Can-Am rider overcomes mechanical problem to go from worst to first
Josh Frederick put on a performance for the ages in the second round of the 2008 WORCS Series in Mesquite, Nev. on Feb. 24.
A mechanical problem with his Motoworks/Can-Am DS 450 forced Frederick to pit on the first lap of the Pro class event, dropping him to last place. The Round 1 champion would have his work cut out form him to fight his way through the pack.
Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson, meanwhile, took the hole shot and was starting to put together a little space on the field after the first lap. Robbie Mitchell, Levi Marana and five-time champion Doug Eichner were chasing the leader.
Frederick was well back of the leaders after the first lap, but he began to pick up steam and started to reel in the field. By end of the fifth lap he had improved from 22nd all the way up to about ninth place. One lap later he managed to overtake fourth.
With three laps to go he made up the more than four minutes he lost on the first lap and worked his way past Nelson for the lead. Frederick would not look back and ended up more than one minute ahead of Nelson when he crossed the finish line.
“I can’t tell you how hard I worked for this and how happy I am to win in front of my hometown, friends, and family,” says Frederick. “The Motoworks crew did a great job of getting me back out there, and I just went into my zone. What a great win.”
Marana rode his Honda to third to complete the podium, while Polaris’ Eichner finished fourth and Honda’s Mike Machado was fifth.
Despite his fourth-place finish in the Pro class, Eichner did not finish the weekend without a win. Eichner picked up his first UTV win, riding his Polaris Ranger RZR to victory in the Rhino Mod class.
Eichner led from start to finish, but David Lindsey hung on tough for second in a RZR of his own, followed by Tyson Coombs in third.
Polaris picked up another win on the weekend, thanks to Angela Butler. Butler cruised to a win in the Women’s A class, which earned her a spot in the Pro-Am against the men. She did not disappoint with a 10th place finish.
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