SIMPSON TAKES HOME FIRST WIN AS OLIVEIRA WINS IN PRIMM
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS series returns to where the season started in Primm, Nevada, for the final installment of the 2022 season. Dante Oliviera would cap off his championship season with a win as he departs from the WORCS series to take on the AMA Hare and Hound Series next year. Jack Simpson would win 250 Pro as two members of the 3 Bros Kilmartin race team were behind him. In Pro-AM, Brandy Richards, who also took the overall in her class on Saturday, won on Sunday to cap off another great year.
Dane Perry and the rest of the WORCS staff put together an intense battlefield for the final round, which included not one but four separate pro sections over the course of the 7-mile course. On his Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna ride, Austin Walton would grab the holeshot out of the first corner, but it would be short-lived as Tyler Lynn would make the pass during the first lap to get into the lead. Precisions Concept Kawasaki rider Tyler Lynn would hold onto that lead for three laps as Oliveira would have a rough start fighting his way thru the stacked field, which now includes his little brother, who made a move up to 450 Pro after clinching his championship title in Mesquite. The racers would have to conquer a rock garden, pro-style rhythm lane, K Rails, and more throughout the course, allowing some entertaining lines to see which one was faster. Oliveira showcased his speed, working his way through the pack, quietly picking off opponents one by one before finding himself in front after putting up the fastest lap of any rider with 12:08 lap time in the 3rd lap of the race. Walton would close a gap that rose to 30 seconds, finishing just below 10 seconds behind Oliveira. Lynn ended about 40 seconds behind Walton to secure his podium spot for the first time since Cedar City.
250 Pro would be an SLR Honda show, with Simpson leading every lap of the race in dominating fashion, finishing over a minute ahead of Kai Aiello and Colton Aeck. Simpson showcased his speed all year battling with Mateo week in and week out, but with Oliveira moving up, it allowed Simpson to be out front and lead, giving him his first win of the season.
The SLR Honda hasn’t released his plans for next year, but WORCS hopes to see him back next year, competing to take home the 250 Championship. 3Bros Kilmartin Racing backed Kai Aiello would grab the holeshot, but Simpson would find a way around him during that lap, but he wouldn’t let another rider by during the 2-hour long moto, as he would finish in second for the 3rd time this year. In 3rd place, another 3 Bros rider Colton Aeck, would ride a great pace battling with Cole Zeller for the first half of the race before Zeller would suffer a DNF allowing him some breathing room as he would finish roughly 40 seconds ahead of fourth place.
Last off the starting line would be Pro-Am with a new face on the line Corbin McPherson would grab the holeshot in his first Pro-AM race at WORCS. The off-road specialist Brandy Richards who started towards the back of the pack, why she is the Women’s Pro WORCS Champion battling through the pack, landing herself in first by two seconds at the end of the first lap. Mason Decunzo, who was hot on her tail in second, is also holding second in points in this championship, only leading Richards by a few points. He needed to stay in second to keep the position in the championship points. Richards would eventually check out, giving her some space as she flew to a victory in both Pro-Am and Women’s pro this weekend. During the 5th lap, Decunzo would have a slight mishap allowing McPherson to gain ground, but it wasn’t enough to make a move on him, as they would finish 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS wants to thank each and every one of the racers for participating in any of this year’s rounds, as we hope to see you all at the banquet on December 3rd for a night full of laughs, trophies, and giveaways.