MDK/WWR Privateer Bullet Train Blazing at A3

February 5, 2008 6:29am

February 5, 2008

Newbury Park, CA.  Saturday night in Anaheim, CA proved to be bittersweet for the formidable MDK/Wonder Warthog Racing (WWR) Supercross team. 

Heath Voss

Team Captain, Heath Voss, went into round 5 of the 2008 AMA Supercross Series as the privateer points leader and brimming with the confident sense of purpose one would expect of a former World Supercross Champion.  His 8th place in round 4 was a clear indication that the 29 year old was hitting his stride and feeling good.  Voss easily transferred from his heat race, as did teammate Jiri Dostal.  Manu Rivas Gomez earned his spot on the main event starting gate with a gutsy last lap pass in the LCQ. 

In the Supercross main event, Voss and Rivas were working through the pack after mediocre starts, when Heath went down hard over the finish line jump on lap 4.  Heath gave us all quite a scare, lying motionless on the track while Doc Bodnar and the Asterisk medical crew attended to him.  Thankfully, Voss was able to walk off the field under his own power and reportedly suffered a concussion and bruised shoulder.

Meanwhile, Gomez was putting in the ride of his life, working his way up to 10th place and was knocking on the door for 9th when the checkered flag fell.  Rivas is now just a point outside of the top twenty, with 14 rounds left in the series.  The native of Spain was all smiles after the race and is already looking forward to San Diego.  Dostal scored his first series points, finishing 18th in the main.

Of the 13 MDK/WWR riders entered, 9 made the evening program.  Joining Voss, Dostal and Gomez in the Supercross class were Vincent Blair, Joe Oehlhof and Ryan Abrigo.  Tiger Lacy rode great all night, finishing 16th in the Lites main event.  Daniel Blair and Matty Dowell both rode hard, but neither made the main event.  Mike Horban, Tye Hames, Ramon Guzman and Bryce Huffman didn’t make the night show. 

WWR Co-Founder, Steve Bauer, said, “Heath was riding the best I’ve ever seen him ride.  When he went down I think I stopped breathing for the entire time he was on the ground.  We’re all grateful that he’s going to be alright.  Heath is in excellent physical condition, which will certainly aid his recovery.”

Manu Rivas

"The MDK/WWR boys had another great showing this weekend" said DeCal Works' Ron Joynt. "We had a big fright when Heath crashed but luckily he will be good and back on the bike soon. Voss has had a tremendous year so far and really represented the team and sponsors at the highest level. What a night for Manu!! Congratulations to Rivas for his Top 10 finish and for making us all proud at DeCal Works. We will have another great week of hard work to have all the bikes ready for San Diego"

Catch the MDK/WWR juggernaut in San Diego, CA on February 10 and remember to support your local privateer!

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