MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI’S WOODS VICTORIOUS AT FINAL WORCS RACE

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Nathan Woods finished the last round of the WORCS series on top with his fourth win of the season at Honolulu MX in Taft, Calif. Teammate Ricky Dietrich also rode strong as he rounded out the podium in third.

After stalling at the start, Woods was more determined than ever to get to the front of the pack. By the end of the first lap, he had moved from last to fourth place and then moved up into the lead during the next lap. He led every lap from then on and ended the season with a victory.

“The course for the off-road sections was very hard pack with a lot of square edges and I knew on the first lap many would be cautious so I went for it,” said Woods. “I knew I had to win to make anything happen for the championship, but I couldn’t control what was behind me, only in front of me.”

With the championship in the balance, Woods needed the points leader to finish no closer than third, but unfortunately he moved into second and Woods finished the season the championship runner-up.

“This year has had its ups and downs but we stuck it out and almost finished on top,” said Woods. “I fell short at times but came out of each race knowing I did my best.”

Teammate Dietrich ran a steady race and could have been the spoiler in the championship race but he ran short on time in catching the second-place rider.

“I kind of started off a little bit slower, but around the halfway mark, I was starting to pick up the pace and put in some really good lap times,” said Dietrich. “I was really happy with how this race went because I walked away feeling really good. I definitely feel ready to come back out next year and win.”

Making a guest appearance under the Kawasaki tent, former supercross champion Damon Huffman mounted a Kawasaki KXâ„¢450F for his first WORCS race. He rode with the front-runners for the entire two hour race, finishing the day with an impressive fifth place.

Having already clinched the Pro 2 class championship at the last round and the 250F A class championship on Saturday, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Jamie Lanza competed in his first professional off-road race. With a solid ride aboard his Kawasaki KX450F, he finished the day with a respectable eighth place.

“It was intense in the beginning to start with all the pros,” said Lanza. “After we got going, it felt more like a Pro 2 race with a faster pace. My best overall finish was sixth but with the track being pretty rough and being on a bigger bike, I was definitely happy to be inside the top 10.”

He added, “My goal this year was to win the Pro 2 championship so it was really cool to walk away with an additional championship this year.”

After the weekend was over, Kawasaki had picked up an impressive total of 15 championships amongst all the WORCS classes, along with the Top Pro Privateer award going to Sun Kawasaki’s Matt Karlsen.

World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS)
Round 12
Honolulu Hills MX – Taft, Calif.

Pro Class Results
1. NATHAN WOODS, PASO ROBLES, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
2. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif., KTM
3. RICKY DIETRICH, GLENDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
4. Bobby Garrison, Sparks, Nev., Yamaha
5. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., KAWASAKI
6. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif., Honda
7. Justin Soule, Reno, Nev., KTM
8. JAMIE LANZA, BEAUMONT, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
9. SCOTT SIMON, RIVERSIDE, CALIF., KAWASAKI
10. Daryl Ecklund, Lancaster, Calif., Honda

Pro-2 Results
1. TAYLOR ROBERT, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
2. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
3. Jonathan Davis, Martinez, Calif., Yamaha
4. Justin Seeds, Phelan, Calif., Honda
5. BRETT SAUNDERS, AGORA HILLS, CALIF., KAWASAKI
6. Kruz Griffith, Taft, Calif., Honda
7. Brodie Humphries, St. George, Utah, Suzuki
8. Michael Vanderlip, Malibu, Calif., Suzuki
9. Alex Smith, Boulder City, Nev., Honda
10. Jonathan Camarena, Porterville, Calif., Yamaha

Pro Class Standings
1. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif., KTM, 226
2. NATHAN WOODS, PASO ROBLES, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 222
3. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 198
4. Ryan Hughes, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 157
5. Bobby Garrison, Sparks, Nev., Yamaha, 144
6. Justin Soule, Reno, Nev., KTM, 142
7. RICKY DIETRICH, GLENDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 135
8. MATT KARLSEN, DENVER, COLO., KAWASAKI, 123
9. KYLE SUMMERS, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO., KAWASAKI, 122
10. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 114

Pro-2 Standings
1. JAMIE LANZA, BEAUMONT, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 252
2. Jonathan Davis, Martinez, Calif., Yamaha, 217
3. TAYLOR ROBERT, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 216
4. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 190
5. JOSH MORROS, SPARKS, NEV., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 171
6. Nick Brozovich, Bayfield, Colo., Yamaha, 144
7. Tracon Kirk, St George, Utah, KTM, 131
8. BRAD GOOLSBY, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 122
9. Brodie Humphries, St. George, Utah, Suzuki, 115
10. BRETT SAUNDERS, AGORA HILLS, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 88

Kawasaki Championships

Pro 2 – Jamie Lanza
250 B – Jacob Fowler
250F A – Jamie Lanza
250F B – Jordan Burns
Mini Open B – Tyler Mannisto
85 A – Brian Sjogren
Open A – Taylor Roberts
Open B – CJ Hinkle
Girls 12-15 – Nikki Richards
Vet 30+ A – Jeff Brownlee
Vet 30+ B – Shaun Robert
Sportman A – Josh Buell
Sportman C – Matt Winslow
Super Mini A – Brian Sjogren
65 C – Tyler Hoeft