Welcome to The Weekly Dirt, the place to go each Wednesday to catch up on the latest happenings in the realm of off-road motorcycling. This week’s Dirt is coming from the John Penton GNCC in Ohio.
Paul Whibley made it two wins in three races and three wins on the year after taking a stunning victory at this year’s John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio. The Am Pro Yamaha rider trailed FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell heading into the final few hundred yards of the course. However, within feet of the finish, Whibs made a dramatic last ditch pass over the final jump to steal the lead, and the win, away from Russell. “That was a do or die kind of thing,” Whibley said after the race, and it surprised the XC1 rookie Russell.
Kailub Russell claimed his best finish to date in the XC1 class with his runner-up finish at the John Penton. The North Carolina rider passed Whibley on the final lap of the race and looked to have his first victory in hand until Whibley made his daring pass. According to Russell, it was a tough race and it was all he could do just to hold on during the final stages of the race and he admitted that he had nothing left for Whibley when the Ax Man made his move.
Nick Fahringer showed up at the John Penton with a 2012 300cc two-stroke Husaberg, one of only four in the States at this time. The national enduro ace was anxious to give the bike a try, no doubt, since it is considerable lighter than it’s four-stroke counterpart. “This is a new model for Husaberg and this seemed like a good opportunity to change it up,” said Fahringer. “I like my 450, but sometimes change just for the sake of change is kind of fun. Also, in the national enduros a couple of the top guys are going to be switching to two-stokes for the next round (Charlie Mullins and Cory Buttrick will be riding the 2012 KTM XC models next week in Michigan), so I thought it would be fun to match up with those guys. I haven’t been on a two-stroke in four years, so it’s been a while.