ACES Appalachian Championship Enduro Series
Round 1: New Straitsville Enduro Riders’ Moonshine Enduro
Story and Photos by Heather Wilson
NEW STRAITSVILLE, OH, MAR. 17, 2013
The Moonshine Enduro, hosted by the New Straitsville Enduro Riders, kicked off the 2013 ACES season on a blustery winter day. The temperature was in the low 30s and the wind certainly didn’t help. Husaberg rider Michael Jolly attested to the cold weather: “It was cold, so anytime we weren’t in the woods, anytime we were not in creek or on a road, I was happy.”
The enduro consisted of 75 miles of riding, divided into seven sections.
Wheelsports-backed KTM racer Trevor Kline took the overall win at the first race of the season. Kline dropped eight points, while second-place AA competitor Zach Klamfoth, also KTM-mounted, was just one point behind Kline.
A sixth-season ACES competitor, Trevor Kline started riding enduros at age “15.5” and started riding hare scrambles at age 4. He is currently riding a 2011 KTM 300 that he’s ridden for the past two years. He said it worked excellently.
“I made a few small suspension adjustments a few weeks before the enduro, and my bike was spot on,” Kline declared. “I was impressed with how well the trail was after all the rain we had.”
Kline commented that the last few years have been really tough in New Straitsville, but he complimented the club for doing a great job of laying out the track.
“During the race, I just tried to ride my own race and not worry about how everyone else did,” Kline said, and that method of thinking proved to work well for him. “I have always been pretty good in the muddy, tough conditions, so that gave me a little more confidence. All in all, I felt like my day went very well. I made a few mistakes and missed a few good lines in the first section. Those may have cost me just enough time that I dropped a point.”
Kline said that the race was a great start to his season and was a huge confidence booster after a pretty lazy off season. He then thanked his wife, Catie, as well as his dad and mom, Wheelsports, Moose Racing, Kenda, Oakley, and Larry Silvia for setting up his suspension.
It was a tough break for Klamfoth when he burned the out-check at the start of section two. Klamfoth tied Husaberg jockey Johnny Barber, but Klamfoth edged him out in emergency check points.
Barber took the third-place AA spot, and last season’s Overall A winner, KTM-mounted Marty Kehlmeier, who is now riding AA, rounded out fourth place in the AA class.
Open A competitor Michael Jolly captured the Overall A win, finished fifth overall, and dropped 11 points. Jolly beat out Husqvarna rider Billy Farmer for the Overall A spot by emergency check points, with Jolly having 932 and Farmer having 1,114 e-check points.
Jolly started riding when he was 10 years old, mostly around his parents’ farm. He raced his first hare scrambles when he was 14 and his first enduro two weeks before he turned 16. He said he has been riding the ACES enduros before they were officially “ACES” enduros. On this day, he rode his 2012 Husaberg TE300, which he got in May of 2012.
“My clutch was slipping the whole race, and even though they had short sections, I still overheated the bike in the A section and again in the last section of the day,” said Jolly. “The jetting was a little off for as cold as the weather was, and it looks like I have a new clutch to put in before the next enduro.”
Before the event, Jolly told some of his friends, “This race should be a real test of character.”
He had crashed at a hare scrambles the week before and was unsure if he was even going to ride.
“I thought it would be tougher and more physically demanding than what it was, but it was still a great enduro,” said Jolly, who hopes that this race is a just the start of more Overall A’s.
“Thanks to the New Straitsville Enduro Riders for putting on a great enduro in such crappy weather; also, all the guys from the other ACES clubs that came and ran checks,” said Jolly, who also thanked his mom, his dad, and his wife, Lauren, “for gassing me and my friends, and being out there in the cold, taking care of us, when it was barely above freezing. Also, Smith’s Powersports, Moose Racing, EVS, ODI Grips, Dunlop, TwinAir and FMF.”
Overall B went to a second-year ACES competitor and Open B rider Aaron Cooney, who beat his fellow KTM rider Jordan Collins by a point for the Overall B position.
Cooney, a second-year ACES rider, was inspired to start riding enduros by Pat Patterson.
“He convinced me to come try the ACES Enduro Series, and I am sure glad I did,” commented Cooney. “I started racing enduros in 2011 at Athens and have been hooked ever since.”
He said his bike felt good, even with conditions being “sloppy out there.”
“The main thing for this race was not getting wet and trying to stay as warm as possible,” noted Cooney, who wished he had some better gloves for the cold weather and a jacket. When asked if he felt that the enduro was harder or easier than he’d expected it to be, he replied: “Actually it was both. The trail was easier than last year, for sure, but it being as cold as it was, my hands were numb most of the day, and that made it harder to ride well. This was definitely a good start, and hopefully there will be more overalls.”
Cooney thanked KRW Cycles for supporting him.
The Appalachian Championship Enduro Series (ACES) is a traditional time-keeping enduro series. ACES would like to thank the following sponsors for contributing to the growth of the series and for supporting its riders: Caton’s Cycle Center, Clinton County Motorsports, Cycra, Enduro Engineering, Fly Racing, Husqvarna, JM Cycle, Kenda, KRW Cycles, KTM, Leatt, Moose Racing, Ohio Motorcycle, Osburn Associates, Point View Cycles, Remhert’s KTM/ Kawasaki, Smith’s Power Sports, Sport Cycles, Western Power Sports and Wheelsports.
The next race will take place on April 7 in Shade, Ohio. The event is known as the “Lost in Lodi” Enduro. For more race results, schedule and rules, please visit www.ACES-RACES.com.
New Straitsville Enduro Riders’ Moonshine Enduro
New Straitsville, Ohio
Results: March 17, 2013 (Round 1)
AA: 1. Trevor Kline (KTM); 2. Zach Klamfoth (KTM); 3. Johnny Barber (Hbg); 4. Marty Kehlmeier (KTM).
200 A: 1. Cody Meeks (KTM); 2. Chuck Foust (KTM); 3. Shane Sims (KTM).
250 A: 1. Mike Molnar (KTM); 2. Billy Weaver (Hon); 3. Nathan Saving (Kaw); 4. Tyler Chadwell (KTM).
OPEN A: 1. Michael Jolly (Hbg); 2. Tyler Jarvis (GG); 3. Bob Heinzerling (KTM); 4. Jeff Johnson (Hbg).
VET A: 1. Billy Farmer (Hsq); 2. Rick McAtee; 3. Brian Sovak (KTM); 4. Joe Uhrig (KTM).
SR A: 1. John Grimm (KTM); 2. Mike Vancise (Yam); 3. Harvey Whitaker (GG); 4. Wayne Perdue (KTM).
SUPER SR A: 1. Scott Klamfoth (KTM); 2. Mark Lederle (KTM); 3. Doug Rinehart (KTM); 4. Norm Into (Hon).
200 B: 1. Seth Littler (KTM); 2. Cody Hudnall (KTM); 3. Nick Fisher (KTM).
250 B: 1. Austin Spencer (KTM); 2. Matt Kemp (Suz); 3. Levi Exline (KTM); 4. Chris Bartone (KTM).
OPEN B: 1. Aaron Cooney (KTM); 2. Jordan Collins (KTM); 3. Travis Jarvis (GG); 4. Adam Clark (KTM).
VET B: 1. Mike Copsey (KTM); 2. Christopher Knight (KTM); 3. Jesse Short (KTM); 4. Kevin Carpenter (KTM).
SR B: 1. Kenny Hoyle (KTM); 2. Bryan Muscavitch (KTM); 3. Aaron Risden (KTM); 4. Charles Criswell (KTM).
SUPER SR B: 1. Bill Green (KTM); 2. Jim Qualk (KTM); 3. Tom Gentell (KTM); 4. Jim Crowley (KTM).
MASTERS B: 1. Gary Spencer (KTM); 2. Allen Gale (KTM).
OPEN C: 1. Wayne Farnsworth (Hon); 2. Kristoffer Reeves (KTM); 3. Justin Secrest (KTM); 4. Steve McAfee (Kaw).
SCHOOLBOY C: 1. Brexton Mitchell (KTM).