GasGas Factory U.S. riders, Broc Hepler and Johnny Barber were back in action at the 5th Round of the AMA Apalachian Championship Enduro Series on Sunday, July 17th. With temperatures in the mid nineties, the 132 riders in attendance were treated to some of Ohio’s best trail. With the Little Burr Enduro Riders in McArthur, Ohio being the longest race of the series at 174 miles, It was a true test of fitness and endurance. Once again Hepler came out on top of the podium riding his brand new 2017 GASGAS EC300. GasGas team manager Johnny Barber finished just outside of the top 5 with an uncharacteristic 6th Overall.
Hepler said, “Little Burr is one of the coolest races to win for me with the history of the traveling trophy. I’ve won this race four times in a row now but this year was one of the toughest. The trial was great but there was a lot of undergrowth that made if hard to push without taking some risks. I was impressed riding the bike stock with how well it ran and handled on the fresh cut single track and even in the rough beat up sections.”
This is the third consecutive overall win for Hepler in the Aces Series after putting the GasGas factory machine on top in Wellston, OH, last Month. Team Manager/Rider Johnny Barber put it this way “This past week we received our 2017 bikes and I made a last minute decision for us to race the new bikes stock to show just how good the GASGAS EC300 is right off the showroom floor! Hepler now has the championship points lead with four remaining races. Special thanks to Dawn Hepler, as well as all of our amazing team sponsors!”