Josh Frederick Takes First Win of the Season

Posted 01 May 2011 in Blog

Cahuilla Creek MX Park played host to Round 4 of the World Offroad Championship Series this past weekend in Anza, California.  Josh Frederick would claim his first win of the season and inch closer to his Can-Am/Motoworks teammate Jeremie Warnia in the overall series points chase. Low temps and light rain made for perfect racing conditions when the gate dropped on the Pro and Pro-am classes at round 4 of the WORCS ATV racing series on Sunday.  Series points leader Jeremie Warnia has been on the gas, finishing either first or second place at each of the first three rounds.  After the departure of Round 2 winner and reigning AMA Motocross Champion Josh Creamer, the points battle had tightened up significantly coming into round 4.

Defending champion Josh Frederick has had a rough start to the season with several podium finishes but the top spot on the box eluded him in each of the first three rounds.  All of that would change this round as Frederick would capitolize on a mistake by his teammate and series points leader Jeremie Warnia.

Warnia came off the line in second and wasted no time taking over the lead.  He managed to put a huge gap on second place until lap six when he got high centered on a berm.  Frederick took the opportunity to sneak by but Warnia would breifly recapture the lead on lap eight before falling back to third place behind Frederick and MCR/Maxxis rider Beau Baron.

Baron would come off the line ahead of Frederick and keep him at bay for the first several laps of the race.  After losing a position to Frederick Baron rode a consistent race, passing Warnia on the final lap to cruise in for a second place finish, his first podium of the season.  Even with a dissapointing round one, consistent top five finishes have kept Baron in third place overall for the season.

Factory Yamaha pilot Dustin Nelson had a difficult weekend with mechanical issues  plaguing him in both timed qualifying and the Pro main.  Even with the last gate pick Nelson managed to nab the holeshot and rode towards the front of the pack until more mechanical problems forced him to fall back.  He would finish a frustrating tenth on the day which was good enough for him to remain in the fourth place overall behind Baron, Frederick and Warnia.

Frederick remains in second place just 5 points behind his Can Am/Motoworks teammate Jeremie Warnia.  With five rounds remaining the championship is still up for grabs.

Posted by sfargher

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