horse Campgrounds. Jacob Stevens, Alex Oritz, and Roberto Villalovos would find themselves battling each other and being within just seconds following each other’s lines and trying to create new ones to pass. Attrition from the immensely rough course would begin to affect by making Ortiz pull into the hot pits due to an overheating issue but would remain on the course to finish the race. Villalovos would pass up Stevens and make it stick to put his ATV on the podium beside his teammate by the end of the race.
The short and narrow start caused a bit of havoc for the Pro-Am class as it would claim many of the competitors in a collision which allowed Cole Fryar to squeeze by on the outside and take the Eliminator Holeshot. Braxton Grosse your points leader this season, was caught in the first-turn tangle up, but he was able to recover and put his head down and threw down the fastest lap in the class by over 10 seconds. He made a move on Fryar during the second lap, played it smart for the rest of the race, and secured the win in Pro-AM.
During the final laps of the race, Cody Sanford, your second-place finisher, would put a hard charge on Grosse to try and pass for the lead. He would eventually cut the gap down to less than 30 seconds on the final lap to cap off an impressive ride for him this past weekend. Cole Fryar who is a new face to the Pro-Am class showed some great speed in only his third race by grabbing the holeshot and keeping his second-place position for the entirety of the race. This is his 1st time on the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Podium.
On Saturday afternoon, Torey Matajcich and Layne Fryar would face off head to head in the Women’s Pro class, with Donna Espensen still rehabbing an injury, but we hope to see her back soon. Matajcich rode a fantastic race taking home the win with Layne Fryar second.
Thank you to all the racers who came out this weekend to support WORCS Racing, and round 4 of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC will return to Honolulu Hills in Taft, California, on April 1st-3rd.