Vista, CA (10/27/2011) – Motoworks’ Josh Frederick took the win at round number eight of the 2011 WORCS series to tie the pro points lead with teammate Jeremie Warnia, who joined him on the podium in third this weekend at Racetown 395 in Adelanto, CA.
A newly designed course was provided for this event and although it was a rather short course, it provided racers with plenty of opportunity for passing. The short course did have its draw backs as it became quite rough over the hour and a half pro main event.
Josh Frederick knew it was crucial for him to win this round and he was ready for the challenge. Frederick was in the top five off the start and waited patiently until the second lap to start moving forward. The shorter course offered plenty of opportunity for racers to scope out good lines and places to pass, which helped Frederick to make his way through traffic and move into position to take over the lead.
Frederick was able to make the pass on his teammate Jeremie Warnia in lap eight to take the lead, but he would fall back to second after making a pit stop. Frederick charged his way back to second and began to shadow the leader in hopes of capitalizing on an opportunity to make an easy pass. Frederick soon got his way when lap traffic became an issue and allowed him to close in even further and take over the lead in the final lap. Frederick was able to hold his lead and take the win by over 15 seconds ahead of the competition.
“It felt really good to take the win. I had a good race today. I got a decent start and was able to move up easily. The track did get a little rough because it was such a short track, but it was good and challenging track. I guess Jeremie and I are supposed to be tied for points right now going into the last round, so I am going to do whatever I can to make sure I take the win at Speedworld,” stated Frederick.
Jeremie Warnia was looking good as he came off the start in the top five and was holding a close third place early in the race. Warnia was closing in on second but ended up having issues in the Quad X section of the track and fell back. Warnia wasn’t about to give up and charged hard and caught back up. Warnia put the hammer down and briefly inherited the lead, but fell back again late in the race when he began to tire. Warnia, who is still recovering from injuries he received at Washougal, kept a steady pace and held on for a third place finish.
“I have been dealing with my injuries from Washougal still, but I went out there and gave it everything I had and tried to do my best. I really want to win the last race of the year and take a championship,” said Warnia.
Dillon Zimmerman ran a very consistent race this weekend. Zimmerman was in the top ten off the start and was able to make his way to the number four spot at the midway point. Zimmerman held his position for several laps before settling in for a fifth place finish.
In the Class one Side-by-Side races, Motoworks’ Mark Holz charged his way from the back of the pack to bring home a fourth place finish. Holz has had a relatively successful first season racing the Can-Am Commander and is currently ranked second in the class one points race.
The final round of the 2011 WORCS series will be heading to Speedworld in Surprise, AZ on November 11th – 13th where the battle will be on between teammates Josh Frederick and Jeremie Warnia as they battle to break their points tie and take home the 2011 WORCS Pro ATV Championship.