The 2019 Sprint Hero Series concluded at Glen Helen Raceway with Zach Bell taking the win and Taylor Robert claiming the championship – check out Bell’s flat-stick onboard POV from the enduro test.
The fifth and final round of the 2019 Sprint Enduro Series took place this past Saturday at the iconic Glen Helen Raceway. The Sprint Hero Series typically features a two-day race format but due to a change in the schedule the final round was combined into one day with a total of 12 tests on Saturday.
With dry, dusty and slick conditions for the day the riders took on two tests that had a higher speed and less technical layout than usual. The motocross test was just a short one that mainly took the national motocross track while the enduro test headed up to the hills surrounding the track.
Zach Bell set the pace right from the start after clocking fastest times until the last three tests where he backed off to conserve his lead. With a margin of 29 seconds, Bell took his first win of the season locking up the second place in the championship in the process.
“I felt really good all day long. I came in straight off a vacation, without any time on the bike. So, the first moto test went really well with the win. And same with the first off-road test. That put me first in the staging order and I just kind of led throughout the day from there. I was able to put myself in a good position ahead of Taylor Robert.”
“I had a thirty-six second lead or so heading into the last few tests. The off-road loop was really slippery. There on the second-to-last test I went off the track a little bit. I was thinking ‘uh-oh, this might be a crash’, but other than that it was pretty smooth sailing.”
Robert finished second making it the first time he is denied the win this season but was pleased to clinch the 2019 title after having been plagued with injuries for the last six seasons.
“The day started off a little rough – we had a little snafu on the first enduro test but they got it figured out and I just had to play catch-up for the rest of the day.”
“Unfortunately, the track was really fast, really dry and not very technical so I didn’t have a lot of spots to make up time but I charged as hard as I could and it wasn’t enough to win the overall. But the most important thing was that I wrapped up my first KTM championship, so that feels pretty good and we just have to do it one more time in three weeks at WORCS.”
Dante Oliveira finished third, ending his season on a high note after clocking three consecutive podium finishes. The FMF RPM KTM Racing Team Maxxis rider was also able to grab the third place in the championship.
They sure love a fast test in the Sprint Hero series! Here's Zach Bell's cross test onboard the big PC Kawasaki:
Sprint Hero Series round five Pro results:
- Zach Bell 45:44.307
- Taylor Robert 46:13.370
- Dante Oliveira 47:54.721
- Blayne Thompson 49:00.712
- Travis Eugene Damon 49:13.841
- Mitch Anderson 51:41.824
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