2017 Glen Helen WORCS Report (Riverside, CA) —
The 2017 Glen Helen WORCS round was the last Grand Prix before the summer break. With that in mind, both Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, Precision Concepts riders were looking to tighten the points. Justin Seeds came into the weekend 17 points behind in second, while Robby Bell was 30 points down in third.
Both riders got off to mid-pack starts in the ninety minute pro race. Seeds was quick to push towards the front, but lost the rear end coming out of a corner on the first lap. The slide-out would cost him a few positions, and signaled that start of a challenging day. Three additional crashes during the race kept Justin at the edge of the top ten. With points on the line, he kept charging all the way to the finish and salvaged a ninth place on the day.
Meanwhile, Bell methodically worked his way up into the top five over the opening laps. During the middle of the race, Robby was setting some of the fastest times and closed to within twelve seconds of second place. However, Bell was still not back to one hundred percent and physically began to suffer late in the race. Unfortunately, he lost touch with the podium spots with a lap and a half to go. Nonetheless, he was able to hold off a hard-charging Travis Damon on the final lap to earn fourth place.
During the race, series leader Gary Sutherlin suffered mechanical issues and finished thirteenth, meaning both Bell and Seeds closed the gap. Justin leaves Glen Helen thirteen points down, while Robby is now twenty back, with two WORCS rounds to go.
Robby Bell — 4th place
“I got off to a mid-pack start and just wasn’t aggressive enough early-on,” lamented Bell after the race. He continued, “If I’m being honest, I’m still dealing with some physical issues from the crash at 29 Palms [in April]. But more than that, it’s still playing on my mind and I think that’s what held me back some today. I had a good pace going, and even got close to Trevor [Stewart, who finished second] just past halfway. But then my muscles started to fatigue. After a couple mistakes from losing a bit of strength, I just wasn’t willing to hang it out on the edge and risk the consequences to try to get second. All in all, I had a good ride today, but I’m definitely happy we’re heading into a break. I’m looking forward to finally getting my body back to one hundred percent and finishing the year strong.”
Justin Seeds — 9th place
Justin came away from the event slightly disappointed, stating, “[That] was a bit below par, I’d say. I got a decent start and was right there with everybody. Then someone in front of me blew out a berm and I couldn’t really see with the roost. I ended up tucking the front end and going down. From there I pushed back up and made a few few passes, but that’s where the [continual] falling began. I found myself on the ground probably five times, which obviously doesn’t help at all. I felt decent besides the crashes and I think I know what I need to work on before September’s round. We did gain some points in the championship, even though we had a bad day. So, we’re still in a good position. I’m looking forward, going to work on some things this summer, and move on to the next round after the break.”
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