GLEN HELEN WORCS RACE

 

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Robby Bell struggled in the firewood, but came on strong in the late laps to clinch his second WORCS title.
Robby Bell struggled in the firewood, but came on strong in the late laps to clinch his second WORCS title.

Gary Sutherlin took the top position at the Glen Helen WORCS race, but it was Robby Bell who took the championship with one round left in the series. It’s been a rough year for all of the top WORCS contenders. The top three finishers in this race–Sutherlin, Bell and Justin Jones–all were sidelined by injuries at some point in the year. Bell rode with his injuries in the previous round, but both Sutherlin and Jones missed races in the course of the year.

There was no doubt the Sutherlin was the fastest man at Glen Helen. He passed Jones and early leader Jeff Loop on the first lap, and quickly built up a small cushion. Jones was alone in second place for most of the race while Bell was buried in the pack. The firewood section threw a chaotic element into every lap. At one point or another, all the top riders suffered there. “I must have fallen in the firewood two or three times,” said Red Bull’s Ivan Ramirez, who was also in the middle of the Pro pack. He was stuck to Bell in the early laps before losing contact.

Justin Jones made his WORCS return after being injured in the Baja 500.
Justin Jones made his WORCS return after being injured in the Baja 500.

Bell put his head down and charged, and eventually he started passing riders. “The pace was really fast in the early laps,” he said. “At first I was losing ground.” But the 90-degree temperatures eventually calmed things down. Before the halfway point, Bell passed Eric Yorba for third, then set his sights on Jones. With two laps to go, Bell moved into second place, but there wasn’t enough time left to make a serious charge on Sutherlin, who kept a 20 -second lead. On the last lap, Yorba dropped out and Travis Coy inherited third  place. In the points, Sutherlin has clawed his way back into second place, while Travis Coy, Justin Seeds and Eric Yorba will have to settle the number three plate at the last round.

The Pro 2 class was taken by Dalton Shirey, who raced a 450 after campaigning a Husky two-stroke for most of the season. JCR’s Benny Breck was second. The final round of the 2015 WORCS series will take place October 16-18 in Primm, Nevada.

Eric Yorba's 2015 season started poorly, but he's no w thrid in the points.
Eric Yorba’s 2015 season started poorly, but he’s now contending for third in the points.

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