(Photo Left: Kiedrowski)
Yoshimura/Suzuki?s Mike Kiedrowski completely dominated at the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) round in Gorman, California, September 1. This was his second win of the series, and it puts him in the points lead with just the Honey Lake round remaining. Montclair Yamaha’s Ty Davis, the series leader going into the race, was forced to retire with one lap to go after becoming dehydrated.

(Photo Right: Ty Davis)
Davis holeshoted the event and lead for the first 40 minutes of the two plus hour event. But he couldn?t shake Kiedrowski, who, going into the race, was just six points behind him in the series standings. According to Ty, he pulled out the stops during the first four laps of the tight course attempting to yank MK, but the Yoshimura Suzuki rider stuck to him like a shadow with a bad attitude. Kiedrowski eventually passed Davis, pulled away, and went on to win, while Davis began struggling in the heat and humidity.

(Photo Left: Kurt Caselli)
Ty had problems with the water system after the one hour point and other than getting a good soaking at the scoring tower every lap, he never received additional fluids. KTM rider Kurt Caselli eventually caught and passed Davis, who later pulled off the track just before the white flag came out. Davis said that he was beginning to feel light-headed and dizzy and decided to retire to the pits. Davis, along with another dehydrated and over-heated rider, was air-lifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

(Photo Right: Steve Hatch)
Mike Kiedrowski came out of the Gorman WORCS event with a healthy 21-point lead over Davis with the final round to be held November 10 at Honey Lake MX in Milford, California. Despite some oddly timed pits, KTM’s Kurt Caselli took his 250 to a well earned second place finish. Kurt had the crowd roaring with his epic leaps over the Gorman Triple, a 140 foot jump that only he and Mike Kiedrowski performed during the pro race. Third-place went to Russell Pearson, who piloted a new Yamaha YZ450F thumper. Fourth place went to Ryan Dudek aboard another YZ450F Yamaha, while fifth place went to Yoshimura/Suzuki?s Steve Hatch. The Factory Yoshimura rider got stuck in the starting gate and was nearly 25 seconds off the pace on lap one. His charge was epic though reeks of the strangeness that has followed him for the entire season. Suzuki-mounted Robert Naughton, Yamaha rider Bobby Garrison, KTM?s Brian Garrahan, Kawasaki pilot Craig Wesner and Honda-mounted Robert Fouts rounded out the top 10 overall.


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