The World Championship Off-Road Racing series kicked off their 2011 ATV Pro Class season at Honolulu Hills Raceway in Taft, California last weekend, and the Can-Am Motoworks team flat-out stole the show.
Can-Am Motoworks' Jeremie Warnia brought home the first hard earned win of the season for the team.
"There was no real strategy going into the first round," said the team's spokesperson Casey Greek,
"When you line up on Sunday for the first round of racing its every man for himself. All we knew was that we had three chances at winning, and we were going to win it, and didn't matter who won, as long as it was a Motoworks DWT Can-Am Ds 450 on the top of the box Sunday afternoon."
Josh Frederick finished the WORCS season opener third on the box.
And come Sunday afternoon the K&N sponsored Can-Am Motoworks team put their name smack-dab on the box, with Jeremie Warnia taking the top spot and Josh Frederick taking the third tier. Dillon Zimmerman waged battle all during the race, and in fact only got passed by his own teammate, number one Josh Frederick. Frederick went on to close the gap on second place, finishing right on his rear bumper.
Dillon Zimmerman made it three in the top-five for team Can-Am Motoworks.
"Starting the season like that feels amazing," continued Greek. "We have such a great team with our riders and mechanics. Our bikes were perfect all weekend, with Gil Flores and Andrew Chamberlin wrenching on the bikes, we knew that the chassis would be in great hands."
"And Ryan Cox put together an amazing motor package. So we were confident that we were positioned to have great starts when the gate dropped. Additionally, we knew we had the reliability to finish without any issues, so it was on the riders to bring their talents out, and they did their jobs perfectly."
During the off-season the team put in a vast amount of testing time with engine builder Ryan Cox to insure that they would have an "unstoppable package" for the 2011 season. "And we tested non-stop with Fox Racing Shocks as well, Rick and the guys over there are so great to us," added Greek. "We came up with some really great setting."
"Going into the next round at Primm, Nevada, we have the same mind set as always - we head into it as though it was a championship race on the line - and we will do our absolute best."
Greek explains that with each passing week they will continue to work harder than the week before, because the entire team understands that championships never, ever, come easy. Greek says that they are headed into the next race with great spirits, along with a huge amount of help from all their sponsors such as K&N. "As a team, we thank every one of our great sponsors, without their support we couldn't do what we do," said Greek.
"The team feels really strong about the momentum we picked up with the first race, it's always easy to come to work Monday after a long weekend of racing when you win," remarked Greek.
"We are going to take it race-by-race, and go out every weekend and do our best. We are really working toward a Can-Am podium sweep, so look for it in the future. When you win the first round, it really puts the pressure on everyone though, you know that you are expected to win every race you line up for."
Sports legend and people motivator Billie Jean King once said "pressure is a privilege," addressing his team's weight to continue winning Greek says, "pressure is okay for us, we just don't like to lose anything."
"So, with the support of our sponsors and our team owner Johnny Leach, and the support that Can-Am B.R.P. gives us, we will be able to give it our best shot this year."
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