With so many races being run on adjusted time these days, it’s pretty rare that the two racers battling for first place end up being so close together. Here Ryan Piplic and Cody Bradbury are on the gas and duking it out right up to the checkered flag during a recent WORCS race. This has to be one of the closest UTV racing finishes ever.
Tacoma Washington – It was a successful weekend of racing for TireBlocks fun flat systems, with racers earning wins in both the Pro ATV and Pro UTV events. With one of the largest turnouts to date, the UTV race was once again the premier racing event of the weekend at Round 2 of the WORCS series in Primm Nevada.
Anaheim, Calif. – GBC Motorsports athletes were out at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, CA this past weekend for the seventh round of the 2013 WORCS Racing season. With a class victory, five podium finishes and a class championship, GBC racers put their tires and machines to the test and passed with high-flying colors.
It might have been the first WORCS race for GBC newcomer Cody Bradbury, but he wasted no time in getting down to business by jumping straight into the SXS Pro Production class. Bradbury rolled his Mongrel-equipped Polaris RZR to the line, and by the time the dust settled Bradbury crossed the line in 2nd place. The rest of the GBC riders in the Pro class did not fare as well in Round 7, but Tim Wyatt and RJ Anderson are both poised for top-5 season finishes with just two rounds remaining.
“WORCS gains a valuable asset in Tim Shelman. They say timing is everything and the timing could not be better. I have known Tim since 2003 and not a day goes buy that he is not excited about racing,” Sean Reddish Owner/WORCS racing said. ” Tim has worked with me over the past two years and has become an important part of our team. He is a straight shooter and honest to a fault but most of all he is extremely outgoing and fun to be around. Combine this with his experience as a top Pro ATV racer and promoter he is the right guy to take over as the Director of WORCS Racing. Tim is in charge of all WORCS racing programs and will be the point man on race weekends. He will make our team more complete and we look forward to a bright future with Tim at the helm. Having Tim on board will help me develop more of our business and work more directly with our incredible sponsors.”
“I am proud to be taking more of a leadership role in WORCS Racing. Having been a part of WORCS since 2003 as a racer, then the last few years as the announcer, my commitment level to the success of this series has always been unwavering,” Shelman said. “Now taking the position of Director of Operations and working hand and hand with my wife Maria, I believe I can make this great series even better. This is a customer based business, and owning a construction company for the past 20 years has taught me that regardless of the product, customers need to feel appreciated spending their hard earned cash. Taking the reins of this iconic race series is what was meant to happen on all accounts. Saying that I am excited to be “Point man” for WORCS Racing is an understatement.”
“Everything about this weekend worked out perfectly,” remarked Caselli. “We were able to arrive a few days early and dial in our suspension testing at some local riding areas to make sure we were ready for the event. Plus it rained off and on during the week which made the course perfect on race day.”
During Saturday’s race Caselli came around the first turn in 2nd place behind his FMF/KTM teammate Mike Brown. Caselli was able to move around Brown early on the first lap. Once he took over the lead he never looked back and went on to win the first moto. Brown put together a solid performance and finished behind Caselli in 2nd place to put both FMF/KTM team riders on the podium.
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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Triumph Motorsports and Leatt have both been long standing supporters of the WORCS series, it was only a matter of time before these two came together to serve the ATV rounds. Triumph has been trackside for WORCS for 4 years now and knows what racers need, safety equipment like Leatt is one of those needs.
Leatt Braces are neck and head injury protection. Whether you are mountain biking or racing MX, Leatt is the brace for you. Leatt has put commitment, passion and dedication into the development of the revolutionary Leatt-Brace® and continues with every new product being developed at Leatt®. In 2001 Dr Chris Leatt witnesses the death of fellow rider, Alan Selby. He’s moved to begin designing his first neck brace prototypes. By 2007 Leatt was Awarded Product of the Year. Leatt has recently came out with more great products like hydration systems and chest protectors.
Triumph will not only sell the brace at the ATV WORCS events but they will be servicing the braces and collecting coupons for free products and discounted items. Triumph is going to provide help with fitment, replacing or upgrading parts, or even simple questions. FREE DEMOS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE!!
“I am excited to have Leatt aboard our trackside program. We are the only company trackside that services as many parts as we do. It only seemed fitting that we would bring out the best protection possible. Selling the brace out at the track and having racers be a little safer will be very rewarding. We will be at all the remaining ATV rounds with products in hand, so come by and check us out.” – Say’s Anthony Martin of Triumph Motorsports
FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli’s goal this season is to defend his championship one race at a time. This weekend, that took a backseat to honoring his friend and fallen teammate, Nathan Woods.
The entire off-road racing community was devastated after hearing Friday’s news of Woods’ passing. The winningest rider in WORCS history and a 2-time WORCS Champion, Woods succumbed to injuries after a crash during Friday’s practice session. Saturday’s race schedule was moved to Sunday to allow the WORCS community to participate in a parade lap in honor of their late friend. The parade lap was led by Woods’ wife Amanda and former mechanic and long-time friend, Charles Jirsa. Caselli followed behind with Nathan’s son Braxton, and behind them was a long train of friends and family who rode a lap for one of the sports’ best riders.
With a heavy heart, WORCS resumed the race schedule on Sunday and riders lined the gate to race a 1 hour plus 1 lap moto. Caselli took the holeshot and led the entire race, increasing his lead each lap. His only mistake throughout the race occurred when he washed out the front end on the first lap, but Caselli quickly recovered to still finish the lap with a 25 second lead. The FMF/KTM Team had Caselli and teammate Mike Brown pit once for gas near the end of the race to ensure the riders would have enough fuel to reach the finish.
Team Motoworks / Can-Am had an excellent opening to its 2011 World Off-Road Championship Series race season as factory driver Mark Holz piloted his Can-Am Commander 1000 side-by-side vehicle to the Class 1 victory in front of some of the best side-by-drivers in North America. His teammate, Jeremie Warnia also took the Pro-class victory on his Can-Am DS 450 ATV completing the weekend sweep of the premier classes by Motoworks / Can-Am.
“I’m extremely proud of Mark Holz as he drove excellently this past weekend to earn the Motoworks / Can-Am Commander 1000 a victory at the opener of this highly competitive race series,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “As demonstrated with Warnia and his DS 450 victory as well, the team’s preparation and testing has definitely paid off and I’m looking forward to many more victories in what will surely be a very exciting season.”