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Josh Gaitten wins round three of ACES

May 20, 2013

By Heather Wilson

It was an inaugural event for the Ohio Woods Riders in Norwich, Ohio, on May 5. The club hosted a new race in the ACES series that had many riders unsure of what to expect.

“I was told it was going to be tougher than either of the first two events, but most people’s ‘tough’ and my ‘tough’ are usually two different things,” said Josh Gaitten (KTM).

He said that he entered the race with the same attitude as always.

“I just try to race the trail in front of me,” said Gaitten (right). “Not knowing what to expect for this new event, I just wanted to stay positive and focus on picking good lines and being smart.”

The enduro was 135 miles of riding through fresh trail, a mix of tight woods riding and open grass track.

A week of good weather made for a great race day. “You couldn’t have asked for better weather or trail conditions,” said Brandon Ivanac (KTM). “As long as you had a good tire on, you were good to go.”

Many riders struggled through the first section, which was a little over four miles, due to the muddy trail conditions. The AA riders dropped anywhere from 4-6 points in the first section.

Wheelsports’ riders once again competed against each other for the win. Josh Gaitten (KTM) captured the Overall win, dropping 26 points. Trevor Kline (KTM) grabbed the second place spot, dropping 28 points.

Rodney Judson (BET), a veteran AA rider, earned himself the third place spot, dropping 29 points.

Race Report For more race results, schedule and rules visit: www.ACES-RACES.com

Michael Jolly (HSB) took the Overall A for the third-straight race this season, dropping 29 points.

Broc Hepler (YAM), a past Factory Yamaha and Factory Suzuki motocross competitor, was right on Jolly’s tail, dropping 30 points.

Joe Uhrig (KTM) rounded out the third spot in Overall A, dropping 33 points.

Brandon Ivanac (KTM) was a first-time enduro competitor who managed to snag the Overall B, dropping 36 points and beating Jake Walters (KTM) by seven points.

Aaron Cooney (KTM), Overall B winner of the first two races of the season finished in third place in the Overall B category.

The next race, the Little Raccoon Enduro, will count as rounds four and five of the ACES Series, in addition to being one of the two ISDE Qualifers to be held this year. The event will take place on May 25 and 26 in Wellston, Ohio. It is hosted by Appalachian Dirt Riders.

In addition to the Race Report, check out the Bench Racing page with interviews. Photos are available by visiting HeatherNWilson.com and viewing the blog page for the link to the albums.

The Appalachian Championship Enduro Series (ACES) is a traditional time- keeping enduro series.

The series is sponsored by: CATON’S CYCLE CENTER, CLINTON COUNTY MOTORSPORTS, CYCRA, ENDURO ENGINEERING, FLY RACING, HUSQVARNA, JM CYCLE, KENDA, KRW CYCLES, KTM, LEATT, MOOSE RACING, OHIO MOTORCYCLE, OSBURN ASSOCIATES, POINT VIEW CYCLES, REMHERT’S KTM / KAWASAKI, SMITH’S POWER SPORTS, SPORT CYCLES, WESTERN POWER SPORTS and WHEELSPORTS.

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