Katie Vernola WORCS Round 4 Race Report
Lake Havasu City, AZ (3/18/2016) – Super ATV’s Katie Vernola competed at WORCS round 4 in Lake Havasu City, AZ on Saturday, which was the first race of a double header weekend. Vernola was in a hunt for a podium finish till the final lap, but she ended up finishing out the day with a sixth place finish.
Vernola experienced a frustrating start to her race, and really had her work cut out for her to catch the leaders. “I thought I had a good starting position, but once the green flag dropped, I got tangled up in the mix of things and pulled out around third to last,” explained Vernola.
Vernola did not let the start discourage her. She put her head down and pushed forward, eventually working her way up to a very impressive third place position. “I just tried to keep it clean and save the car since the track was super brutal. The ruts were insane. Eric from Black Rhino helped me adjust the King suspension and it felt great. It was difficult starting from the back and having to work my way through,” stated Vernola.
Vernola ran in third place for a while, but bad luck struck again. “Trying to go through some lappers I got tangled up with two Arctic Cats and it put me on my side, ruining in third place. Luckily, two guys ran over and helped push me back over. I was able to jump back in and make it to the checkered flag.”
Despite the unfortunate circumstances, Vernola showed she had the speed and the ability to run up front, and has maintained a positive attitude through all the challenges this race threw her way. “It was a bittersweet day. I was doing really well and I was making some really good improvements. I will just have to carry that on to the next round and hopefully have some better luck,” stated Vernola.
Once again, Vernola’s Superatv.com long travel kit, King Shock, Bikeman Performance motor and Fuel Offroad Wheels and Tires helped her conquer the tough track conditions. “There were tons of people out there with flat tires, but mine felt great. I felt like my traction was staying under control. I wasn’t sliding around. I was able to gas through the sand and then onto the hard packed dirt,” stated Vernola.
The next round of WORCS will be held on Sunday at the same location. Vernola will be looking for redemption, and striving for her place on the podium.
2016 Katie Vernola Racing Sponsors:
Super ATV, Fuel Offroad, Black Rhino Performance, Bikeman Performance, Andersin_Design, King shocks, K&N Filters, CP Carrillo, Streamline Breaks, Bell Racing, Action sports Canopy, K1 Race Gear, UTV Underground, Cody Haggerty, Polaris RZR, UTV Sports Mag, MTX Audio, RockWell Watches, ATVRiders.com, KC Hilites, Hess Motorsports.