Robert is Perfect at WORCS 8


Joe Colombero

9/24/10, Glen Helen, CA:

Photo JColombero

Taylor Robert took the opening race of WORCS round eight by getting the holeshot and leading from gate to checkered flag. Then, he lined up for race #2 this Sunday 9/25/10, took another holeshot, lead for the entire hour and won again for a perfect 1-1 finish for the overall victory.

“This is the best race of my life,” said Robert in the winner’s circle. “This weekend I got the holeshot in both races, never was passed, never was in any trouble, rode my own pace and took the overall after leading every single lap. I’ve had some good luck and some bad this season, but winning like this is really fun.”

Robert was again unchallenged all day and brought his Monster Energy Kawasaki through for his second win of the season and a total of 50 points toward the WORCS Championship.

Taylor Roberts hammered all of his comp with a perfect 1-1 weekend. pic by TW

Taking second with a 2-2 score for the weekend was FMF/KTM’s Mike Brown. Brownie had some fierce battles in race #2, having to work his way past Bobby Garrison and teammate Kurt Caselli for the second overall slot.

“Second overall isn’t bad,” said Brown. “And I’m happy with my results this weekend, though I really wanted to catch Robert and race with him. I always want to win, but if I can’t win then I should be pretty happy with second. It’s another good race for KTM with two bikes on the podium.”

Mike Brown went 2/2, looking strong but never threatened Taylor. Photo JColombero

Third place fell to point’s leader Kurt Caselli. Caselli battled race-long with Justin Soule, but came out on top with the final podium spot. Kurt came to Glen Helen with the desire to win, but the good sense to settle for the podium.

“I lost a few points to Robert today,” said Caselli. “But consistency is what wins the WORCS Championship and I’ve got to be smart in these next two rounds and look for opportunities. I want to win races, but I want to win the championship more.”

Kurt went 3/3 and holds a big lead in the championship. Pic TW

Justin Soule took fourth overall with 5-4 placing over the weekend just ahead of Bobby Bonds with his best finish of the season in fifth 4-5 placing.

Caselli holds a substantial lead in the 2011 WORCS Championship with 354/3 wins, ahead of Robert with 326/2 wins, and Brown with 296/1 win and Bobby Garrison 290/1 win.


Justin S. Big battles kept Soule’ in the hunt all weekend. Photo TW


The National track had some epic leaps that all of the contenders smoked. Not bad for off-roaders. pic by TW

Bobby Bonds put in his best ride of the year on his privateer backed KX450F. Photo J. Colombero

Neely Tops Pro 2 at WORCS 8


Joe Colombero

Ross Neely (339) battled his way past Justin Jones and Justin Seeds to take the Pro 2 overall win at WORCS round 8 this Sunday 9/25/11 in glen Helen, CA. Neely gated well, but found himself playing catch-up to points leader Seeds and the disappearing form of Jones. Seeds took a tumble and allowed Neely past. Then Neely went after Jones cutting an 11:17 lap-time on lap 3 and the duo went at it for the rest of the race with Neely getting the win at the checkered flag.

Jones holdshotted the Pro 2’s. Photo JColombero

Taking second was Justin Jones (722) in his first appearance this year at a WORCS race. Jones got the holeshot and held the lead for a great deal of the event, battling with Neely. The long Glen Helen WORCS course was nearly 12 minutes long and Jones cut his fastest lap on lap 2 with an impressive 11:22. He hardly slowed for the entire hour and impressed everyone present with his 2nd place performance. Jones more than proved that if he decided to race the entire WORCS series, he would be a serious threat for the Pro 2 Championship.

Pro 2 winner Ross Neeley. Photo JColombero

Third place fell to Seeds, who recovered from several tumbles on the Worcs-Cross portion of the course. Seeds played the rest of the race smartly, settling for 3rd place points to keep him in the hunt for the WORCS Pro 2 Championship.

Travis Coy took fourth in just his second race after coming back from injury and Kurt Samuelson rounded out the top five.

Justin Seed holds almost a full race lead in the title chase for the WORCs Pro 2 Championship with 163/2 wins ahead of Husky’s Corey Gruffunder (who finished 8th at Glen Helen) with 143/2 wins. Coy sits third with 109 and Samuelson is fourth in points with 96. Neely, who missed four races early in the season is seventh in the points chase with 83/1 win.

Evan Kelly took the Pro 2 Lights win on his Pro Circuit Yamaha YZ250. Pic by TW

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