Destry’s WORCS Story (Wa.)

WORCS: Auburn , Wa .

 

Race Day:

I knew the start was going to be pretty important, because most of the course was tight and hard to pass. I was lucky enough to get a good jump, and come out of the first corner around 5th. Then I got bumped by someone, and lost a few spots. I headed into the woods in around 10th. I felt pretty good, and wasn’t getting tight (which is good for me). The next lap, I started to push it and made some passes. By the third lap, I had passed some good riders (Caselli, Garrison, Ritzman, Weigand, etc.) and moved myself up to 5th. Just before the halfway point, Bonds was on the gas and passed me along with Caselli. I was still making some passes too, and was in fourth when I pitted (1-hour mark). I pulled out and Garrison had just passed me, when I pitted, so I was back on the gas. Unfortunately when I was leaving the pits, a lapped rider went down in front of me. When I tried to go by him, I lost my front end. I picked up the bike pretty quick, and it fired up right away, so I didn’t lose any positions. The next laps went well, and I was having a great time battling with Weigand back and forth. Then Russ Pearson caught us, and made the pass on me. Not too far after that, he went down and I was able to get back by. After that I got back around Tim, and went through the finish shoot in fifth. At this point, I wasn’t too far behind Bobby (15-seconds). The countdown clock said we only had 23-minutes before the white flag came out. I really wanted to get by Garrison, and was feeling good so I was going to push it and see how it went. Not to far after leaving the MX track, I had a dumb slide out (no big deal). However when I went to pick up the bike, I saw that the left radiator was broken and fluid and steam were just pouring out. I knew right away I was in trouble! I was able to finish the lap by babying the bike in. All the Kawasaki guys did an awesome job trying to pour fluid back into it, until they realized it was coming out just as fast. So they decided to change the radiator. Jonny and all the guys really pinned it, and before I knew it I was ready to go. At this point I was around 17th and knew my good finish was long gone. I had a few guys that had just went by, before I took off, so I figured I could get by some of them before the checkered flag came out. Halfway into this lap I felt pretty good, but then I clipped a tree (first time all day). The worst part was the fact that I was on the side of the hill, and it was whooped out. My hand came off the bars, and I had no control. I went straight off the trail, and down a steep hill that had a ton of trees. It was pretty scary, but I was super lucky not to hit one of the trees head on.  I tried to get the bike back on the trail, but it was really slippery and steep. After spending 5-minutes giving it everything I had, I just gave up and figured I’d wait until I got some help. I had a lot of guys stop to make sure I was ok, but told them to keep racing so they wouldn’t lose any spots. Finally Jon Seehorn stopped, and said his race was long over, because he’d crashed on the first lap with Robby Bell . We spent about 10-minutes getting the bike back up the hill. By the time we were done, my body was so spent I could barely finish that lap (which was the last lap).  

Overall Summary:

As you can imagine, it was a frustrating day for me. I knew coming into the race, I had a great shot at top 5 or even a podium if everything went my way. I’m getting back to 100% again, and my results were going to show that. Unfortunately one mistake cost me a 4th or 5th place finish. I really thought I would’ve had a great shot at 4th, but that’s the way it goes. It’s just amazing to me that my luck in this series is so bad. I really enjoy doing these races, and I know I’ll be up front before long (I hope)!

 

Results Overall (top 20):

1st Ricky Dietrich

2nd Bobby Bonds

3rd Kurt Caselli

4th Josh Morros (Pro2)

5th Bobby Garrison

6th Damon Huffman

7th Justin Soule

8th Tim Weigand

9th Kyle Summers

10th Rory Sullivan

11th Dennis Stapleton

12th Arik Swan

13th Jamie Lanza

14th Gary Sutherlin

15th Kyle Kubitschek

16th Nick Brozovich

17th Corey Floyd

18th Erek Arnold

19th Lance Smail

20th Wes Johnson

 

Other Notes:

I have this weekend off; which is going to be nice. Then the following weekend I’ll be over in California for an AMA H&H.

  I was really happy for Ricky. He grew up in the Northwest, so it was cool to see him win this one. I know he had a ton of people there cheering him on.  

Josh Morros was on the gas today and finished 4th overall, and won the Pro2 class. Since he finished in the top 5, WORCS bumped him up to the pro class. I was pretty sure he was going to be moving up here soon (he’s been sandbagging) J 

The Pro2 points leader (Taylor Robert) had a pretty big get-off in Friday’s practice, and wasn’t able to race on Sunday. The bike landed on him and used his body for padding. Nothing is broken, and he should be good in a couple weeks. Since he’s my riding partner, back home, I need him to get healthy J  

I owe Jon Seehorn a big “THANKS” for helping me get back on the trail, after I went flying off. I was so beat, and had no energy left to try and pull my bike up the hill.  

This was one of the best WORCS races I’ve done in a long time. The course was tight and technical, and the weather was awesome all weekend. The WORCS crew did a great job.  

I attached some photos from Mike and Amber Farmer. Here’s a link to their site www.fastphotolab.com!  

Best Wishes,

Destry

www.destryabbott.com

2008 Sponsors:

Kawasaki Racing, Monster Energy, Dunlop, Stephen Gall Training, GPR, Thor, IMS, Shoei, Pro Circuit, Kawasaki Accessories, SIDI, Acerbis, CTI2, Jonre Multimedia, BRP, Motion Pro, Works Connection, OGIO, Kicker, Hinson, Hoy Fox Toyota, AP Designs, Braking, Renthal, Scott Goggles, Team Hawg Racing, Twisten Wrenches, Cyto Sport, Red Baron, Trick, Zip-Ty, RK/Excel, N-Style, Maxima, ZLT, Bent, Steahly, Parkway Chiropractic, and Tire Balls.

 

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