Team Suzuki took the first two positions at the World Off-Road Championship Series race held near Milford, California, April 2. Mike Kiedrowski topped series points leader Ryan Hughes at Honey Lake MX Park to take his first win of the series. Third went to Kawasaki’s Lance Smail.
Montclair Yamaha/Zip-Ty Racing’s Bobby Garrison led the first few laps before Hughes passed him, and then the Suzuki rider opened up about a 10-second lead. Hughes, however, got hung up on a tricky uphill “waterfall” section when a lapped rider stalled and blocked his line, causing Hughes to crash and forcing him to make a second attempt up the climb. All told, Hughes lost about a minute in the process and the lead, surrendering the top spot back over to Garrison, and second to Kiedrowski. Hughes made another charge for the lead and eventually caught back up to Garrison and Kiedrowski, who had earlier passed Garrison. Hughes found himself, once again, out in front, but, once again, Hughes crashed, giving the lead back to Kiedrowski, who would ride on to victory.
Hughes, despite also suffering a flat tire and brake problems, held on to finish second.
Smail ended up third after getting off to a bad start, while Montclair Yamaha/Zip-Ty Racing’s Ty Davis finished fourth.
Defending WORCS Champion Nathan Woods ended up finishing fifth. The Kawasaki rider got off to a bad start but was coming up through the pack rapidly when he had to stop and change a wheel because of a flat tire.