The second round of the WORCS series headed out to the Nevada desert, just behind the Buffalo Bill’s resort at Primm. Both Robby and Justin were looking to continue their momentum from the first round, where Robby took the win and Justin battled back from some early race troubles to a fourth place finish. The course was fast, rough and rocky as the riders headed to the start line for the 105 minute pro race, where the pro motorcycles and quads would compete on a partially-joint course, making it a true main event.
After throwing away the holeshot at the first round in Taft, Robby’s main goal at Primm was to get out front early. “I’ve been so close to the getting the holeshot a couple times this year, and it was more of a personal challenge at Primm to see if I could nail that dead engine start and get the lead right away.”
When the green flag flew, Robby’s bike was the quickest to start and he rocketed out to the early lead. “I almost didn’t know what kind of pace to set out front, so I was just hammering the track, riding a little squirrelly. Plus Eric Yorba was showing a lot of speed and pushing me really hard from second.” Eric’s challenge lasted a couple laps until he succumbed to some arm pump, and from there it was smooth sailing for Bell. “After the first couple laps I settled in to a good pace, managed my gap out front and really enjoyed the race. I saw Gary [Sutherlin] get in to second place and knew he’d mount a late-race charge, but I think he had some trouble in lapped traffic and I held a comfortable lead all the way to the finish.”
Justin has shown he has the speed to finish on the WORCS podium and this weekend at Primm he proved it to everyone, including himself. “My goal was to finish on the podium. I know I’ve had the speed, I just needed to believe in myself.” Justin’s third place finish didn’t come easy, however, as a multiple-kick start meant he’d have to work hard to come through the pack. “The start wasn’t what I wanted; I ended up having a two-kick start and was back around eighth or ninth early on.”
Justin made a few passes, getting in to the top five, but the leaders had stretched away, leaving quite a gap for him to close down to make it to the podium positions. Showing fitness, as well as speed, Justin made a late charge and was able to take the third position away from Justin Jones in the final lap and a half. “I felt so good about my performance. I knew I could do it [get on the podium] and that’s what I kept telling myself. It was definitely a hard-fought third, but so worth it!”