The atmosphere has changed a bit in World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) in 2011 partly due to the change in length of the Pro-class race and for the arrival of a talented young racer from France. Team Motoworks / Can-Am has a three-pronged attack on the WORCS Pro class in the form of Jeremie Warnia, Josh Frederick and Dillon Zimmerman.
Warnia, a native of France who now resides in Southern California, has been the most consistent of the three racers this season as he’s earned three victories and has finished on the podium at all five rounds in 2011. For comparison, Warnia finished 14th in 2010 compiling two podiums in four rounds of action. But he’s no stranger to success, having won numerous European championships as well as the 2009 ITP QuadCross Open Pro class title. Warnia, who competes on a Can-Am DS 450 ATV like his teammates, currently leads reigning WORCS ATV Pro champion Josh Frederick (Moapa, Nevada) by 10 points heading into round No. 6.
Frederick has also finished on the Pro-class podium at every round, but has only one win this year to go with three third-place rides and a second. During his title run a year ago, Frederick already had three wins and three second-place finishes by this time. However, the new 1½ race time (down from 2 hours in 2010) has changed the way the Pro class riders approach each event and has, thus far, been a better fit for Warnia. Even so, Frederick drew closer in the points race after his first 2011 victory at round four, but Warnia answered with a victory of his own at round five in Idaho to extend his lead.
Zimmerman, of Murrieta, Calif., rides the No. 49 Can-Am DS 450 in the pro ranks. He finished the 2010 season fifth in the class in points. And the young racer started the year with a solid fifth-place finish at the WORCS opener, but has yet to match that finish. However, his 55-point total gives the Motoworks / Can-Am team three racers in the Pro-class top 10 (he’s currently 10th).
In the Side-By-Side Class 1 ranks, Mark Holz (Holz Racing) has piloted his Can-Am Commander 1000 X to second place in the points race. He won the opener and finished second at round five.
The 2011 WORCS ATV series continues in August (20-21) at the picturesque Washougal MX in Washougal, Wash.
Round 5, Idaho video: http://youtu.be/peGozj-gcJI