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Cole Kirkpatrick Jack Pine Race Report
AMA National Enduro Report
GasGas Rider Cole Kirkpatrick
Cole finishes difficult test section at Jack Pine National Enduro
The seventh round on the national enduro series was held in the small town of Moorestown, Michigan. The Jack Pine enduro is one of the most famous events in the country and the race was sold out months in advance, 500 racers showed up battle the tight woods and sand at the historic event.
I arrived with my dad at the race site on Saturday and did some pre-riding at a nearby ORV area. We mounted up a new enduro enginnering exhaust pipe on the Gas Gas and needed to check jetting along with a few other things. After dialing the bike in, we quickly loaded up and headed to the race site. The pit area was packed and it was great to see so many people at the event. Word was that the course was very dry and a few sections were even shortened in length due to the dust.
The first section was once again the most challenging; we raced through tall fern, tight trees and roots for nearly nine miles. I made it through the test clean but I struggled with arm pump and really had a hard time keeping up my speed. After the test, I made a few suspension adjustments to make the bike easier to ride in the tight woods.
The second test was the tightest of the day and I had an encounter with a skinny little pine tree about a mile into the section. My bars got yanked out of my hand and the front of my bike got tweaked badly. I stopped a few times while trying to get going again to straighten out the front of my bike.
As the day continued, the tests began to get better and better. The third test had much more flow and I felt like I was starting to get a better feel for the terrain. The rest of the day was mistake free and I felt that my Gas Gas was working well in the conditions.
I ended up finishing 11th overall. I was not happy with my result, but I know what needs work. We have been at Lafferty’s house since Monday and already the drills and sprints that we have been doing have helped my speed. I am looking forward to the next round and the arrival of my new race bike, the 300 nambotin replica in the coming weeks.