Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ricky Dietrich won his third WORCS main event and his second in a row to take over the Championship points lead with another dominate performance on the fast, technical Cahuilla Creek course in Anza, California, June 13.
Dietrich gated well and completed the first lap in second place, took over the lead on lap two and, from that point forward, the Kawasaki rider steadily pulled away to win one and a half minutes.
“I feel like I’ve got everything finally worked out,” said Dietrich. “I’ve got my focus on winning the WORCS Championship, my set-up is perfect, and I feel like nothing can stop me. I’m on the best team with the best people and, we’ve got the points lead now going into Washington, where I won two races last year.”
FMF/KTM’s Kurt Caselli took second for his sixth podium of the season. After leading the opening lap, Caselli fell victim to Dietrich’s charge and ran second the rest of the way.
“Ricky was riding really well today,” said Caselli. “I wanted to win this one and it didn’t work out, but another podium and four more to go to decide this Championship. I’ll be there.”
Taking third was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Justin Soule. Soule battled his way into the third spot early in the race and kept the pressure on the front runners to cross the finish line for his second podium of the season.
“I’m so stoked to be on the podium again!” said Soule. “I felt strong all day, I’m still learning and I’m ready to win one of these this year.”
Nathan Woods garnered fourth for his best finish of the season so far on the Husaberg. Defending WORCS Champion Mike Brown took the fifth spot after running off the track on the first lap.
Bobby Garrison put in a great ride to take sixth on the Zip-Ty Husky.
JCR Honda’s Colton Udall took seventh ahead of Gary Sutherlin, GNCC star Corey Buttrick and David Pearson.
Timmy Wiegand returned to the WORCS Series after undergoing open-heart surgery a few months ago.
“I just came to ride and see if I can last for two hours,” said Wiegand. “This isn’t my comeback race, it’s just training and to see where I’m at. I’m not racing I’m just riding with the guys.”