BRAXTON GROSSE DOMINATES IN FIRST PRO RACE WIN
The season is in full swing as we head into round 3 of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS Series, and it’s one of the most anticipated of the season in Lake Havasu City. Hundreds of ATV Riders descend upon Crazy Horse Campgrounds to compete in what is considered the most physically demanding course of the year. This was also the first split weekend of the year, with just ATV and SXS competing this weekend.
One of the fastest growing classes this year is Women’s Pro ATV, and Havasu was no exception as they lined up on Saturday Afternoon. Torey Matajcich finds herself with a comfortable lead in the points with a dominating performance as she leads every lap of the race in Havasu. Behind her, the points tighten up quickly as 2nd-4th are only within 2 points of each other. Battling with Matajcich, Layne Fryar kept quite the pace as she was under 5 seconds behind until a mechanical problem forced her to pit, which ended her fight for first. Once Fryar had to pit, rookie Dakota Hibler took full advantage, passing her and landing in 2nd as the checkered flag flew. The season points tighten up as Heidi Coleman has another good finish that has she tied with Hibler for 3rd place in points behind Matajcich and Fryar.
On Sunday, the penultimate race for ATVs came out to battle with a stacked lineup in both Pro and Pro-AM. Braxton Grosse has looked like a seasoned veteran in his rookie season, landing on the box in Both races with consecutive third-place finishes. But this race was different; Grosse found himself in front with his second holeshot of the season and quickly set the pace with the fastest lap of the entire class in the second lap. Behind him, Beau Baron and Travis Damon were battling, switching the lead twice during the race giving the crowd what they wanted. Damon had a mishap causing both rear tires to go flat as he had to pull over and pit, losing his 2nd position to Baron while getting them replaced.
Meanwhile, Baron had to check up on the lagoon jump, causing him to take a swim. Luckily, Cole Fryar and Auston Baxter came together and got him tied up and towed into the pits allowing him to get back on the course as quickly as he could to salvage a finish in this grueling 90-minute race. Once back on the path, he found himself in 6th, and Damon made his way back to 3rd. Cody Sanford, another rookie in the class, had himself a career day as he took advantage of the problems some competitors faced while on his way to one of his career-best races and a first podium finish in the pro class.
Pro-AM was also quite the race, with lots of lead changes and passing in general, with four different people holding that top spot throughout this race. Cole Fryar blasted off the start line with a holeshot as he was on fire early in the race. Unfortunately, he would come up short on the lagoon jump, which caused his quad to lose power, and he was unable to get it started as he had to settle for a DNF. Wyatt Rock got into a little pileup on the start where he had to withdraw from the back of the pack finishing the first lap in 8th place, but that wasn’t going to stop him; he put on a clinic as he meticulously made his way through his competitors till he was in first as early as the 7th lap. Behind him was Nate Teeple, looking for his first podium of the season in Pro-AM as he battled for the win, settling for the second-place finish and putting him second in points. Layne Fryar worked hard as she put consistent laps in after having issues on Saturday, and she found herself on the box again in 3rd place. Uriah Tsinnijinnie, even with a rough finish at round 3, holds on to the points lead by 3 points.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS wants to thank the racers, volunteers, and everyone else involved for coming out to another excellent racing weekend. We are excited to see you all at Blythe on the dates of Mar 31st- April 2nd.