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Cory Buttrick Cuts In with Grass Man Win

| 28 May 2014 2:23 pm

ACES Appalachian Championship Enduro Series
Round 3: Grass Man Enduro

Story by Heather Wilson
NORWICH, OH, MAY 4, 2014

Factory Beta rider Cory Buttrick secured the overall win at the Grass Man Enduro, held in Norwich, Ohio, on May 4. A southern Ohio native, Buttrick has had a highly successful racing career in the National Enduros and GNCC races. However, this is the first time that Buttrick competed in an ACES enduro.

On the podium of the Grass Man Enduro, Eric Kriberney (left) captured the Overall A win, Chris Kight (center) won Overall B, and – in his first ACES enduro – Cory Buttrick (right) was the overall winner.

On the podium of the Grass Man Enduro, Eric Kriberney (left) captured the Overall A win, Chris Kight (center) won Overall B, and – in his first ACES enduro – Cory Buttrick (right) was the overall winner.

Cory Buttrick.

Cory Buttrick.

“The trail was a lot tighter and slower than I expected,” Buttrick said. “I always felt like I was going too fast. Since the National Enduros run a reset format, I was not used to the traditional timekeeping, and I was really trying not to burn any checks. Unfortunately, I ended up burning the last check.”

He said his Beta worked awesome all day.

“The computers worked better once I got the hang of it!” he joked.

Buttrick and his competitor Zach Klamfoth both dropped 18 points, but Buttrick beat Klamfoth by 178 emergency check points. Broc Hepler dropped 19 points to finish third. Josh Gaitten dropped 21 points, and Jeff Melik dropped 22 to round out the top five.

While Buttrick really enjoys enduros, he said the biggest drawback to enduros is not seeing your competitors.

“It’s easy to miss head-to-head racing,” Buttrick said, “but I love that it’s always fun trails and being able to change your mental attitude before each section. Hopefully I can hit some more ACES races before the year is up, so I can keep learning more about timekeeping events.”

Buttrick thanked Kevin Brown for letting him borrow some of his equipment, American Beta for supplying him “with the best 300 RR ever,” and his girlfriend and dad for taking care of him during the race.

Eric Kriberney.

Eric Kriberney.

Vet A rider Eric Kriberney finally prevailed in his quest to snatch the Overall A position. In the first two races of the season, he was narrowly beaten by his fellow Vet A rider Mark McGrath. This was the closest race yet between the two competitors, with Kriberney and McGrath each dropping 27 points, but Kriberney beat McGrath by only 50 emergency check points. Ryan Slopko, a 250cc A competitor, also dropped 27 points but finished 128 emergency check points behind Kriberney.

Kriberney said that before he started racing dirt bikes, he was a pro mountain biker and always enjoyed long, hard-core races.

“When I transitioned into dirt-bike racing in 2007, I was introduced to Gary Johnson; he showed me the way of the enduros,” Kriberney said. “I didn’t race a full enduro series until 2009, when I raced ACES and was named the Open B champion. I like enduros because I am on a line with my good buddies, the trails are tighter and more technical, and you really have to focus on your time.”

Kriberney said he spends his off season training on his mountain bike to strengthen his endurance, rides motocross tracks, and spends every Sunday riding at least six hours in the woods. He said he also owns a construction company that frames houses, so the heavy physical labor helps keep him fit.

“I thought the trail was a little muddy, and it was definitely tight and challenging,” Kriberney said. “My bike ran flawlessly, and I have a lot of people to thank for that, including Ron Bohn at Bohn Cycle and John Barber at Smith’s Powersports.”

As for the rest of the season, Kriberney said: “I just have to keep pushing and train harder! I know the championship is out there if I want it, but I have some tough competitors to beat.”

Kriberney thanked his sponsors: FCR Suspension, FMF Racing, Bentley’s Racing, Renthal, Spy, O’Neal, IMS, Twin Air, and Suomy.

“I’d like to thank ACES for a great series,” Kriberney said. “Most of all, I would like to thank my wife, Terri, and my children, Mason and Ellie.”

Christopher Kight.

Christopher Kight.

There’s also been a tight race in the Overall B championship hunt this season between Vet B riders John Bittner and Christopher Kight. Bittner beat Kight in the first two races, but at the Grass Man Enduro, Kight triumphed. He dropped 32 points, and Bittner finished three spots behind Kight.

Kight said his brother-in-law got him interested in dirt bikes in 2010, and he started racing enduros that year.

“I like enduros because the trail is always changing,” Kight said. “You get everything from single-track to wide-open road, and I think enduros are a little harder than GPs and hare scrambles. The trail at the Grass Man Enduro was good overall. The club put in a lot of work to get this race ready. It was wet in a lot of areas, and I think you could only go so fast because of the mud and water in some sections. It rained all week leading up to the race, so I got lucky to be up front in the first row.

“I just put a new top end in my bike, so it ran really well,” Kight added. “Unfortunately, I did bust both fork seals early, and the front end didn’t want to plant toward the end. Not to mention that I got lost a few times, missed some turns, and made too many mistakes, in my opinion.”

Kight said he’s got to keep riding and trying to get better.

“There are some fast guys that I have to try to catch up to,” he said.

Kight thanked his wife, Leann, and his two boys, Carter and Case, for letting him spend Sunday with his friends. He also thanked his brother-in-law Matt Hatten for getting him into racing, in addition to his friends, who have helped him learn so much. He also thanked Protune Suspension and Kenworth.

“One of the best things about racing is the people,” Kight said. “They are good people that would do anything for you – unless you pass them.”

“Ohio Woods Riders was founded two years ago and joined ACES,” said Kory Young, ACES president and one of the event organizers for the enduro. “More than 125 riders competed in the third round of ACES. It took the team three months of solid work to cut new trail for the Grass Man Enduro. While it was a sunny day, in the mid-60s, there were still a lot of muddy sections due to the rain the week leading up to the event.”

The next round of ACES, the Little Raccoon Classic, will be held on June 14 and 15 in Wellston, Ohio. The event is hosted by the Appalachian Dirt Riders and will serve as one of two AMA ISDE qualifiers in the country. Key time is 9 a.m., with the riders’ meeting at 8:15 a.m. Sign-up will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. on June 14 and June 15, in addition to early registration from 4 to 8 p.m. the night before the event, June 13. Primitive camping will be available at the enduro location. Additional information regarding the ISDE qualifier can be found on ADR’s website.

About ACES
A nonprofit established in 2008, the Appalachian Championship Enduro Series (or ACES) is an AMA-sanctioned traditional timekeeping enduro series. The season consists of 10 enduros, held mainly in the southeastern Ohio region, hosted by 10 different enduro clubs that are members of ACES. Race fees are $50 per race for points-paying classes and $40 per race for non-points-paying classes. AMA membership is required.

ACES is generously backed by sponsors who contribute to the growth of the series and support the riders. The presenting sponsor is Osburn Associates Inc., and the associate sponsors include Action Extreme Sports, Athens Sports Cycles, Caton’s Cycle Center, Clinton County Motorsports, Enduro Engineering, Fly Racing, JM Cycles, Kenda USA, Klamfoth Inc., KRW Cycles, Led Sled Customs, Pointview Cycle, Rehmert’s Kawasaki/ KTM, Rekluse, Smith’s Powersports, Uhrig Financial and Wheelsports.

For the full schedule of ACES races and the latest news, please visit ACES-races.com.

Grass Man Enduro
Norwich, Ohio
Results: May 4, 2014 (Round 3)

OVERALL: Cory Buttrick.

OVERALL A: Eric Kriberney.

OVERALL B: Chris Kight.

AA: 1. Cory Buttrick; 2. Zach Klamfoth; 3. Broc Hepler; 4. Josh Gaitten; 5. Jeff Melik; 6. Jake Fiola; 7. Trevor Kline; 8. Brian Melik; 9. Johnny Barber; 10. Michael Jolly.

200 A: 1. Shane Sims; 2. Brandon Ghearing.

250 A: 1. Ryan Slopko; 2. Chris Starman; 3. Billy Weaver; 4. Ryan Pendeville; 5. Tyler Chadwell.

OPEN A: 1. Aaron Cooney; 2. Joe Uhrig; 3. Adam Clark; 4. Robert Heinzerling; 5. Grant Smith; 6. Matthew Houy.

VET A: 1. Eric Kriberney; 2. Mark McGrath; 3. William Farmer; 4. Jesse Santucci; 5. Matthew Hatten; 6. Mike Copsey; 7. Jason Smith; 8. Heath Hrabczuk.

SR A: 1. Gary Johnson; 2. Lee Miller; 3. John Grimm; 4. Pat Patterson; 5. Michael Wist; 6. Gene O’Nail; 7. William Kaeppner Jr.; 8. Mark Labelle; 9. Todd Ghearing.

SUPER SR A: 1. Scott Klamfoth; 2. Roger Nichols; 3. Doug Rhinehart; 4. Norm Into; 5. Mark Lederle; 6. Edward Morra Jr.; 7. Mark Thomas; 8. Dan Knecht.

200 B: 1. Shawn Werner; 2. Cody Hudnall; 3. Trent Gardner; 4. Alex Exline.

250 B: 1. Ryan Hoehn; 2. Matt Kemp; 3. Evan Schulz; 4. Cope Beckert; 5. Lucas Turkovich; 6. Anthony Edgar; 7. Sean Curran; 8. Chad Campbell; 9. Logan Mullins.

OPEN B: 1. Joe Geyer Jr.; 2. Nicholas Klapec; 3. Zachary Zombek; 4. Sean Starkey; 5. Michael Tong; 6. Travis Hassel; 7. Chase Bracken; 8. Eric Williams; 9. Eric Tope.

VET B: 1. Christopher Kight; 2. John Bittner; 3. Ryan Kuna; 4. Joshua Joseph; 5. Patrick O’Nail; 6. Steven Strang.

SR B: 1. Ed Rahn; 2. Joseph Geyer Sr.; 3. Tom Finello; 4. Terry Hartman; 5. John Cramer; 6. Jade Smith; 7. Aaron Risden; 8. Steve Christy; 9. Kenny Hoyle; 10. Mike Dewitt; 11. Mark Pendeville.

SUPER SR B: 1. Brian Haney; 2. James Copsey; 3. Ken Szewczyk; 4. Tom Gemmell; 5. Jim Crowley.

MASTERS B: 1. Ron Bohn.

OPEN C: 1. Jimmy Prueter; 2. Ben Dempster; 3. Will Culbertson; 4. Kristoffer Reeves; 5. Shad Wonders; 6. Gary Thomas; 7. Mark Navyac; 8. Jeff Thresher; 9. Matt Friedhaber; 10. Dave Weber; 11. John Thompson; 12. Kenneth Hicks; 13. Robert Wellert.

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