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Taylor Robert continues WORCS 2020 domination with round 2 win

Second-straight victory for FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert at Round 2 of the 2020 World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) in Taft, California. 

 

Taylor Robert continues his winning run of form in the WORCS Championship with another victory at round two in Taft, but it wasn’t without a fight from Dante Oliveira.

FMF/RPM/KTM Racing Team Maxxis rider Dante Oliveira took the lead off the start and with Robert and Zach Bell the lead fast three. The fast Taft course claimed some scalps including Bell early on who crashed heavily leaving just two out front and putting himself out of contention. 

On lap four Robert went down, giving Oliveira some breathing room briefly before making up the 10-second deficit by the next lap to put the pressure back on Oliveira.

Just before the halfway point, it was Oliveira’s turn to go down when he hit a kicker and went down hard, right in front of Robert who says he was lcky not ti hit Dante as he "rag dolled down the hill". After stopping to check Oliveira was ok, Robert continued with a comfortable lead and was  able to play it safe to bring home his second-straight victory this season by a margin of 16 seconds.

“I had couple of scary moments trying to get around Dante and hanging it out as far as I could to stay with him,” explains Robert. “After that I kind of toned it down a little bit and decided to ride as safe as I could to the finish line. 

“It feels good to get two wins in a row to start off the season, especially because both of these tracks are the fastest tracks we have, so I’m really happy to get through them healthy and to come away with wins is a bonus as well. I’m excited for the next two races, they should be a little bit slower and more technical.”

 
TAYLOR ROBERT WORCS ROUND 2 2020
 

For his part a Dante Oliveira took a tough one when he hit the ground half way through the race, he finished but was a lap down in ninth place. With 

In the Pro 2 division, FMF/RPM/KTM Racing Team Maxxis rider Mateo Oliveira finished on the podium with a solid third-place at Round 2. In Pro 2 Lites, KTM-mounted rider Angus Riordian secured a second-place finish.

Pro Results – Round 2:

WORCS 2020 Results round2

 

Round 3 and 4 hits Lake Havasu, Arizona  on March 20-22, 2020.

 

More information and full results: WORCSRacing.com 

 
Photo Credit: Harlen Foley
 
 
 
 
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