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WORCS Racing

2009 WORCS RD 2 Racetown 395 in Adelanto, CA.

 Mark Holtz in his custom built RZR out front and clearing all the big jumps.
Mark Holtz in his custom built RZR out front and clearing all the big jumps.

Railing the berm, Dustin Nelson was looking strong all weekend on the new Yamaha YFZ450R. 
Railing the berm, Dustin Nelson was looking strong all weekend on the new Yamaha YFZ450R.

This is how close the battle was for first place as Josh Creamer and Jeremie Warina fought for the lead.
This is how close the battle was for first place as Josh Creamer and Jeremie Warina fought for the lead.

Well, it was time for the second round of the 2009 season for the ATV WORCS racers. The first round was a great kick off to the season, and everyone was looking forward to round two. If the weather holds up, this could prove to be another great round. Just weeks prior California was being drenched with rain. Weather reports say the sun will be shining, but we all know how accurate those reports are. As we arrived at the track, it looked like the weather man was having a decent week. The sun wasn’t exactly shining, but no rain! It was slightly overcast and pretty chilly in the early mornings. Of course, as the day progressed, the sun would poke its head out once in a while and warm things up.

This year the race schedule had changed, even a few classes dropped--notably, the Pro Production and Open Pro. Now the Pros all race one class and just race Sunday.  Saturday is reserved for practice or for prepping your machine. Amateurs have more races and class to run. To run or qualify for the Pro-Am race, you need to run Saturday’s Production A race.  Personally, I think this is an awesome new race format. It makes the amateurs work harder. Then, it makes the Pro race much more prestigious and forces the amateurs to all race each other instead of being broken up into three classes.

The hosting track was Racetown 395 located in the Southern California Hi-Desert. This track always seems to be very windy, and the course dries out in minutes. Somehow the wind wasn’t too bad this year, but the course was as dry as ever. Rough and tough pretty much sums it up. The motocross section wasn’t too bad, but once you got out into the desert section, it was ungroomed and rutted. On Saturday the log sections were set up to where the pros were jumping the entire first section. They would just preload off the large truck tires and jump over sections of logs. This all changed for Sunday’s races where it was a little more difficult because the logs were moved farther out.

Also on Saturday we got a sneak peak at who would be racing on Sunday’s Pro race. Team Kawasaki’s Josh Creamer showed up for some practice, minus his teammate Chad Wienen. Another Kawasaki rider to show up and race WORCS was Russell Shoemaker, the Wisconsin native that came out to Southern California to prepare for the 2009 National race season, and also work with his new suspension sponsor Race Tech. Race Tech’s new Piggyback shocks were on his machine and seemed to be working great. The newly formed MCR race team (Mike Cafro Racing) were also looking good. Beau Baron was putting in some good lap times during Saturday’s practice.

Pro Class

Number 1A Curtis McNitt jumping the tires into the log section in the front section of the MX course, in front of the crowd.
Number 1A Curtis McNitt jumping the tires into the log section in the front section of the MX course, in front of the crowd.

The Pro Class coming out of the first turn with Doug Eichner taking the holeshot. 
The Pro Class coming out of the first turn with Doug Eichner taking the holeshot.

Pro – Am winner Dillon Zimmerman takes his Can-Am to back to back overall finishes
Pro – Am winner Dillon Zimmerman takes his Can-Am to back to back overall finishes

With only one pro race now, it was time for the best in the west to duke it out and see who would come out on top! As the racers lined up at the gate, the mood was totally relaxed; and everyone was in a great mood, not to mention the weather was great for the start of the pro race. The 30-second board went up, and we knew it was time. As the board dropped, the thundering sound of the four-strokers roared. Out front with the holeshot and the early lead was the veteran rider Doug Eichner aboard his Polaris 450. Not very far behind him were Motoworks/Cam-Am Rider Jeremie Warina, Honda/MCR Rider Beau Baron, and Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson. The series champion Josh Frederick got off to a decent start with what looked like sixth place in a field of over 30 pros.

By the end of the first lap of what is now a full 2-hour endurance race to the finish (slightly longer than last years race schedule), Doug was still up front and on the gas. Frenchman Jeremie Warina had secured his second-place position and was in striking distance. Team Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson, also right up front, was looking strong on the new YFZ450R. Can-Am/Motoworks number one machine of Josh Frederick had moved up a few spots to fourth. As for Beau Baron he had dropped back a few places. Dustin Nelson also would lose a few spots in the logs section at the start of the second lap.

As they came back though, the motocross section finishing up the second lap Josh Creamer and Beau Baron were on the move and had moved up a few spots. Creamer would later put off and not finish the race. #62 Jeremie Warina had made his move as they came around for lap three as did his teammate Josh Frederick. Doug Eichner, now back in third, was still running at a good speed. The two Can-Ams up front were on fire. Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson was back on pace after his mishap early on, and Beau Baron was not too far behind him.

About 45 minutes into the race Creamer would start to close in and pressure his teammate into a mistake. As they came around for the sixth lap or so, Creamer had closed the gap and was looking for the pass. Once around Jeremie, Creamer would later be passed by Eichner and Nelson, who had a battle of there own for second place. Doug Eichner is a multi-time WORCS Champ and Dustin Nelson is a Multi-time Quadcross Champ. Who will prevail? These two battling it out for second was the race to watch now that Creamer had checked out and was on his way to winning the overall. Eventually, Nelson would pull out around Eichner and take home second and add to his points. Eichner would take home third and Warina would take fourth. Beau Baron would finish out the top 5. Russell Shoemaker’s WORCS debut aboard his Kawasaki turned out pretty good for such diverse conditions he isn’t used to. The desert and long format can really wear out a rider.

Pro Am Class

Motoworks/Can-Am does it again. Will Dillon Zimmerman and take home another win? Dillon wins two straight back to back after winning last year’s championship. He is well on his way to repeat this year. After leading for most of the first few laps, Zimmerman would fade back in the pack with a mechanical problem and then get back on pace. He would once again pull to the front to take the lead and start lapping his class. David Haagsma would take his Kawi to a second-place finish, and Javier Robles Jr. would round out the top three.

UTV Class

Mark Holtz would take his Polaris RZR to the first-place finish in the UTV class one, and Doug Eichner would take his Polaris RZR to the UTV Class 2 win. They moved the UTV race to the end of the day on Saturday. A few people were not aware of this change and showed up Sunday to be really disappointed. That’s why it is always a good idea to check your race schedule before you leave home and the week prior for any changes in the race schedule.

It was another great WORCS weekend, and Triumph Motorsports was on hand with track side support, and we were told they will be at all the races this year. Anthony (proofreader question: Anthony who?) told us if anyone has any special orders, give him a call at least a week prior; and he will bring it out to the track. The track had also been redesigned some, and there was a lot more parking. A “thumbs up” should be given to the track owner. Next round will be in Lake Havasu, AZ. on March 27-29 and is held on spring break weekend. So, it will be a great time guaranteed! Go to the WORCS website for more details.


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