MR. ISDE: JEFF FREDETTE

MR. ISDE: JEFF FREDETTE


How does one improve on perfection? Well, if you?re Team Kawasaki?s Jeff Fredette, you continue to finish every ISDE event you enter- that?s 114 consecutive finishes out of 114 possible. On top of that, he has compiled a record number of Golds for an American in ISDE competition, consistently won The Moose Run- widely considered one of the most difficult races in the sport, and gained the respect of enduro competitors world wide for his competitive drive. Just about the only thing Jeff hasn?t achieved is winning a National Enduro title, but that doesn?t mean he?s given up his pursuit.

In 1983 Team Kawasaki was the only manufacturer to offer Jeff a ride and he?s been going strong on his KDX200 ever since. “After Suzuki fell apart, Kawasaki really came through for me. I?ve always been proud to race for them.”

When talking to Fredette about his racing record, it?s easy to recognize his pride in recording more medals than any other U.S. rider in the International Six Days Enduro. “I?ve had a lot of success in racing motorcycles, but I?m most proud of my ten Golds, eight Silvers, and a Bronze in the ISDE.” What those who have raced against him say is that he always rides hard and does it all with no crew: just a knapsack full of gear to get him through the race.

Memorable moments? “At my first ISDE in Sweden in 1978 I was full of gung ho? and ready to go racing. When I got to the competition they told me I had to wear Belstaff clothes- the only problem was that they didn?t fit too well, and during special tests the pants continually fell down.”   

As for now, Fredette is still racing and continues his quest for a National Enduro title, but his racing career remains solid without it. He currently runs a shop that sells parts to make Kawasaki?s KDX200 race-ready?just don?t think it will be enough to pass Jeff.

 

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