WORCS Announces Plans for 2004

Kit Palmer | November 24, 2003

The following is a release from WORCS Racing:

Rocky Mountain MC-ATV has signed on as the series title sponsor of the World Off Road Championship Series in 2004. Both WORCS Racing and Rocky Mountain feel this is a relationship that will equally benefit both companies and the riders. Rocky Mountain’s A.R.C. gear and apparel will be the exclusive gear of WORCS and have posted a huge contingency program awarding 45 class champions a set of gear to include A.R.C. Corona pants, jersey, and gloves.

In addition, Rocky Mountain is also joining in on the motorcycle/ATV 2004 champion giveaways, where they will supply a KTM 200 to one class champion (TBA), and one ATV to the Production A ATV class Champion. Among the 10 motorcycles to be given away to the 50cc, 65cc, 85cc, 125cc, 250cc four-stroke, 250cc, Open, Vet, Master, and Semi Pro National Amateur Championship classes are KTM 65, KX65, YZ85, KX125, KX250F, RM250, CRF450, YZ250, CRF250X, and Rocky Mountain’s KTM 200. National amateur championships will be determined counting riders best nine finishes on the season, and the semi pro championship will be determined counting riders best 11 finishes on the season.

In the Pro ranks, riders will be pleased to see WORCS continue to pay the biggest purses in the off-road market. In 2004, well over 100 professional riders from all disciplines of motorcycle racing came out and gave WORCS a try. As a result, WORCS is going to pay 100% pro payback in five pro classes on Saturday, 125cc, 250cc four-stroke, 250cc, Open, and Vet. Sunday’s main event will offer up to $5000 with a 25-rider field and pay down to 15th place overall. In addition, a $10,000 rider’s points fund will pay $1000 to each top 10 overall series finishers and a Privateer of the Year purse of $2500. “We have structured the payback monies, totaling well over $125,000 dollars, to help the riders that truly need it – the privateers. All payback structures including, Saturday classes, Sunday main events, and the points fund are paying back not only deeper, but paying more in the 7-12 positions,” stated WORCS Racing’s Dave Hamel. In addition to WORCS monies, the manufacturers have recognized the popularity of the spectator friendly and racer intense short-course format, and will be paying contingencies to Saturday and Sunday pro classes, offering even more support for the privateers, and will continue amateur-class contingencies that rival most motocross series in the U.S. today!

The 2004 season is geographically located in WORCS traditionally strong locations between Texas and California. In 2004, WORCS will dual- and triple-sanction events with multiple racing organizations, including Motorcycle Racing Association of Nevada (MRAN), Northwest Motorcycle Association (NMA) Oregon Motorcycle Racing Association (OMRA), Southern Texas Off-Road Motorcyclist (STORM), Utah Sportsman Racing Association (USRA), Texas Off Road Racing Organization (TORO), Southern Idaho Desert Racing Association (SIDRA). New locations in 2004, include Eddieville MX Park in Goldendale, WA; Mesquite Moto X Park in Mesquite, NV; Cross Creek MX in Austin, TX; Oak Hill MX Park in Decatur, TX; Bull Hollow Raceway in Monticello, UT; Longview, MX in Longview, WA; Avalanche Ranch in Ignacio, CO Valley Dirt Riders MX in Berthoud, CO; and Clay Peaks MX Park in Payette, ID. New classes in the motorcycle divisions include 65cc C, Girls (12-15), 250cc four-stroke A, B, and C, Sport (15-29), Super Senior 60+, and Vintage.

Dave Hamel of WORCS Racing noted, “Our 2004 schedule, contingency program and members benefit package is going to be our biggest ever! Nowhere, will you be able to find a series, motocross or off-road, that can match what we will offer in 2004.”

The WORCS Tour kicks off in Mesquite, NV, at the newly opened Mesquite Moto X Park, January 15-18. For more information and a complete schedule call 702-293-2561 or visit www.worcsracing.com.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.