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 Rattlesnake National Enduro in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania.
Just to make sure no one thought his first-ever national win at the Jack Pine Enduro two weeks ago was a fluke, Nick Fahringer backed up his maiden victory by taking another equally impressive win this weekend at the Rattlesnake National Enduro in Cross Forks, Pennsylvania. The factory Husaberg rider from Ohio dominated most of the race, winning four of the six tests and finishing second in another to top teammate Michael Lafferty by 58 seconds for the win. Fahringer rides his new 300 like a four-stroke, running it low in the rev range and lugging it in most situations, which might very well be the secret to success on this bike.
In case you didn’t read “Dirt” two weeks ago, Fahringer and several other top pros (Charlie Mullins, Cory Buttrick and Michael Lafferty) all ditched the heavier four-strokes they’d been riding in Enduro competition for lighter, more nimble two-strokes at the Jack Pine and it seems that Fahringer benefited the most from the transition. Both ‘Ringer and teammate Lafferty are riding Husaberg’s new entry into the two-stroke market, the TE300. Meanwhile, Mullins and Buttrick are riding KTM’s 2012 250 XC models, Mullins switching from the 450SXF, while Buttrick formerly rode the 350 XCF. Interestingly, in Pennsylvania Mullins showed up with a 300cc cylinder on his 250 just to make sure he wasn’t giving away any torque to the two Husaberg riders.
Michael Lafferty claimed his best ride of the year and second podium of the season with a runner-up finish. The Eight-time National Enduro Champ set the fastest time in the fourth test of the day and was in the top three in all six tests. Lafferty admitted that he struggled to adapt to the two-banger in Michigan, but was starting to get the hang of things in PA. He says the last time he raced a two-stroke was in 2006. Meanwhile, Mullins rounded out the podium, ahead of Buttrick and Russell Bobbitt, who is still riding his 2011 250 XC.