2015 series gets started with foggy Taft race. Robby Bell took the first WORCS win of 2015 by topping the Taft round. Photography by Harlen Foley
The 2015 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series got things started over the weekend with the opening round taking place in Taft, California. The usually dusty course at Honolulu Hills had limited visibility once again, but this time due to an unusually heavy layer of fog. Many riders faced the unforeseen challenge of goggle issues throughout the 2-hour race, but in the end, it was Robby Bell who finished out front, firing the first shot of the season.
Defending champion Gary Sutherlin was one of the many struggling with vision problems, but he managed to pilot his factory-support KTM to a runner-up finish. It was not the start he’d hoped for in his title defense, but a respectable one nonetheless.
He finished ahead of Honda’s Justin Jones, who rounded out the overall podium. Justin Seeds and Eric Yorba completed the top-five.