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 Jack Pine Enduro in Moorestown, Michigan.
This year’s Jack Pine Enduro turned into a perfect storm for Nick Fahringer. The factory Husaberg rider has shown speed all year in the AMA National Enduro Series and he’s won a few tests over the course of the series, however, he had yet to put together a complete race. In Michigan, the Indiana rider switched from his normal mount – a Husaberg FE450 – to the new 2012 TE300 two-stroke, his first race on a two-stroke since mid-2007. No telling how much lighter the two-stroke is, but the ‘Ringer took advantage of the lighter weight and completely smoked the troupes in the third test, finishing 29-seconds faster than Russell Bobbitt and 51-seconds faster than Charlie Mullins. In the end, Fahringer won the race by 10 seconds over Bobbitt.
Russell Bobbitt got off to a relatively slow start, and had to play catch up. The FMF/KTM rider came on strong in the end, winning the final test and tying Fahringer for fastest time in the fifth test, but still came up 10 seconds short of the win. Bobbitt did increase his lead in the series standings to six points over teammate Charlie Mullins, with the runner-up finish. When other riders were jumping on the four-stroke wagon a few years ago, Bobbitt remained on the two-banger and has established himself as the two-stroke poster boy among the two-stroke devotees. The Georgia rider totally rails on his 250 XC and is considers one of the fastest riders in the world when it comes to really tight trail.
Charlie Mullins is generally known as a GNCC rider, however, last year he won the National Enduro title as a rookie while riding a YZ450F for Indiana Yamaha dealer Obermeyer Yamaha. Before the 2011 season, Mullins signed with KTM to ride the 450SXF. For Michigan, Mullins switched to the new 2012 250 XC two-stroke and finished a solid third in his first ride on a two-stroke in some time. Mullins started off the day by winning the opening test, but got lost in test three and lost considerable ground.