HIGHLIGHTS – WORCS RACING, ROUND 1
Robby Bell picked up where he left off at the 2014 WORCS season by winning round one at Honolulu Hills MX for the 2015 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Bike.
KTM’s Gary Sutherlin finished in the second spot followed by Hinson / Honda’s Justin Jones.
Unlike the dry and dusty track racers faced last year at the Honolulu Hills WORCS season opener, riders faced a new challenge this year with dense fog blanketing the track all weekend. The fog virtually eliminated any dust but instead limited the visibility.
Precision Concept’s Robby Bell launched off the concrete starting gate and came into the first turn with the lead. But he was carrying too much speed and that carried him wide, allowing Gary Sutherlin and Justin Jones to take over the front spots.
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Bell was on a mission though and regained the lead before the end of the first lap. “I think that was probably the best start of my life and that’s probably why I blew the first turn because I was so excited,” told Bell. “Gary and JJ got in front of me and then Justin got a little squirrely on the pro section, so I got him there.
“Then coming down the downhill I couldn’t really see – I was just riding by brail – feeling my way down and was able to have a little more speed than Gary. From there the bike just worked fantastic. I knew Gary and JJ shine in the beginning of the race, so I wanted to really push it hard.”
Once out front, Bell stayed on the gas and recorded the fastest lap-time of the race at the halfway point as he stretched his lead out to over a minute on Sutherlin in the second spot. Bell ran a flawless race and brought home WORCS season opener win, but he knows each win will get harder as the season moves forward to the next round.