Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 racer Josh Frederick and teammate Dillon Zimmerman each finished in the top 10 of the World Off-Road Championship Series Pro class held at On The Edge Raceway in Enterprise, Utah. Frederick posted a fourth-place finish and Zimmerman rallied to finish seventh overall. Collins Webster, Can-Am X-Team DS 450 racer, earned third overall in the Pro-Am class.
“It was a very challenging weekend in Utah, for Motoworks / Can-Am pros Josh Frederick and Dillon Zimmerman. They battled their way through deep-water crossings and a very rocky, short racecourse that forced many bottlenecks. Even with the difficult conditions, I was proud of the way both our riders never quit and fought all the way to the end. We have two races remaining to show them what we’re made of and we will continue to keep fighting for the championship until the very last race of the season,” says Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Collins Webster had a good race on a very difficult course to put his Can-Am DS 450 on the Pro-Am class podium again.”
On The Edge Raceway, in Enterprise, Utah, saw a flood of RZR vehicles for WORCS round 6. When the dust cleared, RZRs took all three podiums in the Production 1000 class and a RZR 570 took the Production 700 class.
Beau Baron took the checkered flag in the Production 1000 class in his RZR XP 900, with Ryan Piplic and Greg Row taking second and third. RZRs currently hold the top five spots in the series point standings for the class and it’s a tight race with just two WORCS races remaining.
After a tough couple of races, Team DragonFire’s Ken Benson blazed to a commanding Class 2 (850cc Production UTV) win at the WORCS race at Race Town 395 in Adelanto, Calif. this past weekend. Described as a “torture test,” Benson blitzed through the tough terrain due to his newly dialed-in suspension system. He was even able to turn lap times on par with the 1000cc Class 1 UTVs despite a 150cc displacement disadvantage.
“Race Town 395 was one of the most aggressive tracks of the season,” says Benson. “After spending the first half of the year chasing mechanical and suspension issues, the car was perfectly dialed-in for Race Town! The desert loop was completely whooped out and the MX track jumps forced decisions to be made at every launch… fortunately we were able to float through the entire course while others struggled.
Polaris RZRs were out in full force at the Race Town 395 WORCS race, in Adelanto, Calif. this past weekend.
Walker Evans/Polaris Racing’s RJ Anderson took his third consecutive win and extended his points lead in the class for the season. A RZR also took the SxS Production 850 class and Cody Rahders’ RZR 570 finished a respectable second in the SxS Production 700 class. Rahders is currently in the third position for the series, just five points out of the lead.
GBC Motorsports riders are coming off another successful weekend of racing, earning class wins in both the GNCC and WORCS series.
Limestone 100 GNCC
Hopes were high rolling into the second consecutive brand new facility for the Limestone 100 in Springville, Ind., and both the track and the team of GBC Motorsports riders delivered.
Leading the way this weekend was sophomore XC1 rider Kevin Yoho, who led early and kept himself within the lead pack through the race, even setting the fastest lap on Lap 3. Yoho finished the race in a season best sixth place and has been steadily improving with each round. Johnny Gallagher put in another consistent run for eighth place and remains in the sixth position in the XC1 season standings.
Braden Henthorn’s rough start landed him in 13th at the completion of Lap 1, but he overcame these early difficulties and climbed all the way to a podium spot. Henthorn finished second in the XC2 Pro-Am class, helping him maintain a slim points lead in the class standings. Randy Hamilton earned his first ever Pro-Am Top 5 finish and continues to improve rapidly in only his second year of GNCC competition.
Can-Am X-Team racers had a very busy weekend in three different racing series, picking up wins on two of them. Competing at the inaugural Limestone 100 GNCC, Can-Am X-Team racers earned four 4×4 class overall wins. As well, Can-Am pilots won both the Pro and Pro-Am classes at round five of the Texhoma Quad Racing Association (TQRA) series. Can-Am ATV and Commander side-by-side racers also went to work in the World Off-Road Championship Series in Southern California.
“Can-Am racers had a busy weekend with mixed results. We competed in three different racing series in three different states. Chris Bithell put in a good effort to finish fourth after he started the Pro class race at the back of the pack at the Limestone GNCC,” says Jimmie O’Dell, race manager, Can-Am. “Our Can-Am 4×4 racers tamed the new course, as Bryan Buckhannon, Cliff Beasley and Forrest Whorton each posted convincing wins their classes. In the WORCS series, Dillon Zimmerman put in another top-five performance on his Can-Am DS 450 while Josh Frederick salvaged a top-10 finish and still sits second in the points chase. And in Texas, Hunter Miller had a great weekend in the TQRA series winning two classes and finishing third on the UTV Pro class podium.”
Muzzys Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jon Crowley got off to a perfect start at the Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) season opener, racing through the muddy course to win the first two rounds of the series. A few hundred miles away in the desert town of Surprise, Ariz., Funco Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Garrett George scored the first podium of his career with second in the SXS Production 850 class at Round 4 of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS).
While the VORRA event organizers originally planned to host the opening rounds over the course of two days, after a week of torrential downpours, the course was so saturated they decided to cancel racing altogether on Saturday to give the track a chance to dry out. With two full rounds to complete Sunday, racers had to prepare mentally and mechanically, for a long day of racing. Each round consisted of three motos, where the winner would be determined by the overall score. After three grueling motos through the mud, Crowley finished 3-1-1 to earn his first win of the series.
“The course was incredibly muddy,” says Crowley. “It was just a thick, clumpy, soupy mess. Instead of racing on a one-mile course for six laps, they had to eliminate half the course and changed the race to 12 laps. Many of the Class 11 and Class 9 vehicles were getting stuck because they were only two-wheel drive and sliding all over the place. With my Teryx I just powered around them like stationary obstacles. I knew from the beginning it was going to be a race of attrition. It was kind of like a desert race where you have to beat the desert before you can beat your competitors.
RJ Anderson topped a field of 31 UTVs in Saturday’s Round 4 of the World Off Road Championshp Series (WORCS) at Speed World MX in Surprise, Ariz.
Anderson rode his Holz Racing-built Polaris RZR XP 900 to a first-place finish in 47 minutes and 27 seconds, just two second in front of Ryan Piplic. Anderson’s win for Holz/Walker Evans Racing maintains his lead in series points.
Todd Seaver raced well in his Holz Racing/Carl’s Cycle Sales RZR XP 900 and placed fifth. Josh Frederick pulled double duty for his Can-Am/Motoworks team, first taking second in the Pro ATV Class on his Holz-equipped DS450, then racing his Holz-built Commander 1000 to a 10th place finish. Jake Greco and Mitch Guthrie Jr. finished 12th and 22nd respectively in their Holz-equipped RZR XPs.
Team Motoworks / Can-Am racers Josh Frederick and Dillon Zimmerman recently teamed up to win the Pro class on the Can-Am DS 450 at the 2012 SCORE San Felipe 250 in Mexico. As well, Frederick won the most recent WORCS event in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., while Zimmerman finished third.
“Josh and Dillon have been working hard to put Team Motoworks / Can-Am and the DS 450 out in front of the competition whenever they compete,” says Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “We’re very pleased with the recent racing results out west. Both of them battled hard to earn the San Felipe 250 victory and followed that up with a 1-3 showing on the WORCS podium in Arizona. I’m very pleased with these guys reaching the podium and getting victories in two different series.”
STI Tire & Wheel has signed on to be an official sponsor of the 2012 WORCS program, but its involvement goes much farther than just hanging banners.
STI will be providing all ATV and SxS class racers with a generous contingency program beginning with Round 3 of the series in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
“Use STI Black Diamond or Tech 4 XC tires on the way to the top of the results sheet, and you will be rewarded for your hard work,” STI says in a release.
Can-Am ATV and UTV racers are coming off a very successful weekend, with victories in the World Off-Road Championshp Series (WORCS) and the Texas Off-Road Nationals (TORN) series.
Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 Pro racer Josh Frederick won Round 2 of the 2012 WORCS held in the desert at Buffalo Bill’s Casino and Resort in Primm, Nev, while Can-Am X-Team racer Hunter Mills won the Pro 450 ATV class and also won the UTV Unlimited class in the TORN series at Beaumont Ranch in Grandview, Texas.
“Our Can-Am racers had successful weekends in both Nevada and Texas. Josh Frederick has gotten off to a great start this year on his DS 450, moving into a tie for the ATV Pro class points lead. He put in a great effort on the ATV and in the Commander 1000 X side-by-side vehicle in WORCS,” says Jimmie O’Dell, race manager, Can-Am. “Hunter Miller had a great debut in the Commander 1000 X in its TORN series debut, and also started the 2012 season off on the right foot with a Pro class victory aboard the DS 450.”
GBC Motorsports’ Pro-Am rider Dylan Dixon finished seventh in Round 2 of the WORCS ATV series at Buffalo Bills in Primm, Nev.
The race began with a dead-engine start which proved challenging for Dixon, who got off to a slow start. Nevertheless he managed to improve his early 12th place position up to eighth by the end of the first lap. By the end of Lap 2, Dixon had worked his way into sixth and was charging on the fifth place rider as things took a turn for the worse.
As Dixon exited the pit section of the track he high-sided and went down. By the time he got back on his quad and going again he had dropped back to 18th. Throughout the remaining laps, however, Dixon continued to fight his way towards the front and never gave up on the race, making a last-second move into seventh just before the checkered flag.
Monster Energy Kawasaki off-road racers kicked-off the opening rounds of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) ATV/UTV season at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif.
Muzzy’s Kawasaki driver Dan Kelly powered his Kawasaki Teryx to the top of the podium in the SxS Production 850 class with fellow Teryx drivers David Lytle in second and Funco Kawasaki’s Garrett George in fifth. In the SxS Production 1000 class, Funco Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor George finished 10th while Muzzy’s Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Robert VanBeekum blew a tire while leading the pack and had to pull off the track.
After a series of storms inundated the track at Glen Helen Raceway with more water than it could absorb, racers knew the opening round of the WORCS ATV season would be nothing short of a mug bog. Muzzy’s Kawasaki pilot Kelly came into the weekend with a single goal, to just finish the 45-minute race, regardless of position. When the gate dropped Kelly nailed the holeshot and led wire-to-wire to take the win in the SxS Production 850 class.
Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 Pro racer Josh Frederick finished second in the Pro class at the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) opener in Devore, Calif. Can-Am X-Team support racers also scored two Pro-Am class podiums and a victory in the Production A division at Glen Helen Raceway.
“Our racers had a good weekend, earning several podiums, despite the wet, challenging conditions and one-line track at the opening round at Glen Helen,” says Jimmie O’Dell, race manager, Can-Am. “Pro racer Josh Frederick led at one point and battled until the very end before netting a hard-fought second place finish. Fellow DS 450 Pro racer Dillon Zimmerman tied a career-best, finishing fourth-place overall in the Pro class.”
Frederick, who finished second overall in the Pro class in 2011 and is a former WORCS ATV Champion, started the race in the top five and quickly moved up into second place by the end of lap two. Later in the race, Frederick took over as the race leader. After leading for two laps, Frederick dropped back to second and continued battling, bumper-to-bumper, with Beau Baron. The two racers did this all the way to the finish line, but Frederick could not find a way around and had to settle for second overall.