Jeremie Warnia wasn't really on the radar screen last year when he first came to America last year for a few ATV races on his Suzuki. But in France, the 21 year-old was already well-known as the SuperQuad champion. The handful of races that he did stateside were enough to convince the people at Douglas Wheels and MotoWorks that he would be a good import. So for 2009, Warnia has been running the ITP QuadCross series and select races and really shaking up the status quo.
Frankly, Warnia makes his Can Am DS450 look great, especially in motocross. I got a chance to get an up-close look at his machine today. Like many of the Pro ATVs, his Can-Am shows intimate set-up and care. But the MotoWorks team starts off with a built-in disadvantage. There just isn't that much aftermarket equipment out there for the BRP machine. Clutches, axles, swingarms just haven't been made by the major players, so Moto Works had to either make new parts or make the stock stuff better to get the DS to run at the pro level.
Later in the week, we actually get to ride it. You'll be able to read about it in an issue of Dirt Wheels soon.
The frame, swingarm and axle are all stock. It turns out that all that stuff is high quality.
Moto Works builds up the motor and remaps the fuel mixture. Warnia's bike is as fast as anything on the track.
Exhaust systems are MotoWork's main business. Insiders say that the Rotax motor has massive potential that's bottled up in the stock muffler. Check out www.motoworks.com for other models.
The Moto Works guys pay special attention to Warnia's brakes.
Precision Stabilizers makes the damper for Warnia's bike. And just about everyone else's.
Under the seat sits a K&N filter and all the injection hardware.
Fox Suspension is used at both ends. Warnia's really comfortable on big jumps.
That chain isn't going anywhere.
Keeping things cool is important. Note the in-line heat-diffusing fins in the coolant system.
Jeremie Warnia has already won two ITP QuadCross races at Glen Helen and is locked in a points battle with Yamaha's Dustin Nelson.