The WORCS series had its final round of 2018 at the Buffalo Bills Casino in Primm Nevada and the fans got to see great racing in all three professional divisions. Out front, Three Brothers Husqvarna rider Zach Bell and Red Bull KTM rider Taylor Robert battled the entire race. Bell and Robert traded the lead multiple times on the final lap with Bell crossing the finish line first. The win marked Bells second of the season. The two were joined on the podium by Suzuki mounted and 2017 WORCS champion Gary Sutherlin.
“I know I’m fast and I know I can be up there, so just being inconsistent was my problem,” said Bell. “I just followed Taylor until the final lap and we went at it four or five times on that last lap. The track was fast with a lot of chop. Being consistent, hitting your lines, and just breathing were the keys to the race. I got a horrible start, but I caught up to Taylor and just rode with him. That was a lot of fun.”
After missing two rounds due to injury earlier in the season Taylor Robert still managed to win five races and finish on the podium at every event he attended . He ended the season third in the championship points standings only seven points out of second place. That’s pretty impressive .
Sutherlin rode a bone stock Suzuki in the event and made it to fifth late in the race. After making a banzai move on Seeds in one of the chicanes, he moved up to third and snagged the final spot on the podium.
“I wanted to get back up here and I’m happy to get the Suzuki back on the box,” said Sutherlin. “It’s been a rough few races for me. So to get up on the box and know my speed is there, I look forward to 2019 and contending for the championship again.”
Redondi rode a conservative pace on his KTM to protect his points lead and his fourth-place finish was enough to hand him the No. 1 plate in his rookie WORCS season. The Italian racer won one race and finished on the podium six additional times this season.
“I was really just cruising around,” admitted Redondi. “This was a transition year for the World Championship so I decided to do my dream and came to the United States. I realized my dream. I came here as a privateer and a rookie and won the championship.”
In Pro 2, Tallon Lafountaine won his second consecutive race on his Husqvarna. After starting the season seemingly on a bet, he finished strong and beat out Austin Serpa for the victory. Mitch Anderson was third on his KTM and clinched the championship.
Mitch Anderson finished out the season the same way he started it: with consistency. Riding his CST KTM, Anderson finished on the podium at all eight races this season and scored one victory to snag the title. He plans to move up to Pro next season.
“This is the biggest championship I’ve ever won,” said Anderson. “It’s like graduation day because I’m moving up to the big class next year. This is only the beginning. We have a lot of work ahead of us.”