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Off-Road | 9/23/2008
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Dietrich Remains Points Leader with Podium at Honey Lake
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Dietrich Remains Points Leader with Podium at Honey Lake
Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ricky Dietrich maintained his points lead over fellow Kawasaki rider Bobby Bonds with a third-place finish during the ninth round of the WORCS series at Honey Lake MX in Milford, Calif. Teammate Damon Huffman was not far behind, finishing fifth. Destry Abbott finished 14th. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Taylor Robert kept his win streak alive and clinched the Pro 2 class one race early.
Ricky’s Podium
Dietrich had a long race in front of him after he got taken out in the first turn and got up close to dead last. He rode at a comfortable pace, picking off several riders in the first lap. On the last lap, Dietrich made it up to teammate Huffman and was able to get around him for third place.

“I didn’t really panic after I got taken out,” said Dietrich. “I knew there was a bottleneck in this ravine and I would be able to make up a lot of time there. I never rushed and I was able to work my way back up.”
Damon Keeps Showing Off
Coming off a podium finish at the round in Monticello, Utah, Huffman has continued to show why he belongs in off-road competition. Every race, Huffman has showed top-five speed and in Milford it was no different.

“The track was pretty tricky,” said Huffman. “I felt really good, but the course got really rough at the end since we did a lot more laps than normal. I think I’ve adapted pretty well to this type of racing. I’m definitely happy that we are nearing the end.”
Abbott’s Luck
After getting a great start and running top-five, Abbott’s “WORCS luck” seemed to strike again. He had a rock hit his water pump cover and had to come into the pits for repairs. The team got him back out very quickly and he was able to finish 14th.

“I was trying not to push it really hard the first few laps to make sure I didn’t get really bad arm-pump,” said Abbott. “The guys were calling me in and I wasn’t sure why I would be pitting so early, and then I looked down and realized I had broken my water-pump. I couldn’t believe it. It’s just weird how all year in the WORCS series something would go wrong when I was up front. I’m just happy the bad luck stayed with the WORCS series instead of the Hare and Hound and ISDE.”
Pro 2 Clinch
Check out the video to see what Taylor Robert had to say about clinching the Pro 2 title.
Bobby’s Podium Streak
Bobby Bonds once again brought his Kawasaki KX™450F to the front of the pack, finishing round nine with his sixth second-place finish of the season.
One More Race
With only one race left on the schedule, the championship comes down to the final race. The circumstances are reminiscent of 2006 when Dietrich’s championship came down to the final lap of the final race. Whether it’s Dietrich or Bonds, Kawasaki should have another WORCS championship to cheer about.

“I actually like this last track a lot,” said Dietrich. “From what I remember from last year, I did pretty well. I have the experience with these high pressure situations and I am pretty confident that I can come out smart and strong.”
Results
World Off Road Championship Series
Honey Lake MX – Milford, Calif.
September 21, 2008

Pro Class Results

1. Nathan Woods, Paso Robles, Calif., Suzuki
2. BOBBY BONDS, MARICOPA, CALIF., KAWASAKI
3. RICKY DIETRICH, WINCHESTER, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI

4. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif., KTM
5. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
6. Justin Soule, Reno, Nev., KTM
7. Mike Brown, Gray, Tenn., KTM
8. Kendal Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda
9. Tim Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda
10. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif., Honda
11. TYLER SJOBERG, KAWASAKI
14. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI

Pro 2 Class Results
1. TAYLOR ROBERT, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN

2. Corey Floyd, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha
3. Jonathan Davis, Martinez, Calif., Suzuki
4. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
5. CJ Hymas, Pocatello, Idaho, Honda
6. Travis Coy, Boulder Creek, Calif., Honda
7. BRAD GOOLSBY, RANCHO CUCAMONGO, CALIF., KAWASAKI
8. Blake Savage, Cedar City, Utah, Suzuki
9. Ross Nealy, Chester, Calif., KTM
10. KALE STATELY, CASA GRANDE, ARIZ., KAWASAKI

Pro Class Points
1. RICKY DIETRICH, WINCHESTER, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 186

2. BOBBY BONDS, MARICOPA, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 182
3. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif., KTM, 162
4. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 109
5. Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha, 105
6. Kyle Summers, Colorado Springs, Calif., KTM, 96
7. Justin Soule, Reno, Nev., KTM, 93
8. Tim Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda, 86
9. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 75
10. Nathan Woods, Paso Robles, Calif., Suzuki, 75

Pro 2 Class Points
1. TAYLOR ROBERT, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 215

2. Nick Brozovich, Bayfield, Colo., Suzuki, 171
3. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 156
4. Jonathan Davis, Martinez, Calif., Suzuki, 131
5. Corey Floyd, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha, 112
6. JOSH MORROS, SPARKS, NEV., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 90
7. KALE STATELY, CASA GRANDE, ARIZ., KAWASAKI, 90

8. Brodie Humphries, St. George, Utah, Suzuki, 69
9. BRAD GOOLSBY, RANCHO CUCAMONGO, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 64
10. Ross Nealy, Chester, Calif., KTM, 60
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