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Round 5 ITP/Yamaha Quadcross
July 20, 2008

The start to the main event, with team Can-Am out front again.
The start to the main event, with team Can-Am out front again.

Brandon Smith on the move and out front, now fourth in the points race.
Brandon Smith on the move and out front, now fourth in the points race.

Jeremie Warnia trying to catch team Can-Am’s rider Josh Frederick.
Jeremie Warnia trying to catch team Can-Am’s rider Josh Frederick.

Also Running the Open Pro Class Jeremie Warnia clearing the downhill double.
Also Running the Open Pro Class Jeremie Warnia clearing the downhill double.

Even though injured, Dustin Nelson was turning it up to get a fifth overall.
Even though injured, Dustin Nelson was turning it up to get a fifth overall.
To kick off round 5 of the ITP/Yamaha Quadcross we were sent to Glen Helen raceway in Devore, Ca. It had been pretty hot and humid the past couple weeks, but this day the weather was great! It was cool and breezy. Well, at least it was nice for the middle of July! Usually Glen Helen at this time of the year is hot and dusty, but the track workers kept the track watered well, and the wind was down to a minimum.

As the first class lined up for Moto one, the track conditions couldn’t have been better but, of course, like any track, conditions would change as the day progressed. The track had a few changes this round, and the one that really sticks in my mind is the back section leaving Mt. St. Helens. One of the changes was the treacherous downhill doubles. Yeah! And not just one, but two, so double doubles!!

Well, let’s get on to the races! The pros lined up at the gate and prepped their gate position, sweeping dirt and burning a little bit of rubber. The 15 sec. sign was raised and they were off to Talladega. Up into the huge sweeper and running away with the holeshot of the first moto is Brandon Smith aboard his Can-Am/Motoworks DS450. Smith has been one of the new upcoming riders. Like most riders he has years of experience, but only recently has really been a force to be reckoned with in the pro class. Right behind him was his Can-Am teammate Josh Frederick, the current WORCS Pro class points leader, and current WORCS Pro Champion. Frederick was followed in third by P.E.P. backed Jason Fife. We also had a visitor this round, a Frenchman by the name of Jeremie Warnia and his Yosh/Suzuki backed machine. All the way from Boutigny, France, Warnia would put on a good show and finish in the top five for the moto. With his third place start he slipped a few positions. The series champ Dustin Nelson, aboard his YFZ450, was back in the pack some ways. Either from an earlier injury in practice, or in the first lap or two, Nelson was slower than his normal pace. Justin Noss, a fellow Yamaha Rider, had a bit of bad luck by getting a bad start and having to work his way to the front. Noss would make a great comeback and battled his way to fourth and then ran into some more bad luck. While battling with Fife for third, he would slip up and make a mistake that would put him back to where he started, in the back of the pack!

The Open class flew off the gate and into Talladega with the Polaris Machine out front once again. Eichner was again in the lead with another holeshot. I wonder how many holeshots this man has in his career. In a close second was Darrel Patton aboard his KTM machine. Patton was followed by #40 Chris Riley aboard his Yamaha YFZ450. Frenchman Jeremie Warnia would make his way though the pack and would make good with his mid-pack charge. Golden West/Yamaha rider, TJ Dietrich, would also make his charge to the front. Dietrich is one of the top Open Class riders and almost won last year’s Open Class title. Eichner would run away with the race followed by Jeremie Warnia in second and TJ Dietrich in third.

As the Pros lined up for their mid-day start, things were heating up. Everyone was waiting to see who would take the holeshot in the main event. Off the line first were the Can-Ams. Josh Frederick won the holeshot followed by Dean Pierce and Josh’s fellow Can-Am teammate Brandon Smith. Man, these Can-Ams seem to be on fire. I can’t wait to see how the end of the season plays out. With these guys winning motos and running up front it can possibly mean a championship for the Can-Am team. By the end of the first lap Smith had made his way around Pierce as well as Jeremie Warnia and two other riders. Team Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson was still back in mid-pack. We figured Nelson was nursing an injury from earlier in the day and was just out trying to salvage points. However, by the third lap Nelson was closing in on the leaders and seemed to be on the move. It almost looked like Warnia was going to catch Frederick, but that was not in the cards for the Frenchman. Smith would take another first for the overall win. Josh Frederick took second, and Warnia would get a third as well for the overalls. Jason Fife took fourth and Dustin Nelson pulled off an awesome fifth-place finish despite being injured.

Open Pro Class started off with an orange flash, with KTM’s Darrel Patton taking the holeshot. Patton, last year’s open pro champ, was off to a good lead and held on to the lead for a few laps. Patton would finally be passed by Eichner, the winner of the first moto. Eichner would later slip up and be passed by the Frenchman Jeremie Warnia. Patton would slip back even farther into the pack as everyone else would be making their move. The winning award for the main event would be given to our visitor from overseas. Warnia would take the overall as well. As for Eichner, he would take second place and second overall. TJ Dietrich would round out the top three and also took third overall. We also had another out-of-towner. Racer Roberto Villalobos hailed all the way from Tecate Mexico. Man that must have been a long drive.

Overall it was a great weekend of racing and good weather. One could not ask for more, except for another great round of west coast ATV action!


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