Muzzys Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jon Crowley got off to a perfect start at the Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) season opener, racing through the muddy course to win the first two rounds of the series. A few hundred miles away in the desert town of Surprise, Ariz., Funco Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Garrett George scored the first podium of his career with second in the SXS Production 850 class at Round 4 of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS).
While the VORRA event organizers originally planned to host the opening rounds over the course of two days, after a week of torrential downpours, the course was so saturated they decided to cancel racing altogether on Saturday to give the track a chance to dry out. With two full rounds to complete Sunday, racers had to prepare mentally and mechanically, for a long day of racing. Each round consisted of three motos, where the winner would be determined by the overall score. After three grueling motos through the mud, Crowley finished 3-1-1 to earn his first win of the series.
“The course was incredibly muddy,” says Crowley. “It was just a thick, clumpy, soupy mess. Instead of racing on a one-mile course for six laps, they had to eliminate half the course and changed the race to 12 laps. Many of the Class 11 and Class 9 vehicles were getting stuck because they were only two-wheel drive and sliding all over the place. With my Teryx I just powered around them like stationary obstacles. I knew from the beginning it was going to be a race of attrition. It was kind of like a desert race where you have to beat the desert before you can beat your competitors.