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Race Report by Joe Colombero
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Taylor Robert continues to be the rider to beat in the 2012 WORCS Series. Robert went out in Saturday's race #1 and led almost from start to finish, taking the win by more than a full minute over Robby Bell in second and RMP/KTM/FMF/Maxxis rider Josh Strang in third. Then in Race #2 on Sunday, Robert came from last place to finish second and take the overall for the weekend.
"I crashed a few times and went swimming twice," said Robert of the many stream crossings. "But it was a good weekend. I really like these pure off-road tracks like this and I was able to extend my points lead for the championship. That's my main focus this year, to win the WORCS Championship."
Josh Strang stepped up and surprised everyone with a stellar performance. After taking third in race #1, Strang battled his way into the lead in race #2 and then pulled away for the win. His 3-1 score for the weekend placed him in second overall, his best finish this season for the former GNCC Champion.
Gary Sutherlin may have had the most fun of all the Pro's, he was in a race-long dogfight with Strang on Saturday and then led for most of the first hour of Sunday's race before battling with Strang and then Robert. His 4-3 finish was good enough for third overall.
Robby Bell took fourth overall followed by Ryan Abbatoye in fifth. Bobby Garrison, riding injured, managed sixth overall to stay mathematically in the hunt to catch Robert in the points chase.
Corey Graffunder put his Husky to work and took another win in the WORCS Pro 2 class at round 7 in Utah. Graffunder led from the first lap and kept well ahead through the tight woods and stream crossings, as well as the wide open desert sections in the beautiful Utah landscape.
"This is the best course we've had all year," said Graffunder. Great off-road racing and lots of obstacles. My Husky handled it all and I took another win."
Second place went to Ivan Ramirez who kept Graffunder in sight for the whole 90 minutes. Ramirez's RMP/KTM/FMF/Maxxis teammate Travis Coy took a well earned third. Robert Underwood was fourth with Justin Seeds fifth.
Ramirez tops the leader board in the championship with 157/3 wins ahead of Graffunder with 152/2 wins. Seeds sits third with 128/1 win with three rounds still to go.
PRO 2 LITES
Eric Yorba Took the Pro 2 Lites victory at WORCS 7 in Utah. Yorba battled all race long with Evan Kelly and took the win by making fewer mistakes on the technical off-road course.
Kelly for his part suffered a flat tire and a few soil-samples but hung on for second. Cody Fendly took third and was the youngest rider on the podium all day at 14 years old. Point's leader Brandon Lieth took fourth with Clint Miglia rounding out the top five.
With seven rounds in the books, Leith leads the points chase with 137/3 wins ahead of Ryan Sandoval 119/1 win. Kelly is closing in with 118/1 win just in front of Yorba with 115/2 wins.