FIRST ROUND, WORCS 2010
Beau Baron came out swinging in the first round of the 2010 WORCS series, successfully debuting his number one plate with a decisive victory. The Surprise, Arizona round of the series had a very off-road flavor because rains had flooded some of the motocross sections. Almost all of the four-mile course was off-road in sandwashes and desert. That suited Baron’s MCR team perfectly with its heavy Baja experience. In fact, team manager Mike Cafro himself made the podium, finishing third overall behind Motoworks Can-Am rider Josh Frederick.
The race started off looking like a two man battle between Baron and Yamaha rider Dustin Nelson. The two of them traded back and forth, while Frederick was buried in the pack. Having an even worse first lap was Josh Row, who was hit by another rider and crashed hard. Cafro was sitting about eighth place.
Eventually Baron got a slight cushion over Nelson, while Frederick cut through the pack. Then Nelson broke a chain, taking him out of the race completely. Frederick inherited second place and Cafro moved up to third. There was some excitement on the very last lap as Frederick stalled in the WorcsCross section and Cafro almost caught up.
Missing from the line up was last year’s title contender Jeremie Warnia, who is back home getting ready for a beach race in France. He will concentrate on riding motocross in the east this year, leaving the WORCS races to teammate Frederick. For results, go to www.worcsracing.com.