US Racing rookie Giacomo Redondi has won round two of the WORCS championship in Preoria, Arizona.

Despite hitting a cactus on the final lap, the Italian Redondi took a maiden win ahead of Gary Sutherlin and Dante Oliveira in third.

The Preoria course combined Canyon’s motocross track—which featured tabletops, step-ups, doubles, and triples—with a rocky and cactus-strewn desert off-road section.

The venue is situated in a dry riverbed, so rocks ranging in size from pebbles to boulders added a further dimension to the course. Large saguaro cactus added to the scenic nature of the venue. Organizers also added a sand wash section and some single track racing for the motorcycle race.

 

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Pro Class

In the main race Oliveira took the holeshot and lead but soon crashed. Sutherlin held the lead for two laps before Redondi took over. Though Sutherlin rebounded on the final lap, he fell just short handing Redondi and his Red Bull KTM his first WORCS victory.

“With two laps to go I hit a cactus so I was happy to finish,” said Redondi. “I had a problem with the bike in Vegas, so I’m really happy about this win and I’m looking forward to the next round. I was sorry to see that Taylor Robert wasn’t racing today. I hope he comes back, so I can race with him.”

Despite an 11th-place start, Sutherlin made it all the way to second on the first lap. Though he had trouble pronouncing his name on the podium, Sutherlin gave props to Redondi for an excellent race.

Oliveira led his first ever Pro laps in the race. The 2017 Pro 2 Champion had a nice run going before sliding his front end into a turn and tipping over. He was happy to recover and score his first Pro podium.

 

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Pro 2 Class

Trystan Hart turned his second-ever WORCS start into his first Pro 2 victory. A regular in Hare and Hound competition, Hart was using the event to help him prepare for the upcoming season. Noah Kepple was second on his Gas Gas, ahead of the CST Honda of Mitch Anderson.

“I got a good start, started inching away early and I managed to win,” said Hart. “The start was out of nowhere. Luckily I got a good jump from the outside. I basically just battled with some of the Pros and that was pretty fun. My weakness is going fast, and WORCS is fast. So I’m working on my weaknesses right now.”

 

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In Pro 2 Lights, Spenser Wilton rode to his second consecutive victory. The Canadian racer beat out Robby Schott and Kyle Hutcheson for the top spot.

WORCS round one winner, Taylor Robert sat out the event after sustaining a broken left arm and wrist injuries in a crash the Tuesday before the race. Robert is working with doctors to determine when he might return to competition.

The Rocky Mountain ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Toyota and Dirt Bike will return to action at a motorcycle-only event March 23-25 at the Crazy Horse Campground in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Report: Harlen Foley/WORCS Racing