Burnt Ridge MX
August 4th - 6th, 2006
Cinebar, WA- Burnt Ridge Motocross track
in Cinebar, Washington was home to the seventh round of
the WORCS series. The last round was also in Washington
at the famous Washougal MX Park, but this time the weather
was much better. There was no rain the entire weekend,
with temperature in the upper 80’s, we could not
have asked for any better conditions.
This was by far the roughest track, with the tight
turns and the one line paths through the woods, you
really had to know what you where doing. There where
many riders who where getting stuck out in the woods
and backing up the other riders, and the track crew
had their work cut out for them trying to pull people
out of the woods, so other racers could get around the
Doug Eichner grabbed the Holeshot for the Pro Class
taking home the Hiper Wheel Holeshot Award. Eichner
put some distance between himself and the other riders
almost immediately, Jeff Bocook was running in the second
place position, and Josh Frederick was running in the
third spot. Frederick had to fight his way around Bocook,
but was able to move into the second place position.
Frederick immediately began to make up the time lost
between himself and Eichner.
Eichner took the holeshot followed by Jeff Bocook
By about the half way point for the race Frederick
was bringing the heat to Eichner and had been following
him for a couple laps to get to know his lines better.
While Jeffery Bocook was still running in the third
spot, the battle for the number one spot getting closer
with every passing lap. Frederick saw his chance to
make the pass around Eichner and decided to make the
move; unfortunately, Frederick got the bad side of the
deal when the pair collided with Frederick ending up
on the ground with his Honda on its side. Eichner slammed
on his brakes to look back and make sure that Frederick
was ok, and once he saw that he was on his feet, he
Frederick was quick to get up, and back to racing.
By now Eichner had about a minute lead over Frederick,
but he was not going to give up as he kept on pushing
and hoping there was enough time to catch back up to
Eichner. With just a couple laps to go, Frederick had
made up the lost time and was knocking on Eichner’s
door once again. Frederick knew that he would be able
to make his pass in the woods, and that is exactly what
he did with three laps to go till the checkered flag.
Meanwhile Levi Marana who had started the race in the
eighth spot, dropped to tenth, and then began charging
his way back through the pack. Marana eventually was
able to catch Bocook in third and begin applying the
pressure and make the pass to take over the final podium
Josh Frederick was able to pull away from the Eichner
to take his first win since the beginning of the season
with Eichner finishing in the runners up spot, and you
can bet that he worked hard for it. Eichner had raced
both the pro classes the day before, and simply said
that he was still tired from all those races. This is
a guy who has won the 12 Hours of Pont de Vaux several
times, so you can only imagine, a track that makes him
this tired has got to be very rough.
Levi Marana’s charge was incredible considering
this was his first race since having surgery on his
shoulder in February, which has sidelined for the past
five rounds. I have had the pleasure of knowing Marana
since his first race back a few years ago, and we all
knew he would be the guy to watch, especially when he
was running the pro class on a stock ATV, and lets just
say that he was not in the back of the pack either.
Marana quickly improved, and he really proved himself
this weekend at Brunt Ridge, and it will only be a matter
of time until he achieves his goal of standing on the
number one box.
With two rounds left to go, this series is coming to
an end very quickly. Doug Eichner is still in the lead
for the series, but anything can still happen. We look
forward to seeing everyone at the next round at Bull
Hollow Raceway in Monticello, Utah on September 9-10th.