Round four of the AMA National Enduro series was held this past weekend in Westpoint, Tennessee. The event welcomed racers to sunny, yet muddy event as rain pounded the area before the race. The Factory Beta team was ready with Cory Buttrick and Justin Sode as well as newly-signed Jesse Groemm making a comeback after sustaining a concussion just before round one of the series.
Buttrick led the day aboard his Zack Huberty-prepped Beta 300 RR. The Ohio racer was as high as 4th overall with solid special test times and even finishing a season-best 2nd in the 5th test. Buttrick ended the day finishing 6th overall after a bad time in test 2.
"I was excited coming into this weekend knowing it was going to be wet and muddy conditions. It took a while to find the pace early on but finally making a tire change helped my confidence knowing I could put the bike where I wanted and I was able to pick up the pace in the later stages in the race. Other than an unfortunate crash in the final section, we should have been capable of a top five finish. I would like to say thanks to Beta USA, my mechanic Zack, and all of our great sponsors." Buttrick explains.
Jesse Groemm was excited to be back on a bike for the first time since January. Also aboard his 300 RR, Groemm felt comfortable on the bike however is looking forward to more seat time to get back into top form. He eventually finished in seventh place overall just 45 seconds behind teammate Buttrick.
Groemm explains, "I struggled at the beginning of the day but started to find some speed toward the end of the race. My 300 RR was dialed and I'm looking forward to getting some more seat time after coming back from my injury."
Rounding out the team's results was Justin Sode. The Ohio native had a decent result in the mud finishing the day in 16th overall. Sode is looking to improve his finish at the next National Enduro on May 17 in Park Hills, Missouri.
DirtWise/Maxxis/KLIM team rider Drew Higgins, following consecutive 2nd places at the first rounds, scored a dominant victory in the Expert/AA class at Rd. 4 of the National Enduro series.
That was such a fun race, and I'm so happy I'm able to represent my sponsors with the excellent results I've achieved so far this year."
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With heavy rain the the night before the race as well as the threat of more rain during the race, the challenges on man and machine would be a great many.
Lined up on row 33, Jake Froman would start the grueling task of making his was through the slick and muddy trails for 70 plus miles.
Jake would come out of test one feeling like he was a little off the pace, yet placing 5th in the AA-Expert class for that test. Jake made a few adjustments and lined
up for test 2. Jake would roll on in test 2 and 3 carding a 4th in both test putting him 4th in class at the half way point.
Bobbitt Wins Rad Dad National Enduro
KTM Podium Sweep
West Point, TN – FMF KTM Factory racer Russell Bobbitt took his first Kenda AMA National Enduro Series win at the third round of the season after an impressive final test run. His teammate, Kailub Russell finished 2nd while privateer KTM rider Steward Baylor finished 3rd for a KTM podium sweep.
Bobbitt had a great day from start to finish. He finished the first two tests in 3rd position and remained close to the lead rider of Russell who had gone 1-2 in the opening tests. The two riders continued to lead the pack through the remaining tests with Russell having the edge over Bobbitt heading into the final test.
The sixth and final test of the day was a long 12-mile technical test. Rain the night before and intermittently throughout the race had made the course slick. Bobbitt exceled in the conditions and had a great run gaining 48 seconds on Russell.