Nathan Woods is no stranger to the off-road racing circuit. A two-time WORCS Champion and holder of the record for most individual race wins in the series, he’s making his return to racing after a year of injuries as the newest member of the Husaberg factory race team on the new Husaberg FX 450. We caught up with him after a day of riding at the FMF/KTM ride day at Perris Raceway.
Racer X: Besides WORCS, are you planning on doing any other events this season? Nathan Woods: I would love to race some EnduroCross events and also some GNCCs. I’m pretty much going to mix a little bit of everything. I’m going to ride WORCS and finish out the National Hare and Hound series. I am definitely keeping busy.
I know you just came back from an injury. How is your wrist doing? The wrist is going really well. The injury was pretty bad. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to do coming back, but right now I feel good. I don’t think I’m 100 percent, but I’m close enough where I feel I can get on the bike and actually be competitive and be a top-five rider. That’s where I’m at right now. I still have a little bit of a road to go on getting it stronger, but other than that, it feels pretty good.
Joining the Husaberg factory team was a big move for you. Tell us about the team. It’s good. I’m really exited about the new team with Husaberg and having Charles [Jirsa] work for me. You know, Charles is a longtime friend that I’ve known forever, and it’s great that he works for the company. It’s nice to come to a company where I already know a couple of people. They know how I am, how I ride, my style, and my attitude a little bit. I think that helps me develop the bike and it helps them develop the bike as well.
Tell us about the bike you’re riding. I’m riding the factory Husaberg FX 450, which is the cross-country version of the Husaberg.
How is the season going for you so far? Right now we’ve done three rounds. It’s not going as good as I would have liked it to go, but it’s going well. With the new bike, new team, being injured, and not riding for so long, and getting on the bike and trying to learn the bike and team, it’s a big change for me. I would like to be top-five right now. At the moment I’m in the top ten, which is okay, but I really feel that we can be in the top five and possibly even on the podium. I definitely expect to be on the podium in the next few races.
Who has been helping you out this season? I have a great lineup of sponsors that stand behind me. I have to give thanks to all my sponsors: factory Husaberg, FMF, Moose, Dunlop, Renthal, PG Graphics, plus the whole crew at Husaberg. Thanks a lot!