Davis Does Washougal WORCS

Kit Palmer | June 9, 2002

Six points may not seem like much, but it’s four more than the advantage Montclair Yamaha’s Ty Davis (pictured) had when he came to Washougal this morning, for the fourth round of the World Championship Off-Road Series. Davis, who is also leading the National Championship Hare & Hound Series, pulled off another win in a spectator-pleasing race at the famous National MX venue in southern Washington.

Davis snared the holeshot and led the first lap, but while navigating a gnarly, technical climb on the second go-around, he looped out his YZ250 and handed the lead to series rival Mike Kiedrowski. Kiedrowski led that lap, only to get his Yoshimura Suzuki DR-Z hung up in the same section one lap later. Davis resecured the point position and never gave it back.

Kiedrowski, the defending champ, recovered to finish a strong second, and KTM rider Brian Garrahan ended up an impressive third. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Steve Hatch overtook KTM rider Kurt Caselli late in the race to finish fourth. Caselli held on for fifth.

A triple-sanction race, the event drew over 700 entries, and although conditions were a bit slick for the Saturday amateur races, Sunday’s pro event went down with ideal weather and soil. With two rounds remaining in the series, Davis now has a six-point lead over Kiedrowski in the title chase.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.