Robbie Jenks Takes Jake-Tom Enduro Win
Chris Sturman Captures Overall A,
Dan Mead Wins Overall B
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The Appalachian Championship Enduro Series hosted the fifth round of the series (Round 4 was rescheduled) in Logan, Ohio, on July 16. Robbie Jenks, aboard his Wheelsports KTM captured the overall at the Jake-Tom Enduro hosted by Hocking Valley Motorcycle Club. Jenks is from New Straitsville, Ohio, and was the 2009 ACES champion.
“The goal this season is just to have fun,” Jenks said.
Rainstorms and windstorms hit the area hard the week prior to the race, and the layout crew from Hocking Valley Motorcycle Club worked for days to clean up the trail leading up to the event.
Jenks said sections 4 and 5 were the most difficult of the day, due to downed tree and reroutes. The course featured approximately 75 ground miles.
250A class competitor Chris Sturman placed second overall and captured the Overall A award for the day. Billy Weaver and Morgan Green, both AA class competitors, captured third and fourth overall. Joe Geyer of the Open A class rounded out the top five.
Jenks said he’d like to thank Wheelsports and his family for “supporting the habit.”
As mentioned previously, Sturman of McDonald, McDonald, Pa., captured the Overall A honors. He had an elapsed time of 123 minutes, 18 seconds. Open A competitors Joe Geyer and Nick Obryant finished second and third out of all the A-class competitors.
Sturman, aboard a KTM 250XC, has been racing the series since 2014, and have been racing in general since 2004.
“I thought the trail was laid out very well and flowed really good,” Sturman said. “It was a lot of fun!”
He said the most difficult section for him was the third section.
“I noticed that the plug from the top of my clutch cover was missing and oil was sloshing out going down the trail,” Sturman said. “I was trying to temporarily plug it with things from my tool belt the whole rest of the race.”
He would like to thank Tri-State Powersports, Coppersmith Suspension for the great suspension setup, and the rest of his row for pushing him throughout the race.
“My goal for the season is to hopefully make it to the rest of the ACES races this year and try to get Overall A for the end of the year,” Sturman said.
Overall B was won by Dan Mead of Pitssburgh, Pa., who rode in the 30-plus B class on his YZ 250. Josh Cetto of the 250B class and Ethan Bierhup of the Open B class rounded out the top three spots for B-class riders.
“First and foremost,” Mead said. “I want to thank the clubs who put the time into making these awesome tracks I’m having so much fun riding this year.”
He says that winning Overall B was kind of unexpected for him because there are some really fast riders in the B-class.
“Two of those fast guys were on my line, so we are definitely pushing each other to be faster,” Mead said.
He said test 5 was the most difficult for him because he took a little spill off of the start of that test and just couldn’t find a rhythm throughout the rest of the test.
“This is my first season with ACES and enduros, so it’s all still very new to me,” Mead said. “I didn’t intend on racing for year-end points, but after that Chillicothe enduro, I fell in love with enduro racing. My goal for this season is to make it to every race, and I’m really looking forward to the Muddobbers. I’ve never been to a national enduro, so I can’t wait for that.”
Mead would like to thank John Cramer for helping with his suspension setup, Gary Johnson and Eric Kribwin [Kriberney]. He says riding with those guys has helped him “find another gear.”
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ACES is generously backed by sponsors who contribute to the growth of the series and support the racers.
Presenting Sponsors: Multi-Wing and AOMC
Feature Sponsors: Athens Sport Cycles, Clinton County Motorsports, Fly Racing, ICO Racing and Motorex.
Associate Sponsors: Action Extreme Sports, Coppersmith Powersport, Five Six O Graphics, Klamfoth, Inc., KRW Cycles, Pointview Cycle, Rehmert’s Kawasaki/KTM, Tri-State Powersports and Wheelsports.
The next round of ACES, the Grassman Enduro, is scheduled for June 4 in Chandlersville, OH. The event is hosted by the Ohio Woods Riders.