HUGHES GNARLY AT HAVASU WORCS

HUGHES GNARLY AT HAVASU WORCS

Gorgeous Lake Havasu, the sight of young women grocery shopping in bikini?s, Spring Break, frantic teenagers and large watercraft that make serious power is also the home of the toughest race on the WORCS circuit. The two and half mile track is flat brutal as it winds over a hard pack upper moto section before scudding into a longer sand section. This zone gets beat into a course grain sandbox that has whoops that?ll swallow a Fiat, river rocks that will puncture a Sherman tank and no section longer than a laptop computer that doesn?t have some sort of bump in it. And Suzuki?s Ryan Hughes came to Arizona, enjoyed the 98-degree temps and pretty much stomped the WORCS regulars into paste. Honda mounted Casey Johnson holeshoted, but got blistered by Ryno before the circuit peeled to the off-road zone. It appeared that he upshited and rode aggressively for one lap before shifting into his “Stefan Everts? mode. That?s his smooth, carry a high gear; stand up racing pose that let him gradually yank out nearly a minute and half on the pack. KTM?s Kurt Caselli moved his 250XC (2-stroke) into second place right around the half way point and fighting with Lance Smail and Casey Johnson for nearly an hour. Honda mounted Robbie Bell put in a great race taking the final podium spot on his CRF450R.


Suzuki?s Ryan Hughes totally dominated the Havasu round of the WORCS series. Brutal conditions greeted the racers and Ryno seemed to thrive on the ugliness.


Racing a two-stroke, Kurt Caselli started slow and seemed to ride quite tight until the halfway point of the event.


A marginal start was highlighted by Robby?s consistency and fitness level. He was stronger at the end of the race then at the beginning.


Husky mounted Lance Smail is getting his steed dialed in and raced in the lead pack for the entire race.


With both Dietrich and Woods out with injuries, Destry Abbott overcame his lack of enthusiasm for the Havasu conditions. He tallied a fifth overall.


MK, caught on the snot logs as he pushed through slower traffic after a horrendous start.


Fresh off of a full knee reconstruct, the MX Kied is showing strong form.


Mike signed a deal with Troy Lee for ?07.


Practice at the WORCS event was a bit sloppy.


The Kiedrowski mobile is a Suzuki RM-Z450 with FMF dual 4.1s, full blown Works Suspension and a six thousand dollar Ti bolt kit.

 

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