A second place finish at the penultimate round of the WORCS series is enough for Taylor Robert to clinch the 2019 title.
Taylor Robert put in a come from behind ride to finish second at the 10th and penultimate round of the 2019 WORCS championship gaining enough points to take the title home.
The day started with Robert getting the holeshot but a few turns into the race things got a bit rowdy with eventual winner, Zach Bell fighting to get in front and away from the dust. A collision gave Robert a “dead arm” and dropped him to fourth while Bell took the lead but suffered a bent gear shift lever and broken drinks pouch hose, forcing him to race withouth hydration.
Check out the onboard with Bell in our seperate post.
Despite the drama, Robert rallied back to second position and with it the championship: “It feels good to get this monkey off my back, especially after the last couple years of having some pretty bad luck,” said Robert speaking about the WORCS title.
“All-in-all, it’s been a great season with a lot of wins and I’m just really excited to be able to be focused on ISDE now and to get the championship out of the way before we head over to Portugal.”
This is Taylor Robert’s first WORCS championship on a KTM, and second US title on an orange bike, after having an injury plagued career over the last five years.
“This is a big day for Taylor and KTM as this is their first WORCS Championship together since Taylor joined our team in 2014,” admitted Antti Kallonen, the KTM team manager.
“No doubt Taylor has been fast, but a string of injuries has held him back all these years and finally we were able to put a consistent and injury-free season together and the results are impressive. Congratulations to Taylor and the entire team for successful season.”
Dante Oliveira rounded the podium once more making it his seventh podium finish this season, which cements his second place in the overall championship standings with one round to go.
WORCS round 11 Pro (MC) results:
- Zach Bell (KAW)
- Taylor Robert (KTM)
- Dante Oliveira (KTM)
- Gary Sutherlin (KTM)
- Ricky Dietrich (HON)
- Blayne Thompson (KAW)
- Ryan Surrat (KAW)
- Travis Damon (HON)
- Andrew Short (HQV)
- Mitch Anderson (KTM)
WORCS Pro (MC) standings with one round to go:
- Taylor Robert, 241 points 2019 Champion
- Dante Oliveira, 198
- Zach Bell, 164
- Ricky Dietrich, 140
- Andrew Short, 134
- Gary Sutherlin, 118
- Travis Damon, 108
- Cole Shondeck, 101
- Blayne Thompson, 100
- Dalton Shirey, 93
The WORCS championship will hits its finals round at the Buffalo Bill’s Resort and Casino in Primm, Nevada, in November 22 - 24.
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