ACES Appalachian Championship Enduro Series
Round 2: Lodi Motorcycle Club’s Lost in Lodi Enduro
Story and Photos by Heather Wilson
SHADE, OH, APR. 7, 2013
The Lost in Lodi Enduro, hosted by the Lodi Motorcycle Club, was not only a race but a community event that benefits the local Richland Area Volunteer Fire Department. The race is also a memorial to Sox Brookhart, a resident of Albany, Ohio, who was a member of the Athens Motorcycle Club and an inductee in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
The weather conditions in Shade, Ohio, couldn’t have been more ideal, with temperatures in the high 60s and a slight wind. The enduro consisted of 75 miles of riding through mostly fast, open trail.
Smith’s Powersports’ Johnny Barber captured the overall win on his Husaberg, only dropping two points for the day. He is the reigning ACES champion. Barber was a first-year ACES competitor last year and won the series.
“I want to defend my overall championship,” Barber said before the race.
Barber got his start riding in 2000 by competing in the CRA Hare Scrambles and GNCCs. Then, in 2003, Rich Smith talked him into trying an enduro.
“I’ve been hooked ever since,” said Barber, who prefers enduros to other forms of racing. “Enduros have the best trails by far, and you get breaks periodically. I’ve struggled with arm pump since 2003, so the enduros suit me better, I guess.”
Barber said that training for the races isn’t a crucial part of his lifestyle.
“Honestly, I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve practiced or trail-rode in the last two years,” he said. “I do go to the gym every now and then.”
Barber does have a pre-race ritual, though: “I put my knee braces on a specific way every time. Also, I eat a Snickers bar right before the start.”
Barber noted that for this race, it was especially important to pay close attention to time because of the fast trail.
“It was easy to get ahead of your minute and burn a check,” said Barber, who had a high-speed crash in the last section that cost him a point. “I guess I wish I just slowed down a bit in the last section to avoid the crash.
“After the first race went south with a burn,” he continued, “and getting stuck in a bottleneck on a hill, I’m happy to get back on top of the of the points lead.”
He said his Smith’s Powersports Husaberg TE250 worked perfectly: “It’s great to have a bike that I can just mount bark busters and a spark arrestor and go out and win races on.”
Barber thanked Rich Smith from Smith’s Powersports, Husaberg Parts and Wear, RidePG, and Aires.
There was a seven-way tie for second place based on points. Emergency check points had to be calculated to produce the final placings. Wheelsports’ team members took the next three positions. Zach Klamfoth walked away with the second-place position, with 28 e-check seconds; he was followed by his fellow KTM riders Josh Gaitten (with 45 e-check seconds) in third and Trevor Kline (with 70 e-check seconds) in the fourth-place position.
KTM rider Robbie Jenks, Beta jockey Rodney Judson, Husaberg-mounted Michael Jolly and Kawasaki rider Ricki McAtee were the remaining four competitors in the seven-way tie for second place. Of those competitors, it was Jolly who took the Overall A spot for the second race in a row, dropping four points. He finished seventh overall.
Enduros captured Jolly’s interest because he likes the fact that “…sometimes you have to think and use your head at the same time as riding fast. It is different than just racing laps at a hare scramble. I also enjoy the variety of new trail. You never know what to expect next.”
In order to train for races, Jolly said he tries to run as often as he can and lift weights during the week. He also said there was no margin for error at this event.
“Because the trails were so fast, the scores were extremely close, which meant no room for mistakes,” he said. “I was in a seven-way tie for second overall, with seven riders off three points. I ended up on the lower end of the tie, finishing seventh overall, with only 10 seconds separating fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place. It was close.”
Jolly enjoyed the whole race, and noted that his bike ran flawlessly.
“Sadly, I bent my rear rim pretty good in the last section,” he said, “but I don’t how I did it! I had a new rear tire in my garage I wish I would have put on. Even though it was a perfect day, the trails were slicker than I anticipated.”
Jolly thanked everyone who helped put on the race, Moose Racing, Smith’s Powersports, FMF, TwinAir, Dunlop and ODI.
McAtee, a Vet A rider, finished a point behind Jolly.
KTM rider Aaron Cooney secured the Overall B position for the second time this season. He dropped nine points. This second-year ACES competitor and Open B rider said it is critical to “just have fun” during the race and “not overthink it.”
Not only does Cooney love to ride enduros, but he enjoys the social aspect.
“I love the atmosphere, the people, and of course the awesome trails,” commented Cooney, who added that his training for the races consists of getting as much ride time as he can.
Many racers are superstitious and have certain pre-race rituals. Cooney said his pre-race ritual is to eat and stretch out in the morning – and “then freak out over every detail on my bike before the race!”
He said his bike worked great, allowing him to focus on riding.
“[The race was easier than expected] because it was fast and flowing, so you didn’t use up as much energy,” explained Cooney, whose favorite section of the day was the second-to-last section. “It was tighter trail and just had a good flow to it.”
Cooney thanked his wife for coming to the race and helping out, and also KRW Cycles for supporting him.
In a close chase for Overall B were KTM riders Thomas Wildenauer II and Jordan Collins, who tied, dropping only 10 points, but Wildenauer beat Collins when emergency check points were calculated.
The next race, the Grass Man Enduro, will take place on May 5 in Norwich, Ohio. It is hosted by the Ohio Woods Riders.
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 this series and 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.
For more race results, the event schedule, and rules, please visit www.ACES-RACES.com.
Lodi Motorcycle Club’s Lost in Lodi Enduro
Results: April 7, 2013 (Round 2)
AA: 1. Johnny Barber (Hbg); 2. Zach Klamfoth (KTM); 3. Josh Gaitten (KTM); 4. Trevor Kline (KTM).
200 A: 1. Chuck Foust (KTM); 2. Shane Sims (KTM).
250 A: 1. Mike Molnar (KTM); 2. Tyler Chadwell (KTM); 3. Billy Weaver (Hon); 4. Nathan Saving (Kaw).
OPEN A: 1. Michael Jolly (Hbg); 2. Jeff Johnson (Hbg); 3. Tyler Jarvis (GG); 4. Andy Matheny (Hon).
VET A: 1. Rick McAtee (Kaw); 2. Billy Farmer (Hsq); 3. Anthony Glasso (Hon); 4. Brian Sovak (Yam).
SR A: 1. Jeff Anderson (Hon); 2. David Olive (KTM); 3. Harvey Whitaker (GG); 4. Wayne Perdue (KTM).
SUPER SR A: 1. Scott Klamfoth (KTM); 2. Mark Lederle (KTM); 3. Marty Thacker (GG); 4. Norm Into (Hon).
200 B: 1. Tim Holden (KTM); 2. Brad Graves (KTM); 3. Jeffrey Kitchen (KTM); 4. Jan Byer (KTM)./
250 B: 1. Austin Spencer (KTM); 2. Jake Walters (KTM); 3. Garet Bennet (KTM); 4. Garrett Coe (Kaw).
OPEN B: 1. Aaron Cooney (KTM); 2. Thomas Wildenauer II (KTM); 3. Jordan Collins (KTM); 4. Adam Clark (KTM).
VET B: 1. Mike Copsey (KTM); 2. Christopher Knight (KTM); 3. Sam Martucci (KTM); 4. Sam Snellenberger (KTM).
SR B: 1. Chris Ray (Yam); 2. Kory Young (KTM); 3. Aaron Risden (KTM); 4. Dino Colaianni (KTM).
SUPER SR B: 1. Ron Valdman (KTM); 2. Bill Green (KTM); 3. Charles Niederriter (Hbg); 4. Don Salvadori (KTM).
MASTERS B: 1. Gary Spencer (KTM); 2. Bill Moroz (KTM); 3. Thomas Kelly (GG); 4. Larry Rice (Hbg).
OPEN C: 1. Matthew Boyer (Yam); 2. Wayne Farnsworth (Hon); 3. Steve McAfee (Kaw); 4. Scott Clayton (Hsq).
SCHOOLBOY C: 1. Brexton Mitchell (KTM); 2. Corey Burton (KTM).