WORCS Racing – Round 8 – Racetown 395 – Pro ATV Race Report
Can-Am’s Josh Frederick Wins, Beau Baron & Jeremie Warnia Podium
2011 WORCS ATV Racing
Round #8 – Racetown 395
October 23, 2011
Adelanto, CA – Can-Am/Motoworks’ Josh Frederick claimed the win at round number eight of the 2011 WORCS series while MCR/Maxxis Tire’s Beau Baron charged his way to a solid second, with Jeremie Warnia taking a third place finish.
On Saturday, there was a pro rider clinic put on for all interested to attend. There were four stations set up with two pro at each one to assist participants with jumping, cornering, starts, and other riding techniques. Yamaha’s Josh Row, who recently underwent shoulder surgery was also on hand to help out for the clinic and was happy to be a part of the action even though he was not able to race. “It was fun for me out there and it felt good to be back out there and be a part of everything even though I wasn’t racing,” he stated.
A redesigned track greeted racers for this round, but laps were shorter adding and advantage for some as they were able to choose good places where to make passes and increase their lap times. The dry conditions did create some dust, but a slight breeze cleared the areas quickly.
With the pro points chase being so close between teammates Josh Frederick and Jeremie Warnia, and with wildcard Beau Baron thrown into the mix, the competition was fierce as the three racers left the line for the main event.
Can-Am/Motoworks’ Josh Frederick was in the top five off the start but was not worried about making up time as he has been known for his come from behind wins. Frederick held his fifth place position for two laps before he started to make his way to the front.
The shorter course offered plenty of opportunity for racers to scope out good lines and places to pass, which helped Frederick to make his way through traffic and move into position to take over the lead. In the eighth lap, Frederick made the pass on his teammate Jeremie Warnia after getting by Beau Baron when he made a pit stop, and took over the lead. Frederick did fall back to second in lap ten after stopping to pit himself, but was able to retake the lead and take home the win after Baron got a little crossed up in the whoops section.
“It felt really good to take the win. I had a good race today. I got a decent start and was able to move up easily. The track did get a little rough because it was such a short track, but it was good and challenging track. I guess Jeremie and I are supposed to be tied for points right now going into the last round, so I am going to do whatever I can to make sure I take the win at Speedworld,” stated Frederick.
MCR Maxxis Tire’s Beau Baron was looking incredibly fast and smooth. Baron flew off the line and grabbed the holeshot with Robbie Mitchell right on his tail. Mitchell was able to make the pass on Baron in the second turn of the first lap, but Baron wasn’t about to let him hold the lead and just before the end of the second lap, Baron took back the lead and began to pull away.
Baron recorded the fastest lap time of the race in lap three with a time of 09:21.429, which was over five seconds faster than anyone else. Baron’s amazing speed had him pulling a good lead; Baron had to stop for fuel and dropped back to third. Baron was able to retake the lead when Josh Frederick and Jeremie Warnia later stopped to pit. Baron was looking smooth and it appeared he might take the win but lap traffic came into play and slowed Baron’s efforts and ultimately allowed Josh Frederick to close in and take over the lead, leaving Baron to settle for second.
Can-Am/Motoworks’ Jeremie Warnia was having a good race as well. Warnia came off the start in the top five and was holding a close third behind Baron early in the race, but Warnia ended up having issues in the WORCS X section of the track and fell back. Warnia charged hard and caught back up to Baron and briefly inherited the lead when Baron stopped to pit, but fell back again late in the race when he began to tire. Warnia would hang on for a third place finish.
“I have been dealing with my injuries from Washougal still, but I went out there and gave it everything I had and tried to do my best. I really want to win the last race of the year and take a championship,” said Warnia.
Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson was unfortunately feeling a bit under the weather for this round, but still managed to pull off a top five finish. Nelson was hoping things would get batter as he hit the track, but they only seemed to get worse when he encountered a mechanical issue early in the race that would hold him back for the entire hour and a half. Nelson was able to muster a charge in the final two laps and was able to make the pass on Dillon Zimmerman to take over the fourth spot
Can-Am/Motoworks’ Dillon Zimmerman ran a very consistent race this weekend. Zimmerman was in the top ten off the start and was able to make his way to the number four spot at the midway point. Zimmerman held his position for several laps before Dustin Nelson began to pressure him. Zimmerman held him off for quite some time but Nelson was able to get by, leaving Zimmerman to settle for a fifth place finish.
Robbie Mitchell was looking incredibly strong in the first couple of laps. Mitchell was second off the start behind Beau Baron and was able to make the pass for the lead in the second turn. Mitchell held his lead for two laps before Baron was finally able to get by. Mitchell would eventually fall back to sixth place at the midway point and settle in for a sixth place finish.
MCR/Maxxis Tire’s Mike Cafro made his way up from the back of the pack to take home a seventh place finish, while Justin Waters rode a solid race to finish in eighth. Kyle Grosse ended his day in ninth place, while Tim Shelman would round out the top ten.
MCR Maxxis Tire’s David Haagsma was looking good in the top five until stalling out in the QuadX section of the course. From there things just went downhill for Haagsma who would encounter a mechanical issue and not be able to finish the race.In the Pro-am race, Garrin Fuller claimed another win, followed by Chase Thomas in second and Keith Johnson in third.
The Class One Side-by-Side races offered up plenty of action as well, as Beau Baron grabbed the holeshot and was holding down a solid lead. Baron looked as if he would cruise to an easy finish, but lap traffic once again got in his way and when Baron went for the pass on a lapper, the lapper cut in towards Baron at the last minute, sending Baron off the course and into a Joshua Tree at about 50mph. the impact sheared the driver’s side suspension right off the RZR and ended his day early. Baron’s misfortune, however, allowed DJ Noerr to take the Class one win, followed by Phillip Martin in second and Ryan Piplic in third.
The final round of the 2011 WORCS series will head to Speedworld in Surprise, AZ on November 11th – 13th where the Pro championship will come down to the wire as Josh Frederick and Jeremie Warnia battle to break the points tie between them and take home a championship.