With the temperature well above the century mark, training, hydration and planning were added to the formula of speed and talent, as Monster Energy Kawasaki's Taylor Robert captured the overall win at round five of the WORCS Series in Surprise, Arizona, April 21-22.
Robert, an Arizona-native, was well equipped to deal with the 105-degree temperature at the Speedworld course, as he went 1-1 to extend his points lead in the 2012 WORCS Series.
Robert's teammate Bobby Garrison took second with a 6-2 performance, and another Kawasaki rider, Gary Sutherlin, finished out the weekend on the WORCS podium for the second time of his career, taking third overall with a 5-3 finish.
Fourth went to Kawasaki-mounted Robby Bell for his best score so far this season.
FMF/KTM's Mike Brown was in the hunt to challenge Robert after taking second in race one. Brown was dogging Robert for the first hour of race two when his rear axle nut backed out and was forced back into the pits. He still managed fifth overall and is second to Robert in the points chase.
Justin Seeds took his first win of the season in the Pro 2 class ahead of Cory Gruffunder and Cooper Hall.
Ryan Sandoval took over the Pro 2 Lites points lead by winning over Steve Gibson and Jesse Gore who finished second and third, respectively.