WORCS, ROUND 7

 
(8/12/2013)

Taylor Robert showed why he carries a number one plate on his Monster Energy Kawasaki at the Glen Helen WORCS round Sunday. He ran away from the Pro pack for what looked to be an easy victory. But Robert’s win would have been much tougher if not for a certain amount of carnage around him. Current points leader Robby Bell of Precision Concepts had been anxious for a showdown with Robert all year. The two only met twice this year, and both times Robert got the upper hand. Robert missed a round with sickness, then had a series of scheduling conflicts. Bell, on the other hand, clicked off one victory after another, getting more confident with each win. On top of that, Glen Helen is Robby’s home track, so it appeared that a real dogfight was in the making.
 
Robby Bell had a difficult weekend at Glen Helen. But he had the fastest lap times and still holds a big lead in the points.
 Perhaps Bell was a little too anxious. The two of them got out front early, with the KTM of RPM Racing’s Justin Jones close behind. But both Bell and Jones crashed in a rough sand wash, giving Robert a big lead early in the race. Jones was able to remount quickly, but not Bell. He sheared off his throttle cable in the crash and had to pull the exposed cable with his fingers in order to get back to the pits. He would lose over a lap making repairs. In the meantime, Bobby Garrison was in second, looking like he might have found new form after his Pala round victory last month.  But Garrison would crash, too, hitting his head just hard enough to rattle his confidence. From there, it was Gary Sutherlin on a well-worn Kawasaki in second place. Sutherlin had resurrected the KX450F from the back of the garage where it had been robbed of parts over the last year. As the race wore on, Sutherlin’s Kawasaki began to sound somewhat sick. He struggled to keep it running in the tight sections, and lost more ground.  Justin Jones, on the other hand, appeared to be picking up speed. He passed the wounded Garrison to secure third place in the last half of the race. But the fastest man on the track was Robby Bell, who was riding like a man possessed. He was too far behind to be a threat for the podium, but he used the racecourse to work off some anger, turning lap times that were 15 seconds faster than anyone else on the course. It was to no avail; bell would finish seventh. Another rider who ran into trouble early was Justin Seeds, who crashed on the first laps and had to pit in order to make repairs. Regardless of his misfortune, he pushed hard throughout the race and finished fifth behind Ty Renshaw, who recording his personal best WORCS finish in fourth.
 
 

Eric Yorba returned to his winning ways.

Taylor Robert started the week sick in bed.


           RPM Racing’s Eric Yorba continued his romp of the Pro 2 class with a win over Starr Savage. So far this year, Yorba has either won or DNFed every race. Savage has been much more consistent and leads the points, with Ty Tremaine in second over Yorba.
      For more results, go to www.worcsracing.com.
 
 
There were sections on the course that didn't seem very much like Glen Helen. Gary Sutherlin liked the course enough to score his second runner-up finish of the year.
 
 
Justin Jones made the podium again while Bobby Garrison suffered a hard crash.


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