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Mike Cafro's Team MCR Poised for Second Straight WORCS Championship

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Team newcomer David Haagsma topped the Pro-Am podium in round four at Adelanto
Team newcomer David Haagsma topped the Pro-Am podium in round four at Adelanto
Mike Cafro is a portrait of a "natural," not just because of his vast ATV racing skills and experience, but more acutely because of his smooth approach to life. He's a polished professional team owner/manager, humble, generous and soft-spoken, with members of his team taking as much pleasure in winning for him, as for themselves. He is the eye of a perfect race storm - a racer that's empathetic to other racers - and seasoned enough to get out of the way and allow them to do their thing.
Last Season MCR rider Beau Baron brought the team the WORCS Championship, and he's clearly on track to repeat
Last Season MCR rider Beau Baron brought the team the WORCS Championship, and he's clearly on track to repeat


Asked why he believes his team continues to win, he simply says "Guess it's just because I've been doing it a long time. And I try and look for riders that are self-sufficient and seem to have a knack to them."

Last Season the MCR rider with the hugest amount of knack, Beau Baron, brought home the WORCS Championship to the team. This year at the season opener in Surprise, Arizona, Baron and the team picked up right where they left off, with Baron getting the win and Cafro taking his first ever WORCS Pro podium position.
Josh Row is having a good year so far, finding the podium in Primm, Nevada and finishing top-five in round four
Josh Row is having a good year so far, finding the podium in Primm, Nevada and finishing top-five in round four


In round two, at Primm, Nevada, Baron and Josh Row found their way to the podium again, while team newcomer David Haagsma claimed the win in the Pro-Am Production class and Julie Russell took the Women's A-Class win as well.

Although the WORCS round three dead engine start didn't agree with Baron, he still managed to hold on for a third place podium finish. Also in the Pro ranks was Cafro, whose eighth place finish moved him into seventh in points for the season at that point (he's currently in the top-five).
Julie Russell has been just plain smoking-hot, winning her fourth straight in Women's A-Class
Julie Russell has been just plain smoking-hot, winning her fourth straight in Women's A-Class


On to Adelanto, California where Baron and Josh Row grabbed top-five finishes at round four of the 2010 WORCS series. David Haagsma topped the Pro-Am podium for the team and Julie Russell continued to steamroll, claiming her fourth straight win of the season in the Women's A-Class.

Yeah, there's a pattern here, the smart bet is that when the final checkered-flag drops on the 2010 WORCS season, members of team MCR will once again be hoisting championship hardware over their heads. And Cafro will still be understated, diverting attention away from himself with remarks like, "It's our sponsors, like K&N, that are a big part of our success. I couldn't imagine a better relationship than the one I have with K&N. Johnny Jump and I hit it off the first time we met."

In 1989, Cafro's older brother called him back in New Jersey, where he was already getting his feet wet racing ATV's. Carmen Cafro had just moved to San Diego and he said to his younger brother, "You've got to come out here. You've got to try desert racing." So that's what Mike did - all smooth and natural like.

(The Cafro brothers where one of the top desert tandems for a period of time. Mike is still SCORE's reigning overall ATV Champion and in 2006 he won his first point-to-point SCORE Baja 1000 to La Paz. Carmen Cafro is a three-time SCORE Season Champion.)

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