The sixth round of the 2017 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC World Off-Road Championship series took place April 1-2 at The Orleans in Las Vegas, NV. The event featured all vehicles and classes, and featured a one-of-a-kind track in the middle of Las Vegas with dirt, asphalt and endurocross challenges.

Motorcycle Pro Report

Gary Sutherlin made it back on top of the box to take 1st place during round six at The Orleans. The unique course played to his skills as he has a background in endurocross. Although Ty Tremaine shot out to snag the holeshot, Sutherlin quickly made his way through the pack on the asphalt section and was able to grab the lead. From there he would extend that lead to a comfortable gap and ride the rest of the race ahead of the pack to the finish line. But his win didn’t come without pressure from behind. Until recently Tremaine was racing in the GNCC circuit before deciding to come back west. On his way home he stopped off and hit the Las Vegas race where he raced incredibly well on his two-stroke. Tremaine also has a background in endurocross and was able to secure himself 2nd place on the podium.

Teammates Robby Bell and Justin Seeds of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Precision Concepts Race Team had an intense battle going for multiple laps on the track. Bell got off to a pretty slow start but was able to make up time pretty quick once he got going. Once he was able to pass Seeds, the gap widened a bit when Seeds had some issues in the log section. Bell would go on to take the last podium position with 3rd place, while Seeds came in close behind with 4th. The two currently sit two points apart and time will only tell where the season will lead them. Eric Yorba grabbed his third consecutive top five with 5th place during round six.

Motorcycle Pro Results

Pos.No.NameBikePointsOverall
1324Gary SutherlinYamaha25116
214Ty TremaineKTM2222
31Robby BellKawasaki2092
4213Justin SeedsKawasaki1890
5280Eric YorbaKTM1672
675Trevor StewartOther1573
7907Justin WallisBeta1453
835Mason OttersbergHusqvarna1313
9768Cole ShondeckKTM1212
10354Chris JohnsonPolaris1111
1170Brock RevealYamaha1050
1222Travis DamonHonda977
13472Michael Del FanteYamaha867
1498Bryce ShondeckYamaha77
15443Zach NazziseYamaha616
1611Shane DavisKawasaki55
DNF777Blayne ThompsonHonda046
DNS18Chris ConwayTM09

ATV Pro Report

After a four-win streak, a new rider found himself atop the podium for the first time this season. Robbie Mitchell scored the 1st place win at the Las Vegas round this year, beating out Beau Baron for the spot. Not only did Mitchell take the win, he also scored the fastest lap of the night out of the entire class. Mitchell got out front early and managed to hold on for the remainder of the race.

Baron didn’t start off quite where he would have liked. Finishing the first lap in 3rd, there was definitely work to be done for the current points leader to make his way up to the front. Collins Webster was standing between himself and Mitchell for the first couple laps of the race. However, Baron put on the gas and was able to make the pass on Webster to take the 2nd place position by the end of the third lap. He would finish his race in the same position with Collins Webster a few minutes behind in third place. Josh Row took 4th and Mike Sloan rounded out the top five.

ATV Pro Results

Pos.No.NameQuadPointsOverall
15Robbie MitchellHonda25101
2549Beau BaronHonda22122
339Collins WebsterYamaha2076
4417Josh RowHonda1838
53Mike SloanYamaha1695
6514John RikerdSuzuki1567

SXS Pro Report

The unique track layout was definitely a challenge for the UTV Pro Class. The asphalt was especially slick when the track was watered after practice for the race, and the drivers had to carefully navigate each corner to keep from spinning out. David Haagsma was the first driver out to grab the holeshot but was quickly replaced in the lead by Cody Bradbury on the first lap. Unfortunately for Bradbury, he blew a tire and Haagsma once again took the lead. Haagsma started experiencing some issues of his own, and the battle for the lead fell to Ryan Piplic and Beau Baron. Piplic, rebounding from a rough round in Lake Havasu and battling on a track he doesn’t typically do well on, had the advantage on the dark track with the headlights on his UTV. With some careful driving and persistence, Piplic would go on to take the win, just ahead of Baron in 2nd.

For only running his second pro race this season, Nic Granlund put on an awesome performance at The Orleans. Though he started clear back in the pack, his careful and conscientious strategy ultimately landed him in 3rd place on the podium. After struggling with the track, holeshot winner David Haagsma was able to finish out in 4th place for the round, followed by Shelby Anderson in 5th place. Although Haagsma currently has a 30-point lead overall, Piplic, Bradbury and Matthew Hancock are all neck and neck in the battle for second and still have a pretty decent chance at the championship overall.

SXS Pro Results

Pos.No.NameUTVPointsOverall
115Ryan PiplicPolaris2580
2549Beau BaronPolaris2266
368Nic GranlundYamaha2042
41xDavid HaagsmaHonda18110
5505Shelby AndersonPolaris1616
6312Keith JohnsonPolaris1565
793Matthew HancockPolaris1475
8998Kaden WellsPolaris1340
995Corbin WellsPolaris1241
10435Ray BullochPolaris1148
1172Katie VernolaPolaris1056
1222Cody BradburyPolaris982
1386Larry HeidlerPolaris865
14457Jeff OberingPolaris740
15534Corbin LeavertonPolaris635
1631Tyson LeaverPolaris59
DNF147Ryan HiltPolaris053
DNF888Bill ChambersPolaris033
DNF74Randy RomoPolaris038
DNF27Jake ShireyPolaris010

By Rachel Bretzing