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AMA REKLUSE NATIONAL ENDURO SERIES – ROUND 4 “Rad Dad Enduro”
Paul Whibley 10th Place
Jordan Ashburn 14th Place
This weekend, the boys made the short drive to West Point, Tennessee for round 4 of the Rekluse National Enduro Series. The tight slippery track was sure to be a challenge for even the most experienced racers as they lined up and prepared for their minutes to start.
Both Paul and Jordan made some last minute decisions on bike choices, and decided to mix it up a bit. Paul chose to ride a Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke instead of his usual Yamaha YZ450F and Jordan decided to ride his Yamaha YZ450F instead of his usual Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke.
The day started out with a 2 mile transfer section that gave the riders a nice preview of what was to come throughout the race. The tight course was riddled with rocks and both Jordan and Paul noticed some immediate changes that needed to be made to their bike setup. Unfortunately, there was no time to make these changes and the two AmPro riders headed into the first test section. Jordan was off to a good start and managed to put together a solid first test. Paul wasn’t as lucky and a couple mistakes would throw him out of the top 5 times. After the first section, the team made the necessary adjustments to the bikes and sent them back out on the course. The second section would be bitter sweet as Paul and Jordan both managed to stay in the top 5 until the end of the test where a bad line selection on a root covered hill climb would send Paul colliding into another rider, throwing his time off by a substantial amount.
From there, the day would steadily go downhill for both of the AmPro riders. Ashburn suffered a severe crash on the third section that pretty much ended his day while Whibley was unable to salvage time from his previous crash. At the end of the race, the battered and bruised riders eventually crossed the finish line, disappointed but both with smiles on their faces.
“You have good races and you have bad ones,” says Whibley. “Today was an emotional mix of both. I felt really good on the bike but I spent a lot of time on the ground, which I was ultimately unable to make up for.”
“I had a lot of fun out there in the first two sections,” says Ashburn. “The course was really good and the bike was working great. I crashed hard in the third section and the bike and I were pretty banged up. After that, I just did my best to finish.”