Husqvarna Race Report

Josh Strang-Shan Moore Photo

Josh Strang-Shan Moore Photo

PRESS INFORMATION, 08/21/2017

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THAD DUVALL CLAIMS THE WIN AT MUDDOBBERS NATIONAL ENDURO

 

The Muddobbers National Enduro took place this weekend in Matthews, Indiana where conditions were hot with high humidity. The course consisted of six tests through farmer’s fields with some tight wooded sections and three creek crossings. The dirt was nearly perfect for the riders throughout the day.

 

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall got off to a slow start in the first 11-mile test. The course was rough and there was not much time to warm up before going into the test. He fell twice and didn’t have much flow in the test which would result in a 5th place finish. From there, Duvall regained time and momentum and rode to win the next three tests. The tight woods and creek crossings would prove to be an advantage for Duvall over the competitors as he set the fastest times throughout many of the tests. He finished the final two tests 2-1 for his fourth overall win in a row! This win places Duvall 16 points ahead of second place in the overall point’s standings.

 

“Taking my fourth win in a row is a huge boost in maintaining my confidence, especially right before I leave for the 2017 ISDE this coming week.” said an excited Thad Duvall.

 

Josh Strang started the race off finishing the first test in 7th place. He became more comfortable by the second test as he rode to a fourth place spot. Unfortunate mechanical issues would slow Strang from finding his groove in the tight trees and he would ultimately finish in 8th overall.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muddobbers National Enduro Round 6 Pro Results:


1. Thad Duvall (HUS)
2.  Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
3. Grant Baylor (HUS)

8. Josh Strang (HUS)

 

KTM Race Report From The Muddobbers

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Russell Bobbitt Second At Muddobbers National Enduro

Round 6 – AMA National Enduro Series – August 20

 

MATTHEWS, IN – FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt came away with his first podium of the season at round six of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series after claiming an impressive runner-up place finish at this weekend’s Muddobbers National Enduro in Matthews, Indiana.

 

Bobbitt, a five-time national champ, got off to a quick start in the morning by laying down the fastest time in test one, finishing the 11-mile test on his KTM 250 XC-F two seconds faster than KTM support rider Steward Baylor Jr. of SRT Racing. Bobbitt was never outside the top three in any of the remaining tests except for the sixth and final test where he got stuck in a mud bog and lost considerable time to eventual winner DuVall.

 

Bobbitt went into the final 10-mile test sitting five seconds behind DuVall in the overall results and was “on a burner” when he hit the goo and lost ground. In the end, Bobbitt finished the event 21 seconds out of the lead.

 

Baylor, who also got off to a quick start, took a nasty, high-speed tumble in the second test of the day and spent the remainder of the day trying to regain his momentum, eventually finishing the event in fourth.

 

In addition to Bobbitt’s second place and Baylor’s fourth, three other KTMs filled the top 10 with Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith claiming fifth, KTM support rider SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick in sixth and Solid Performance KTM’s Jesse Groemm in seventh.

 

With the runner-up finish, Bobbitt moved into fourth overall in the series standings, while Baylor remains second overall, 16 points out of first.

 

Bobbitt: “I made a couple of little changes to the bike this weekend and I think that help me get off to a great start this morning by winning the first test. I think I held the lead until about the fourth test and then Thad (DuVall) got a couple of seconds on me when I fell over and got my leg trapped under the bike, which cost me a little time. We ended up having pretty close times in the fifth test so I went into the last test just five seconds behind him and I had a good ride going but then I took a bad line in a section by this little creek and I buried my bike in a muddy bog and unfortunately I had to get off the bike and pull it out, so it took me a while to get going again. It was a bummer to lose out in the last test like that but I’m happy to be back on the podium and I’m looking forward to the next round in Missouri.”

 

Baylor: “The first test was pretty good for me, but I crashed pretty hard in test two and did some damage to the bike, which cost me a lot of time. I was feeling pretty good up until that point but then I was playing catch-up the rest of the day. I was a pretty fast crash and it kind of scared me a little, so it was hard to get my momentum back after that. I got lucky with the way I landed and it could have been worse, but my leg was pretty sore the rest of the day and it was a struggle to stand up on the bike.”

 

 

Next Event: Round 7 – Park Hills, Missouri – September 17, 2017

 

Overall Results

1. Thad DuVall

2. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

3. Grant Baylor

4. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)

5. Evan Smith (KTM)

6. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

7. Jesse Groemm (KTM)

8. Josh Strang

9. Nick Fahringer

10. Thorn Devlin

 

 

Overall Championship Standings

1. Thad DuVall (157)

2. Steward Baylor Jr. (141)

3. Grant Baylor (109)

4. Russell Bobbitt (103)

5. Cory Buttrick (94)

6. Jesse Groemm (85)

7. Josh Toth (67)

8. Evan Smith (61)

9. Kailub Russell (58)

10. Josh Strang (57)

 

 

DuVall Takes Fourth Straight Win At Muddobbers National Enduro

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Matthews, Indiana (August 20, 2017) – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad DuVall continued his recent domination of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series by claiming his fourth-straight win at this weekend’s Muddobber’s National Enduro – round six of the series in Matthews, Indiana.

With the win, DuVall increased his advantage in the series standings to 16 points over SRT Racing’s Steward Baylor.

Five-time national enduro champion Russell Bobbitt got the ball rolling by turning the fastest time in test one, finishing the 11-mile section two seconds faster than Baylor, while Solid Performance KTM’s Jesse Groemm logged the third-fastest time, another eight seconds back.

Bobbitt continued to lead the event until the midway point of the race, but gave up the top spot to DuVall after the West Virginia rider reeled off three-straight test wins (tests two through four) to take over the lead in the provisional standings.

“I’ve been doing a lot of prep for the upcoming ISDE in France and I haven’t been doing a lot of training in the tight woods, and I think it showed in the first couple of tests,” said DuVall. “Once I got settled in I felt pretty good and my times got a lot faster. I think the trail was a little tighter than what I remembered and it kind of snuck up on me.”

Just three-tenths of a second separated DuVall and Bobbitt in the fifth test and the two rivals went into the sixth and final test of the day with DuVall leading Bobbitt by just five seconds. DuVall ended up having one of his best rides of the day, while Bobbitt got stuck in a mud bog and lost a considerable amount of time. At the end of the day, DuVall finished the event with a 39-second advantage over Bobbitt to claim the win.

“It was good to get back into race mode after a couple of weeks off and I feel like conditioning came into play a little bit today with the heat and humidity. It also feels really good to get a win heading into next week’s ISDE,” said DuVall, who flies out the following day (Monday) for France to compete in the International Six Days Enduro.

Bobbitt moved into fourth overall in the series standings with his runner-up finish.

“We made a few changes to the bike and I felt a lot more confident in the tests today,” said Bobbitt. “I think I rode well today and I think it all came down to choosing a bad line in the last test.”

KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Husqvarna’s Grant Baylor claimed his second podium finish of the season with a third (Grant won round two in Florida), finishing just one second behind Bobbitt in the final results.

“I let those guys get a little head start on me,” said Grant. “I think I was sixth in the first test, but I picked up the pace after that and was able to start top three for the rest of the day. Going into the last test I think I was about 35 seconds out of the lead and I just went for it. I didn’t hit the ground all day until that last test and about a mile from the finish I had a tip-over and it cost me at least five seconds and I ended up losing second place by just one second so that bobble really cost me.”

Steward Baylor, Grant’s older brother, finished the day in fourth. The SRT Racing KTM rider was second in the first test and looked well on his way to a podium finish. However, a high-speed crash in test two cost the former national enduro champion a lot of time and the South Carolina rider struggled to get his rhythm back.

“I crashed pretty hard and did some damage to the bike, which cost me,” said Steward. “I was feeling pretty good up until that point but then I was playing catch-up the rest of the day. It was a pretty fast crash and it kind of scared me a little, so it was hard to get my momentum back after that. I got lucky with the way I landed and it could have been worse, but my leg was pretty sore the rest of the day and it was a struggle to stand up on the bike.”

Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith had his best finish of the year with a fifth overall finish. The Georgia native had a consistent day, finishing 4th, 5th, 6th, 4th, 5th, and 6th in the six tests.

Sixth overall went to SRT Racing KTM’s Cory Buttrick, who finished the event with the third-fastest time in test six. Buttrick is a consistent top five guy and sits fifth overall in the series standings.

New Jersey’s Jesse Groemm put his Solid Performance KTM into seventh, just four seconds ahead of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Josh Strang. Meanwhile, Sherco Offroad’s Nick Fahringer and AirGroup Racing/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna’s Thorn Devlin rounded out the top 10.

Devlin also won the Rekluse/Expert AA class, beating teammate Tyler Vore by three minutes and 16 seconds. Vore was 13th overall.

“It was a good day for me,” said Devlin. “I didn’t hit the ground all day and I felt really good on the bike.”

Beta-mounted Logan Lowrey rounded out the top three in the Rekluse/Expert AA class, finishing 15th in the overall standings.

Despite riding in her first-ever enduro, Australian off-road star Mackenzie Tricker took the win in the Women’s A/B class on her Bonanza Plumbing-backed KTM, topping all five of the tests in the class. Husqvarna-mounted Sarah Baldwin was six minutes back in second, while Yamaha-mounted Allie Spurgeon was third, another 18 minutes behind Baldwin.

“The day was good,” said Tricker. “The tests weren’t nearly as tight as I thought they were going to be and I had a really good time. Mainly, I stayed off the ground and I managed to not hit any trees.”

The Open A class was won by Sam Mattingly on a Yamaha, while the 250 A class was won by fellow Yamaha rider James King.

The 2017 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series resumes action on September 17th for the Lead Belt National Enduro, round seven of the series in Park Hills, Missouri. For more information on the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series check out www.nationalenduro.com.

 

RESULTS

OVERALL

Overall Results

1. Thad DuVall

2. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

3. Grant Baylor

4. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)

5. Evan Smith (KTM)

6. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

7. Jesse Groemm (KTM)

8. Josh Strang

9. Nick Fahringer

10. Thorn Devlin

 

Media Contact:

Shan Moore

shan@tandenews.com

(918) 625-2899

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THAD DUVALL EXTENDS CONTRACT

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall extends his contact for another two years with the off-road racing team. Duvall has had a successful first season with the team aboard his FX 350. He is currently leading in points for the AMA National Enduro Series and sits in a close second place for the GNCC Racing Series.

 

Thad Duvall: “I am super excited to be given the opportunity, once again, to work with such an awesome company and team for two more years. I feel that the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team has helped me to showcase my best talents. I can’t wait to see what the future season hold for me!”

Tim Weigand (Off-road Team Manager): “Thad is a huge part of our Rockstar Energy Husqvarna off-road family and we are happy to continue this partnership. He puts forth a lot of hard work and determination into the race program. It has been awesome to see his true potential show this year and I look forward to what the future holds.”

KENDA Tire For Muddobbers

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 alternates would be Southwick II or Washougal II, depending on the weather. 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.

Muddobbers Is Full, The Waiting List Is Open

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If you didn't get signed up for the Muddobbers National Enduro before the 500 rider cut off and would still like to ride, below is how the waiting list works. 

If you don’t have a LiveLaps participant account please go to www.livelaps.com to create one, you can then sign into your account, select the event, pay and select to get on the waiting list.

Rows not picked up by 8:15am Sunday morning will be randomly filled by the waiting list. Riders on the waiting list are not able to get on the same row.

Husqvarna Race Report From The Rattlesnake

Josh Strang

Josh Strang

PRESS INFORMATION, 07/24/2017

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THAD DUVALL TAKES THE OVERALL WIN AT THE RATTLESNAKE NATIONAL ENDURO

 

Teammate Josh Strang trails closely behind for a second place finish

 

The Rattlesnake National Enduro took place this weekend in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania where course conditions were slick due to rain the two days prior to the race. The Rattlesnake Enduro was set to be one of the most technical of this seasons races due to the extremely rocky terrain, with all six tests ranging from 6 to 8.5 miles. 

 

The tough conditions are where Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall thrives and this round was no different. Off the start, he would charge with determination to finish the first two tests in the second place position. Test number three proved to be the toughest stage for Duvall where a fall would cost him unfortunate time loss for a ninth place finish. As the day continued, he would regain momentum and progress all the way until the last test where he finished first. Despite some time loss, Duvall’s consistent times allowed him the overall win which in turn made him the series point’s leader!

 

“Round 5 was tough with the slippery conditions in the rocks, but I stayed positive and made my ride count with another win aboard my FX 350! said an excited Thad Duvall.

 

Josh Strang leapt off the line and never loked back, winning the first test by a mere one second over Duvall. Strang maintained speed throughout the upcoming tests finishing within the top four on all remaining tests. This solid ride and unbeatable stamina led Strang to finishing in second place overall, his best finish of the season.   

 

“Today was a good day and it was a relief to get such a solid result. My foot is starting to come around and this boost has really helped me feel more confident in my enduro prep.” said Josh Strang.

 

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Thad Duvall and Josh Strang will make their way next to Matthews, Indiana for Round 6 of the National Enduro on August 20th.

 

 

Rattlesnake National Enduro Round 5 Pro Results:


1. Thad Duvall (HUS)
2.
Josh Strang (HUS)
3. Josh Toth (YAM)

 

2017 National Enduro Series Points:

 

1. Thad Duvall                127 points

2. Steward Baylor Jr        123 points

3. Grant Baylor                 88 points

 

 

10. Josh Strang                44 points