WORCS 2012 MX – Round 2 Primm, Nevada


FMF/KTM’s Mike Brown is one of the toughest racers in the world and when things get fast, brutal, and treacherous, Brownie excels. That’s what happened at WORCS round 2 this weekend in Primm, Nevada. WORCS Promoter Sean Reddish laid out a Pro course that featured long high speed sections of sand whoops, tight twisting berm turns, rocks, more energy sapping sand and a two-race format adding up to almost three hours of wide-open racing to get the overall. And the man who took the overall was Mike Brown.

Brown got off the line well in both races, having trained himself to get a good jump on the dead engine-start featured at Primm. Mike took the lead early in race #1, but fell victim to his own aggression and crashed hard in the whoops on lap two, falling back to fifth. He recovered and charged forward again to take the third spot by the checkered flag. In race #2 on Sunday, Brown again gated well, but found himself in third place chasing the twin Kawasaki’s of Taylor Robert and Justin Soule. Brown set the fastest lap of the day on lap four with an 8:00 flat, cutting seven seconds off the Kawasaki teammates lead. Then Robert pulled off the track when his 450 overheated and seized. Brown still had to hunt down Soule which he did a lap later. Once out front with clean air, Brown was uncatchable taking the race #2 win and the overall with a 3-1 score for the weekend.


It was a great weekend for KTM, with Brown taking the Pro win and Ivan Ramirez taking the Pro 2 win on his FMF/RPM/KTM Racing/Maxxis mount. Ramirez was the class of the Pro 2 field cutting an 18:18 lap time which was as fast and some of the Pro class riders and more than 20 seconds faster than the rest of the Pro 2 class field. Ramirez finished more than 3 seconds ahead of second place and now leads the Pro 2 points chase with 47/1win after two rounds.

Second place went to Corey Graffunder who battled his way forward after stalling his bike on the line. Back on a Husky, Graffunder charged his way forward but could not catch the disappearing form of Ramirez by the flag.

FMF/RPM/KTM/Maxxis Racing’s Travis Coy scored his best finish this year with a well-earned third place. Coy gated decently and rode a smart race, taking his time and working his way forward to take the final slot on the podium.


KTM’s swept the first place slot on all three podiums thanks to Eric Yorba’s (KYM) victory in the Pro 2 Lites class. Yorba, who loves sand tracks, beat out Glen Helen winner Brandon Leith (Kawasaki) who scored second place and Ryan Sandoval (Yamaha) in third. Leith holds the points lead in the Pro 2 Lites class with 47/1 win ahead of Yorba with 41/1 win, and defending Pro 2 Lites Champion Evan Kelly with 40 points.

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