AmPro Yamaha – Over the weekend round two of the OMA series ran at a new venue in southern Kentucky. The quads had the track pretty torn up on Saturday but with some hard work by OMA promoter Bill Gusse, the track was reworked and was almost completely fresh for the bikes come Sunday.
From the start I quickly took control of the race. Grabbing the hole shot and jetting out to a lead that would continue to grow with the race. National Enduro Champ Russell Bobbitt gave chase over the first couple of laps before succumbing to my AmPro teammate Jordan Ashburn. Nick Fahringer and his 300 Husaberg moved up to join the fight for second place around the middle of the event.
I had a good pit stop and had completed gassing before second place came into sight. I felt the track was getting better with each passing lap with some nice ruts forming in the soft woods. One steep rooty hill and several mud holes kept us on our toes but smart line selection was key to negotiating the obstacles. The scrap over second began to heat up late in the race. Nick Fahringer continued his move forward, taking control of the position and dropping Russell and Jordan, leaving them to fight over the final podium position. Katherine and Ryan were giving splits on the pit board so I could monitor the gap back to second. I could tell there had been a war going on back there as a different name was often
listed with the split to second place. I was able to ride safely to the win, going 2 for 2 in the early part of the 2012 OMA season.
Husberg – Factory rider Nick Fahringer earned an impressive 2nd place result at the second round of the OMA Nationals. Fahringer’s podium finish at this round marked his best finish of the 2012 season after he struggled to find his ground after recovering from a late-season ACL injury last year. “Each time I race, I continue to improve,” remarked Fahringer.
His comment proved true as he got off to a great 2nd place start behind Paul Whibley. “I trailed Whibley for the first lap and then Russell Bobbitt was able to get around me after the scoring barrels. I struggled with a little arm pump on the first few laps which hurt my speed,” stated Fahringer.
The Husaberg rider dropped back to 4th in the early laps of the race but after a pit stop on the fourth lap, he picked up the pace and began to catch the lead pack. Fahringer reported, “I was able to reel in Jordan Ashburn for 3rd place on the fifth lap and then set my sights on Bobbitt.”
He passed Bobbitt one lap later and began to pull away. Fahringer raced two more laps before crossing the checkered flag and taking 2nd overall for the day.
“It feels great to come out here and get a good finish. It has been a hard nine weeks since returning to racing and I finally feel like it is all coming together again. My physical and mental strength are back as well as my comfort level on the bike. I plan to just keep chipping away until I can grab a win at one of these OMA’s. That is my end goal.”
Overall Results –
1. Paul Whibley -Yam
2. Nick Fahringer – HSB 3. Russell Bobbitt – KTM
4. Jordan Ashburn
5. Scott Watkins