The Lead Belt National Enduro took place this weekend in Park Hills, Missouri where conditions were hot with high humidity making the rocky track hard-packed and very dusty. The race consisted of six tests ranging from six to ten mile loops.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall came to race this round in order to salvage his overall lead in points after injuring his wrist at the beginning of ISDE in France. The momentum that he started off with made it seem like there was no injury at all. Duvall finished all but test five in second or third position, mere seconds behind the leaders in front of him. This push and internal drive to maintain an overall points lead prompted Duvall to claim a overall third place for the day for a seven point series lead with only two races left in the season.
“It was a tough day dealing with a small injury, but I was able to get through it and score some valuable points towards the championship. With only two races left, I am looking forward to getting healthy and getting those wins!” said an excited Thad Duvall.
Josh Strang would also ride a very consistent race and maintain a close distant to the lead pack. He finished fifth in the first four tests. The fifth test proved to be a little more technical for Strang but he charged to a fourth place finish in the final test, leading him to finish fifth overall for the day.
Lead Belt National Enduro Round 7 Pro Results:
1. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
2. Grant Baylor (HUS)
3. Thad Duvall (HUS)
5. Josh Strang (HUS)
National Enduro Pro Overall Points:
1. Thad Duvall (HUS)… 178 points
2. Steward Baylor Jr (KTM)… 171 points
3. Grant Baylor (HUS)… 134 points
8. Josh Strang (HUS)… 73 points
KTM Riders Dominate Top 10 At Lead Belt National Enduro
Round 7 – AMA National Enduro Series – September 17, 2017
PARK HILLS, MO – No less than six KTM riders graced the top 10 at this weekend’s Lead Belt National Enduro in Park Hills, Missouri, led by SRT KTM’s Steward Baylor, who won the event on his 350 XC-F.
FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt had a rough day, finishing 10th after struggling with the terrain. Riding his KTM 250 XC-F, Bobbitt went down several times during the day and couldn’t find his groove in the dry and rocky conditions. Despite the finish, the five-time national champ remains a solid fourth in the series standings with two rounds remaining.
Meanwhile, Baylor four of the six tests to finish the event with a 43-second advantage over second place. The South Carolina rider started the event with a win in test one and then finished strong with wins in the final three tests.
With the win, Baylor cut into Thad DuVall’s point lead by nine points and now sits just seven points out of the lead heading into the next-to-last round in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 15th.
Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith turned in his best performance of the season with a fourth overall. The Georgia rider started strong, with fourth place finishes in the first two tests and then rode a consistent race for the remainder of the day.
SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick and Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley occupied sixth and seventh, while Solid Performance Racing’s Jesse Groemm finished eighth, polishing off a great outing for KTM.
Bobbitt: “I got off to a pretty rocky start. I went down not far into the first test – I tucked the front end on a rocky downhill and twisted my front end, so that kind of set the tone for the day. I just didn’t find my groove all day and I was having a hard time fighting the dust, but we rode the best we could and tried to be super consistent. We’ll go back to the drawing board now and start getting ready for Tulsa.”
Baylor: “We started off the first test with a win and that got me off on the right foot. After two tests, I think me, Grant and Thad were within three seconds of each other, so I knew it was going to be a fight today. After test three I had to make up some time on Grant, but I got the test win in the last two tests and that gave me just the edge I needed.”
Smith: “Today went well, I felt like I rode pretty well and I think I put in some consistent times. I had a few falls and tweaked a few things on the bike but for the most part I kept it moving forward and I’m happy with my ride. It was pretty sketchy out there and it was tough just keeping it on two wheels.”
Next Event: Round 8 – Sand Springs, OK – October 15, 2017
1. Steward Baylor (KTM)
2. Grant Baylor (Hsq)
3. Thad DuVall (Hsq)
4. Evan Smith (KTM)
5. Josh Strang (Hsq)
6. Cory Buttrick (KTM)
7. Ben Kelley (KTM)
8. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
9. Thorn Devlin (Hsq)
10. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
Overall Championship Standings
1. Thad DuVall (178)
2. Steward Baylor Jr. (171)
3. Grant Baylor (134)
4. Russell Bobbitt (114)
5. Cory Buttrick (109)
6. Jesse Groemm (98)
7. Evan Smith (79)
8. Josh Strang (73)
9. Josh Toth (67)
10. Thorn Devlin (65)
Thorn Devlin of the Airgroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna team cliched the series class championship with a perfect score so far this year winning 7 out of 7 events.
Park Hills, Missouri (September 17, 2017) – Steward Baylor Jr. grabbed his second win of the season with an impressive performance at this weekend’s Lead Belt National Enduro in Park Hills, Missouri – round seven of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series Powered by FMF. The SRT Racing-backed Baylor won four of the six tests, claiming the win by 43-seconds over his brother, Grant, while series point leader Thad DuVall finished third, another 15 seconds back.
With the win, Steward carved nine points out of DuVall’s lead in the series standings. With just two rounds remaining the South Carolina rider now sits second, just seven points out of first.
“We started off the first test with a win and that got me off on the right foot,” said Baylor. “After two tests, I think me, Grant and Thad were within three seconds of each other, so I knew it was going to be a fight today. After test three I had to make up some time on Grant, but I got the test win in the last three tests and that gave me just the edge I needed.”
Grant Baylor held the lead after three tests, having won tests two and three, but the KR4 Arrive-n-Ride rider struggled in the fourth test which led to a meltdown in test five.
“It was really right racing early in the day and I felt like I was flowing really well with the bike and I ended up winning tests two and three, but after that I kind of went downhill,” said Grant. “In test four I caught up to Russell Bobbitt but I struggled with the dust and couldn’t get close enough to pass him. Then in the fifth test I just kind of fell apart, even though I managed to get second. To top it off, I threw away any chance I had at the win in the last test when I went down. I came around this corner and a vine wrapped around my front wheel and I had to get off the bike to get it loose. If not for a few mistakes I might have been on the top step.”
Points leader DuVall turned in an amazing performance, finishing third less than two weeks after tearing a ligament in his left wrist, which forced him to drop out of this year’s International Six Days Enduro in France.
“I flew home early from France and I got about five different opinions on what was wrong with my wrist,” said DuVall. “It was severe, but maybe not as severe as we thought. At first they thought I needed surgery, but it turned out I didn’t need it, which was good. So I rode this weekend with a brace and salvaged what I could.”
DuVall was second-fastest in tests two, four and six, and came away with third for the day, earning the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing off-roader 21 valuable championship points.
“It was tough,” added DuVall. “I noticed in the last test I had to use four fingers to pull in the clutch. Since I probably wasn’t even supposed to be riding today, I guess third place is something to be happy about.”
Grabbing his best finish of the year with a fourth was Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith, who finished fifth at the last round and has been steadily improving as the year progresses.
“Today went well; I felt like I rode pretty well and I think I put in some consistent times,” said Smith. “I had a few falls and tweaked a few things on the bike but for the most part I kept it moving forward and I’m happy with my ride. It was pretty sketchy out there and it was tough just keeping it on two wheels.”
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Josh Strang was fifth, edging SRT Racing KTM’s Cory Buttrick by six seconds.
Seventh went to Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley, who was making a rare national enduro appearance. Kelley got off to a slow start, finishing 13th in test one, but got stronger as the day wore on.
Eighth went to Solid Performance KTM’s Jesse Groemm, who topped AirGroup Racing/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna’s Thorn Devlin by just two seconds for the position. In addition to ninth, Devlin also won the Rekluse Expert/AA division, wrapping up the series title in the process.
Rounding out the top 10 was FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt.
Finishing second in the Rekluse Expert/AA division behind Devlin was KTM-mounted Logan Lowrey, who was also 13th overall. Meanwhile, AirGroup Racing/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna’s Tyler Vore was third in the Expert AA class and 15th overall.
“It feels good to wrap up the title,” said Devlin. “It was so dry out there and I knew if I went in tight I would be sliding all over the place so I tried to ride loose and it paid off.”
Devlin is undefeated for the year in the Expert AA class, with seven straight wins.
- nepgenduroCrews can now follow the red Moose Racing rider support arrows to catch their riders in between sections. To be able to catch your rider after section 1&2 at this week ends Lead Belt National Enduro you will need a bicycle because they are a couple miles down the paved bike path in the state park.
Preorders are being accepted for the 2017 Gobbler Getter National Enduro T-Shirts. The Enduro will be at Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club in Maplesville, Alabama on Novemeber 5th.
Gobbler Getter T shirts will be Gildan Dark Chocolate Brown in color and will be available for purchase in short sleeve for $15.00 each and Long sleeve for $20.00 each. The Gobbler Getter Hooded Sweatshirt will be Red in color and available to purchase for $25.00 each.
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With the forecast for dry conditions, the recommended tire for the Missouri Mudders Kenda AMA National Enduro in Park Hills, Missouri is the Washougal II DC. The Washougal II DC tire with its dual compound construction and aggressive knobs, works great in conditions like this event. An alternate rear tire would be the Triple, Equilibrium or Ibex. I used the Ibex here last year in the wet conditions and it worked great, I looked forward to the water fall. The Kenda rider support boxes will be at this round, they will be at the Kenda tent since we return to the pits to gas. The boxes contain a supply of Kenda Tuff-Tubes, bike stand, tools, tire spoons. 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 selection of Kenda tires, Super Tuff and Tuff Tubes including the Southwick, Millville 2, Washougal, Triple, Equilibrium and Ibex tires. You can reserve your tires at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tim at (248) 431-7506 before 10 PM EST. Mounting is available for tubes and most inserts. A selection of Kenda youth tires and Tuff-Tubes will also be available. We also carry bib mousses for riders that do not want to run tubes.
The 2017 year end awards ceremony will be held directly after the final round in Stanton, Alabama. Unlike the event awards, the year end awards and prizes will be handed out at the final event of the season.
Number of awards per class is as followed: Pro (6), Expert-AA (5), A-Open (5), A-250 (5), A-200 (4), A-30 (4), A-40 (5), A-45 (4), A-50 (3), A-55 (4), B-Open (4), B-250 (4), B-200 (4), B-30 (3), B-40 (3), B-45 (4), B-50 (3), B-55 (5), C-Open (3), C-250 (3), C-200 (3), C-30 (3), C-40 (3), C-50 (3), Womens Elite (3), Womens-C (3), 60+ (3), 66+ (3) NOTE: Must attend 4 events to qualify for year end awards.
Dinner will be catered by Bertolone Italian Cafe, serving salad, bread, penne with meatballs and drinks.
There will be no cost to attend the awards ceremony and have dinner, so if you are receiving an award, have a friend or relative that is, all are welcome to join the celebration.
The September issue of On The Pegs is live and ready to view! This month features include an in-depth look at the Arizona round of the TrialGP series. There is also coverage of the Muddubbers National Enduro in Indiana, the Tennessee Knockout at the Trials Training Center, and the LLR Sprint Enduro in Pennsylvania.