New NE Pro2 Class for 2018 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series:

The NEPG has created a new NE Pro2 class for 2018, renamed the current Pro class NE Pro1 and renamed Expert-AA to just AA.  We feel it will make for better rider participation and racing by adding an entry level pro class while still maintaining good rider participation in our top level pro class.  The AA class will be for regional/district enduro and hare scramble riders that ride AA/Pro in their local series but would not be competitive in either of NEPG’s Pro Classes.  Of course any rider may choose to advance to NE Pro1 or NE Pro2.  We will continue to pay back the top 8 places in NE Pro1 and are going to pay back the top 5 places in NE Pro2. The AA class would not have a pay back. 

Over the past few years the competition level of the Pro class has increased and made it for difficult for the majority of the Expert-AA riders to make the transition to the Pro class, while others were having the same challenge making the transition from the “A” class to the Expert-AA. By creating the NE Pro2 class, we believe that the “A” rider’s transition will be smoother and more competitive going to AA, and likewise for the AA riders to NE Pro2 and the same for the NE Pro2 riders to the NE Pro1 class.  

The following is a list of the criteria for the NE Pro1, NE Pro2 and AA classes, along with a sample list of riders that currently meet the criteria to help better understand what class each would be in.

NE Pro1
1)            Top 12 Overall National Enduro riders from 2017

2)            Previous 5 year National Enduro & GNCC overall champions 2013-2017

3)            Previous 2 year GNCC XC1 riders 2016-2017

4)            Previous 2 year top 5 in GNCC XC2 year-end series points 2016-2017

5)            Previous years National Enduro Pro2 series champion (2017 Expert-AA)

6)            Any rider who chooses to self-advance (Must remain in the class for the remainder of the season)

Riders Include:
Steward Baylor, Thad Duvall, Grant Baylor, Russell Bobbitt, Cory Buttrick, Jesse Groemm, Evan Smith, Josh Strang, Thorn Devlin, Josh Toth, Kailub Russell, Nick Fahringer, Andrew Delong, Craig Delong, Layne Michael, Mike Witkowski, Ben Kelly, Ryan Sipes, Trevor Bollinger, Ricky Russell, Jordan Ashburn

NE Pro2
1)            Top 13-30 Overall National Enduro riders from previous 2 years 2016-2017

2)            Previous 2 year GNCC XC2 riders below the top 5 in series points 2016-2017

3)            Any rider who chooses to self-advance (Must remain in the class for the remainder of the season)

4)            The previous year’s National Enduro AA class winner

Riders Include:
Tyler Vore, Logan Lowery, Ron Commo, Drew Higgins, Zack Hayes, Chase Hayes, Brandon Forester, Nick Swenson, Jake Froman, Trevor  Barrett, Dylan Macritchie, Brendan Riordan, Nathan Ferderer, Ryder Lafferty, Nick Davis, Harrison Helmick, Anthony Federico, Sam Evans, Zac Brown

AA
1)      Top 3 overall in previous years Regional / District AA & Pro Enduro & H.S. series riders that don’t meet the requirements of NE Pro2

2)      If a rider is eligible and is going to ride the 40+ or older age class they are not required to ride the AA class

3)    Any rider who chooses to self-advance (Must remain in the class for the remainder of the season)

Riders Include:
James King, Dylan Dela Cruz, Ryan Overton, Sam Mattingly, Ben Parsons, Trent Whisenant, JD Friebel, Talon Soenksen, Jesse Ansley, Anthony Krivi, Corey Parlin, Jeff Melik

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Adam Gray, An Inspiration To Us All

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If you don't already know him, the NEPG is proud to introduce you to Adam Gray. His determination and no quit attitude is an inspiration to us all. He competed in 7 of the 9 national enduro's this year, placing 3rd in the C-30+ class, only missing the two races due to ongoing surgeries. Since losing his arm last year, Adam was determined to get back on the bike and ride. The National Enduro Series gave him motivation to get better and milestones to track his progress. Adam and his wife Kim (along with the help of family and friends), worked to get a prosthetic arm that allowed Adam to ride. As a work in progress, the prosthetic arm was updated and improved after every race. The prosthetic arm had components break in several races. Despite these challenges, Adam still continued to race and improve. Congratulations Adam!

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THAD DUVALL PUSHES THE LIMITS AND CLAIMS 2ND OVERALL IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

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PRESS INFORMATION, 11/06/2017

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THAD DUVALL PUSHES THE LIMITS AND CLAIMS 2ND OVERALL IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

 

JOSH STRANG FINISHES OUT THE 2017 SEASON WITH AN 8TH OVERALL IN THE PRO CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

 

The Gobbler Getter National Enduro took place this weekend in Stanton, Alabama where the weather was in the mid-70’s and the dirt was near perfect after it rained during the week. The course was very rough but the wet dirt allowed for no dust and much needed traction for final round speed. The race consisted of six tests that ranged from six to twelve miles in length.

 

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall started the race fully motivated by how close in points he was to the 2017 Championship. His pace fell a little off in the first test where he finished in third losing valuable time. Duvall charged forward in the next two rounds and came out second in both, still putting him some seconds behind that lead position. The extremely tight terrain proved to be difficult for him in the fourth test. Duvall’s motivation to claim the Pro Championship carried him to win the final two tests. Unfortunately for Duvall, the battle was so tight between the point’s leader and himself that if he did not finish ahead of him, there would be no overall championship. At the end of the day, Duvall finished second behind the leader by 12 seconds and ultimately claimed second in the 2017 National Enduro Pro Class Championship.

 

“It was a great year on my FX 350. To have come so close to winning the championship in both series is such a bummer but it was one of the greatest years in my pro career. Training starts now, and I am ready to take on 2018!” said an excited Thad Duvall.

 

Josh Strang struggled the entire round and was off his pace on the FX 450. Strang would finish out the day in 14th for the Pro class and 8th in contention for the 2017 championship.

 

Gobbler Getter National Enduro Final Pro Results:


1.  Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
2.  Thad Duvall (HUS)
3.  Evan Smith (KTM)

14. Josh Strang (HUS)

 

 

National Enduro Pro Overall Points:

 

1.  Steward Baylor Jr (KTM)… 231 points

2.  Thad Duvall (HUS)… 224 points

3.  Grant Baylor (HUS)… 159 points

8. Josh Strang (HUS)… 89 points

 

KTM CLAIMS SEVEN SPOTS IN TOP TEN AT GOBBLER GETTER ENDURO

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Round nine - AMA National Enduro Chamoionship - November 5, 2017

Stanton, AL  (November 5, 2017) – KTM riders claimed seven of the top ten spots at this weekend’s Gobbler Getter National Enduro in Stanton, Alabama, the ninth and final round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series. Meanwhile, SRT Racing’s KTM-supported Steward Baylor won the event, and by doing so took home his second national enduro title.

The Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club did it’s usual great job of setting up the event, which started out the first few tests in nice, loamy dirt before graduating into more technical and rocky sections.

Baylor came into the event with a slim two-point lead over Thad DuVall, but jumped out to a quick start, winning the opening test of the day and then adding a solid win in the third test.

After the fourth test, Baylor had increased his lead to around 30 seconds; however, DuVall came on strong in the final two tests and cut the final deficit to 12 seconds. Baylor finished off the season with four wins out of nine rounds and topped DuVall by seven points in the final standings.  

FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt narrowly missed out on a podium finish after winning the second test of the day. Bobbitt edged SRT Racing KTM-supported Cory Buttrick by six-tenths of a second to secure fourth on his KTM 250 XC-F. Bobbitt also finished off the season in fourth overall.

Other KTM riders finishing in the top ten included Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith, who grabbed his first-career podium with a third, Solid Performance Racing’s Jesse Groemm in sixth, Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley in seventh and Zack Hayes in eighth.

BOBBITT: “It was a good day and was stoked to win the second test; I think it’s the same test I’ve won in previous years. It was super-flowy and it was the kind of stuff I like. Most of the race was super tight and they really worked us out there today. Evan Smith was riding really well today and I was super-happy for him to get his first podium and then for Steward to win the championship was cool. I feel like I had a nice, steady day and I’m happy to have finish in one piece.”
 

BAYLOR: “The day started surprisingly well. I think in all the year’s I’ve been riding national enduro, I’ve probably won the opening test maybe five times, so to start off with the win in test one was huge for me. I was able to gap those guys around 30 seconds after the fourth test and I knew I could relax a little in the last two tests, but I made a mistake in test five and it set me back a little. I went down and I was counting as I was trying to get going and I counted to seven so I knew I was still in decent shape. Thad ended up getting me by 12 seconds in that test and at the end of the day, only 12 seconds separated us so I’m super happy with how the day went.”

SMITH: “I felt like I rode decent, though I didn’t feel like I rode my best, but I scored well enough to get my first podium so I guess I was riding pretty good. I only fell once and luckily it was right after I passed the out check so it didn’t cost me any time.”

GROEMM: “I had a pretty solid day; I was consistent and didn’t fall down until the fifth section and I had to bad get-offs. I think if I had kept it on two wheels it might have been the difference in fifth. It was sandier than I remembered, and I preobably have changed tires if I had know how sandy it was going to be.”

 The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series recently announced its schedule for the 2018 season. For more information on the series go to www.nationalenduro.com.

 

RESULTS

1. Steward Baylor (KTM)

2. Thad DuVall (Hsq)

3. Evan Smith (KTM)

4. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

5. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

6. Jesse Groemm (KTM)

7. Ben Kelley (KTM)

8. Zack Hayes (KTM)

9. Thorn Devlin (Hsq)

10. Ron Commo III (GG)

 

Final Championship Standings

1. Steward Baylor (231)

2. Thad DuVall (224)

3. Grant Baylor (159)

4. Russell Bobbitt (147)

5. Cory Buttrick (141)

6. Jesse Groemm (127)

7. Evan Smith (118)

8. Josh Strang (89)

9. Thorn Devlin (89)

10. Josh Toth (67)

 

 

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Steward Baylor Takes Enduro Title With Win At Gobbler Getter National Enduro

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Stanton, AL  (November 5, 2017) – Steward Baylor topped the Gobbler Getter National Enduro - the ninth and final round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in Stanton, Alabama, and by doing so claimed this second National Enduro title.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad DuVall came into the final round sitting two points behind Baylor in the series standings, so basically, the Alabama round amounted to a winner take all affair. However, the tone for the race was set in the very first test when Baylor turned the fastest time by 11 seconds over DuVall.   

“The day started surprisingly well,” said Baylor. “I think in all the year’s I’ve been riding national enduro, I’ve probably won the opening test maybe less than five times, so to start off with the win in test one was huge for me.”

DuVall came back to edge Baylor by six-tenths of a second in test two, although FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Russell Bobbitt turned the fastest time by six seconds ahead of DuVall.

Baylor came back to win tests three and four, which allowed him to build nearly a 30-second lead over DuVall heading into the final two tests.

“I was able to gap those guys by quite a bit after the fourth test and I knew I could relax a little in the last two tests, but I made a mistake in test five and it set me back a little. I went down and I was counting as I was trying to get going and I counted to seven so I knew I was still in decent shape. Thad ended up getting me by 12 seconds in that test and at the end of the day, only 12 seconds separated us in the final scoring so I’m super happy with how the day went.”

After six tests, the nine-round Kenda AMA National Enduro Series came down to just 12 seconds at the finish, with Baylor grabbing four race wins on the season, while DuVall also won four rounds.

“It was a hard-fought series,” said DuVall. “It’s funny because I came into the series not exactly feeling comfortable with the enduros, but over the season I have come to really enjoy it, and though I’m not exactly happy with second overall in the series, I feel I rode the best I could. I just wish I could have ridden the way I did today in the last two rounds when I was nursing my wrist injury.”

Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith, who grabbed his first-career podium at the Gobble Getter, has been steadily improving over the course of the year. The Georgia rider finished 15th at the opener in Sumter, which is a far cry from the third place finish he turned in in Alabama.

Fourth went to FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Russell Bobbitt turned in one of his best rides of the season to finish fourth, edging SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick by six-tenths of a second.

Solid Performance Racing’s Jesse Groemm was sixth, while Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley made a rare appearance at the enduro series to finish seven.

Moose Racing’s Zack Hayes was eighth, with SRT Racing Gas Gas’ Ron Commo III and Rekluse Expert/AA winner Thorn Devlin rounded out the top 10.

Devlin was perfect on the season by winning all nine rounds of the Rekluse/Expert AA class. He won the Gobbler Getter round with a minute to spare over AirGroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna teammate Tyler Vore, who was second in class and 13th overall.

“It was rough out there,” said Devlin. “My arms pumped up so I just tried to ride as smooth as I could but still fast.”

KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Husqvarna’s Tayla Jones grabbed her seventh win of the season in the Women’s Elite class, beating Jessica Delee (KTM) by nearly seven minutes. Allie Spurgeon was third on a Yamaha.

“I had a good day,” said Jones. “I think I’m starting to get the hang of the enduros, though I still struggle with the tight stuff.”

Allie Roland won the Women’s C class on a KTM, while the A 55+ class was won by Greg Roberts.

The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series recently announced its schedule for the 2018 season. For more information on the series go to www.nationalenduro.com.

RESULTS

1. Steward Baylor (KTM)

2. Thad DuVall (Hsq)

3. Evan Smith (KTM)

4. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

5. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

6. Jesse Groemm (KTM)

7. Ben Kelley (KTM)

8. Zack Hayes (KTM)

9. Thorn Devlin (Hsq)

10. Ron Commo III (GG)

 

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The Year End Prizes Are Coming In, Make Plans To Collect Your Swag At The Year End Awards Ceremony After The Gobbler Getter.

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Don't forget the time change Saturday night, key time Sunday morning is 8am. Food catered by Bertolone's Italian Restaurant being served from 2-4pm, all award winners, family and friends welcome.

Year end awards will be handed out as soon as we have all of the event scores tabulated, our goal is to start around 3 pm. 

Kenda tire for all class winners, Lucas Oil Swag for all award winners

Prizes from Kenda, Moose, Lucas Oil, KTM, Husqvarna, FMF, Enduro Engineering and Motion Pro