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By: Ray Larez

Yamaha/ITP Quadcross Round 8

Nick Denoble grabbin the holeshot in the first moto.
Nick Denoble grabbin the holeshot in the first moto.
 
Dustin Nelson power though the track, looking flawless in moto one.
Dustin Nelson power though the track, looking flawless in moto one.
 
John Natalie would fall victim to a flat tire in moto two.
John Natalie would fall victim to a flat tire in moto two.

Ramping up for the final round the ITP Quadcross rolls into an all new venue. Just out side of the Inland Empire’s wine country (Temecula, Ca.) in the small town of Anza is a new Track. Cahuilla Raceway is owned by Johnny Leach the head honcho of the Motoworks race team. The track runs thought the hills of Anza and was very nicely setup, my only complaint was the dust. They really could have used a water truck to help keep the dust down in the pits. Unlike the last couple of rounds the heat had definitely died down and you could tell fall was in full effect. You couldn’t ask for better weather. But as the pro class lined up the storm was about to roll in, the thundering up the hill meant the battle for the 2009 championship was well on its way and someone would be going home felling the gloom.

Past Quadcross champ and Yoshimura’s own Kory Ellis was out on his almost bones stock LTR showing them how it’s done.
Past Quadcross champ and Yoshimura’s own Kory Ellis was out on his almost bones stock LTR showing them how it’s done.
 
Thomas Brown came out west to get in some seat time and had a great showing in both motos.
Thomas Brown came out west to get in some seat time and had a great showing in both motos.
 
 Chad Wienen trying to catch Dustin Nelson. Nelson taken home another win.
Chad Wienen trying to catch Dustin Nelson. Nelson taken home another win.

Pro Production Moto 1

The entire row of pros left the line and blasted the first hill to see who would take the first turn and the holeshot. It would be the number #123 Honda based machine of Nick Denoble and right behind him was the #94 of last years champion Dustin Nelson about his YFZ-R. Right on Nelson’s heels would following in third was one of Can-Am’s newly hired riders Chad Wienen. Chad has been looking really strong on his new ride and has adapted well the big change to Can-Am. Looks like Can-Am will be a force to be reckoned with. Trailing Wienen was Factory Yamaha rider Thomas Brown. Brown also from the ATVA National Series like Wienen, guess the boys came out west to get some practice and also gauge the west coast racers. At the moment the west coast riders where putting up one hell of a fight.

In fifth place was the one of the contenders in the points race, Jeremie Warnia with a few wins this season he in the chase with Nelson and current points leader heading into this round. Unfortunately he didn’t get the start he was hoping for, so he would have some catching up to do. His Can-Am counterpart John Natalie Jr. was in sixth. By the end of the first lap in moto one Nick Denoble had already drop four positions. Nelson made his move early as did Wienen and they where starting to pull away. It was pretty much a freight train after that, a few would pressure for a pass, but everyone just held there place. Nelson would take the first moto win with Wienen in a very close second. Thomas Brown would finish third with Warnia in fourth. Warnia really need a better finish than that, but would settle for the fourth for now. Natalie rounded out the top five and holeshot winner Nick Denoble finished seventh with Yamaha factory rider Justin Noss finishing just ahead of him in sixth.

Moto 2

Lined up for the second moto, engines roared as they readied for the gate to drop. They shot up the hill into the first turn, John Natalie would pull the holeshot, but that was short lived as the hungry Motoworks rider Jeremie Warnia would steal the lead away. Nelson would also Capitalize and move up to second behind the point leader. Nelson being second in points would make the final round interesting. Natalie would fall victim to a flat and DNF in the final moto, which left the door open for the rest of the field. As for the rest of the Can-Am crew, Chad Wienen was off to a really bad start and had his work cut out for him. He would make a hard charge in the first lap and made up a few positions. His efforts got him up to third in just one lap. With Nelson riding in second he decided it was better to just ride his own race and finish second. With his 1-2 finish he would take the overall and it was smart for him to play it safe. Even thought he took the overall Nelson would still be tailing Warnia in points going into the final round. Now nelson would just have to win the final round and Warina finish in third or lower for a back to back championship. Of course Warina would take home the win in moto two. Thomas Brown would have another great moto on his visit to Cali, with a forth in moto two. Brown would take home a fourth overall for the weekend. Justin Noss would round out the top five. He has had a really great year with several podium finishes and his very first Pro ATV win. He has looked strong all year and with this finish he would clinch the series third place in this round before we head to Glen Helen for the final.

This round was great, a new track added to the series, and a few new pros out to race. It was an awesome weekend and can’t believe the season is almost over. But before you know it, the 2010 season will be here. Now that the points race really has heated up with only a 3 point gap between Warina and Nelson, its going to be a great race for the final round at Glen Helen Raceway.


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