|Round 9 (Finale) – WORCS – October 29, 2018
Primm, Nev. – The final round of the World Championship Off-Road Series (WORCS) took place over the weekend at Buffalo Bill’s Casino in Primm, Nevada where FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert fought hard to the very end to earn a second-place finish at the finale. KTM-mounted rider Giacomo Redondi claimed the 2018 WORCS Championship with a steady fourth-place finish.
Off the start, Robert put himself into second early on and he powered his KTM 450 XC-F into the lead by the end of the first lap. He battled out front for the next two laps before Zach Bell got around him for the lead. However, Bell made a mistake and Robert got back around and the duo took the battle down to the final lap, swapping the lead position a handful of times on that lap. Sitting in second at the end, Robert made a big charge through the last two turns but he ended up tucking the front end and ultimately finishing second.
Taylor Robert: “The race was the most intense race of the year. I moved into the lead by the end of the first lap and Zach [Bell] was right on my tail the whole time. He actually got around me on the third lap but he made a mistake and I got back by. On the last lap, we both pushed as hard as we could and passed each other three or four times on that lap alone. I tried making a last resort effort with two turns to go but I tucked the front end, giving the win to Zach.”
With five race-wins and one podium finish behind him, Robert concludes the 2018 series with third overall in the Pro (MC) Championship after missing two rounds due to injury earlier in the season. He bounced back from injury to claim four consecutive victories but it wasn’t enough to make up the deficit from missing two races. Congratulations to Taylor on an impressive season despite the injury-ridden setbacks.
Pro (MC) Results
1. Zach Bell, HQV
2. Taylor Robert, KTM
3. Gary Sutherlin, SUZ
4. Giacomo Redondi, KTM
Pro (MC) Standings
1. Giacomo Redondi, 165 points
2. Zach Bell, 154
3. Taylor Robert, 147