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2017 WORCS Racing
Round #10 - Glen Helen Raceway
September 10, 2017
Devore, California

WORCS Racing Series

Beau Baron Clinches 6th WORCS Pro ATV Championship
WORCS Racing Round 10 Pro ATV Race Report

WORCS Racing - Round 10
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Devore, CA (9/13/2017) – Beau Baron scored his seventh victory of the season and clinched a record sixth Rocky Mountain ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels Pro ATV championship at Glen Helen Raceway. Robbie Mitchell finished second, followed by Mike Sloan. Felipe Valez made the trip from Baja, Mexico and finished fourth.
WORCS Racing Pro ATV Podium
WORCS Racing Pro ATV Podium (left to right)
Robbie Mitchell (2nd), Beau Baron (1st), Mike Sloan (3rd)

Six Pro ATVs took the live engine start for the one-in-a-half hour race during warm, but breezy conditions at the track. The track was run in reverse from the last event here and featured the combined Glen Helen circuit, Lucas Oil Circuit and several off-road sections.

Baron, on a Honda, snagged the holeshot at the beginning and held off Mitchell early in the race. From there, he ran his own pace to snag the victory and, in the process, clinch the title. With the championship, Baron now owns the most ATV titles in WORCS history, surpassing Doug Eichner.

Beau Baron WORCS Racing
#1 Beau Baron grabbed the holeshot & held the lead from start to finish

“I was thankful we didn’t have a dead engine start because I’m no good at them,” laughed Baron. “Robbie was breathing down my neck for a lap or two, but I started with a pace I knew I could run from the beginning to the end. I slowly pulled out a lead and I kept gapping until the end of the race. I just rode solid until the end.”

Thus far this season Baron hasn’t finished off the podium, winning seven races and finishing second in the other two. He was relieved to finish out the points chase one race early.

Beau Baron WORCS Racing
Beau Baron's 7th win of the season clinched a Record 6th WORCS Pro ATV Championship

“It takes a lot of the pressure off,” said Baron. “I was worried my bike wouldn’t make it to the finish because stuff happens. It’s nice to get it done a round early because there will be a lot less stress at the last round.”

Riding his Honda, Mitchell ran a strong second in the beginning of the race, but soon started feeling the effects of a cold. Though he fell off slightly at the end, he scored his fifth podium of the season.

Robbie Mitchell WORCS Racing
DWT's Robbie Mitchell secured the 2nd spot on the podium

“The course was a lot of fun,” said Mitchell. “It was a little choppier, and that kind of got to me. Everything was working awesome. I fell off a little at the end; I’m dealing with a bit of a cold. It hit me like a ton of bricks at the end.”

Sloan overcame a slow start on his Yamaha, but began charging late in the event. He recorded his seventh podium of the season and remains second in points.

Mike Sloan WORCS Racing
STI's Mike Sloan rounded out the WORCS Pro ATV Podium

“I had a slow start, but I got on the box,” said Sloan. “Once I got going, I was feeling good. I got really warmed up at the end of the race and I was hitting my lines. I was back a bit, but once I got going I was right behind Robbie.”

Collins Webster missed the Glen Helen round due to the wrong parts being shipped for the engine on his Yamaha. He will return for the final round in October.

Felipe Velez WORCS Racing
ELKA's Felipe Velez made his 2017 WORCS debut with a 4th place finish in the Pro ATV Class
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