Round 2 - Zack Huberty
Cherokee National Enduro
Bike: 09 KTM 200
Result: 3rd A-200, 76th Overall
Sponsors: I would like to thank Stickman Graphx, Unabiker.com, EKS Brand
Goggles, Kriega USA, Rekluse, All Balls Racing, Fly Racing, Matto Cycle, Bicycle Therapy, Mika Metals, DT-1
Filters, Works Enduro Rider, FMF Racing, Vertex Pistons, Powerseal USA, Offroadviking.com, Clockwork KTM, Torc
1 Racing, Motorex, EBC Brakes, G2 Ergonomics, my family, and my Dad.
and I headed down to Georgia on Friday and didn't get there until Saturday after passing through
white-out snow conditions. I was a little on the nervous side as I have only ridden once this winter with
school being so busy and it being so cold, but I was anxious to just ride. I went into the weekend
confident in my motorcycle as I have had years of testing on it. The added parts this year like a Rekluse
clutch, G2 throttle cam system, G2 Ergonomics hand guards, Stickman Graphx, and my Kriega USA hydration system
only put the icing on the cake. I went to tech Sunday and my FMF Turbinecore had the bike running
Sunday morning, we woke up to 20 degree weather which was shocking since we were in the South. I escaped
State College for some warmer weather. I showed up to the line for the 54th minute and
was pleasantly surprised to have my own row. The first section of the day was decent and I felt
comfortable on the bike. The bike was running flawlessly and I was the only thing holding it back.
The second section was very rutted and I was held up a little in there. The third and fourth sections
were decent for me but I had trouble seeing the trail with all of the pine needles. My fifth and sixth
sections were my worst. I made too many mistakes on the trail and was lacking the endurance to run at my
best. When you become fatigued, you lose that mental edge and I didn't have it. Although
I was happy with two of my test times, I have a lot to work on. A first place finish is within reach, and
I am hungry to get one.
am looking forward to a stronger ride at the next round. I will be riding again this weekend to prepare
for SC and then using the week days to mountain bike. On the bright side, I have started off the year
better than in the past and am looking forward to a great season! Thanks to everyone that has supported me
along the way.