Team FMF Suzuki Off Road Starts Strong

January 19, 2009 – Phoenix, Arizona:

Team FMF Suzuki Off Road came to round one of the WORCS Series and went home with two Pro podium finishes for the strongest start of the season.

In the Pro 1 class FMF Suzuki Off Road’s Nathan Woods took his best-ever season opening finish by charging his way to a third place podium. Woods, a 2-time WORCS Champion, usually starts slow and comes on strong in the second _ of the series, but for 2009 Woods decided it was time to start of swinging. “I’ve been training with Rodney Smith and we’ve got the RM-Z450 working really well thanks to Team Manager Mike Webb. This is my best finish in the season opener ever, but I’m ready to win races right now. So I’m happy with a podium, but we’re just going to keep moving up from here,” said Woods. Nathan earned his podium with a come from behind charge late in the race where he posted some of the fastest lap times on the track to move into third at the checkered flag.

In the Pro 2 class, Jonathan Davis took his FMF Suzuki Off Road Team RM-Z to a second place finish. Davis got the holeshot and battled with a tough field of Pro 2 riders all day, dropping back as far as fourth and then charging back into the lead several times. In fact, it looked as though Davis had it won until late in the race when a bobble in the Endurocross section dropped him temporarily and allowed the second place rider by.

Davis put on another charge, but ran out of time and had to settle for second. “I thought I had it won, but I know I can beat these guys. It’s a long season and I’m real happy to start off with a second.”
Plus, West Coast Team Coordinator, Coach, Trainer, and Mechanic Rodney Smith entered two classes – the 30+A and 40+A (Rodney is 44) and won them both. So, Rodney (Suzuki’s 5-time GNCC Champion) is now leading two classes of the WORCS Vet Series.

Team FMF Suzuki Off Road Season Highlights
Nathan Woods – 3rd Place, Pro 1; WORCS Round 1
Jonathon Davis – 2nd Place, Pro 2; WORCS Round 1
Rodney Smith – 1st place, 30+A; WORCS Round 1
Rodney Smith – 1st Place, 40+A; WORCS Round 1

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