Lake Havasu Metropolis, AZ – Zach Bell dominated the Rocky Mountain ATV MC WORCS Collection offered by Toyota and Grime Bike rce at Loopy Horse Campground and got here away together with his first victory within the Professional Bike class. Bell, on a Husqvarna, beat out Crimson Bull/KTM Italian racer Giacomo Redondi, who completed second and padded his factors lead. RPM/KTM’s Eric Yorba was third, adopted by Trevor Stewart and Gary Sutherlin. Mitch Anderson received the Professional 2 race, and Collin Elliott completed first in Professional 2 Lights.
The expanded observe thrilled the massive Spring Break crowd readily available. It featured a number of sections that ran proper as much as the sting of Lake Havasu, in addition to a number of massive jumps, tabletops, and off-road sections. The notorious Lagoon Bounce returned and with excessive lake ranges, it was greater than ever. Temperatures within the mid 80s introduced out massive group of spectators each on the observe and on boats within the lake.
Maxxis/Kawasaki’s Justin Seeds took the holeshot, however Bell flew into the lead on the primary tabletop and wasn’t significantly challenged from there. After combating bike setup, sickness, and accidents for the previous few months, Bell was happy together with his dominant run, which locations him third in factors going into the subsequent spherical.
“It’s championship hunt time and I wished to indicate the boys what I may do,” mentioned Bell. “I simply wished to trip to my full potential. I seemed ahead, pinned it, bought over that little hump, and simply charged. It’s been a battle the previous few months so it was good to get the lead and simply try.”
Redondi is in his first yr of full-time WORCS competitors on his KTM, however the way in which he’s been using, it’s apparent he’s gotten the hold of it. After shedding his goggles on the primary lap, Redondi held on and completed second. The runner-up end, mixed together with his victory within the final spherical, provides him a seven-point lead within the title chase.
“Within the second nook, I broke my rolloff on my goggles,” mentioned Redondi. “I attempted to maintain pushing, however with out goggles it was tough. I didn’t wish to take a danger for nothing, and second place gave me some good factors.”
Yorba handed Sutherlin early on and rode a conservative tempo all through the 90-minute occasion. That plan become Yorba’s first podium of the season on his KTM.
“I knew this race was going to be a survival occasion so I used to be using actually conservatively and I didn’t wish to drop the anchor,” mentioned Yorba. “I bought previous Gary, and tried to remain conservative to convey it dwelling on the rostrum. The lagoon bounce was introduced again to its former glory and it was gnarly.”
Stewart caught a rock within the face on the primary lap. Bleeding and a bit of disoriented, Stewart rode exhausting to complete fourth on his Honda.
Sutherlin had an ideal run going early and was in rivalry to problem Redondi for the factors lead. After a crash three weeks in the past, Sutherlin had examined for the occasion and was using nicely when he misplaced his rear brakes as a result of he forgot to tighten the banjo bolt. A damaged wheel additional hampered his cost, however he climbed again from outdoors the highest 10 to complete fifth and keep in rivalry for the title. Sutherlin is second in factors.
In Professional 2, CST’s Mitch Anderson rode his KTM to his first WORCS victory. After a good begin, Anderson discovered the quick means across the course on the primary lap, took the lead and by no means seemed again. Anderson took the factors lead with the victory. Tallon LaFountaine completed second, forward of Austin Serpa.
“I took the primary lap and discovered the traces early,” mentioned Anderson. “From there I pushed exhausting, bought the lead and simply rode my very own race. That is my first Professional 2 win within the WORCS collection ever. I’m form of speechless, however pleased. Loads of work goes into this and it’s good to see it paying off.”
Using a brand-new Transworld Motocross Suzuki, LaFountaine struggled on the brand new trip. After stalling on the beginning, he fought via shifter points and went from the again of the sphere to second on the end.
Serpa crashed within the pits in the course of the race, however rode his RPM/KTM exhausting from there. He completed third, incomes his first podium of the yr. The normally constant Serpa has had points adjusting to the brand new four-stroke KTM this yr, however confirmed he’s nonetheless a contender.
In Professional 2 Lights, Elliott pulled off his first WORCS victory. Using a Yamaha, Elliott began third and took the lead on the primary lap. He wasn’t significantly challenged from there. Preston Campbell completed second, adopted by factors chief Spenser Wilton.
Elliott’s victory got here on his first race again from a knee surgical procedure carried out 10 months in the past. “I had a superb race, had some enjoyable, took the lead early and rode good,” mentioned Elliott. “It’s actually thrilling to tug off my first win at Havasu as a result of it’s so tough and gnarly. It’s been 10 months since I’ve raced, so to return again at my first race and get my first win is fairly thrilling.”
Campbell scored his second podium of the weekend. Using a Honda, he completed third in 250A within the morning earlier than ending second in Professional 2 Lights.
Wilton padded his factors lead together with his third-place run on his RPM/KTM. Wilton received the primary two races of the yr and now holds a 24-point lead within the championship
The WORCS Collection will return to motion with a full schedule of bike racing at Sand Hole State Park in Hurricane, UT. That race is scheduled for April 27-29.