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Mar 4, 2019

2019 WORCS Round 3 - Lake Havasu

The Lake Havasu WORCS race course is well-known for its demanding sand whoops and rough terrain. The tighter confines of the location make for shorter lap times, which means more laps for all of the classes. This year's WORCS course exemplified that with the quickest lap times the track has seen in recent history. The WORCS crew had changed up the track to help the flow of the course which many riders preferred, but the trade-off resulted in more laps around an already quick and demanding course.

Clay Hengeveld - 2nd place Pro 2 | 8th place 450A

Hengeveld had a trying time qualifying for the Pro 2 main event out of the 450A race. A minor electrical issue forced him into the pit on the second lap. After the team fixed the issue, Clay rejoined the race in thirty-third position. From there, he charged the entire length of the sixty-minute qualifier and was able to make it up to eighth place at the finish.

In Sunday's Pro 2 race, Clay got off to a great start, just about nabbing the holeshot. He led the first third of the race, battling back and forth with another competitor. An unfortunate crash on the seventh lap relegated Clay to second. After the fall, Hengeveld did his best to regroup, but would later take another dirt sample. The second-place finish jumped Clay up to second place in points after round three of eleven.

Blayne Thompson - 11th place Pro

Thompson didn't get off to the best of starts in the two-hour pro race. A slight false start on the line seemed to throw him off his starting rhythm. But he was able to sneak around the inside of the first corner and come out inside the top-ten. Thompson quickly moved forward, passing into sixth and getting a tow just behind the top-five. Thompson had found a good pace when his race took an unfortunate turn. The team worked quickly in the pits to get Thompson back out on course, but he had lost a lap to the leaders. Thompson never quit, pushing all the way to the finish and even making a couple passes. He was able to salvage an eleventh-place finish on the day, which keeps him in the top-five in points as the series heads to the fourth round.

Zach Bell — 13th place Pro

Zach Bell showed great speed in Saturday's qualifying practice, setting the fastest lap. That earned him the first staging spot for Sunday's pro race as a result. In the pro race, he got off to a perfect start, grabbing the holeshot. From there, Bell lead the first few laps as he and second-place Taylor Robert pulled a gap on the field. Robert was able to get by, but Bell kept close on his tail over the next couple laps. Unfortunately, Zach was carrying a bit of a sore back into the weekend and the roughness that the Havasu WORCS course is known for began to take its toll. Bell was forced to slow his pace, dropping back through the field, but he toughed it out to get a finish in order to salvage what he could for the championship.

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