Round 7 of WORCS took place at Straddleline ORV Park in McCleary, WA. Most WORCS events are desert races, but Straddleline is a woods course more akin to the GNCC. As such, it tends to favor technical skills more than speed compared most of the other WORCS events.
ATV Pro Report
There’s a reason that Beau Baron sits atop the points battle for the ATV Pro class. He’s good at what he does, and he proved it once more at Straddleline. It wasn’t long before he’d fought his way to the front of the pack and stayed there for the entire race. Robbie Mitchell started out in 1st with the holeshot. David Haagsma began in 2nd. Once Baron passed both of them, Mitchell was in 2nd and Haagsma was in 3rd, though eventually Haagsma was able to get by Mitchell as well, and he stayed in 2nd for the remainder of the race. Josh Row also managed to get past Mitchell, allowing him to take 3rd. Mitchell finished in 4th.
ATV Pro Results
Motorcycle Pro Report
After a disappointing round at Iron Mine, Gary Sutherlin turned things around and got back on the top of the podium at Straddleline. However, he was seriously challenged by newcomer Ricky Russell. It was Russell’s first WORCS event of the season, although Russell is a regular contender in the GNCC series (XC2 Pro Lites class), and the woods course of Straddleline was right up his alley (and not too far away from his hometown, either). The final spot on the podium was taken by Rory Sullivan, who raced his first WORCS event of the season at Straddleline as well. He also hails from the northwest and is an experienced woods rider, so his podium performance isn’t too surprising.
Motorcycle Pro Results
SXS Pro Report
Once more, Beau Baron performed spectacularly in the SXS Pro class. While other competitors typically grab the holeshot over him on ATVs, Baron has a knack for holeshots when he’s in a UTV, and Straddleline was no different. After he had the holeshot, he pulled away for the win. Mitch Guthrie, Jr. started in 2nd and fought hard. Although Ryan Piplic managed to pass him, Guthrie maintained his position in 3rd through the end of the race. Towards the end, Piplic began to catch up to 1st due to some lappers that were slowing Baron down. However, Baron wouldn’t let him by.
SXS Pro Results
|3||51||Mitch Guthrie, Jr.||Polaris||20||130|
|11||17||Stacey Pike||Arctic Cat||10||53|
|13||435||Ray Bulloch||Arctic Cat||8||34|
By Jeff Baker