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Last-minute change of plans goes Redferrin’s way in Alabama

By Mark Kariya
 
Tristan Redferrin had other plans for this weekend, plans that included competing in the second round of the AMA Racing/Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, Presented by Moose Racing. But when his enduro race bike sucked a reed a few days before leaving for Georgia, those plans went down the tubes.
Instead, he decided to take his practice bike—also a KTM 250 but an XC-F—down to the Seven Springs Trails park near Tuscumbia, Alabama, for the Rekluse Cross-country National, round six of the Parts Unlimited Off-road Motorcycle and ATV Winter Nationals.
 
It was a wise decision.
After ceding the holeshot to series points leader Shane Klimek, Redferrin took the lead less than two miles into the race when something broke the petcock on Klimek’s RM250, ending his day right away. From there, Redferrin waltzed away with only the occasional lapper to contend with on a perfect day for racing aboard his Joe’s Cycle Shop/Graham KTM/MSR thumper, finishing the day in just under two hours.
 
“I didn’t have any hand shields [since it’s only my practice bike],” he said. “I just went out there and rode and rode. I pushed kind of hard but just rode conservatively and never wrecked. I really didn’t race with anybody the whole day.”
Series regular Harvey Whitaker ended up the next fastest rider on his trusty Husaberg FE 570, the second overall spot also giving him the 40-49 A win while Pro Jeremy Ott took third overall on time aboard his RCR-backed KX250 instead of his usual KX450F.

Matt Gorham easily took the B overall and Open B, placing fourth overall on his KTM while 30-39 A winner Jeff Green rounded out the top five overall.

 

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