The 2019 WORCS season concludes with a win for Zach Bell at Primm 2 – Taylor Robert takes second fresh off the back of his ISDE World Trophy win.
The final round of the 2019 WORCS championship wrapped-up at Primm, Nevada with Zach Bell taking his third win of the series ahead of 2019 champion, Taylor Robert in second. Dalton Shirey rounded the podium in third performance ahead of out-going champion Giacomo Redondi bringing his number one plate to the races for just his third time after a season of EnduroGP World Championship racing.
Fastest in qualifying, Zach Bell took the holeshot from the dead engine, flag drop start. Already crowned 2019 WORCS series champion, Taylor Robert was quickly past and not long after so too was Andrew Short putting in a solid start.
The final WORCS event of the year featured a long lap through the desert terrain at Primm, but with a tricky rock section for Sunday’s two-hour main event which riders crossed four times before heading back out into the high-speed sand course.
But Bell looked in no mood to settle for a podium spot and made a move back past both riders through the rocky “pro section”. From there, the Precision Concepts Kawasaki rider set sail, stretching a gap of over three minutes by the finish.
The win secured third place in the championship standings for Bell: “I started off yesterday with the fastest qualifying time, which gave me a lot of confidence coming into today.” Said Bell.
“I got the holeshot but got passed immediately by Taylor [Robert] and then Andrew Short right before the pro section. Then, I actually passed them through the rocks, which was a little surprising to me.
“From there, I put in some blistering laps. I knew the field probably wouldn’t be able to keep up with those times, with how I felt and how good the bike was handling today. So, I just put my head down and pushed as hard as I could.”
Fresh from his International Six Days Enduro winning ride in Portugal, FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert returned to his national racing schedule with a P2 but wasn’t happy with his ride after making mistakes and crashing.
Passed by Bell on the first lap, Robert went down on lap two in the rocky 'Pro section' and dropped 21 seconds. It was a gap he struggled to make up and only added to with further crashes.
Despite a self-proclaimed ‘off day’, Robert still put in a solid performance for second overall: “I didn’t ride well today. I had four big crashes and just didn’t feel like myself out there but overall I’m happy with how the season went, claiming the championship and ending the season healthy.”
After missing a couple of rounds, Dalton Shirey found the Primm conditions suited his Husqvarna and took second place in a strong field of riders ending the WORCS season.
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Final WORCS championship 2019 positions:Photo Credit: Dirt Nation Mag Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org