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Round 2 - Zack Huberty

 
Race: 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. 

Report: 
            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 crisp.   
            Early 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. 
            I 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.