Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 racer Josh Frederick won round eight of the 2011 World Off-Road Championship Series, held in Race Town 395 in Adelanto, Calif. Frederick is now tied with his teammate Jeremie Warnia, who finished third, for the Pro championship points lead with only one round remaining.
“Josh showed a lot of poise and determination to come from behind and notch his third win of 2011. He has really put in a late charge, winning three of the last five rounds aboard his Can-Am DS 450, in his attempt to repeat as WORCS champion,” says Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “I’m proud of how well both Josh and Jeremie have ridden this year and at the Adelanto event as they each held the lead prior to Josh earning the win. We as a team, are in a great position and hope to see one of these two very talented and determined Can-Am racers holding up that championship trophy in three weeks at the WORCS finale.”
Frederick was in fifth place after the first two laps. However, by lap No. 7 he had moved into second place behind Warnia. One lap later he passed his teammate for the lead position. A quick pit stop on lap 10 dropped Frederick to second, but the reigning WORCS ATV Pro Champion regained the lead and pressed on for the victory. It was the third victory of the season for Frederick and his eight straight Pro class podium finish.
“It felt great to take the win and my Can-Am ran great,” says Frederick. “We did a bunch of testing and dialed in our suspension really well and it was flawless. I know that all I need to do is finish ahead of Jeremie at the final to take the championship, but I still want to go out there and take the win.”
Warnia, who raced in the top three the entire race, held his only lead on lap seven. He dropped to third one lap later and stayed there for the remainder of the race. Warnia has three wins and a total of seven podiums in 2011.
The third Motoworks / Can-Am team Pro, Dillon Zimmerman, equaled his best finish of the season, capturing fifth on his DS 450. He is currently tied for sixth in points heading into the final round.
In the Side-By-Side Class 1 race, Mark Holz (Motoworks / Can-Am) had to battle from the back of the pack after being hit from behind by another machine. After a short delay to repair the bed of his Commander 1000 X, Holz put in a spirited effort to crack into the top three. He came up one spot short, finishing fourth. Heading into the final round, Holz is second in the championship points, 18 points behind the class leader.
The WORCS finale is scheduled for Nov. 11-13 at Speed World MX park in Surprise, Ariz.