Kawasaki rider Bobby Bonds, Monster Energy Kawasakiâ€™s Ricky Dietrich and Taylor Robert made it an all-green podium at the final race of the WORCS series at Honolulu Hills Raceway. The championship came down to the finale with Bonds taking the win and title by just one point over fellow Kawasaki rider Dietrich. Robert had an impressive professional debut, taking the final podium spot, while fellow Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Damon Huffman and Destry Abbott finished ninth and 12th, respectively.
Monster Energy Kawasaki Under The Tent
Dietrich came into the event with a one-point lead and needed to win to earn the title. He got out to a great start and kept up a smooth, comfortable pace for the first few laps. He was passed on the third lap and was able to keep it in second for the remainder of the race.
â€œI felt really good today,â€ said Dietrich. â€œI finally got a good start. I tried to ride a comfortable pace and not make any mistakes. I was riding with Bonds but he broke away a little bit. He knows this course well since he is from here so in the end he was able to take advantage of the hometown track.â€
After clinching the Pro 2 championship at the last round, Robert decided to get his feet wet in the Pro class during the final round. He got off to a great start and slowly picked off riders, making his way to third by second lap. Trying to stay consistent, Robert stayed focused and brought home his first professional podium.
â€œIâ€™m really happy with the finish,â€ said Robert. â€œI was able to push the whole race and it didnâ€™t feel too different from a Pro 2 race. I just tried to ride my own race and not make any mistakes. Iâ€™m really looking forward to next year and hopefully Iâ€™ll be challenging for a win.â€
Huffman used his ability to charge hard at the end of the race to makeup several positions after going down on the first lap.
â€œI got a mediocre start and came to the endurocross section where I normally feel like I shine and just went over the bars,â€ said Huffman. â€œIt took me a little bit to recoup and get back going, but I started charging and was able to make up some positions.â€
A Good Learning Year
In only his first year riding the WORCS series, Huffman was able to come away with two podium finishes and end up fourth overall in the point standings. After one year under his belt, Huffman is looking to improve on his results for 2009.
â€œThis year was definitely a learning experience,â€ said Huffman. â€œThis type of racing definitely isnâ€™t easy. Now that I have a year in and have been able to learn the tracks and what to expect, Iâ€™m hoping to do even better.â€
Abbott has had an interesting year in the WORCS series, but has shown his off-road skills in the desert by winning his fifth AMA National Hare and Hound championship. With Abbottâ€™s H&H championship and Bondsâ€™ WORCS championship, it brings the off-road championship total to two for Kawasaki with another up in the AMA EnduroCross Series.
In only his second WORCS race this year, Kawasaki amateur motocross rider Tyler Sjoberg showed his off-road skills by earning eighth in the Pro class. Sjoberg joins the many motocross riders that come out to the WORCS series for a taste of the challenging terrain and competitive racing.
World Off Road Championship Series
Honolulu Hills Raceway- Taft, Calif.
October 19 2008
Pro Class Results
1. BOBBY BONDS, MARICOPA, CALIF., KAWASAKI
2. RICKY DIETRICH, WINCHESTER, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
3. TAYLOR ROBERT, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
4. Mike Brown, Gray, Tenn., KTM
5. Justin Soule, Reno, Nev., KTM
6. Tim Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda
7. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif., KTM
8. TYLER SJOBERG, CASTAIC, CALIF., KAWASAKI
9. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
10. Kyle Summers, Colorado Springs Colo., KTM
12. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
Pro 2 Class Results
1. Corey Floyd, Snohomsh, Wash., Yamaha
2. Jonathan Davis, Martinez, Calif., Suzuki
3. BRAD GOOLSBY, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIF., KAWASAKI
4. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
5. Kevin Oâ€™Donnell, Lancaster, Calif., KTM
6. Brodie Humphries, St. George, Utah, Suzuki
7. Jason Parsons, Ridgecrest, Calif., Honda
8. Ryan Gainey, South Hampton, N.J., Honda
9. Justin Seeds, Phelan, Calif., Honda
10. Travis Newbold, Montrose, Colo., Honda
Pro Class Points
1. BOBBY BONDS, MARICOPA, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 212
2. RICKY DIETRICH, WINCHESTER, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 211
3. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif., KTM, 176
4. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 121
5. Justin Soule, Reno, Nev., KTM, 109
6. Kyle Summers, Colorado Springs, Calif., KTM, 107
7. Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha, 105
8. Tim Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda, 101
9. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 81
10. GARY SUTHERLAND, PHOENIX, ARIZ., KAWASAKI, 79
11. JAMIE LANZA, BEAUMONT, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 78
13. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 64
Pro 2 Class Points
1. TAYLOR ROBERT, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 215
2. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 174
3. Nick Brozovich, Bayfield, Colo., Suzuki, 171
4. Jonathan Davis, Martinez, Calif., Suzuki, 156
5. Corey Floyd, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha, 142
6. KALE STATELY, CASA GRANDE, ARIZ., KAWASAKI, 98
7. JOSH MORROS, SPARKS, NEV., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 90
8. BRAD GOOLSBY, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 85
9. Brodie Humphries, St. George, Utah, Suzuki, 84
10. CJ Hymas, Pacotello, Idaho, Honda, 63