WORCS: Rd. 1 Speedworld, Az.
The race started at 12:00 and we had a ton of pro’s filling the gate. The first round is usually one of the toughest, because everyone’s not sure where they’re at after the off-season. I felt pretty good, but I’d have to say this is the most stacked I’ve ever seen the WORCS series. When the gate dropped I had a decent jump, and was probably around 8th after the first few corners.
The pace was insane, and I knew if I kept it up I was going to get really bad arm-pump and wear myself out before the 2-hour race was over. I had a couple guys go by, but after the first lap I was in 10th. I was happy where I was at for most of this lap, and then I started to flow a lot better and picked it up. I was able to break away from the pack I was riding with, and put myself into 8th after a couple laps. By the fourth lap I was in 6th and one spot away from my goal at the first round. I had some great battles back and forth with a lot of riders, and it never seemed like I had any breathing room. I pitted just after the 1-hour mark and the guys did a great job getting me out. For the last 45-minutes I had a solid 6th going until I saw Eli Tomac closing in.
My goal coming into this race was a top 5 and I was only one off from that. I felt like I road my own race and was happy with the way it went. Besides the one stall, at the end of the race, I really didn’t have any problems.
Results (Top 20
1st Taylor Robert
2nd Mike Brown
3rd Kurt Caselli
4th Tim Weigand
5th Ricky Dietrich
6th Destry Abbott
7th Eli Tomac
8th Robby Bell
9th Coltan Udall
10th Justin Soule
12th Gary Sutherlin
13th Nathan Woods
14th Bobby Garrison
15th Benny Breck
16th Ryan Reina
17th Kyle Summers
18th Jonathan Davis
19th Bruce Marada
20th Kody Bill
This was the first round that WORCS started to use the live timing (for all classes during the week). It’s awesome and I had a lot of people tell me they were following the race at home. I also like the photo on top of the page (Kawasaki sponsored the live timing). Here’s the link so you can watch it at the next round https://worcslive.tracksideresults.com/bike/
I attached some photos from Mike and Amber
Farmer. I also have a few from my daughter (Kelsey) and some other ones friends sent me. I’ll post more photos on my message board too, plus the WORCS video from the race.
I’m sure by tomorrow WORCS will have their video clip up from the race.
I’m always hearing these old guy jokes lately and then I realized 3 of the top 6 riders were all in their 30’s! By the way, Brown is older than me so you need to give him a hard time too. j/k. I don’t mind being listed as an old guy as long as I’m still beating up on these kids. J
It was good to see our local boys do really well this weekend. Taylor Robert won, and road awesome, and then Cole Martinez won the Pro 2 class.
It’s really cool to see so many fast MX riders racing the WORCS. This race was stacked with them, but I have to say Eli impressed me the most. He’s a young kid and he had great fitness for the whole 2-hours. I have a lot of respect for guys coming out to this series, because it’s not easy. I know it will make them a better MX rider too!
On Saturday they are trying something new by having a hot lap (a lot like MX Outdoors). You have to go out there and push it hard for a whole lap to get a good time, since it determines your gate pick. I know the spectators really enjoyed it.
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