Nathan Woods Dies in WORCS Practice Crash

January 28, 2011
JC Hilderbrand
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Nathan Woods ran as high as sixth-place on his Husaberg but fell to 13th by the end of the race.
Nathan Woods, shown here racing is factory Husaberg last year, died today in a practice crash at the opening round of WORCS racing.

Nathan Woods died today from injuries sustained in a practice crash at Honolulu Hills Raceway in Taft, California where he was preparing for the opening round of the World Off-Road Championship Series this weekend. Woods was set to compete in the 2011 WORCS Pro 1 series with the Carbon Raptor Stillwell Performance racing team aboard the #54 KTM. Reports indicate that he was airlifted to a hospital and pronounced dead after crashing on the motocross portion of the track.

Woods has been riding professionally since the mid-’90s and has enjoyed two wheels since the age of seven. The 32-year-old from Paso Robles, CA racked up two WORCS championships (2004-05) and had amassed the most wins in series history in addition to a gold medal at the ISDE and competing regularly at EnduroCross. His career saw him ride for factory Kawasaki, Suzuki and Husaberg as well as Zip-Ty Racing Yamaha before signing his KTM contract this year. Nathan leaves behind his wife, Amanda, and sons, Nate and Braxton.

“Today off-road racing lost one of the greatest off-road champions ever to throw a leg over a dirtbike,” said the WORCS website. “He will be missed, our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Woods, his two sons, Little Nate and Braxton, and the entire Woods family. God speed #54.”

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