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Nathan Woods Dies in WORCS Practice Crash

Friday, January 28, 2011
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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hondarider   February 20, 2011 10:19 PM
I was looking through an old photo album today and found a ticket stub from the 1999 paso fair that Nathan signed. I looked up to him almost as much as i did my brother. Gods Speed Nathan.
DONK -So Sad  February 1, 2011 09:47 AM
Nathan, You will be missed.
Our prayers go out to Amanda and the rest of the family.
One of racings greatest. The world is a better place because Nathan Woods was here for a short time.
gretchen lopez -so sorry  January 31, 2011 03:18 PM
Hello my name is Gretchen Lopez my son Trey LOpez has been racing for the last two yrs. we live in Lake HAvasu City,az.So we are very new to SUpercross. But my son got the privilage to spend some time with the Woods Family and the Boys,in Washington 2010 Worsc . He was really upset on friday when he heard that Nathan got hurt @practice Then heard the sad news at the riders meeting friday nite.Trey sat inthe car for 1hr and just cried for the boys and said he knows how they it feels to have something taken from you so fast. trey did say that Nathan was awsome guy. Trey looked up to him.We are is very Sad for the family ... Trey lost his father 4yrs ago in a car accident,he knows how the boys are feeling and he hurts for them. But wants them to know "Be strong and always remember There Daddy is watching over them" If there is anything we can do to help, please feel free to to contact me... Im trully sorry for the lose the Woods family is in are Prayers...... You well be missed #54
Amy -Old Friend  January 31, 2011 11:37 AM
I knew Nathan many years ago through his mom and though we didn't keep in touch I often thought of him. He is a very special person and I send my condolences to his family.
AndrĂ© Pullen - WPM Motors/WPM KTM Team Netherlands -Condolences  January 31, 2011 11:13 AM
We wish the Woods family all the love and support from family and friends to survive this sad moment! I'm proud to know Nathan from the 6 day's, we staid in the same hotel during the Greece 6 days and will really miss him and his friendly personality, all the sympathy for his wive and sons and family
Steven -RIP bro  January 31, 2011 10:56 AM
You will always be my hero...We are all in shock. What an incredible loss to the motocross world & all who knew & loved him.
GregG#628 -Shocked  January 31, 2011 05:55 AM
Wow, so shocking, God Speed Nathen and May God Bless your family and all who new you. So sorry to hear the news..
den -1  January 31, 2011 12:54 AM
RIP
Joel -Hero of mine  January 30, 2011 09:47 PM
Got to hang out with Nathen at the oregon ,and Montana Nationals this year.A great guy ,not to good to talk to any racer or fan.willing to help me or any one out even if he dident know you.he gave me some realy great tip I will never forget coming from him.RIP Nate you are greatly missed and never forgoten GODSPEED#54
Brian -ama life member Ohio  January 30, 2011 07:31 PM
Prayers and condolences for his family. Lets step up riding community and keep his family surrounded by support.
mark -HondaGuy  January 30, 2011 06:41 PM
May God bless and watch over his family..Godspeed Nathan..too soon.
Dave Tice -I will Miss You Nathan  January 30, 2011 06:12 PM
Nathan worked with me at The Power House M/C Shop in Paso Robles,Ca. He was a very focused person. Nathen was racing and working on pro sponsership yet very attentive to Amanda. I thought at the time that it was unusual for a racer to be so involved with his girl at the same time he was traveling and racing.
Then I got to know Amanda at her dads pharmacy. I have a handicaped son that requires alot of meds and Amanda was always there to help.
Nathan and Amanda were a match. They married and started a family, etc. The rest is history. Amanda, I wish that I was there to give you a hug. Nathan is a great guy and will be sorley missed by my family and many others.
My Flag is at half mast.

Dave Tice
Berkeley -RIP  January 30, 2011 04:15 PM
Rest in peace.
Godspeed #54
We love you.
SB -RIP  January 30, 2011 04:00 PM
GOD speed on your journey west #54. Only the good die young.
catwoman -Sad  January 30, 2011 01:07 PM
I hope he had a good life insurance policy.
berta -Nathan  January 30, 2011 09:53 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Nathan, Before he went professional I had tha opportunity to meat and take pictures of him and his friend. What a treat. In the following years, at the beach races, he was always open and friendly with everyone. He always remembered everyone. I remember him coming around a corner and giving me the thumbs up. He is a true professional and such a great rider. He was a great ambassador of the Central Coast. Such a smooth rider. So many memories, however my all time favorite was after the 2007 Beach Race when he took a group photo with Jerome Law, Aaron Baker and Ricky James - NAthan Took the Trophy and the picture - That was my favorite all time picture of the beach races. This is so sad. Take care Nathan! You will be missed!
Ken -RIP  January 29, 2011 05:59 PM
Godspeed Nathan
Caleb -RIP  January 29, 2011 01:42 PM
RIP. you will be missed:(
R34 -NW  January 29, 2011 01:29 PM
RIP...This sux
Lindsey -RIP  January 29, 2011 01:18 PM
RIP.... Thoughts and prayers with his family ad friends. he will be missed by all. Godspeed 54#
adam - motousa -nathan woods  January 29, 2011 01:15 PM
rip this guy was a true G. i only met him once but he was really nice and offered to let us test bikes at his house. what a cool dude he will be missed.
Larry -Condolences  January 29, 2011 01:08 PM
RIP Nathan. You went out doing what you loved. Condolences to your family and friends
andy -shock!!!  January 29, 2011 12:37 PM
My condolences go outv for the family...he was a first class guy!!
fasteddieluke -terrible loss  January 29, 2011 11:26 AM
my condolences to the Woods family. godspeed Nathan,you will be missed.
DONALD L. WOODS -UNCLE:  January 29, 2011 10:52 AM
I JUST WANT TO SAY I'M DEEPLY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OF MY NEPHEW NATHAN WOODS, HE WAS A GREAT PERSON HE SURE LOVED HIS LIFE RIDING HIS BIKE MAY GOD BLESS HIS WIFE AMANDA, AND TWO KIDS LEFT BEHIND. IF THE WOODS FAMILY NEEDS ANYTHING PLEASE EMAIL AT MY FIANCE EMAIL IS mariagomes66@sbcglobal.net my sympathy goes to the woods family god bless him always and his wife amanda, and kids, again i'm so sorry for your loss. my prayers goes out the family.
Shnapper -RIP  January 29, 2011 10:34 AM
Very sad day for the racing world...Condolences to his widow and children.....Godspeed Nathan
kevin -Very sad  January 29, 2011 08:06 AM
Nathan was one of my favorites. RIP.