|OMA Nationals: Parts
Unlimited Off-road Motorcycle and ATV, Round 10/series finale: Titan
ONE MORE TIME FOR WHIBLEY
by Mark Kariya
Yamaha’s Paul Whibley rebounded from his defeat at the Moose Run to edge
FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt for the Titan
Cross-country National win in Birdsong, Tennessee. Thus, the 10th and final
round of the Parts Unlimited Off-road Motorcycle and ATV (OMA) Nationals
mimicked the first round, though this one was a lot closer.
Whibley (1, left) and Russell Bobbitt (127, right) squared off from the second the
green flag flew. Though Bobbitt led the majority of the event, Whibley came
through at the end with the winning pass, and his winning margin over Bobbitt
wasn’t much more than this.
got the holeshot over Whibley, but Husaberg’s Nick Fahringer was determined to
push to the front and he nosed past the five-time and defending series champ to
put himself into second behind Bobbitt.
a crash followed by arm-pump left Fahringer in third to stay, despite a serious
charge that saw him make up most of the time he’d lost. The top three easily
outdistanced the rest of the field, especially once Whibley’s teammate Jordan
Ashburn DNFed with reported bike trouble while in fourth.
Nick Fahringer ran second early on but a couple of crashes doomed him to third
place for the sixth time this season.
battle for the lead went down to the very end, with Bobbitt saving a couple
possible passing lines for his last-ditch attacks. Unfortunately for him, he
fell short by less than one second at the finish, his sixth runner-up of the
series. That clinched second in final points for him with Fahringer an easy
third in points.
racer Steve Leivan won 30-39 A, wrapping up the class championship. As a bonus,
he also passed all other A riders to finish fourth overall.
the top three Pros, A riders enjoyed a banner day, 30-39 A winner and class
champ Steve Leivan claiming a solid fourth overall for his best finish of the
season. Some five minutes behind him came Jeff Cowan, the Open A winner,
followed by Open A runner-up Spencer Burke. But Burke ended up with the class
championship for the series, a nice farewell ride for the trusty KX450F that
Burke rode his KX450F for the last time (he bought a KTM 250 XC on the way to
the race and plans to use it next season). Though he was second Open A and
sixth overall behind Jeff Cowan, he clinched the class championship.
Pro Brandon Ferguson, Open A’s Adam Creasor and Chevis Hendon, and 30-39 A
runner-up Dale Duke rounded out the top 10.