Kurt Caselli captured his third WORCS title in Arizona. Photography By Joe Colombero.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert and FMF/KTM’s Mikes Brown pulled out all the stops and battled each other over two races to complete the final round of the WORCs Series in Surprise, Arizona, November 5-6. Robert was awarded the overall victory with a 2-1 performance, besting Brown, who took second overall with a 1-2 finish for the weekend. Third place went to Justin Soule with a 3-3.
In the first race on Saturday, all eyes were on FMF/KTM’s Kurt Caselli who pretty much simply had to finish the race to clinch his third WORCS Championship and second major title of the year (Caselli also won the 2011 AMA Hare & Hound Championship). Caselli, gated well, settled into fifth and chose to play it safe and stayed there, allowing Brown and Robert to have their battle.
A fifth-place finish ensured Caselli the title, and another fifth place on Sunday on icing on the cake.
Caselli officially finished out the year well ahead of teammate Brown, while Robert ended up third in the series, just a few points ahead of Bobby Garrison.
Ivan Ramirez took the trophy in the Pro 2 class, with Luke Reynolds finishing second and Ian Blythe rounding out the podium. Justin Seeds extended his points lead by finishing fourth and captured the WORCS Pro 2 Championship.
Eric Yorba won the Pro 2 Lights, edging out Kevin Wiesbrunch and David Broderick. Evan Kelly, however, clinched the Pro 2 Lights Championship with a fifth-place performance to go with his numerous wins and podiums this season. The man closest to him in the title chase, Ty Tremaine, put up a good fight but suffered a mechanical problem late in the race and finished 13th for the day and second in the championship.
WORCS Women Pro defending Champion, Kacy Martinez took her third WORCs title in row. Martinez finished second to Sherri Cruse and ahead of Elizabeth Bash in Arizona. Martinez dominated the Women’s Pro class with five victories and three other podiums.