The Weekly Dirt: March 28, 2012 - Dirt Rider Magazine

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It was announced this week that Travis Pastrana will be driving a 2013 Dodge Dart in the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship Series, which gets underway on May 26th at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In the meantime, the new Dodge Dart Rally Car will make its official public debut at the New York Motor Show next month.Here's what Pastrana, who is a four-time Rally America Champion, had to say about the deal: "When I first heard about GRC, I was really interested, and after watching some of the rounds last year and then actually competing at X Games I was hooked! Now to be able to partner with Dodge to field my own program this year is a dream come true. The new Dodge Dart offers the perfect platform for rally cross, and I look forward to putting it on the podium all season long!"If you remember, Pastrana, competed in last year's X Games 17 Rallycross event with a cast on his right leg due to a fracture sustained in MotoX competition two nights before. And amazingly, he made it into the main event driving with hand controls!

Paul Whibley remained undefeated in OMA competition this weekend, by dominating the MoonShine Cross-country, which is round two of the series in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. Whibs continues to get good starts and grabbed the holeshot at the beginning of the two-hour race, leading factory Husaberg rider Nick Fahringer, FMF/KTM's Russell Bobbitt, and Whibley's Am Pro Yamaha teammate Jordan Ashburn into the woods for the first time. Bobbitt tailed Whibley for the first two laps of the race; however, the Aussie off-road star finally broke away, finishing the seven-lap race with a comfortable cushion over runner-up finisher Nick Fahringer.

Photo by Shan Moore

Bad news for Zach Osborne, who suffered a broken left collarbone, injured his wrist and suffered a concussion in a crash this week in at a track in Doncaster, England. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider was preparing for the upcoming World Championship Motocross series, which kicks off on April 9th. "I'm pretty banged up, but it could be worse," said the MX2 GP start. "I think the collarbone could be more complicated because the X-ray showed a crack near where I have a plate. We should know some more information after another scan later." -Shan Moore

Round four of the WORCS series went down in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, this past weekend-and for dirt bike racers kicked off spring break. Team Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Justin Soule jumped in the water before the weekend was over and submerged his bike. Luckily this took place in the Unclassified race early Saturday morning and didn't ruin any points standings in the Pro class. Soule pushed his KX450F out of the water and was able to get it going for a few more laps of practice. Justin went on to a 7th place finish in the hour long Pro race on Saturday and 6th on Sunday's 90 minute Pro race. Earlier in the week Justin twisted his ankle and was dealing with pain all weekend. That may have played a part in his Lagoon mishap that had his mechanic cleaning the fishies out of his race bike. -Chris Green****Pro Saturday (60 minutes) Top 101. Taylor Robert (Kaw)

2. Kyle Summers (Yam) )

3. Mike Brown (KTM)

4. Bobby Garrison (Kaw)

5. Ryan Abbatoye (Kaw)

6. Gary Sutherlin (Kaw)

7. Justin Soule' (Kaw)

8. Ross Neely (Yam)

9. Blake Savage (Kaw)

10. Colton Haaker (Kaw)Pro Sunday (90 minutes) Top 10

1. Taylor Robert (Kaw)

2. Mike Brown (KTM)

3. Kyle Summers (Yam)

4. Ryan Abbatoye (Kaw)

5. Bobby Garrison (Kaw)

6. Justin Soule' (Kaw)

7. Colton Haaker (Kaw)

8. Ross Neely (Yam)

9. Cole Shondeck (Kaw)

10. Gary Sutherlin (Kaw)That's all for this week, check in next week for more off-road news.