Monster Energy Kawasaki Sweeps the 2012 WORCS Championship Podium

Monster Energy Kawasaki
Sweeps the 2012 WORCS Championship Podium
Irvine, Calif. (September 10, 2012)
At the final round of the 2012 World Off Road Championship Series
(WORCS) at Honolulu Hills Raceway in Taft, Calif., Monster Energy Kawasaki’s
Taylor Robert sealed off his championship season aboard his KX™450F with a
seventh win after going 1-1 on the weekend. Teammate Bobby Garrison finished
seventh with a 5-7 moto result and wrapped up the season with second overall on
the championship podium. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Brandy Richards
battled until the last moto to secure the co-ed Super A championship and also
capped a perfect season in the Women’s A class, taking home two titles. At the
awards banquet that followed, Robert stood at the top of an all-Kawasaki
championship podium with teammate Garrison in second and top-Kawasaki privateer
Robby Bell in third.
True Grit
Although Robert had already secured the WORCS
championship at the previous round at Cahuilla Creek MX, he came to Honolulu
Hills Raceway looking to notch one more win in his belt. In the 60-minute plus
one-lap Saturday moto, he got a good start and pulled his KX450F to the front of
the pack within the first few turns. Robert quickly put a gap on the field and
never looked back, taking the win by almost 50 seconds. Despite arriving at the
track on Sunday still suffering from an allergic reaction that sent him to the
hospital on Saturday night, he jumped on his Kawasaki and threw down even faster
lap times than the previous day to command the win for a second day in a row and
end the season on top of the podium.

“I was really pumped on the whole
season, it couldn’t have gone better,” said Robert. “Seven out of ten wins isn’t
bad. In Taft, I really didn’t get challenged so I just did my own thing and
ended up going 1-1 to finish out the season. The track at Taft was really good,
it is my style of track and similar to the one I ride near my home in Arizona
with pretty hard dirt and square edges, and I love all the jumps too. On those
kinds of tracks you have to find good lines or they can beat you up. I actually
only rode my KX450F once the week prior to the race, I have been spending more
time on my KX™250F getting ready for Ontario EnduroCross. We still have a lot of
EnduroCross races left and I really want to do well in that series too. Right
now I know I am one of the top guys in the field, but I want to be the top
guy.”

The Sandman
Coming into the final round of the season,
Garrison knew he had second place in the championship standings locked up and
despite an injured shoulder, he still wanted to ride the final motos of the
season. On Saturday, he got a good jump off the start and as he rocketed around
the outside of the first corner his rear wheel lost traction and he went to the
ground. Before he could get up he was run over by another racer and pounded back
into the ground. Despite the pounding, Garrison got up, dusted himself off and
jumped back on his KX450F to finish the race in fifth place. On Sunday, Garrison
hoped his shoulder would hold up for the 90-minute moto, but after the first lap
knew his shoulder wouldn’t last and pulled off the course.

“It went
pretty rough out here in Taft,” said Garrison. “In the first corner I went down
and (Timmy) Weigand ran right over me, hitting me with his front wheel, case and
then rear tire. Luckily I came out of it without breaking anything. The rest of
race went alright, but I was so far back at that point I felt like I was riding
by myself in no man’s land. I just kept clicking off laps and finished in fifth
place. After the race I iced my shoulder and stretched it out hoping it would be
good for Sunday. On the first lap of the Sunday moto I was feeling fine at
first. I was pushing on the top five guys right in front of me as we entered the
EnduroCross section, but somehow I tweaked it going over the obstacles. I
decided to pull off because I didn’t want to further damage my shoulder and knew
it wouldn’t last the entire 90 minutes. I am going to get it checked out this
week before we head to Ontario EnduroCross.”

  
Top Kawasaki
Privateer
Since Monster Energy/THR
Motorsports/Kawasaki’s Bell secured the SCORE Baja 500 win, he has been all over
the country competing in the last few rounds of the AMA Pro Motocross
Championship before coming to Taft for the final round of the WORCS. Even though
he missed the WORCS Pro Saturday race to compete in the outdoor national at Lake
Elsinore MX, Bell arrived on the paddock Sunday morning prepared to battle for
third in the WORCS championship standings. Off the start, Bell got funneled to
the middle of the pack and he began working his way through the field. On the
final lap, he got around fellow Kawasaki rider Ryan Abbatoye to finish fourth,
earning enough points to secure third in the championship standings by just
three points. During the awards banquet, Bell was presented a check from Monster
Energy Kawasaki Off Road Team Manager Jason Smigel for earning the Top Kawasaki
Privateer.
Winning Ways
After wrapping up a second-consecutive,
perfect season in the Women’s A class, Team Green’s Richards came to Taft
looking to secure her second title of the season in the co-ed Super A class.
With the championship on the line, Richards needed to win the final moto of the
season to take the title. Sunday morning before the race, she glued the torn
calluses on her hands shut and rolled to the line for her final moto of the
season. Once the gate dropped she went to work on her KX™100, commanding the win
by nearly two minutes to earn her second-consecutive Super A championship.
Currently, Richards is the winningest rider in the history of the WORCS series,
in both men’s and women’s classes.
 
Proof Nation
After the dust settled for the final WORCS
moto of the 2012 season, Kawasaki riders swept the Pro class championship podium
with Robert on top, Garrison in the number two spot, and Bell in third. Richards
also took home two more championships for Team Green while teammate Justin Seeds
scored the 450A championship aboard his KX450F. Several Kawasaki privateers also
took home slices of championship pie like Logan Chambers who earned the 85 A
championship aboard his KX™85. In the 250 A class, Brandon Leith powered his
KX™250 the top of the podium. Tallon Taylor earned the Open A title and Kris
Goolsby took home the 50+ A title, both aboard their KX450F race bikes.
Changes for WORCS
2013
During the WORCS awards banquet that followed
the final motos Sunday in Taft, several changes were announced for the upcoming
2013 WORCS race season. Next year, the format for the Pro class will go back to
the one-day, two-hour moto format. In addition, each WORCS weekend will consist
of ‘Super Events’ which will host Motorcycle, ATV, and SXS racing, all in the
same weekend.
Back to the
Indoors
Next weekend, the Monster Energy Kawasaki Off
Road team jumps back on their KX™250F endurocross bikes to compete in Round 4 of
the AMA EnduroCross Championship at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario,
Calif. Justin Soulé will also be returning to the series after a three month
hiatus due to an injured shoulder he received at Round 2 of the series in
Sacramento, Calif.
Results
2012 World Off Road Championship
Series – Round 10 of 10
Honolulu Hills Raceway – Taft, Calif.
September
8-9, 2012

Pro Class Results
1. TAYLOR ROBERT, MONSTER
ENERGY KAWASAKI (1-1)

2. Tim Weigand, Honda (2-3)
3. Josh Strang,
KTM (4-2)
4. RYAN ABBATOYE, KAWASAKI (3-5)
5. ROBBIE GOOLSBY,
KAWASAKI (6-6)
6. ROBBY BELL, MONSTER ENERGY/THR MOTORSPORTS/KAWASAKI
(DNS-4)
7. BOBBY GARRISON, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI (5-7)

Pro Class Championship Standings
1. TAYLOR ROBERT,
MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 465
2. BOBBY GARRISON, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI,
351
3. ROBBY BELL, MONSTER ENERGY/THR MOTORSPORTS/KAWASAKI, 311
4. RYAN
ABBATOYE, KAWASAKI, 308
5. GARY SUTHERLIN, KAWASAKI, 260
6. JUSTIN SOULE,
MONSTER ENEGY KAWASAKI, 211

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