Year End Awards Presentation at Season Finale in Alabama

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The NEPG will have our Annual Series Awards Presentation at the Final Round of the season in Stanton, AL on Nov. 4th. The year end awards, AMA #1 plates and lots of prizes will be handed out directly after the event podium awards (NE Pro1,NE Pro2, Womens Elite, A,B,C Overall. The individual class awards for the Gobbler Getter event will be mailed to you just like we have done at the previous events.

Since it is daylight saving time weekend, the clocks will get set back Saturday night, so we will start the event at 8-am Sunday morning instead of our usual 9-am. We are estimating starting the series awards presentation around 3-pm. Please come join us to celebrate the achievements of all of the riders.

The Awards Presentation is open to everyone if you are receiving an award or not, feel free to bring the family. We will be serving pizza, salad, soft drinks and Ice Cream, before and during the awards presentation.

Muddobbers National Enduro Kenda Recommended Tire

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Kenda’s recommended tire for the NEPG Muddobbers enduro in Mathews IN is the Millville II. The Millville II agressive tread pattern will work well in the northern Indiana loam and still works well on the clay river banks. The alternate would be Southwick II, it has large aggressive knobs and an open tread pattern. The Kenda rider support boxes will be available at the gas trucks or back at the pits depending on this years race configuration. The boxes contain a supply of Kenda Tuff-Tubes, bike stand, tools, tire spoons and air compressor. The tubes are on the honor system, just stop by after the race and pay for what you use. The support boxes are for all riders regardless of the brand tires you run. Trackside Support LLC the trackside vendor for Kenda tires, will have a large selection of tires including the Ibex, Equilibrium, Washougal II, Triple, Southwick II, Millville II, Super Tuff Tubes and Tuff Tubes. We also car bibs for those that do not run tubes. You can reserve your tires at reservetires@msn.com or call Tim at (248) 431-7506 before 10 PM EST. Tire mounting is available on Saturday, bibs and tubless are no problem. Stop by the Kenda tent and say hello.

Featured Product Friday- E-Line Accessories 2 Stroke Pipe Guards

E-Line Accessories 2 Stroke Carbon Fiber Exhaust Pipe Guards

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E-Line accessories specialize in Carbon Fiber Protection. They make strong lightweight products to keep your offroad racing machine protected. WHY CHOOSE ELINE? With over 25 years experience in the carbon fiber protection industry, their goal at E Line Accessories is to develop, test, and manufacture the world’s most premium carbon fiber composite off-road accessories available. They pride themselves on the best fit and finish products for your enjoyment, PERIOD!

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One of the products that E-Line excels in is the 2 Stroke Carbon Fiber Exhaust Pipe Guards. They are precision molded to fit your Exhaust pipe perfectly. The E-Line pipe guard will help keep your pipe free from dents and dings that can easily happen in the offroad racing of the National Enduro Series. E-Line Accessories makes a pipe guard for most current makes and models. Go to elineaccessories.com to find the Pipe Guard for your bike.

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Amateur Rider Spotlight- Nathan Rector- A 250

NEPG Amateur Rider Spotlight

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Name: Nathan Rector

Age: 17

Hometown: Rogersville, MO

Local Series: Blackjack Enduro Circuit, Hillbilly GP, Missouri State Hare Scrambles

Class: A 250

Bike: Yamaha YZ250X

Sponsors: Marionville Powersports, Enduro Engineering, Moose Racing, FMF, Pro Taper, Evans Cooling, XC Gear, Works Connection, Factory Connection, Scott Motorsports

Small Description as to why you chose to race the Kenda National Enduro Series:  I grew up riding the local Enduro Series and have always enjoyed racing single track. We tried out some of the NEPG event four years ago and we really enjoyed the races. We decided to race the series in 2016 and have been racing them ever since. 

Your Favorite race so far:  Dragons Back National Enduro.  The dirt was perfect after the rain. 

Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series:  Getting my first A 250 National Win at the Cherokee National Enduro in Georgia. 

Goals for the season:  To win the A 250 class and keep having fun along the way. 

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Beta Loose Moose Race Report

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WITKOWSKI BROTHERS RACE THE NATIONAL ENDURO SERIES

NEPG Round 8 Overview:

Location: Gwinn, Michigan

Course Conditions: Loamy sand, rocks, and roots with calm dry weather.

Beta Factory Race Team Results: Mike Witkowski placed 14th overall at the 8th round of the National Enduro series and is currently in 10th place for the seasons overall points standings. Alex Witkowski placed 6th in the AA-Expert class and is currently in 4th place for the season points standings. Mike Witkowski's next race will be at round 10 of the Grand National Cross Country series on September 16th. For more information on the GNCC series go to: www.gnccracing.com

MIKE WITKOWSKI

Bike: Beta 300 RR Race Edition

 

"I was looking forward to this Michigan National Enduro as it is mainly sand with some extreme rock sections. I grew up in sand, riding it everyday, so I tend to excel in it. The terrain was hard to navigate with many lines going every direction unlike most Enduro's where it is single track and tight. With a couple hard crashes on the last two sections in the rocks, I kept pushing and didn't give up, but I certainly lost a lot of them to make up any time in the results. The Beta excelled in the sand really well and my Kenda tires hooked up in the sand really good too. Just one of those races that you wanna re-do and do some things different. I'm looking forward to getting back to GNCC racing next weekend in NY and finishing the last 4 rounds strong!"

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ALEX WITKOWSKI

Bike: Beta 250 RR Race Edition

"I had a good start to the day, the first two tests went really well, I was battling for a podium position in the AA-Expert class and about 18th overall. In test 3 I had a big mistake, I clipped the side of a slower rider and had a big crash. Not long after I lost my rear brakes. After losing to much time in the middle of the race I finished 6th in AA-Expert. I'm ready to comeback strong at the next round in Indiana and put my Beta 250RR on the podium."

Top 10 For Gas Gas North America At Loose Moose National Enduro

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Marquette, MI (September 9, 2018) – FAR Racing Gas Gas North America’s Andrew DeLong scored a respectable ninth place finish on his GasGas XC300 at this weekend’s Loose Moose National Enduro in Marquette, Michigan.
 
DeLong had his bright moments on the tricky Michigan terrain, which featured anything from sand to large moss-covered rocks and deep sinkholes. However, after getting off to a good start in the sandy first tests, the Pennsylvania rider suffered a lapse in focus in the last two tests that was tough to overcome. Had it not been for the fifth test, where DeLong was 24th fastest, he would have most likely finished in or around the top five.
 
Andrew DeLong: I had a good day going but then I made a mistake and after that I started pushing and I just let it get away from me after that. Overall, I was riding well, but I just went off the rails in the last two tests. The bike is working great and we made good adjustments to set up the bike for this type of terrain. We continue to make progress, but I just need to stay focused for the entire day.
 
The FAR Racing Gas Gas North America team returns to action on September 16th for the Black Sky GNCC in Harpursville, New York, round 10 of the Amsoil Grand National Cross Country Series.
 
PRO RESULTS
1. Steward Baylor (KTM)
2. Grant Baylor (KTM)
3. Josh Toth (KTM)
4. Ben Kelley (KTM)
5. Evan Smith (Hsq)
6. Cory Buttrick (Hsq)
7. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
8. Nick Fahringer (Shr)
9. Andrew DeLong (GG)
10. Mike Witkowski (Bet)
 
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 Mitas tyres, Spectro Performance Oils, Renthal, DP Brakes, Twin Air High Performance Airfilter Products, @Bulletproof designs, P3 Composites, LLC, FMF Racing, @ARC Levers, IMS Products, @FPS Radiators, G2 Ergonomics, @Motion Pro, Hbd MotoGrafx, Seat Concepts, @JDP Suspension, Fly Racing, Bell Helmets, @Matrix Concepts, EKS Brand, SKF, @Q springs, SAMCO, XCGear, Lectron Fuel Systems,  SKF, Wossner pistons, MOTO Tassinari
 
About Fred Andrews Racing
Fred Andrews’ professional racing career started on the AMA Motocross and Supercross circuit for 9 years before switching to off-road full time in 1993. After racing for Factory Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki himself, Andrews switched to a managerial roll in 2008, managing the Monster Andrews Yamaha in 2008-2009, the FAR Husqvarna Team in 2010 to 2013, and the KR4 Performance Husqvarna Team before joining GasGas in 2017.
 
About Torrot GasGas North America, Inc.
Torrot GasGas North America, Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of Torrot Electric Europa S.A., a highly innovative business group with a proven track record for success in high tech applied to its 3 business areas: smart mobility, off road motorcycle manufacturing, and smart cities. Currently, Torrot Group sells its products to more than 40 countries in 4 continents. Since acquiring GasGas in 2015 Torrot has made significant investments in the GasGas factory and the GasGas product line with a vision towards building GasGas into a major player in the global motorcycle market. 
 
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PODIUM SWEEP FOR KTM RIDERS AT SUNDAY'S LOOSE MOOSE NATIONAL ENDURO

 Grant Baylor

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Round 8 - AMA National Enduro Series - September 9, 2018

MARQUETTE, Mich. – KTM-mounted riders swept the top four overall positions on Sunday for Round 8 of the AMA National Enduro Series in Marquette, Michigan. Tely Energy KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. captured his third win of the season in a battle to the end, besting his teammate Grant Baylor in second. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth rounded out the overall podium in third, while Trail Jesters/KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley finished just off the podium in fourth.

With ideal track conditions taking place in Marquette, Michigan, Toth went to work in battling for his second victory of the season. He maintained a solid pace throughout the entire race, finishing inside the top four in all but one of the day’s sections. Following a fourth-place finish in test one, Toth and his FMF KTM Factory Racing crew made a slight adjustment to the KTM 250 XC-F for test two and it proved to be a good one as he went on to capture second-place in the third test. He experienced some issues in test four when he came into contact with a tree branch but he fought through to finish 4-4-3 in the final three tests. With a consistent run all day, Toth was able to secure his second-straight podium finish with third.

 Toth: “It wasn’t my best day today, I struggled earlier in the day but I turned it around and improved throughout the day to make my way into third. I didn’t have much for the Baylor brothers today and neither did anyone else. I’m happy to be on the podium again and healthy going into next weekend’s GNCC.”

The Baylor brothers were a force to be reckoned with on Sunday as they captured every available test-win between the two Tely Energy Racing KTMs. Steward set the pace right away, taking the opening victory, but Grant answered back with three-consecutive wins in tests two, three and four. Steward finished strong with victories in the final two tests as he successfully navigated his way through a challenging test six at the end of the day. Despite a hard fight by Grant, it was Steward who prevailed in the end to earn his third victory of the season.

Round 8: September 23, 2018 / Muddobbers National Enduro / Matthews, Indiana

NE Pro1 Results

1. Steward Baylor Jr., KTM, 2:10:43.383

2. Grant Baylor, KTM, 2:11:10.918

3. Josh Toth, KTM, 2:12:41.506

4. Ben Kelley, KTM, 2:13:19.743

 

NE1 Pro Championship Standings

1. Steward Baylor Jr., 178 points

2. Josh Toth, 165

3. Grant Baylor, 132

4. Ben Kelley, 125

5. Cory Buttrick, 110


 

Steward Baylor Tops Brother Grant At Loose Moose National Enduro

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Marquette, MI (September 9, 2018) – Steward Baylor used a strong push in the final test (and took advantage of a couple of mishaps by his brother Grant in the same test) to claim the overall win at the Loose Moose National Enduro, round eight of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in Marquette, Michigan.

The Loose Moose Enduro is one reason the National Enduro Series is so great. Held in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near Marquette, the race utilizes terrain that is quite diverse and a bit different from a lot of the other rounds, ranging from sandy single track, to giant moss-covered rocks, to deep mud holes. The race is as varied as the series, and it takes an all-around rider to win in the “U.P.”.

To say the Baylor brothers dominated the Loose Moose Enduro would be an understatement. Combined, the Tely Energy KTM-backed siblings accounted for all six test wins. Steward won tests 1, 5 and 6, while Grant won 2,3 and 4.

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Grant took the lead from Steward after the third test and the South Carolina rider held an 18-second lead going into the final test. But after having to dig his way out of a couple of mud holes, Grant lost ground to Steward and handed back the lead for good.

In the end, Steward took advantage of a rare first-test win to claim the overall victory by 27 seconds ahead of Grant. Meanwhile, the brothers finished over a minute-and-a-half clear of third place.

“I bet in all my years of racing the National Enduro series I think this is just the sixth time I have won the first test of a race,” said Steward. “Grant got out to a lead over me, but it started to get pretty rocky in the last few tests and that’s when things started going my way. Those last two tests seemed to fall in my lap.”

Grant was not happy about losing the race in the final test, but glad that the race was won by his brother.

“The day was pretty good, I got third in the first test and then went on to win the next three tests,” said Grant. “I had a good lead over Steward but then I lost a little time when I got stuck on a rock in the fifth test. Then in the last test, I was just trying to get through it, but there were some random sinkholes and I ended up burying it up to my seat three times and I had to get off the bike and pull it out. At least I had a big enough lead to hang on to second.”

Third went to Josh Toth. The FMF/KTM Factory rider was admittedly off the pace, especially in the second test where he posted the seventh-fastest time.

“It wasn’t my day, I just had nothing for Steward today,” said Toth. “I got a bad start in the first test, and then I thought I rode well in the second test but my times didn’t show it. I was off the pace so I had to try to turn it around. I was going good in the fifth test but I hit a limb with my arm and it went dead on me, but it seems to be okay now.”

Trail Jesters Racing KTM’s Ben Kelley finished 38 seconds behind Toth for fourth.

“I felt like I rode pretty well today,” said Kelley. “I had a few mistakes, and in that last test, which was pretty gnarly, I think I had two crashes and got stuck in the mud twice. It was a cool test and I felt like I was going good, but it was tricky.”

SRT Racing’s Evan Smith continues to hover around the top five and finished a solid fifth in Michigan after turning in a relatively clean ride with just a couple of small mistakes. Meanwhile, KR4 Husqvarna’s Cory Buttrick was just behind in sixth.

“I just felt kind of rusty in the sand,” said Buttrick. “I gave up a little bit of time in those first few tests just trying to get my feet back up under me, but the rest of the day I felt pretty good.”

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Seventh went to Solid Performance KTM ace Ryder Lafferty, who also won the NE Pro2 class with his finish.

“It was a really good day,” said Lafferty. “I like coming up here and riding in the sand and it’s a lot like home, so I just had fun riding my bike today and it paid off in a win.”

Gnarly Routes KTM rider Russell Bobbitt had a fairly uneventful day en route to eighth, while Nathan Federer brought his KTM home for ninth and second in the NE Pro 2 class.

Nick Fahringer rounded out the top 10 in his Sherco, with Gas Gas North America’s Andrew DeLong finishing in 11th overall.

AirGroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna’s Logan Lowrey rounded out the NE Pro2 podium with third in the class and 12th overall.

Thad DuVall had a disappointing day. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider knocked a hole in his side case when he struck a rock and was forced to drop out near the start of the sixth test.

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Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Mackenzie Tricker was victorious in the Women’s Elite class, beating out KR4 Husqvarna’s Tayla Jones by 35 seconds. Tricker won three of the five tests en route to the win.

“It was close all day between me and Tayla,” said Tricker. “Of the tests I lost to her, I think I lost one by just a second and another one by two seconds. I made pretty good time all day and I felt like I rode pretty good.”

Jesse Ansley (KTM) took the win in the AA class over Ben Parsons (Hsq) by two-and-a-half minutes.

“I like the sand so I did well in the first two tests,” said Ansley. “After that, when it got rocky, I started having a rougher time. I struggled a bit in the later tests but I just tried to stay smooth and it paid off.”

JD Friebel was third in the AA class on a Husqvarna.

The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series returns to action on September 23rd for the Muddobbers National Enduro in Matthews, Indiana, round nine of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series. For more information go to www.nationalenduro.com.

0VERALL RESULTS

1. Steward Baylor (KTM)

2. Grant Baylor (KTM)

3. Josh Toth (KTM)

4. Ben Kelley (KTM)

5. Evan Smith (Hsq)

6. Cory Buttrick (Hsq)

7. Ryder Lafferty (Hsq)

8. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

9. Nathan Ferderer (KTM)

10. Nick Fahringer (Shr)

 

 

Media Contact:

Shan Moore

shan@tandenews.com

918-625-2899

Featured Product Friday- 2019 Gas Gas EC Dirt Bikes

2019 Gas Gas EC 200/250/300 Dirt Bikes

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The renewed power of the two strokes

The highly competitive GasGas EC enduro models renew their image by incorporating improvements in the frame and suspension, the engine and the electrical system. The brand from Girona updates the looks of its enduro while keeping intact the wild, attractive line of its unmistakable two-stroke off-road models.

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A versatile, powerful, resistant all-terrain machine

The natural evolution of a model that has managed to adapt as none other has to the demands of the toughest of discipline, to keep growing until it has become the best version of itself, a true dirt-bike symbol. A versatile, powerful, resistant all-terrain machine designed to meet the needs of today's enduro rider, whatever their level, Thanks to the quality and versatility of a bike that, in 2019, renews its image with a special graphic design where the red is kept as the emblematic color of the brand, although this time introducing black and white strokes also.

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Improvements in its engine and frame and suspension


With a dry weight just over 100 kilograms positioning it as one of the lightest bikes on the market, the new GasGas EC and XC models show off improvements in its engine and frame and suspension, in addition to its electrical system -with a new starter and greater capacity battery system- and the novelty of the double switch map, to get the most out of dry or wet terrain.

With regard to the engine, the new GasGas 250 and 300 cc bikes, have a new cylinder head. New technology that allows an increase in the thermodynamic performance of the engine and an increase in power for the 2019 versions, achieving a more linear delivery of torque throughout its range.

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Maximum quality of their components

As with its revolutionary predecessor, GasGas has made a firm commitment with its new models for the maximum quality of their components and details to highlight the fact it is a benchmark in the world of two-stroke enduro bikes. A complete list of components, often surprising to see on a production bike, endow the entire GasGas Enduro range with an exclusive character, equipped in its entirety with suspension from the prestigious firm Kayaba, a Magura clutch pump, FMF exhaust, Kehin carburettor, Neken handlebar, and Excel wheel rims are among the most outstanding features of this 2019 edition.

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Amateur Rider Spotlight- Geoff Holder- B 45+

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Name: Geoff R Holder
Age: 46
Hometown: Cleveland, AL
Local Series: SECCA
Class: 45+B
Bike: 2018 Yamaha YZ250X

 Small description as to why you chose to race the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series: I like the opportunity to travel to different parts of the country and ride the best singletrack the area has to offer. I’ve always preferred the enduros, to be able to ride with friends and family on the same row. Even though sometimes I miss the timekeepers, NEPG has done a great job of expanding the sport by putting on great events, and the competition level is always high in every class. 
 
 
Your favorite race so far: Cherokee National. Awesome course and a cooler than usual morning made for a great day. 
 
 
Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series: Hard to narrow down to one, but finishing 3rd in the mud at the Red Fox was nice, thanks to a good row! The scenery at the Dragon’s Back was very cool. 
 
 
Goals for the Season: Just going to the races with friends and my older brother is a thrill for me. But since my first national enduro in 1992, I’ve gotten a few seconds and thirds, but I’m still looking for my first national win, that would be a bonus! 

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