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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. 

Report: 

            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. 

Sunday 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.