Pro Diary: Wonder Warthog Racing - Dirt Rider Magazine

January 16, 2008****Newbury Park, CA. For the second week in a row, MDK/Wonder Warthog Racing (WWR) team captain, Heath Voss, had a solid performance in the main event of the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, finishing a hard fought 13th place at Chase Field in sunny Phoenix on Saturday night. In addition, Daniel Blair continued his remarkable comeback by earning a main event spot. A dry track greeted the 12 riders in the DeCal Works Hog Haven Privateer Support Program. The rider line up this week was Heath Voss, Ryan Abrigo, Jiri Dostal, and Manu Rivas in the premier class, with Daniel Blair, Vincent Blair, Charles Castloo, Matty Dowell, Ramon Guzman, Tye Hames, Mike Horban, and Kevin Urquhart riding Lites bikes.9 riders worked their way through the afternoon qualifiers and into the night show, as MDK/WWR riders comprised 11.25 percent of the total field, a new record for the series.Daniel Blair rode like a man possessed, railing his Yamaha YZ250F to second place in the Lites LCQ. Blair is making a comeback following a two year hiatus and is stronger and faster than ever. Look for Daniel to be a top contender this season, as he's hungrier than he ever was and is putting in the work. Check out his video at: action behind Blair in the LCQ was furious, with one of WWR's fastest-rising stars, Kevin Urquhart, leading Gavin Gracyk and Matt Lemoine in a tense battle for the final two transfer spots to the main event. On the final lap, Urquhart and Gracyk came together in a rhythm section, with both going down hard. Lemoine piled into the fallen pair and the worst was feared as neither rider appeared to be moving. Urquhart suffered a broken femur and following successful surgery expects to be back on his bike for the outdoor Nationals. Kevin was riding fantastic, but unfortunately, sometimes things happen in racing that are beyond our control...this incident certainly falls into that category. Our best wishes go out to Kevin for a speedy and complete recovery, and we'll have a spot waiting for him when he's ready to return.We here at MDK/WWR extend our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to Gavin Gracyk, his family and friends, for the loss of Gavin's father earlier in the week. The elder Gracyk fought a long and courageous battle against illness, passing to Gavin a strength and maturity beyond his years that will serve him well in life.Heath Voss showed why he is the WWR Team Captain, easily qualifying for the main event. Voss ran in the top ten for most of the main, before vision problems caused him to lose a few positions. Voss is currently just four points outside of the top ten as the series heads back to Anaheim Stadium.Please visit our websites at,, and www.WonderWarthogRacing.comAbout MDK Motorsports and MDK Speed Equipment:
MDK Motorsports, LLC and MDK Speed Equipment, LLC are privately held companies and part of the MDK brand family of motocross related products and services. With 30 years of experience in Aerospace Engineering and a passion for high performance 4-stroke motocross bikes, MDK Speed Equipment delivers technology and products that have not been previously available to the general public.AS 9003 aerospace manufacturing protocols are used, along with countless hours of dyno, flow bench, and track testing to enable MDK SE to provide products and services that deliver great performance and durability. MDK Motorsports and MDK Speed Equipment are located in San Jose, California. For more information go to or www.mdkspeed.comAbout Smooth Industries:
Smooth Industries LLC is the leader in Officially Licensed Motocross apparel and accessories using images and the likeness of the sports biggest names including Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto, Kevin Windham, Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki, Rockstar Makita Suzuki and more. It is our goal to provide quality motocross themed products for fans of all ages, giving them fresh and innovative designs to express their passion for not only their favorite riders and teams but the sport itself in hopes of continuing to aid in the overall growth of the sport of motocross. For more information, please visit our website at www.smoothindustries.comAbout Wonder Warthog Racing:
Wonder Warthog Racing (WWR) is a unique company formed to better the sport of motocross. WWR is comprised of two distinct entities: the not for profit Team Warthog Foundation, created to conceptualize, fund, and execute meaningful programs aimed directly at supporting the privateers; and Wonder Warthog Enterprises (WWE), which focuses on merchandise and entertainment products based on the Wonder Warthog comic book character. The WWR website is at www.WonderWarthogRacing.comAbout Synergy Racing Technologies:
Synergy Racing Technologies is a group of sponsors and individuals whose mission is to: conceptualize, fund, and execute meaningful programs aimed directly at supporting the Privateers thus helping to progress the sport we love. SRT is focused on providing their riders with the best platform to succeed while making optimal use of race team resources to maximize sponsorship value.Synergy Racing Technologies would like to acknowledge the continued support of its partners: Wonder Warthog Racing, MDK, The Air Force, P-LoK, No Fear,, Cytomax, Mastercraft, DeCal Works, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, DRD, Smooth Industries, ASV Inventions/Universal, Vortex, Edgile,, Dana K Business Parks, MB2 Raceway, Beckermoto,, AXO, Motionpro, Ride Engineering, PowerStart Laptimers, United Martial Arts, Pivot Works/Hotcams, East Coast Wheels, Ferodo , Twin Air, and MB1. Each of these great companies shares a common belief -- supporting programs aimed at helping to progress the sport we love. Synergy Racing Technologies welcomes you to "Support those that support the Sport!"