|OMA Nationals/Round 7 |
Whibley shouts out what he'll need at the next pit to his wife/pit boss
Katherine. They've been doing this long enough that she understands; we believe
he said something about goggles.
WHIBLEY KILLS 'EM AGAIN!
re-run of the round six, FMF/AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley gave up the start and
early lead to Russell Bobbitt of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team, but
it didn’t take long for a very familiar script to play out: Whibley went to the
front and left everyone else fighting for the lesser places on the podium, and
once again Bobbitt earned the runner-up spot with Husaberg’s Nick Fahringer
Bobbitt (127) edged Whibley for the $100 FMF Holeshot Award, the second
consecutive round he's managed to pull that off. After leading for almost two
laps, he was unable to hold off Whibley's attack and settled for second, the
fourth time he's done that to date. It also gave him sole ownership of second
earned his second consecutive $100 FMF Holeshot Award, saying, “I wanted to get
out front and see if I could just get going away a little bit.”
Bobbitt owned a six-second gap over Whibley as they completed the first lap of
the Sidi High Wire Cross-country National at the Reynolds Family Farm in
Medora, Indiana. “I was riding all the new, virgin stuff really well and came
in pushing hard,” Bobbitt shared.
Whibley grew tired of following and blew by with a move around the outside of a
grassy turn as they headed towards the end of the second lap. Bobbitt refused
to concede the lead easily and stayed close for a couple laps.
as has happened so many times this season--and last--Whibley simply ground down
his competition. While Bobbitt clicked off consistent laps in the 11-minute and
30-second to 11:40 range, Whibley completed his circuits generally about five
seconds quicker, and he really surged on lap seven of the 11 that the top four
finishers managed when he banged out an 11:19.
[I] got a little bit of a gap, it sort of grew and grew and grew again so it
was a good day,” Whibley said.
had a good start as well, though he dropped to fourth behind the two leaders
and Whibley’s Yamaha teammate Jordan Ashburn. When Ashburn dropped out after
six laps, Fahringer got rolling, though “Whibs” and Bobbitt were out of reach.
not sure if the fruity drink he had at dinner the night before had anything to
do with it, but Nick Fahringer got a good start, held second for a while and
ended up third--the fourth time this season he's done that. He's four points
back of Bobbitt now with three rounds left.
racer Jeff Cregg took advantage of a break in his schedule and proximity to
home to make his first OMA start a great one. Ironically, though he’d been
racing ex-Whibley Yamahas the past two years, he won 30-39 A aboard his
recently purchased KTM 300 XC and was the last man to complete 11 laps.
rider Jeff Cregg showed up and put the hurt to all the other A riders, winning
30-39 A and finishing fourth overall. He was the last man to stay on the lead
lap, completing 11 tours of the relatively short, hilly course.
Klimek took fourth Pro and fifth overall aboard his private RM250 followed by
30-39 A runner-up Steve Leivan. Daniel Janus came back from a couple soil
samples to make a crucial last-lap pass for the Lite A win and seventh overall,
five seconds ahead of Marty Michels. New homeowner Derek Spangler ended up
second Lite A and ninth overall ahead of Indiana’s Jake Fiddler.
now has run his win streak to a perfect seven out of seven this season and when
you add the rounds he won last year (from two to 10), he’s got 16 in a row. Sweet,
he’d say. His competitors might not feel so, and they’ve got a big job ahead if
they want to beat him at one race, much less over a season.
A points leader Spencer Burke picked up his third class victory to date, easily
keeping him atop the points in class.
Janus had to really work for the Lite A win. He'd work into the lead then fall,
get back up there then fall again. On the final lap, he chased down former
class champ and perennial rival Derek Spangler (who was making his first start
of the year) to secure the victory and seventh overall; "Spanky"
settled for second in class and ninth overall.