WORCS round six
Cedar City, UT
July 13th, 2014
With the sudden closure of Pala Raceway, the scheduled destination of the sixth round, the WORCS crew picked a brand new venue to play host: Iron Mine race park in Cedar City, Utah. What awaited the racers was a very fast, wide racecourse that flew around the surrounding desert, interconnected by the motocross track and a secondary track that felt a lot like a serpentine.
Adding some extra excitement to the already very competitive pro class was the presence of factory KTM riders Taylor Robert and Ivan Ramirez and Honda’s Colton Udall and Mark Samuels. I always enjoy racing against Taylor and was stoked to have another chance to push myself to try and beat him. I was also hopeful that a couple of the new arrivals would play a bit of a spoiler in the championship and finish in between myself and Gary (assuming of course that I could beat him) as I had a bit of a points gap to make up.
For the first time since the first round in Taft, CA we would be using the cement gate start; I was happy to be doing a motocross-style start once again, but in the back of my mind I was a little bummed to not be doing dead engine since my technique has been improving lately. With temperatures flirting with 100 degrees during the weekend the dust would definitely play a little role; the WORCS boys did a god job of trying to keep the dust down, but the track was expansive and it was a tall ask to keep everything wet. As always, a good start would be crucial.
We sat on the line, waiting for the thirty-second board to fall sideways, and as it did a deafening roar of four hundred fifty cc motors built their revs. The gate dropped and released us onto the course; I had a decent jump, but Taylor and a couple other riders popped off the gate a little quicker and I found myself pinched back around sixth position. In the chaos of the first few corners I lost a spot to Gary Sutherlin, gained a position past Justin Seeds, then Eric Yorba when he slid out and finally Justin Jones as he did an unintentional freestyle maneuver in the Endurocross section right in front of me.