Race: ECEA Round 10: STER Barbed Wire Enduro
Bike: 09 KTM 200
Result: 1st A-200, 6th Overall, Overall A
Sponsors: I would like to thank Stickman Graphx,
Unabiker.com, EKS Brand Goggles, Kriega USA, Rekluse, All Balls Racing, EBC Brakes, Fly Racing, Mika Metals,
DT-1 Filters, Works Enduro Rider, FMF Racing, Vertex Pistons, Powerseal USA, Matto Cycle, Vee Rubber, Clockwork
KTM, Torc 1 Racing, Motorex, G2 Ergonomics, my family, Erin Fisher, and my Dad.
We are almost at
the half-way mark of the 2013 season and already I’ve put a lot of hours on the bike, my body, and our
truck. With the summer heat going into full effect, it is fairly
easy to get burnt out and lose the drive to even go to the next race. I was stuck in this cloud Friday, but decided to give it my
best. With the Vee Rubber Trials tire mounted and plenty of
Hammer Nutrition products packed, I headed up to STER, which is a long 4.5 hour drive.
morning, I woke up to more humid weather. I got prepped in my Fly
Racing vented gear and headed to the start. While most chose the
knobby, I went with the trials tire as I’ve felt very comfortable on it this year. The 200 power is so smooth that the trials tire barely slips, even when it’s
in a soft berm. The first section of the day was the tightest and
most slippery of the day. I was able to keep Ben Smith in sight for
a couple miles but lost track of him. I started to second guess my
tire choice but stuck with it for the rest of the day. There were
five sections on the day and fortunately, I rode close to flawless in four out of five.
I felt extremely
confident in each section which is something I have struggled with.
The bike was working flawless and I don’t think I had any close call crashes from what I can
remember. It was also nice to push and keep the intensity of the AA
rider on my row. My best section was a 11 mile A-loop where I
scored the 4th fastest time overall. I was able to
continue my momentum into the last section until I made a small bobble when I went wide into the bushes and
fell. I continued to push and ride strong right to the
end. At day’s end, I finished 1st in A-200,
6th overall, and took home another Overall A.
I’d like to thank
everyone for their support as this season has showcased improvement and speed on my part. This weekend, I saw a small glimmer of someday getting my own overall win but
a lot of work needs to be done first. I can’t wait to head to the
Rattlesnake NEPG where I hope to make the top 30.