During the last 12 months life has been a bit hit and miss for Ricky Dietrich. Originally seen as a rider with a big future in the US off road scene, Dietrich made a drastic change of pace and switched disciplines to motocross in the hope of following his childhood dream of winning an AMA National Motocross title. Unfortunately, that move, although coupled with some brief moments of glory, also resulted in a lot of misses.
Changing pace once again, Dietrich accepted a golden ticket from Husqvarna and hopped on a plane to Europe having been offered the chance to race the Enduro World Championship with one of the most professional teams in the business. Arriving in Europe last November, Ricky has been quietly and steadily finding his form of old while embracing a whole new view on life.
Opting to use the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship as his secondary championship to the EWC, he was greeted with sub zero temperatures at the opening rounds in February. Gritting it out he carded an eighth place finish on a borrowed bike but felt he could do better.
Returning to rounds three and four, Dietrich came prepared. Armed with the bike he’ll use during this year’s EWC he set about putting some demons to rest and bounced back to finish a strong third at round three, but he knew he could do better.
Finishing the opening special test of round four just one second adrift of KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak, Dietrich was poised ready to attack. Fastest during the following three tests, he looked fast, sharp but more importantly controlled. He looked like the relaxed rider of old. Maintaining the Elite class lead for the remainder of the day, Dietrich rode his Husqvarna into the winner’s circle for a much-welcomed victory.
Ricky’s beginning to find his mojo once more. And now that life is fun and straight forward he’s determined to keep on proving he can do better…