Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert scored his fifth overall win of the 2012 World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) at Round 8 of the series at Pala Raceway in Pala, Calif. Kawasaki riders swept the Pro class podium at the series’ inaugural event at Pala Raceway with Robert leading the charge aboard his KX450F with a 1-1 moto result. Monster Energy/THR/Precision Concepts/Kawasaki’s Robby Bell kept Robert honest both days of the action-packed event landing the runner-up spot on the podium with a 2-2 result. Rounding out the podium was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Bobby Garrison who finished fifth on Saturday, but battled back through the field Sunday to secure third overall with a 5-3 result.

Trophy Hunter
After a top-five finish at the X Games Los Angeles EnduroX event, Robert was looking forward to getting back in the WORCS championship hunt. On Saturday, he got a good start and came around the first turn in second, but was able to quickly power his KX450F into the lead by the next turn. Robert checked out and took the checkered flag to earn his ninth moto win of the season. On Sunday, he ripped the holeshot on his KX450F and set a fast pace around the course. Although he briefly lost the lead to fellow Kawasaki rider Bell around the halfway mark, he was able to retake the lead to earn his fifth overall podium of the season. Robert continues to extend his lead in the championship standings and currently holds a 55-point lead on second.

RPM/KTM rider Maria Forsberg made history when she took a dominating win to earn the first Women’s EnduroX Gold Medal at X-Games 17 held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Forsberg, a four-time WORCS Champion and the reigning GNCC Champion is one of the most decorated female off-road athletes in the sport. Earlier this year, she was extended an invite to compete in the first-ever X-Games Women’s EnduroX event, a dream come true for the talented rider. “I was so excited to hear that the X-Games were going to have an EnduroX event, and more importantly, a women’s class. I jumped at the chance to compete and am so excited for the opportunity to help bring more exposure to the sport of off-road riding,” remarked Forsberg.

To make the moment more special, Forsberg was able to compete with her RPM/KTM teammate and reigning WORCS Champion Kacy Martinez. Also representing the orange brand was motocross rider Elizabeth Bash who has been lining up on moto and off-road gates this season.

The course was built with tough log sections, loose rocks, a firewood pit and fast straights. “This track was fast-paced today which is not typically my style. I felt a little uneasy going into the race but knew if I just got a clean start and avoided any pile-ups that I would remain consistent and would be able to make any passes I needed to make,” stated Forsberg.

At the start of the six lap main it was Forsberg’s teammate Martinez who nailed the holeshot. She was followed by Tarah Gieger and Sara Price. Gieger and Price collided on the first log section which allowed Forsberg to jump into 2nd behind her teammate. Martinez led the first lap and a half with Forsberg in tow.

The log hill on the second lap got the best of Martinez when she lodged her front tire in between two logs and went down. Forsberg jumped in the lead and never looked back. She went on to take a commanding lead and earn the victory. Meanwhile, Martinez, who had to climb all the way up the log hill after her fall to remount her bike and continue on, was able to charge back up to an impressive 3rd place to take the bronze medal.

“It feels amazing to win X-Games gold. I would have never thought I would have this opportunity or would have gotten this win. I can’t thank my team and everyone that came out and supported me enough. This is the best feeling in the world,” stated Forsberg.

PASO ROBLES, CA - Beta factory rider Cody Webb ended his 2011 AMA Mototrial season with a dominating win over rival Pat Smage besting the new champion by 23 points. The win brought a positive end to an exciting season.

The final three rounds were held at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennesse this past weekend. The event proved to be tough as the weather became an issue on the first two days with thunderstorms passing through each afternoon. This made the huge rock outcroppings slippery having the two top riders searching for traction. Webb finished the final round on top of the podium for the day and in second position for the season.

“My weekend was not as perfect as I would have liked however it was a good learning experience. I had to battle back from terrible first loops Saturday and Sunday. Monday I finally put it all together and rode like I was supposed to all year. I was super impressed with the performance of my Beta all weekend and I can’t wait for next year to battle back for another championship. I can’t thank everyone enough for all the help and support. I also want to thank my sponsors American Beta, RL Racing, Dunlop, Gaerne, Kal Gard, S3, Nau, and Country Home Inspection to help make this year a great one”.  Webb explains.

Next stop for Cody is the National EnduroX series which begins on July 31st at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This round will be a part of the ESPN X-Games. Look for Webb on his factory-prepared Beta 350 RR.

For more information on the 2011EnduroX series, go to www.endurocross.com