PRESS INFORMATION, 10/16/2017
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THAD DUVALL CLAIMS 3RD AT ZINK RANCH NATIONAL ENDURO
JOSH STRANG RACES TO A 8TH PLACE IN THE PRO CLASS
The Zink Ranch National Enduro took place this weekend in Sand Springs, Oklahoma where the weather was in the mid-60’s and near perfect for racing The terrain consisted of a mix between good tacky dirt to some rocky sections. The race consisted of seven tests as opposed to the usual six.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall made his return back to racing after an injury sustained at the 2017 ISDE. He had a slow start finishing the first test in the fifth position. In order to comeback and fight to keep his overall championship points lead, Duvall powered through test two and finished first across the line. His momentum carried in all of the remaining rounds where he rode mistake free finishing first in test three and second and third in the final three tests. Unfortunately for Duvall, the battle was so tight between the top three riders that he was only able to pull off a third place finish, resulting in him falling into second place for the series points. The final round, taking place on November 5th in Stanton, Alabama will be a winner take all race.
“It felt great to be back to racing. I am feeling back to myself. I was being pushed by the top guys and it was a tight race. I am happy to have the third place finish, but need to fight in the final round for the overall win to get that championship!” said an excited Thad Duvall.
Josh Strang would also ride a very consistent race claiming third in the first test, his best of the day. He rode mistake free, but was challenged by those in front of him. Strang would finish out the day in 8th for the Pro class.
Lead Belt National Enduro Round 8 Pro Results:
1. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
2. Grant Baylor (HUS)
3. Thad Duvall (HUS)
8. Josh Strang (HUS)
National Enduro Pro Overall Points:
1. Steward Baylor Jr (KTM)… 201 points
2. Thad Duvall (HUS)… 199 points
3. Grant Baylor (HUS)… 159 points
8. Josh Strang (HUS)… 86 points
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Sand Springs, OK(October 15, 2017) – Steward Baylor claimed a dramatic come-from-behind victory at this weekend’s John Zink National Enduro in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, marking his second win in a row in the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series powered by Motion Pro. With the win, the SRT Racing KTM rider moved to the top of the series standings with one round remaining on the schedule, guaranteeing a winner take all finish at the series finale in Alabama.
Two crashes in the opening test – a grass track – left Baylor sitting 12th heading into test two. However, as he has done so many times before, the South Carolina rider clawed his way back into contention and then sealed the deal with a hammer-down performance in the final two tests to steal the win from Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Thad DuVall.
“Giving the field a 15-second head start after the first test is starting to be my M.O.,” said Baylor. “It seems I have a habit of starting off my weekends with a bad test. But I slowly worked my way back towards the front and then in the sixth test I was able to get the win and gap those guys a little. It was anybody’s race going into the final test and I’ve always ridden my best in the last test and I just nailed all my lines and came away with the win.”
Baylor now leads DuVall by two points heading into the final round in Stanton, Alabama, on November 5.
For the second race in a row, Grant Baylor accompanied his brother, Steward, on the podium; putting his KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Husqvarna into second place, some 14 seconds behind his big brother. Like Steward, Grant also got off to a poor start, but turned the fastest time in the third test and then edged DuVall for second place with a quick time in the sixth test.
“I know I’m not my best in slippery conditions and after last night’s rain that grass track was pretty slick so I just took it easy and got through it the best I could,” said Grant. “I was a little bit down the standings after that first test, but I was pretty much top-three the rest of the day. Thad had six seconds on me going into the last test and I just hung it out for the last eight miles and I was able to edge him out for second by about three seconds.”
DuVall came into the event holding the series point lead and he led the race after four tests, having won the second and fourth tests. However, the West Virginia rider admittedly struggled in the final two tests, dropping him out of first place and into third.
“I felt like I gave 100% all day and it was some unreal close racing, but it was a little tighter and rockier than I was expecting,” said DuVall. “I was way off in the sixth test, and then in the seventh I stalled the engine and had trouble getting it started.
“I’m super happy with how I rode and I felt like I laid it on the line all day. Even if I had of won, it would still come down to the final round in Alabama, so I’m not disappointed at all.”
Fourth overall went to Evan Smith. The Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider crashed in test two and went over the bars, leaving him trapped for about a minute. However, the Georgia rider was able to work his way back just short of the top three by the end of the day, edging SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick for fourth with a strong ride in the final test.
Sixth was FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt. Other than a small tip-over in the first test, Bobbitt stayed clean for the rest of the day and rode a consistent race to beat out Solid Performance Racing’s Jesse Groemm.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Josh Strang finished the day in eighth, while AirGroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna teammates Thorn Devlin and Andrew DeLong rounded out the top 10.
In addition to a ninth overall finish, Thorn Devlin also topped the Rekluse/Expert AA class, beating teammate Tyler Vore by two-minutes-twenty-five seconds. Husqvarna-mounted Bryan Forrester was third.
The win was Devlin’s eighth straight win in the Expert-AA class.
Ashlee Applewhite beat fellow KTM rider Kerrie Swartz for the win in the Women’s Elite class.
Yamaha-mounted Sam Mattingly took the win in the Open A class over Ryan Overton (KTM) and Trent Whisenant (Yam). Former World Superbike contender Ben Spies was fourth.
The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series resumes action in Stanton, Alabama for the Gobbler Getter Enduro, the ninth and final round of the series on November 5th. For more information on the series go to www.nationalenduro.com.
1. Steward Baylor (KTM)
2. Grant Baylor (Hsq)
3. Thad DuVall (Hsq)
4. Evan Smith (KTM)
5. Cory Buttrick (KTM)
6. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
7. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
8. Josh Strang (Hsq)
9. Thorn Devlin (Hsq)
10. Andrew DeLong (Hsq)
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Article from Argentina new paper:
He is the champion of the enduro season after second place in Carlos Paz. It is his first championship in the senior A, the biggest division of the Argentine
Nicolás Kutulas had been fighting for three years as a champion of the Argentine enduro, but he was not given. One year after another he ended up chewing some anger over those frustrations, which yesterday stopped being to become the biggest celebration of his sports career. The Salta broke the barrier of the escort to be crowned Argentine champion of the senior category A after the second place that obtained in the sixth date disputed in the demanding circuit of Villa Carlos Paz.
Kutulas appeared to run with fractures in the ribs due to an accident that suffered a week before in the same circuit. He was unconscious, then recovered but the fall left the painful aftermath of the fracture that in competitions of any kind generate a loss of performance.
The flaming Argentine champion faced the sixth date with that problem, put his chest to the pain and close was to get his sixth victory of the year. He went first until the fifth lap, but in the last he fell and finished crossing the finish in second place, beh
d the rival Fernando Correa, his rival in the fight for "one of the season.
"I am very happy with the championship. This is the fourth year I fight and can only be given after three sub-championships. Much happier because in this circuit of Carlos Paz I was three years ago the possibility of getting my first title; winning the championship on this circuit was an outstanding subject. Now it's only fair to celebrate, "Kutulas told El Tribuno as the test finished.
"I'm very sore from the fracture issue in the ribs. I can not cough or laugh or anything, but just as well we celebrated very well, with champagne, with the team and my family, "added Salta, who will arrive today in Salta province to continue the celebrations with his most intimate circle of friends and family.
The regularity that got Kutulas in the season was key to arrive at yesterday's celebration. He won the first five running dates in Jujuy, Bariloche, Tupungato, San Juan and Tucumán; is added the second place in Villa Carlos Paz and still has to dispute the seventh date in San Martin de los Andes on November 5.
"The triumph was what we were going to look for in all races; in training we never had problems until this date. The truth is that today (yesterday) I left calmly, I knew that I did not have to risk anything, but with the blow I had, I had to take care of myself. I did not go very crazy and luckily it was given to me, "Nico said in the midst of the festivities.
It was given the championship a date before the end of the season.
At the age of 21 he had his first big celebration and hopes to continue harvesting many more since he will continue to be linked to the enduro, discipline in which he runs from the age of four. Already received proposals to run in the cross country rally, but that decision will take when they spend a few more years.
What's left over in the year
Having fulfilled the great objective of the season 2017, Nico will face a pair of competitions more in the remainder of the year. "Now we have the Trasmontaña. We're seeing if we can run it if Husqvarna sets up an outside pilot. Then the last of the Argentino, "said Kutulas.
The 27th edition of the Trasmontaña will run between October 14 and 15 in Tucumán. The race is disputed by binomials and the Salta is waiting for the confirmation of a colleague.
By 2018 already has some projects in progress. "We are seeing if we can get to race in the World Championship and Six Days we have in Chile between September and October. That is the key objective of next season, "said the Husqvarna team's driver. Among the celebrations Nicolás already thinks how he will continue to build his race in the enduro national and international with the same work group.
With 7 wins out of 9 events so far this season, Thorn Devlin has clinched the 2017 Expert-AA championship. Since Thorn has been running Rekluse product in his Airgroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna he is eligible for the $1,000 Rekluse Expert-AA year end bonus that he will receive during the year end awards at the final round in Alabama. Congradulations Thorn.
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Getting the top 3 overall awards prepped for the NEPG awards ceremony at the final event in Stanton, AL. Who will be the top bear this year?
The Kenda recommended tire for the NEPG Tulsa Trail Riders enduro at Tulsa, Oklahoma is the Washougal II DC, this tire is great in intermediate conditions from loam to hard clay. The alternate tire will be the IBEX gummy compound or the Triple with its sticky compound and dimpled knobs. The Kenda rider support boxes will be at this round, they will be at the first and second gas truck. 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 Kenda tires, Super Tuff Tubes and Tuff Tubes including the Ibex, Equilibrium, Washougal II, Triple and Millville II tires. You can reserve your tires at firstname.lastname@example.org, please include tire sizes or call Tim at (248) 431-7506 before 10 PM EST. A limited selection of Kenda youth tires and Tuff-Tubes will also be available. We also stock bib mousses for those that do not run tubes. Stop by the Kenda tent under the giant inflatable Kenda tire and say hello.
KEY TIME CHANGE for the Gobbler Getter. The final round of the series on Nov 5th is time change weekend, so based on loosing an hour of daylight in the afternoon we are going to move key time to 8am Sunday morning. Don't want anyone left out in the dark. Please spread the word so no one is late to the start.
You will need to sign a release when entering the gate at the Zink Ranch. If you arrive when the gate is closed there will be an additional parking lot for you park in until the gate reopens.
Friday Oct. 13th, Noon-8pm
Saturday Oct. 14th, 7am-10pm
Sunday Oct. 15th, 6am-8pm
Section 1, 3-mile grass track at staging area
Section 2, 7-mile woods, 1 mile "NEW"
Section 3, 8-mile woods, 1 mile "NEW"
Section 4, 8.5-mile woods, 1 mile "NEW"
Section 5, 10-mile woods, ALL "NEW"
Section 6, 8-mile woods, 1 mile "NEW"
Section 7, 8-mile woods, 1 mile "NEW"
Approx. 19-miles of transfer for the day
"C" 60+,66+ ride 5 sections
"B" A-55+,Womens Elite ride 6 sections
Pro, Expert-AA, "A" ride 7 sections
Rider support areas will be just a few miles away and will be marked with red Moose Racing arrows.
The winning bike as it came off of the final moto in 1994 has been at the Zink Ranch ever since.
ZINK RANCH ISDE 1994
Hosted by the Tulsa Trailriders
The bike on display is exactly as it looked in 1994 at the end of the final moto on day 6
Peterhansel, born in 1965, is a five time
ISDE Overall Champion
Six time Dakar Overall Champion on motorcycles
Seven time Dakar Overall Champion in cars
Holds the record for most Dakar Overall Championships at 13 including his win in 2017
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