Press Release –
Hot Seat Powersports/Yamaha Racer 4th Overall at ITP Quadcross
After a few short weeks off from WORCS (World Off Road Championship Series) to train and tune, 19-year old Justin Waters made the trip to Victorville CA, for Round 5 of the ITP Quadcross series.
He explained the importance of Quadcross to his personal race program, “In WORCS a lot of the podiums are going to guys that are technical riders. It’s not good enough to just be fastest in the off-road part anymore – you’ve got to be really aggressive on the MX sections. That’s where I’m trying to concentrate some extra ride time.”
“I’m not at the level with my motocross yet that some of them [the top Pros] are, but since I run against them in WORCS, I need to race with them as often as I can”, he says.
Despite a good practice at Racetown Saturday, Sunday morning got off to a rocky start. After catching a berm in Open Pro practice and flipping, Waters found himself in need of a vital part – pronto. Fellow Yamaha riders Dustin Nelson came to the rescue with the part and Keith Taylor lent a pair of hands. They got it swapped out, and Waters made it to the line for Moto 1 – just as the gate dropped. Leaving the line last, he battled his way through the field and was more than satisfied with an 6th place finish.
In Moto 2, this time Justin was ready for the gate drop and launched out with a stellar start – hitting the first turn in 3rd place. He pushed hard to run with the lead pack of three or four riders. His only misstep was late in the race when he lost his seat, going through the whoops. Riding motocross without a seat is a challenge, but he managed to hold on to 6th for the Moto. That gave him an overall 4th place Open Pro for the day, his best finish at a Quadcross event this season.
“My Yamaha YFZ 450R is working great right now – especially on the start. The Fox shocks are awesome, and I definitely have to give credit to my Teixeira Tech A-arms, RPM axle, and Rekluse clutch. It’s so much easier to stay focused and run hard if you know you have a bike that will take it. I can’t thank my sponsors enough for putting me on the equipment I’ve got right now.”