2019 WORCS Round 1- Primm, NV
The first round of the 2019 WORCS series was a successful one for Chaparral Motorsports, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki Team Green. Conditions couldn’t have been much better as mid-week rains made for perfectly wet sand. Zach Bell and Blayne Thompson finished second and third, respectively, in Sunday’s two-hour Pro main event. Additionally, Clay Hengeveld earned his first career WORCS Pro 2 victory, while also winning Saturday’s 450A qualifier.
Zach Bell — 2nd place Pro
Zach’s race got off to the perfect start as he grabbed the holeshot. The Team Green rider lead the first lap before being overtaken by Taylor Robert following a tricky rock section, which was added for the pro race. From there, Zach stalked Taylor, staying between three and ten seconds behind for over an hour as the two pulled away from the field. Unfortunately for Zach, his hands started to blister badly around eighty minutes in. Though he tried to push through, Bell was forced to slow his pace the last few laps. Still, he held on for second, and a great start to the season.
In his own words:
“It feels good [to finish on the podium]. I got off to the holeshot. The Kawi ripped the start and I got out front. Taylor got by me on the second lap and I just kind of tailed him for a little over an hour. We had a really good pace going, we were definitely going for it. Then, my hands just kind of fell apart and I just played it safe and rode it in. I’m just going to keep building, working on the bike and myself and we’ll come swinging for the second round.”
Blayne Thompson — 3rd place Pro
Blayne couldn’t have gotten off to a much better start, bettered only by his teammate. Thompson slotted into second early on, but a couple first-lap mistakes saw him drop outside the top-five. After regrouping, the Team Green racer began picking up his pace and reeling in the riders ahead. By the midway point of the race, Blayne had worked all the way back up to third place. Though he started to receive a little pressure from behind late in the race, Thompson was able to respond, drop his lap times, and finished with a comfortable gap in third.
In his own words:
“Usually I throw it away in the first couple rounds of WORCS [laughs]. So, it actually feels pretty good to get on the podium at the first round. We’re going to try to keep it going. My ride went really well, overall. I made a couple mistakes in the first thirty minutes. So, I fell back a little bit. But around the forty-five minute, or hour mark, I got into a pretty good grove. I put down some fast laps, caught back up, made my way back into third and held it to the finish. At the next one I’m going to try to not make those mistakes, find that grove on the first lap, send it the whole race and see what we can do.”