Motoworks’ Josh Frederick charged his way to the podium at round number seven of the 2011 WORCS series, tightening the points race between himself and teammate Jeremie Warnia, who finished in the top five and bringing the championship battle into the final two rounds.
Glen Helen was the hosting facility for round number seven that saw good weather and good track conditions that only helped the Motoworks team finish well and increase their points over their competitors.
Josh Frederick, who closed in on the points lead after taking the win at round number six at Washougal was looking to top the podium again and charged off the start in the top five. Frederick recorded the fastest lap of the race in lap four with a time of 11:12.387 and had worked his way into second place and was closing in on the leader. In the next lap, Frederick came upon a rider who had crashed and was pinned underneath his quad. . “When I came into the Pro section, one of the Pro-am racers, Grant Mitchell had crashed and was stuck under his quad. He couldn’t get out so me and Beau Baron stopped and helped him,” explained Frederick, who is known for his incredible sportsmanship.
Frederick and Baron made sure the other rider was safe and off the track before they continued, but the pause allowed the rest of the pack to catch up. “I didn’t have a gap anymore and we were all bunched back together, so when I had to stop for fuel in the next lap, that let a couple people get by me,” said Frederick. From there, Frederick put is head down and charged back into the number four spot and in the final lap, he was able to capitalize on another racer’s mistake and move into third, securing him the final spot on the pro podium. Josh Frederick is only three points off the lead, with the one throw away the pro class was given this season, and he is determined to hang onto his championship status. “I really want to win the last two races so I can keep the number one plate for the Can-Am/Motoworks team,” stated Frederick.
Current points leader, Jeremie Warnia was looking incredibly fast as he came off the start in second place. Warnia was immediately challenging for the lead and in the second lap, he went for the pass and took the lead. Warnia held the lead for several laps before he would connect with another rider and fall back to second. In the next lap, Warnia encountered issues and was forced to pull off the track to replace a wheel. Warnia pushed hard, but was only able to work into the number five spot before reaching the checkered flag. Warnia is still the points leader and could still very well take the pro championship.
Dillon Zimmerman has been incredibly consistent this season despite dealing with an injury earlier in the year, and that consistency carried over to round seven. Zimmerman was looking strong and smooth despite challenges from several racers. Zimmerman held on to take a seventh place finish and is hoping for a top five at round number eight.
Round number eight of the 2011 WORCS series will be heading to Race Town 395 in Adelanto, CA on October 21st – 23rd and with only two rounds left in the season, and only a few points separating Jeremie Warnia and Josh Frederick, there will be plenty of excitement and competition as the team races for the podium and the pro championship.