Destry Abbott proves the desert isn’t his only home…

The third round of the inaugural WORCS (World Off Road Championship Series) season took place this weekend in Washougal, WA and after battling with Team Suzuki’s Steve Hatch and Rodney Smith for the better part of two hours, Team Green’s Destry Abbott was first to the checkers.

Although the forecast called for rain (it rains in Washington?), race day turned into a beautiful day for racing, and the fans that came out were treated to the best battle yet in the young WORCS. Dez came out of the gate in fourth and by the second mile was in the lead. It was a position he would not relinquish for the next two hours, although Steve Hatch did everything he could to keep him honest. ‘We were close for most of the race but I just couldn’t get by him,’ said Hatch. ‘We were having a great time yelling back and forth to each other throughout the race though…it was a lot of fun.’ Crowd favorite Shane Watts wasn’t having that much fun as he crashed badly enough in the first lap to necessitate a 10-minute pit for repairs, and to re-adjust a tweaked thumb.

Both amateurs and pros were treated to some ideal riding conditions in beautiful Washougal over the weekend. All the moisture in the air in the days surrounding the event provided for a relatively dust-free course, and although some of the back sections of the course were rough, the MX section was a dream.

When we asked Destry what he thought about the goings-on he had this to say: ‘It was really a perfect day for me. My KX250 ran great and I never went down. Hatch was with me all day and he was probably the fastest rider out there, but on the second to last lap he went down and had trouble getting his bike started again. That allowed me to stretch out the lead on the final lap, which was a good thing because I needed to make a pit and get a splash of gas.’

What’s more important is that Abbott’s victory allowed him to pass Suzuki’s Mike Kiedrowski for the series lead. Thus far, Destry’s registered a 5th at Glen Helen, a 3rd at Phoenix, and a 1st at Washougal. The next round of the World Off Road Championship Series will be held at Las Vegas where Dez is sure to be one of the favorites in conditions more similar to those in his home state of Arizona.


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