Courtesy Joe Colombero
Racetown 395 – Adelanto, California: World Off Road Championship Series
Ryan Hughes (Team Suzuki/FMF Off-Road) took the win in Round two of the
WORCS series to establish himself firmly in the lead for the
Championship. On a fun, but brutal course, “Ryno” gated in the top ten
and then moved into the lead late in the first lap. From that point on,
over the next two hours, Hughes never looked back and kept up a
The Pro field of some of the fastest riders on the planet charged after
Hughes. The only rider who could keep him in sight was Kurt Caselli
(KTM). Hughes worked up an almost 50 second lead 1?2-way through the
event, but Caselli continued to attack and to close the gap in the
later stages of the race, cutting Hughes lead down to just seven
seconds at the white flag. But Hughes would not be denied his first big
victory since breaking his right arm almost eight months ago. Hughes
cruised across the finish line a full five seconds ahead of Caselli to
take the win and the points lead in the WORCS Series.
Third place went to Nathan Woods (Team Monster Energy/Kawasaki
Off-Road). Woods (the 2005 WORCS Champion) road hard and fast, but out
of touch with the leaders, finishing 20 seconds behind Hughes and 15
seconds short of Caselli. Woods third place finish made it a clean
sweep for Moose Racing of the podium.
Casey Johnson took forth, Kyle Summers took fifth, with Matt Karlsen
sixth, Mike Kiedrowski seventh, Justin Soule eighth, Derek Costella
ninth, and Robby Bell filled out the top ten.
The defending WORCS Champion, Ricky Dietrich tragically was unable to
race. Dietrich crashed hard during the parade lap just before the
start. Dietrich, who won the opening WORCS round just weeks ago
cart-wheeled across the track and suffered a broken shoulder and a trip
to the hospital.
Joshua Morros took the win in Pro-2 action, beating out Brian Goolsby
and Jamie Lanza to complete a Kawasaki sweep of the class. Justin
Morrow, Brodie Humpries, Taylor Robert, Brett Saunders, Jonathan Davis,
Andrew Couto and Tracon Kirk rounded out the top ten.
The next round of the World Off Road Championship Series takes place March 16 – 18 in Lake Havasu, Arizona.
The photos below show “Ryno”, and television stars Matt LeBlanc
(Friends, Joey) and Andrea Anders (Joey, The Class). LeBlanc is an avid
off-road rider and owns more than 30 motorcycles. Anders enjoys riding
as well. They’re both friends with Team Suzuki Off-Road Manager Mike
Webb as well as racers Ryan Hughes and Mike Kiedrowski.
When asked what he thought of the two-hour Pro race, LeBlanc said “I
respect what these guys do more then anybody. They’re real iron-men.”