2017 WORCS Primm Race Results

| January 30, 2017

2017 WORCS Primm Race Results – KTM’s Taylor Robert continued his dominance in the Pro Motorcycle class of the WORCS Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Bike by winning his second consecutive race. Robert, who returned to WORCS competition this year, beat out Gary Sutherlin, Travis Damon, Justin Seeds and Trevor Steward.

2017 WORCS Primm Race Results

2017 WORCS Primm Race Results
Taylor Robert ran off with the WORCS win in Primm, Nevada. PHOTOGRAPHY BY HARLEN FOLEY

Logan Chambers won the Pro 2 race, while Austin Serpa finished first in Pro 2 Lights.

With picture perfect weather all weekend, the racers were pumped to take on Primm’s characteristically rough and fast course. The track was extended and extra two miles for the pro main with a new rocky section of the track added for an addition challenge.

Taylor Robert took the early lead in lap one and continued to put down fast and consistent lap times. Behind him, though, the battle was on for second. Blayne Thompson took second early and was slowly catching Robert, but missed his pit on the fourth lap and ran out of fuel. Then defending WORCS Champion Robby Bell and Gary Sutherlin began an intense battle for second, but Bell dropped out on the last lap with engine trouble. Eric Yorba also had problems when he stalled his ride in the rock section and couldn’t get it restarted.

In the end, Robert again dominated the race, putting on a similar show to the one he performed in the first round.

“I was pushing pretty hard in the beginning and just rode my own race at the end,” said Robert. “My KTM was working really well. My suspension was great, and I was flowing pretty well. The course was really fast and rough. It was really choppy, which is hard on the hands and the body, in general. I was happy to get through that one clean without any get-offs.”

Gary Sutherlin finished second, recording his second consecutive runner-up finish. He is still pushing for victory on his Yamaha.

“Honestly, I never really got into a flow today,” explained Sutherlin. “Robby and I had a good battle and Blayne was ripping at the beginning. I just kept pushing with my head down and I was in the right place at the right time. A big shout out to Ty Davis for setting up my suspension and to the team for getting everything moving. This is a brand-new deal for everyone, so we’re making progress. Seconds are only good if you can fight for the win. We didn’t fight for the win today, so I’m not happy with that. We have a weekend off, so we’ll do some homework and come out swinging and close that gap on Taylor.”

Travis Damon was in the right place at the right time. He scored his first WORCS Pro podium after a great start and a consistent race. “My bike started on the first kick, and I felt good,” said Damon. “I was hitting my lines and staying consistent. I was looking for Gary up there and was charging to try to catch him. I’m so excited. I’ll use this momentum and try to carry it on to the next race.”

Justin Seeds’ scored his second straight top-five finish with a fourth place finish at Primm. “I’m happy with a top five,” said Seeds. “I had some issues with a sprained thumb and it make it hard to hold on as rough as it was. We’re looking forward to the next round. Consistency is a positive in my eyes. I’m going to keep it up.”

Robby Bell, who finished third in the season opener was challenging up front after a great start. He and Sutherlin battled tooth and nail for second when Bell’s engine let go.

“That was such a bummer, especially after all of the progress we made on the bike over the last few weeks,” said Bell. “I got up behind Gary and had a great battle with him. After I pitted, I felt something a little funny with the motor. I was hoping it was my imagination. From there, Sutherlin and I were going at it, and the engine finally let go right before the pits. The positives are that I was feeling better and the bike is feeling better, so we’ll continue to build into the next one.”

2017 WORCS Primm Race Results

2017 WORCS Primm Race Results
Logan Chambers won the Pro 2 class.

In Pro 2 class, Logan Chambers won his second consecutive race in dominant fashion, but the real story was Dante Oliveira who experienced suspension issues on the first lap and had to pit for repairs. Driving from dead last, he rebounded to finish second, followed by Maxx Perkins in third.

“I was able to move into the lead pretty quick, and I was finding all the right lines to pace myself throughout the two hours,” said Chambers. “I made a few mistakes in the gnarly rock section. Other than that, it was a clean sweep, and I couldn’t be happier to win all four races in the first two rounds.”

In Pro 2 Lights, Austin Serpa scored his first class victory by edging out Clay Hengeveld for the win with the pass for the lead in the third-to-last corner of the race. Collin Elliott rounded out the top three.

“We battled it out until we both pitted halfway through the race,” said Serpa. “About two laps after that, Dante passed me and I followed him up to Clay. Then I took the lead three corners from the checkered flag.”

The rough course took its toll on Hengeveld. Though he was far from bummed out and he can’t wait for the next race. “My hands were just beat, so I couldn’t hold on,” said Hengeveld. “Bring on the next one!”

HARLEN FOLEY

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