Round 5 ITP/Yamaha
July 20, 2008
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.
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.
Jeremie Warnia trying to catch team Can-Am’s
rider Josh Frederick.
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.
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
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