Back-To-Back WORCS Championships for FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert

LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ – December 7, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) –  FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Taylor Robert wrapped up his second consecutive WORCS Pro Championship on Sunday following another podium finish at the final round of the 2020 World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) in Arizona. It was FMF/RPM/KTM Racing Team Maxxis’ Dante Oliveira who won the day’s battle as he collected his third victory of the season with another impressive performance out front.

Additionally, FMF/RPM/KTM Racing Team Maxxis rider Mateo Oliveira clinched the Pro 2 (MC) Championship on Sunday with a strong runner-up finish at the finale.

On Sunday, the premier motorcycle classes hit the track earlier in the morning, which made for a brisk start to the race day. Robert needed only one point to wrap up the title at the season finale and in true champion form, he kept his eyes on the prize as he maintained a poised and calculated frame of mind. Off the start, Robert positioned his KTM 450 XC-F into second early on as he settled in behind fellow KTM rider, Dante Oliveira, who took the holeshot and early lead. Robert held onto second with a solid pace throughout the entire 18-lap race and he cruised it in for a podium finish en route to claiming his second-straight championship in the series.

Taylor Robert: “Knowing that I only had to score one point was a bit stressful but I knew I had to just go out there and not have any sort of catastrophe happen. I was just keying off of Dante early on – that was actually the ideal scenario for me to just sit behind him for the first half of the race because all I had to do is complete half of the laps to score one point and then I could charge to the finish. As much as I would have wanted to win the race, I was really focused on winning the championship and it felt great to come away with back-to-back championships.”

Team Manager, Antti Kallonen: “It is a fantastic feeling to close out the season with a WORCS championship. Hats off to Taylor, who prevailed through all the adversity this season from long breaks to 75-minute, 90-minute and 2-hour races, and even some back-to-back race days as well. No matter what the circumstance was, Taylor was always ready to race and showed his dominance with five wins and four second place finishes. Congratulations to Taylor and the entire team.”

Oliveira, who claimed a total of three race-wins this season, made a big statement in 2020 as he proved to be a serious contender next to two-time series champion, Robert. Oliveira grabbed the holeshot at the series finale and never looked back as he led from start to finish on the day. After nine rounds, Oliveira finished an impressive second overall in the 2020 Pro Class Championship.

MATEO OLIVEIRA 2020 PRO 2 CHAMPION
MATEO OLIVEIRA 2020 PRO 2 CHAMPION

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth, a primarily east-coast based rider, made an appearance at the final round as well. Toth maintained a fifth-place position for the first half of the race but a series of crashes in the second of the race caused him to drop back and ultimately finish ninth in the class.

In the Pro 2 Lites division, KTM-mounted rider Angus Riordan finished on the podium with a consistent third-place performance, followed by KTM-Supported rider Brandy Richards in fourth.

The series concluded its nine-round championship on Sunday. Visit their official website to view the unofficial results and series standings.

Round 9 Results

Pro (MC) Results

1. Dante Oliveira, KTM
2. Taylor Robert, KTM
3. Zach Bell, KAW
OTHER KTM
9. Josh Toth, KTM

Pro 2 (MC) Results

1. Tallon Lafountaine, HON
2. Mateo Oliveira, KTM
3. Deegan Vonlossenberg, YAM
OTHER KTM
11. Kyle Mercier, KTM
12. Drake Hacker, KTM
14. Zachary Cramer, KTM
16. Blake Donatelli, KTM

Pro 2 Lights (MC) Results

1. Jake Alvarez, KAW
2. Tyler Lynn, YAM
3. Angus Riordan, KTM
4. Brandy Richards, KTM
OTHER KTM
7. Will Riordan, KTM
9. Kaitlyn Jacobs, KTM
10. Walker Mcgreal, KTM

Source: KTM North America, Inc.

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