for . I haven ’ t done anything like this practicing in two years since I raced them . So it was a bit of a learning curve . I got a lot better towards the end of the weekend , but I fell down a few times and came out of some tests not breathing that heavy , knowing I didn ’ t try hard enough . But all in all , it was really fun .”
Second in points in the Pro2 division , Trail Jesters Racing KTM ’ s Jesse Ansley was disappointed in fourth in class and seventh overall .
“ Definitely not the greatest , that ’ s for sure but we lived to see another day ,” said Ansley . “ I ’ ve just got to get better at slick conditions . I ’ m still sitting second in points right now and it ’ s getting pretty close to the last round , but we ’ ll go back and regroup and just try to figure it out .”
Brendon Poling made his first appearance of the year and came away with fifth in the Pro2 class and eighth overall on a Kawasaki . Meanwhile , Coastal Racing GasGas ’ Cole Whitmer was top Amateur in ninth overall and first in the 250 A class despite hitting a tree in the final test of the weekend and injuring his knee .
“ I was trying to ride high on a bank and kind of lost traction and my rear end started going down towards a tree and kind of split it right in the middle and wrapped my leg around the tree ,” said Whitmer . “ I pretty much rode solid all day , except for that last test crash .”
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