Sidi Boots has partnered with the NEPG for 2017 and will raffle off a new pair of Sidi boots at every National Enduro in 2017. Tickets will be just $5 each and can be purchased online below or at the event. There will only be 60 tickets available for each raffle so your chances are very good to win. Sidi will get the winners size and send the boots directly to them.
Sherco Offroad, the exclusive importer of Sherco’s Enduro World Championship winning enduro motorcycles, is pleased to announce that in addition to Nick Fahringer and Mason Ottersberg, Evan Smith and Jacob Rowland will be competing on Shercos in 2017. Evan (pictured to the left) will be competing in the National Enduro Promoters Group (NEPG) series in the Pro class and the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series in the XC2 Class. Evan will be racing a Sherco SEF 300R four stroke in the NEPG series and a SEF250 in the GNCC series.
Sherco Offroad is also pleased to announce that Jacob Rowland (pictured to the right) will be competing on a Sherco SEF 300 R four stroke in the NEPG series in the AA class and the Full Gas Sprint Enduro (FGSE) series in the Open A class. Jake was third in the AAclass in the NEPG series in 2016 and third overall in the A class in the FGSE series in 2016. Jake has a moto background and loves grass tracks and plans to qualify for the ISDE in 2017.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing is pleased to announce their 2017 off-road team featuring Colton Haaker, Josh Strang, Jacob Argubright, and Thaddeus Duvall.
Winner of both the 2016 AMA Endurocross and FIM SuperEnduro Championships, Colton Haaker looks ahead to defending his hard-fought titles. Currently competing in the 2017 FIM SuperEnduro Championship, Haaker will soon head to Aspen, Colorado to compete in the Winter X Games from January 26th to 29th. From there he will prepare to defend his AMA Endurocross Championship title.
Competing alongside each other in the Grand National Cross Country and National Enduro Series are Josh Strang and Thaddeus Duvall. Duvall joins the team after claiming a historical ISDE World Trophy Team win for the USA last year, as well as being crowned 2016 Full Gas Sprint Enduro Champion. He brings skill, knowledge, and character to an already successful team. Josh Strang will continue his run for GNCC gold after placing as championship runner-up at the end of the 2016 season.
Representing the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team in the west coast desert series is Jacob Argubright. Argubright is heading into 2017 having finished second overall in the AMA National Hare and Hound series.
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Airgroup Racing and Enduro Engineering have joined forces to form Airgroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna Racing, a two-rider off-road team consisting of Andrew Delong and Expert-AA rider Thorn Devlin.
DeLong comes to the team with an impressive list of accomplishments, including the 2014 Kenda AMA National Enduro Championship title. The Pennsylvania native has been plagued by injury during the past two seasons, however the former Factory Husqvarna rider is looking forward to getting back on the winning track in 2017 with his new team.
“The last two years have been a struggle because of my injury and I think I’m finally healthy and ready to fight for a championship again,” said DeLong. “I’m excited to be a part of Airgroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna Racing and I feel this team will give me the flexibility I need to deal with racing on my own terms and to do what I feel is best for my racing career, including what events and what bike I want to ride.”
DeLong, who is currently alternating between a TX300 and an FX350, will concentrate on the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in 2017 as well as riding select rounds of the GNCC series and a handful of special high profile off-road events.
Devlin will ride a TX300 in the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series as well as select special high profile events. The 19-year-old from Tamaqua, Pennsylvania had a career-best third overall finish at last year’s Rattlesnake National Enduro in Pennsylvania, and is looking forward to his first full season on the national enduro circuit.
“I grew up riding in the rocks near my home in Pennsylvania, and that’s where I feel most comfortable, but I’m looking forward to expanding my horizons by riding the wide variety of terrain that the national enduro series offers,” says Devlin.
The team will be managed by longtime enduro enthusiast and Pro Bass fisherman Bob McCumby, with Mike “Napper” Napieralski serving as head race mechanic.
The first national appearance for DeLong, Devlin and Airgroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna Racing will be round one of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in Sumter, South Carolina, on February 5th.
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The January 2017 issue of On The Pegs is LIVE and it features an interview with eight-time US MotoTrials Champ Pat Smage and his minder, six-time US MotoTrials Champ, Ryan Young. Interviews with US ISDE team manager Antti Kallonen and Taddy Blazusiak are also featured. We also take a look at the Beta EVO and 2017 Sherco ST trials bikes.
Beta USA has re-signed woman racer Morgan Tanke through the 2017 season. Nineteen year old Tanke hails from Riverside, California and has proven herself to be a threat in the Women's EnduroX championship by finishing second in the 2016 series aboard her Beta 300 Xtrainer.
"I couldn't be happier to sign another deal with Beta, I love the bikes and the team, and I'm grateful for all of the support that they have given me. I'm excited to see what 2017 has in store!" Tanke comments.
Beta USA's Tim Pilg has this to say, "I am super happy to continue with Morgan. She not only has talent as a young racer but also has a great work ethic. Our team manager Zack Huberty and rider coach Rodney Smith are looking forward to getting her out racing other select off road events along with EnduroX. She has some very special "go fast" skills and we want to help her succeed in all aspects of racing."
Tanke will race some select GNCC and National Enduro's to get her feet wet in those series. She will race a specially prepared Beta Xtrainer as the size of the bike fits her perfectly.
Tanke runs #31, ironically the same number that her coach Rodney Smith ran to win 5 GNCC titles
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2017 FMF KTM Factory Racing Team Announced
MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM Motorsports has officially announced its FMF KTM Factory Racing Team lineup for 2017, showcasing a versatile lineup of the nation’s best offroad racers. The six-rider roster includes Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell, Kacy Martinez, Russell Bobbitt, Cody Webb and Ivan Ramirez – all of which are returning from the 2016 season.
Shifting gears from his previous season in the World EnduroGP, Robert will contest the AMA National Hare & Hound Championship this season, as well as WORCS and select extreme enduro events across the globe. For this, Robert will race aboard the KTM 450 XC-F. Coming off a successful run at the 2016 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), the ISDE Overall Individual Winner and leading the U.S. Trophy Team to its first-ever Gold Medal, Robert enters the 2017 season with an all-new set of championship-winning goals.
Russell, a four-time AMA Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC) Champion, will return to the team’s lineup following an announcement earlier this year detailing a career-contract with the team. Aboard the championship-proven KTM 350 XC-F, Russell will attempt to become the winningest GNCC racer in series history as he enters the 2017 season only seven wins away from Scott Summers in the top position. Additionally, the 2015 AMA National Enduro Champion will return to the series full time after missing out on the opportunity to defend his title last season due to injury. Russell will compete on a KTM 250 XC-F for the National Enduro Series.
With multiple national championships under her belt ranging from coast to coast, Martinez has proven her versatility in the offroad world as a two-time GNCC Champion, three-time WORCS Champion, X-Games Women’s EnduroX Gold Medal and two AMA Western Hare Scramble championships. Martinez is expanding her horizons in 2017 to compete full-time in the AMA National Hare & Hound Series, as well as the AMA EnduroCross Series, where she will pilot a KTM 250 XC-F in pursuit of two first-time offroad titles.
Five-time AMA National Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt will return to the lineup in 2017 to defend his title aboard the KTM 250 XC-F. Additionally, Bobbitt will compete in the full GNCC Series for the first time ever as he continues to prepare to become a serious contender in the series.
The two-time AMA EnduroCross Champion returns for his second season with the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team. Webb, who finished a close 2nd in 2016, will pilot the KTM 350 EXC-F in the EnduroCross Series as he looks to reclaim the title in 2017. Webb will also compete in select extreme enduro events aboard the KTM 300 XC throughout the season.
Ramirez will return to the lineup in 2017 to compete aboard the KTM 450 X-F in both the AMA National Hare & Hound Series and WORCS. The 2015 AMA National Hare & Hound Champion will look to reclaim the No. 1 plate after battling back from injury during the last season.
With championship-proven equipment and riders on board, the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team is pleased to announce the addition of multi-time offroad champion Charlie Mullins as the exclusive trainer for its riders. Mullins, who recently retired from racing due to ongoing wrist injuries, will work under the umbrella of Aldon Baker to provide a championship-winning program for the offroad racing team.
Team Manager Antti Kallonen: “The 2016 season was very successful as the team captured five major offroad championships and several other big moments throughout the season. With Charlie Mullins staying on as the team’s exclusive trainer, we will have the same solid group once again and we’re looking forward to going after even more championships in 2017.”
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NEPG Pre-Entry Helpful Hints
For 2017 we have worked with Live Laps on a few changes in the pre-registration system to collect more accurate rider information. When registering you will need to enter your class, row request and bike brand, those items often change so they are no longer in the riders personal profile.
NOTE: Remember when selecting your row request, the system will give you the closest row available to what you requested going later as needed to find an open spot based on first come first serve. The system will never give you an earlier row than you have requested.
When entering groups of riders you will also need to search for your friend by AMA #, name or Livelaps #, enter their class and bike brand. Please make sure that your friends know that you are entering them, if you choose a rider that is all ready entered you will need to start over again.
NOTE: The top 10 Expert-AA class riders from 2016 have reserved spots 1 per row from 21-30 and the top 15 overall have reserved spots 1 per row from 31-45 plus additional Pro class riders from 46-55. Round 1 will have 6 riders per row but only 5 other spots available within those rows, so if you enter 6 riders together you would need to be below row 20 or after row 55.
The PayPal platform has been up-dated to their latest version to help with credit card payment issues, the quickest method of payment is to have a PayPal account but you can use a credit card if you prefer.
There is currently a practice event set up so you can check the system out if you like, PayPal has a min amount of .50 per entry so you will be charged that if you choose to practice. Login to your account and select the NEPG Practice Registration.
As for all events the registration is live to you can see the entries for the practice registration at https://www.livelaps.com/reg?1087 and new for 2017 you can see what rows are still available on the left side of the live registration page.
This month's issue of On The Pegs features coverage of the Big Buck Sprint Enduro in South Carolina, a look at the 2017 Gas Gas and Scorpa Trials bikes, and an interview with ISDE sensation Josh Toth, We also check in on Cody Webb and Taylor Robert free riding at Dinner Ski Ranch.
Pre-entry for round #1 of the 2017 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series opens Wednesday December 14th at 8pm eastern time.
Go to www.livelaps.com to set up your participant account and be ready to enter on Dec 14th for round #1 in Sumter, SC.
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- Feb 5th Sumter, SC
- March 19th Daytona Beach, FL
- April 30th Forest Hill, LA
- June 4th Greensboro, GA
- July 23rd Cross Fork, PA
- August 20th Matthews, IN
- Sept 17th Park Hills, MO
- Oct 15th Sand Springs, OK
- Nov 5th Stanton, AL
Stephen Jones of Dallas Texas was the round #9 Bell Helmet raffle winner
Heading into the final round, Bobbitt held a 17-point lead over KTM-supported rider Steward Baylor in the championship standings, which gave the Georgia native a comfortable position in the final head-to-head battle. Bobbitt maintained a conservative pace throughout the day aboard his KTM 250 XC-F; where he was able to secure 6th overall for the day to earn his fifth career championship – his first since 2011 – in the final round of racing.
The US squad claimed a first-ever World Trophy Team win at this year's ISDE. The November issue of On The Pegs has full coverage in addition to a report on the Zink Ranch National Enduro, an interview with Layne Michael and how to walk a section by six time National Trials Champ Ryan Young
Cory Buttrick has put in a great season on and off the track, winning the Zink Ranch National Enduro and the Mechanix Wear mechanic of the year.