Mesa, AZ – After driving the wheels off his Team DragonFire RZR in the previous round (no really, he ripped a wheel right off), Ken Benson bounced back from that DNF to finish 2nd in the WORCS race at Cahuilla Creek MX Park. Fellow Team DragonFire pilots Nic Granlund and Kyle Melville flew into 4th and 5th place overall on the day and moved back into contention in the overall points standings.
The pressure was on for Benson and the DragonFire crew going into round #7 of the fiercely competitive WORCS series as they thrashed to get Ken’s car ready following the disappointing DNF caused by impact with a tree at the previous race. Despite the impossible odds, they were able to provide a podium-worthy car. Staying true to his trademarked style, Ken kept the pedal down and was able to work his way past a couple of UTVs that beat him off the line on the MX section before dropping in behind season points leader David Lytle going into the desert.

Irvine, Calif. – Cahuilla Creek MX in Anza, Calif., was host to Round 9 of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) where Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert battled the elements on his KX™450F to win both motos and clinch the 2012 WORCS championship. Teammate Bobby Garrison rode strong to finish with a 5-4 moto score giving him fifth overall. With the championship wrapped up and one round remaining, Garrison has a nice cushion for second giving Monster Energy Kawasaki the top two spots in the championship standings. Rounding out the podium was Kawasaki’s Robby Bell who went 3-5 for third overall and holds third place in the standings, completing a Kawasaki series sweep.

Coming into Round 9, Robert had won five rounds and knew that he could wrap up the championship with another overall win. On Saturday, Robert rounded the first turn within the top-five and began his ride to the front. By the second lap, he made his way into second and could see the leader just ahead. Entering the off-road section, Robert made his move for first and proceeded to gap the rest of the field. With his win on Saturday, Robert only needed to finish on Sunday to clinch the title. The weather looked like it would be another scorcher, but just as the gate dropped the skies opened up and within a lap, the race became a mudder. Robert was able to get out front on the first lap and avoided dealing with the roost. Robert lead wire-to-wire and secured the 2012 WORCS Championship.

Corona, CA – July 16, 2012 – Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder rode to another podium finish at the eighth round of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS), finishing third at the newly added Pala round in Southern California. With just two rounds remaining, his third place keeps him within sight of the PRO 2 Championship, of which he is seven points behind.

“Today was one of those races you are just happy to get behind you,” Cory explained. “My Husky worked great, but the course was just a really long motocross track. There wasn’t much off-road to it. My goal was to finish as strong as possible and salvage as many points as I could.”

The addition of the Pala event was a mid-season changeup as the WORCS series was unable to secure the resources to safely host the Gorman, California event. After carding a respectable finish on one of this year’s faster courses, Cory looks forward to a more technical track at Anza where he hopes to close up the points chase

“I really excel in the tight difficult events,” Graffunder said. “The next round has the potential to be a bit tighter, so I am hoping to use it to take over the championship lead. I plan to come out strong in Anza!”

Cory returns to racing at the ninth round of the WORCS series on Sunday, August 12 at Cahuilla Creek MX Park in Anza, California.

For more information on the entire 2012 Husqvarna line-up, please go to www.husqvarna-motorcyclesna.com. Head to your nearest dealership to pick up a copy of the 2012 RiDE MORE Catalog, available now!

San Bernardino, Calif. – June 16, 2011 - The 2011 Yamaha Quad-X Series presented by STI returns this Saturday, June 18th, for round four at Speedworld MX in Surprise, AZ. Saturday’s race marks the mid-point of the 2011 Quad-X Championship, and will be the first of the season’s two night races.

Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson has won the first three rounds of the series, giving him a perfect score of 75 points in the series standings. Nelson is looking to extend his points lead as he attempts to defend his 2010 Pro 450 Production Class title.

After finishing second overall over the past three rounds, Beau Baron sits only nine points behind Nelson in the series standings. With the series nearing the halfway mark, Baron still has a very realistic chance of winning the 2011 championship if he can find a way to beat Nelson.

Ethan Thatcher remains third in points with 58, after finishing fifth overall at the previous round at Cahuilla Creek MX. At round three, Dirkie Baard and Josh Row battled for third overall, swapping third and fourth place moto finishes. Baard’s third in the second moto earned him the final spot on the overall podium for the day. With the series well underway, expect more intense racing as riders attempt to earn valuable series points.

For more information on the 2011 Yamaha Quad-X Series, including series schedule, class information and requirements, check out www.quadxseries.com. For the latest updates on this and other series at Glen Helen Raceway, become a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com/glenhelenraceway.

Round #4 of the 2011 WORCS ATV series was held at Cahuilla Creek MX in Anza California.  Once again Mother Nature threw a curve ball at the racers with wind and cold temperatures for a spring event.  Cahuilla Creek MX sits at about 4100ft above sea level in the Cahuilla mountain range.

The MX gate was back so it wasn’t a dead engine start for this round. Dustin Nelson a multi-time Quad X champion would be the first to the corner on his Roll Design/Elka/Yamaha YFZ450R.  Can-Am’s Jeremie Warnia and Josh Frederick would pass Nelson in the first few laps, who was holding a strong 3nd Place, before having electrical issues ended his run back to the front.  Beau Baron would assume the 3rd Spot, where for most of the race the top two would be switching places.  With a last lap charge Baron closed the gap to 2nd where Warnia would make a big mistake in the off-road section, allowing Baron to make his move and grab the second place podium spot.  With no time left to hunt down Frederick, Baron would settle in and cruise in to ensure a spot on the podium that had eluded him so far this season.

In the Pro Am class, Garrin Fuller #45 of Duncan Racing, and his Roll Design / Elka suspended TRX450 would be back after an elbow injury.   Fuller came out strong and put the hammer down with the fastest lap time of 10:46.243 to take home the 1st Place spot, followed by Collins Webster and Roll Design / Elka equipped Keith Johnson in 3rd.  Johnson was awarded the “Hard Charger” award after a crash on about the 3rd lap put him way back in the pack, yet still managing to fight back and claim the podium spot.

Keith Johnson also took the Open A class win on Saturday, racing his younger brother Casey’s KFX450R quad in tribute fashion.  Casey passed away last year, and the victory was for him, and a win that will surely be remembered.

In the women’s A class, Julie Russell aboard her TRX450R MCR/Roll Design/ Elka Honda would get off the gate in the second spot and getting the lead early.  Checking out from the class during the second lap and being the fastest lap of the race 10:50.630 would take home the 1st Place trophy as well.   Be sure to watch “A Lap With” starring Julie Russell as she made her run to victory.

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San Bernardino, Calif. – The opening round of the 2011 Yamaha Quad-X Series comes to Glen Helen raceway, America’s playground in Southern California, on Sunday March 27th! The race will run on Glen Helen’s world-famous USGP track, and will feature classes for all skill and age groups. No membership is required to race!

The Quad-X series is one of the premiere ATV racing series in the US, and regularly draws top ATV racing pros like Dustin Nelson, Beau Baron, and current AMA ATV MX champion Josh Creamer! The 2011 season will feature races at some of the top racing facilities in the region, including Cahuilla Creek, Speedworld MX, Arizona Cycle Park, and four rounds at Glen Helen Raceway. Each round also features special events like open riding, barbecues, sponsor giveaways and free camping in addition to the exciting racing action.

Sunday’s season opener will also serve as the thrilling conclusion to Glen Helen’s Dirt Fest 2011, a three-day celebration of four-wheeled off-roading. Sunday’s events will also include open trail riding and demo rides from manufacturers like Yamaha, Can-Am and Polaris.

For more information on the 2011 Yamaha Quad-X series, including series schedule, class information and requirements, check out www.quadxseries.com. For the latest updates on this and other series at Glen Helen Raceway, become a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com/glenhelenraceway.

Schedule
March 27 – Glen Helen Raceway – San Bernardino, CA
Sunday April 17 – Arizona Cycle Park – Buckeye, AZ
Sunday May 8 – Cahuilla Creek MX – Anza, CA
Satuday June 18 – Speedworld MX – Surprise, AZ
Saturday July 9 – Glen Helen Raceway – San Bernardino, CA
Sunday July 10 – Glen Helen Raceway – San Bernardino, CA
Satuday Sept. 10 – Speedworld MX – Surprise, AZ
Saturday Oct. 29 – Glen Helen Raceway – San Bernardino, CA (double Pts)