Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jon Crowley increased his win streak to three with another impressive victory at the penultimate round of the Valley Off Road Racing Association race in Prairie City, Calif. The series returned to a short course format after spending four consecutive races in the desert. Crowley picked up where he left off in April as he went 3-1-1 on the day in his Monster Energy/Muzzy/Kawasaki Teryx for his fourth win in seven races.
Returning to the Top
The change from desert racing to short course motos didn’t affect Crowley as he made it look easy during his time on the track. Although he made a mistake in the first moto resulting in a third-place finish, he made up for it with wins in the final two motos.
“The short course racing here is a lot different than what you would see at a LOORRS event,” said Crowley. “Here we take a bunch of desert cars and run them on a mile-long track with jumps, whoops, holes and tight corners. It’s a lot of fun, but it was definitely a change from running 200 miles in the Nevada desert.”
Crowley only had to make minor changes to his Teryx to transition it from a desert to short course vehicle.
“My Muzzys 840cc v-twin engine and changes to smaller, lighter tires helped me get the holeshot in every moto,” said Crowley. “That made a huge difference in the outcome for the day. I was able to run my race and let the others try and get past me.”
One Last Race
There is one race remaining in the series that will take place on October 31 in Prairie City, Calif. The race will run the final short course format, a format that Crowley is very comfortable racing. While he’s been on a win streak over the past few months, Crowley sits in second after bad luck at the first desert race in Yerington.
“It’s going to be tough to win the championship,” said Crowley. “But that’s why we race. I’ll go out and do the best I can to get the maximum amount of points. I just want to stand at the end of the season knowing I tried my best.”
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Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) was established in 1975 as a family-oriented organization and is led by current promoter Wes Harbor who believes that “off road racing has its roots in people’s garages”. VORRA is the only organization to offer both four short course races and three desert races as part of its overall season championship. Each race draws over 60 racers between multiple classes available for Cars, Trucks, Pilots, ATV, UTV and Trophy Karts. In 2010 VORRA has added two additional truck classes and a stand alone ATV Race Series. More information can be found at www.vorra.net.