Watts Wins Again

Kit Palmer | August 4, 2003

KTM’s Shane Watts (pictured) recorded his second win in a row at the fifth round of the World Off-Road Championship East Series in Waukon, Iowa, yesterday. Two weeks earlier, Watts won his first race in almost two years at the Millville, Minnesota, WORCS round at Spring Creek MX Park. At that race, Watts came from behind to win, but this time, the KTM 450 EXC pilot pretty much led it from start to finish. At one point, Watts held a two-minute lead but a time-consuming crash on the last lap whittled that down to almost nothing. Watts ended up crossing the finish line 15 seconds ahead of series points leader Brian Garrahan, on a KTM.

Overall, the finish was quite close after the two-hour-long race, as Garrahan was followed across the finish line by Yamaha-mounted Ty Davis, who was just 10 seconds back.

The top five was rounded out by Yamaha riders Jimmy Jarrett and Steve Levain.

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.