Taylor Robert extended his win streak in the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) to six with victory at round six in Mesquite, Nevada ahead of Zach Bell.
Despite qualifying in first place, Taylor Robert didn’t get off to the best start at round six of the 2019 WORCS championship at Mesquite MX. But the rider with a 100% win record this season quickly worked his way into second on the opening lap, trailing Zach Bell for the first few laps of this physically tough circuit.
Once in front, Robert steadily grew the gap over the rest of the field and after 12 laps of brutal racing, he claimed victory by over two-and-a-half minutes.
“The track was super rough and really physically demanding.” Said Robert after the race.
“Everybody after the race was just saying how exhausted they were – including myself – but it felt good to set myself ahead of everyone else on a track like that. All-in-all, it was a really good weekend.
“I’m looking forward to a little bit of a summer break for the WORCS Series now, so I’m going to take some time to relax the mind and body and come back swinging at the end of the summer.”
Chaparral Motorsports, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki’s Zach Bell showed he had the speed qualifying in second, just four seconds shy of Taylor Robert on the Saturday. Coem Sunday’s race, Bell sneaked inside Ricky Dietrich through the first corner to grab the holeshot and lead for the first three laps of Mesquite MX.
Robert took the lead with Bell settling into second pulling a comfortable gap on third place. “[Sunday] started good. I got the holeshot and put in a good two-lap sprint.” Said Bell.
“Taylor and I were battling it out for a little bit. Then, he got by me and I just had to kind of ride it in. I tried to be consistent, but had a tip-over with maybe three laps to go and I lost a lot of energy trying to pick my bike up in that sand.”
FMF/RPM/KTM Racing Team Maxxis rider Dante Oliveira continued his stellar season with a fifth consecutive podium finish. Oliveira got a third-place start and he remained consistent throughout the 12-lap race to ultimately secure the third and final podium position. After six rounds, Oliveira holds a solid second-place in the championship standings.
Pro 2 win for Hengeveld
At the start of Sunday’s Pro 2 main event, Clay Hengeveld took the coveted holeshot on his Precision Concepts Kawaski.
Trading the early lead with Austin Walton, each rider had a brief fall in the tough sand allowing Tallon Lafountaine past both riders.
When Walton pulled out the race Hengeveld chipped away at the lead and with a couple laps to go, Henge closed the gap dramatically. As the white flag came out, Clay had made the pass for the lead stick and pulled a comfortable margin. This allowed Hengeveld to ride a smooth pace to the finish to take his second Pro 2 victory of the season.
“I was battling with Walton and Tallon early.” Explained Clay. “The course got really gnarly, especially in the silty sections. You had to be careful and ride the edges because the holes were so deep in the middle. The whoops were pretty much as tall as me [laughs].
“I was able to power through them and made a late-race charge to pass Tallon with a lap to go. After I passed him, I actually stuffed the front wheel and went over the bars. I was kind of freaking out for a minute. But I picked my bike up as fast as I could and took off. Luckily, I was able to pull a gap, so I’m pretty stoked!”
WORCS Mesquite Pro results:
- Taylor Robert, KTM, (12 laps)
- Zach Bell, KAW
- Dante Oliveira, KTM
Pro 2 results:
- Clayton Hengeveld, KAW
- Tallon Lafountaine, HON
- Austin Serpa, KTM
Pro 2 Lights results:
- Mateo Oliveira, GAS
- Thomas Jones, KTM
- Brandy Richards, KTM
- Taylor Robert, 150 points
- Dante Oliveira, 122
- Andrew Short, 97
Pro 2 standings:
- Clayton Hengeveld, 118 points
- Austin Serpa, 118
- JT Baker, 103
Pro 2 Lights standings:
- Mateo Oliveira, 119 points
- Brandy Richards, 114
- Dallas Serpa, 94
The next round of the 2019 WORCS championship visits McCleary, Washington, August 3. More information: WORCSRacing.com
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