MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI’S DIETRICH DOMINATES AT WASHINGTON WORCS

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ricky Dietrich took control in his home state to earn his first win of the season during the fourth round of the WORCS series at Pacific Raceways in Auburn, Wash. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Josh Morros finished with his second win in a row in the Pro 2 class. Morros finished fourth overall which automatically bumps the 16-year-old rider to the “big boy” class next round.

Dietrich returned to his home state of Washington fully confident that the home track advantage would help him earn his first win of the season. After a great start, Dietrich pulled into the lead following the first lap and stretched the gap to more than two minutes at one point.

“Racing in Washington has always been really good for me,” said Dietrich. “I know about half the people that were here and I had a lot of people supporting me while I was on the track. That is always a definite boost and makes you want t ride that much harder.”

With his winning performance on Sunday and his consistent podium finishes the last two rounds, Dietrich has pulled within five points of the championship leaders. He currently sits in third behind a two-way tie for first.

Like Dietrich, Morros got out in front early and gapped the Pro 2 field by the time he entered the woods. He rode smart to finish with his second win of the season and moves into second-place in the Pro 2 point’s standings.

“I had a really comfortable race here,” said Morros. “I got out front early and just tried to ride smart and consistent. It’s easy to make mistakes on a track as technical as this and I think I did good job of keeping my head up.”

When Morros came across the finish line, he came across with the fourth-best overall time. The WORCS Series rules state that if a Pro 2 rider finishes in the top-five overall and at least seven of the top ten Pro riders in points finish the race, they must move up into the Pro class.

“I knew I was probably going to do it sometime this year, but it’s still pretty early in the season,” said Morros. “You know it’s pretty scary to think I’ll be running with those guys. I’m definitely excited, but it’s a whole different thing when you are running with the pros. We’ll see how it goes in Hollister.”

Coming off an impressive podium finish in Lake Havasu last month, Damon Huffman rode another solid race to finish fifth. The Washington course was the most “off-road” track that the riders have faced all season and it was a fun challenge for the newly dubbed “off-road” rider.

“I am happy with my result at our first true off-road track,” said Huffman. “The first half of the race I was trying to find my rhythm. I was spinning the rear wheel a lot, but after the pit stop I got in a groove. I felt really good at the end and was able to pass two guys on the last lap.”

Washington was the first round where the riders faced one-line trails and rugged natural terrain. The other tracks have featured man-made obstacles, but the Washington outdoors provided the obstacles on its own. One of the pro sections featured a very intimidating downhill and a hop over a high log.

Dietrich’s parents were on hand to watch him win his first race of the season. It was also a special day for his dad, Fred, who celebrated his birthday on the same day his son took the win.

“Its really great to win one, especially on my dad’s birthday,” said Dietrich on the podium in front of all his family and friends. “Its definitely special to win it for my dad and for all the people that have come out and supported me.”

Destry Abbott was running a solid race in the top-five until a rock hit his radiator during the second half of the race. He was able to nurse it back into the pits and make a charge to the front. On the last lap, he went down and got stuck in a steep woods section.

“I was running really good during the first half of the race,” said Abbott. “I was happy because this is what I enjoy. I was in a nice groove, but with two or three laps left I made a mistake and damaged my radiator. Then on the last lap, I hit a tree and went down the ravine. I have been training hard and it doesn’t seem to be showing. Today was bad luck and just one of those fluke things. I will be ready for the next one, that’s for sure.”

Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Ryan Abbatoye made himself a new get-up while in Washington. Looking like he lost a bet, Abbatoye walked around the pits trying to fit in with the locals.

World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS)
Pacific Raceways– Auburn, Wash.
April 13, 2007

Pro Class Results
1. RICKY DIETRICH, WINCHESTER, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
2. BOBBY BONDS, MARICOPA, CALIF., KAWASAKI
3. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif., KTM
4. Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha
5. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
6. Justin Soule, Reno, Nev., KTM
7. Tim Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda
8. Kyle Summers, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM
9. Rory Sullivan, Estacada, Ore., KTM
10. Dennis Stapleton, Capitola, Calif., Honda
12. JAMIE LANZA, BEAUMONT, CALIF., KAWASAKI

Pro 2 Class Results
1. JOSH MORROS, SPARKS, NEV., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
2. Nick Brozovich, Bayfield, Colo., Suzuki
3. Corey Floyd, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha
4. Erek Arnold, Orting, Wash., Yamaha
5. WES JOHNSON, EATONVILLE, WASH., KAWASAKI
6. Brandon Gjernes, Marysville, Wash., KTM
7. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
8. KALE STATELY, CASA GRANDE, ARIZ., KAWASAKI
9. Jonathan Davis, Martinez, Calif., Suzuki
10. Jesse Barstow, Tacoma, Wash., Yamaha

Pro Class Points
1. Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha, 92
2. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif., KTM, 92
3. RICKY DIETRICH, WINCHESTER, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 87
4. BOBBY BONDS, MARICOPA, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 82
5. Kyle Summers, Colorado Springs, Calif., KTM, 62
6. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 56
7. Tim Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda, 45
8. JAMIE LANZA, BEAUMONT, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 40
9. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 37
10. Justin Soule, Reno, Nev., KTM, 37

Pro 2 Class Points
1. Nick Brozovich, Bayfield, Colo., Suzuki, 96
2. JOSH MORROS, SPARKS, NEV., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 90
3. TAYLOR ROBERT, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 85
4. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 64
5. Corey Floyd, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha, 57
6. Jonathan Davis, Martinez, Calif., Suzuki, 44
7. Brodie Humphries, St. George, Utah, Suzuki, 44
8. KALE STATELY, CASA GRANDE, ARIZ., KAWASAKI, 39
9. ALEX SMITH, BOULDER CITY, NEV., KAWASAKI, 29
10. Justin Jones, Norco, Calif., Honda, 26