OLIVEIRA AND WALTON EACH WIN IN ACTION-PACKED DOUBLEHEADER
Summer break is over as the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS heads to Cache Valley MX for a doubleheader in the corn fields. This course was just under 6 miles as it wrapped thru working cornfields into the hay fields before funneling into the MX track. During this weekend, the Pros would be racing each day for 90 minutes instead of the usual 120-minute moto. On Saturday, the Oliveira brothers wind up in 1st place in 250 and 450 pro, while Collier Martinez takes the win in Pro-am, continuing his perfect season in the class, and Brandy Richards wins the Women’s pro class.
As the green flag dropped on Round 7, Dante Oliveira, aboard his FMF Factory KTM machine, would grab the holeshot as the rest of the field would follow closely behind. SLR Honda rider Cole Martinez would put the hard charge on him as they swapped positions three times throughout the race while fighting for the lead. During the final lap, Oliveira would make the pass needed in the fields to make it stick and claim another victory in the Pro 450 Class, which puts him 30 points ahead of Tyler Lynn in the championship leading into Sunday’s race. Austin Walton riding his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, had a rough start that put him in the back of the pack early on in the race. At the end of the first lap, he pushed his way back into 4th place behind Dare Demartile as he eventually made the pass while pushing hard to catch the lead pack as he settled for a 3rd place finish for Round 7.
On Sunday, The pros lined up again, but this time starting with a live engine start, and for some riders, it was all the difference as Walton and Dare Demartile would take advantage and come out in front. Oliveira started the race in the back of the pack and laid it down during the first lap leaving him with an uphill battle to make his way back onto the podium. As the race progressed, he showed why he is the reigning champion and in the points lead this year as he mounted a comeback, slicing and dicing his way through the competition. During the second to the last lap, he would make a pass on Demartile in the fields to grab 2nd place, where he would finish. Walton takes the win as he rides a flawless race, and Demartile takes the final spot on the podium.
In the 250 Pro, Kai Aiello running his 3 Bros Husqvarna ride, would grab the holeshot into the first turn with Jack Simpson and Mateo Oliveira behind him, heading into the corn fields. On his SLR Honda, Simpson would make it by him as he would take the lead with RPM Racing-backed Oliveira pushing into second. They would continue battling for the race lead until Oliveira completed the pass stick to get around him midway thru the race. Another great battle would start for the third place as Cole Zeller on his Gainslinger Kawasaki battled with Aiello for most of the race; they would switch positions three times throughout the race, but it would be Aiello who would grab the final podium spot. KTM Rider Brandy Richards would take the win in her Pro Women’s Class, keeping her winning streak in the Rocky Mountain WORCS alive.
Oliveira grabbed a better start this time during Sunday’s program, but it would be Thomas Dunn on his Purvines Yamaha with the holeshot. His lead wouldn’t be long-lasting as the pack would find their way around Dunn and check out with Oliveira and Simpson setting the pace up front. Zeller and Aiello would continue battling just like the previous race, but this time, Zeller gets to pop the champagne as he lands his first ever Pro podium.
SLR Honda Collier Martinez comes into the round with a perfect season in Pro-Am. He shows his speed again in Idaho as he gets around his competition early and sets sail, finishing over two minutes ahead of second place. Behind him, we had two new faces in the Pro-AM class: Jace Allred would finish second and Noah Gordon in 3rd as neither one of them had raced a WORCS event before and would both be riding In their first Pro-Am race. Martinez didn’t waste time checking out from the field as he clicked off laps like clockwork. The podium was identical to the day before as newcomers Allred and Gordon finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS wants to thank all the racers and the crew for coming out to this doubleheader. We hope to see everyone again in Mesquite on October 14th-16th for Round 9.