DAMON BRINGS HOME HIS FIRST PRO WIN IN THE CORN FIELDS
By: Connor Moore
As the summer break comes to a close, the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS series made its way to Cache Valley MX in Preston, Idaho. This weekend was a double-header with both rounds 7&8 being contested in the corn fields. Beau Baron would come into this doubleheader with a perfect season on the line, finishing on top of the box in every race. Cache Valley MX and the WORCS staff put together a great course that ran thru a working cornfield into the MX course and some areas that brought some challenges to the racers with some slick conditions. Travis Damon would wind up taking home his first WORCS Pro ATV win, just narrowly beating out his competitors Baron and Logan Huff. In Pro-am, Cody Sanford would take home his second win in a row after the victory in Cedar City, and Torey Matajcich would wind up in first for Women’s Pro.
The women pros would line up on Saturday for their 50-minute race, and Donna Espensen would shoot ahead at the start as she would take the holeshot and lead the way into the corn.
As the race continued, the battle between Torey Matajcich and Layne Fryar would heat up as they would keep it close till the finish. In the end, Matajcich would come out on top, taking the win and extending her points lead.
Pro and Pro-Am would come out the gates blasting into the corn, and the battles would begin immediately. Baron and Jacob Stevens would lead the way, but a small mistake by Stevens would cause a crash that would send them to the back of the pack early on in the race. Damon would capitalize on that as he would put a large gap on his competition earlier in the moto as the field would start to settle down in the beginning laps of this race. Baron wasn’t going to allow the field to get away even with the crash early in the race as he would start to pick off his fellow racers one by one as the race progressed. Baron wasn’t the only one charging ahead during the race as Logan Huff wouldn’t let Damon out of his sights as they were both putting down heaters each lap, with Huff gaining little by little each lap. After the first hour of the 90-minute race, Baron made the pass around Alex Ortiz and Kenny Sanford to get into a podium position.
This race wasn’t going to end without some fireworks going off as Damon would end up having his machine almost run out of gas which would allow Huff to close his gap and make a pass for the lead for a few turns. On one of the final turns of the race, Huff would come in and try to take the lead back and come in a bit too sharp, which would send him over and off his quad, where he would lose his kill switch, which allowed Baron to slide by and he would have to settle for the third place in Preston, Idaho. Damon would secure his first WORCS ATV Pro class win, and also Huff would claim his first podium finish of the season after returning from injury and only racing in Cedar City.
In Pro-AM, we would have another new face on the podium as Justin Semas would finish in 3rd right behind his brother Joseph who would take 2nd place. We were missing one big name in the Pro-Am class this weekend as points leader Braxton Grosse is still recovering from a break during the summer break but should be back for the next round in Mesquite to defend his points lead. Cody Sanford wanted to keep the momentum from his last win before the break in Cedar City, which he succeeded in as he would take home the victory in Pro-Am after a long battle with the brothers bringing the heat to the entire race.
WORCS wants to thank all of the racers and competitors who made the trip to Cache Valley, and we can’t wait to see you all at the next round in Mesquite on October 7th-9th.