After a super successful year in 2011, which saw him win three of the last four national enduro rounds of the series, Nick Fahringer suffered through a disappointing season last year, one that eventually cost him his seat with the factory Husaberg team. The Ohio rider rebounded nicely, however, picking up a very competitive ride with a satellite team out of Nebraska called AirGroup Racing, also on Husaberg’s. Fahringer kicked off the 2013 Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series with a solid runner-up finish at the opening round in Georgia and then backed it up with a fifth at round two in South Carolina.
Q: How are things working out with your new team?
A: Overall, it’s been a positive experience. Obviously, working with the factory team was great, anybody that has that opportunity, it’s something special that few people get to experience. I had a rough season last year, though, so there were some changes made and I didn’t have the factory option available. So the AirGroup guys stepped up and I was really interested in what Jack Morrison and Ted Campbell had to offer. It was a good chance for them to promote their company and a chance for me to go racing.
For me, this setup is a little less pressure, because we’re not representing a manufacturer, which was a plus for me. We’re just representing our sponsors, so there’s no huge pressure to perform every weekend. For sure, we want to win and do well, but the atmosphere is just a little more laid back, which was something I was looking for. These guys have been super supportive of me, and it’s been a great experience.
Q: You got off to a great start in Georgia with a second place finish.
A: Yes, I was happy with that. If you look back at all of my results, typically, the first race of the year has always been one of my worst, and I typically improve as the year goes on. And to start off the year with a second was awesome. At round two in South Carolina, I got a fifth. And fifth is never terrible, unless you are expected to win. But I was hoping to be on the podium, so I was a little disappointed in that.
Q: You’re also riding the OMA series and some of the GNCC rounds, but the national enduro series is your main series. What is it about the enduro series that you like?
A: I just love the trail; it’s something new and fresh around every turn. The races are usually 60 to 70 miles and it’s all amazing trail. There are stops during the day to refuel the bike, and before each test, which is good, because I’m able to fuel the body and collect my thoughts. In most any other race series you’re just pounding out laps, and it’s got to be a pretty good day for me to enjoy that after about the second or third lap.
Q: How would you categorize your riding style and what do you think are your strengths?
A: My riding style is very flowing and calculated. I think my strengths are technical sections. I’m usually good in tight terrain, but I’ve seen other guys turn better times in the really tight stuff. So I tend to like the more flowing stuff to the tight, wiggling sections.
Q: What about the OMA series; what’s it like?
A: It’s similar to the enduro series; it’s usually fresh, enduro-type trail. We do laps, but it’s only a two-hour race, so you only end up just doing four or five laps. And on a trail like that, it ends up developing over the course of the race. It’s friendly competition too.
Q: You seem to be on the road more than any other rider, staying in different places around the country, instead of being based from your home in Ohio.
A: Yeah, I hate doing the same thing over and over again, so I enjoy staying on the move. This year I’ve been based out of Georgia, and this is probably the longest I’ve stayed in one place. But it’s good, because I’m away from distractions and I’m riding bikes every day.