Featured Product Friday- Kenda Millville II Tires

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Kenda tires have been the Title Sponsor of the AMA National Enduro Series since 2014. They have been a large supporter of Offroad Racing long before that. Kenda has a lot of time developing the right offroad tire for your specific needs. The Millville II tire is an excellent tire for a variety of terrains that you will see on the Kenda AMA National Enduro Circuit. Being that the Millville is a directional tire, you can run it in one direction for softer soil such as sand. Or you can turn it the other direction for more of an intermediate terrain. The Millville II is a very versatile tire.


Kenda’s next generation answer to the ever-popular Millville tire has made quite a splash in the Motocross and Off-Road circuits. This tire is designed to work extremely well in soft to intermediate conditions.

  • Directionally designed for soft or intermediate terrain, perfect for MX

  • New compound formula provides the best of both worlds, traction and durability

  • Improved braking traction due to paddle shape pattern

  • Improved cornering traction with more biting edges

  • Tie bar knob support to reduce know squirm and increase durability

  • DOT approved front tire (21" only)

  • Available in 14 popular sizes

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Amateur Rider Spotlight- Rylan Frankford- A 200 & Beta Cup Class

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NEPG AMATEUR RIDER SPOTLIGHT

Name: Rylan Frankford

Age: 19

Hometown: Carlinville, IL

Local Series: AMA District 17

Class: A 200

Bike: 2019 Beta 125 Race Edition

Sponsors: Beta USA, Braaap Shop Beta, Moose Racing, Fast Company, DT1 Filters, Mika Metals, Alpinestars, EKS Brand, Kenda Tires, and IMS Products.

Small description as to why you chose to race the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series: I chose this series because I love traveling and racing different terrains across the country. I also love the style of trail these races present.

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Your favorite race so far: My favorite race so far was Alligator in Florida. I loved racing through the palmettos and never knowing what was behind the next turn. The track was super fun all day!

Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series: Getting to travel to Florida for a month of training and then competing in the Alligator Enduro

Goals for the Season: My goals for this season are to finish top 3 in A 200 and top 3 in the Beta Cup. Most importantly I want to keep improving every round.

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Amateur Rider Spotlight- Broc French- A 200

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NEPG AMATEUR RIDER SPOTLIGHT

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Name: Broc French

Age: 30

Hometown: Otterville, MO

Local Series: Midwest Off Road Events and Hillbilly Grand Prix

Class: A 200

Bike: 2018 Beta 125 RR

Sponsors (if applicable): Bonecutter Off Road, Shockzone Suspension Services, FASST Company, Custom Outfitters, SXS, Kenda Tires, Bulletproof Designs, SourceMX Graphics, FXR Moto, X Brand Goggles, Sidi boots, and Mobius braces.

Small description as to why you chose to race the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series:

I chose to race the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series because I enjoy traveling across the country to test my endurance and bike on different terrains, while racing alongside some of America’s best riders. I feel that racing with athletes from all over the nation helps me improve my speed and skills, which I can then utilize in my local series. My wife and I (and soon-to-be racing buddy, coming in May) look forward to these races each month because it is like we get a mini vacation to enjoy each other, the sport, and the great outdoors.

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Your favorite race so far:

I have been following the NEPG series for three years now, and even though it has not occurred for this season yet, my favorite race that is consistently in the series is the Crossfork, PA event. The scenery is killer and the Brandywine Enduro Riders do a fantastic job providing food and entertainment for the riders. In addition, each year I get to meet up with two of my closest buddies from the Air Force who come camp and provide rider support for me during the event.

Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series:

My favorite moment thus far in the NEPG series was getting a class podium finish at the Alligator Enduro this season in Florida conditions, which are completely opposite of the Missouri rocks that I am used to racing.

Goals for the Season:

Initially going into this season, my goals were to win the Beta Cup and an A 200 class championship. However, due to recently being tasked to deploy overseas, I will miss the last three rounds of the series. Therefore, my goals have changed. First and foremost, I want to just enjoy my time traveling across the country with my wife and new son while racing my bike.  Secondly, my goal is to place within the top three in class for the remaining rounds that I will be able to attend.

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Cherokee National Enduro Flier and Information.

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The Cherokee National Enduro is serving as Round 4 of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series Presented by Moose Raing for 2019. A long time running enduro that is know to offer excellent single track in the northern Georgia Region. Last years winner was Grant Baylor. Grant will be looking to build off of his first win of 2019 in Louisiana and get on a roll moving forward. Brother Stu Baylor would love to have a say in that as he is leading in points just ahead of Russell Bobbitt. This is a local race for Russ and he will be looking to put the 300XC on the top step for a second time this season. You can never count out Evan Smith as he is riding well this year. Louisiana was the first race this season that he was not on the podium, you can bet he is itching for another podium finish in Georgia.

The NE Pro 2 Class has had 3 different winners this season in 3 races. This is an exciting class that is stacked with plenty of riders that can win at each Round. Zach Hayes took round 1 and on his KTM but recently signed a deal with Sherco and will be looking to give Sherco their first podium of 2019. Round 2 was won by Tegan Temple who is always fast, and round 3 was won by Betas up and comer Cody Barnes. Cody is still learning the Enduro ropes, but showed he is figuring it out by winning Round 3 in LA. Leading the Points though is Liam Draper who is still looking for his first win of 2019, and that is only a matter of time before that happens.

Women’s Elite Class has been dominated by Mackenzie Tricker so far this season, winning all 3 Rounds. It hasn’t came easy for her though, country-mate Tayla Jones has been pressing her at each round and just came up short at all 3. You can bet the defending Women’s Elite Champion will be pushing to take a win at Round 4 at the Cherokee.

Featured Product Friday- 100% Accuri Goggles

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The Accuri sets the benchmark for premium performance at an obtainable price allowing you to silently focus on your competition.

Crafted from the finest materials, the Accuri ensures optimal performance with an enhanced field of vision.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Foam: Moisture managing triple layer foam.

  • Frame: Constructed out of flexible yet durable urethane.

  • Lens: Comes equipped with anti-fog, scratch resistant Lexan® lens for unimpaired vision. Shares the same lens shape across the product line.

  • Lens Attachment: 9 pin lens retention system. The highest number of retention points in the industry ensures a secure fit.

  • Strap: Oversized 45mm silicon coated strap holds your goggles motionless.

  • Simplicity: All 100% Adult MX goggles share the same lens and tear-off profile.

  • Pricing ranges from $45 for Clear Lens to $60 for Mirror lens.

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  • Mirrored Lens models include: stack of standard tear-offs, extra clear lens and sublimated microfiber bag.

  • Clear Lens models: stack of standard tear-offs and sublimated microfiber bag

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Amateur Rider Spotlight- Trevor Hulin- Schoolboy 14-16

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Name:  Trevor Hulin

Age:  16

Hometown: Carencro, LA

Local Series:  Southern Enduro Riders Association (SERA), Louisiana Cross Country (LACC)

Class:  Schoolboy 14-16

Bike: KTM 250 XC

Sponsors:  XC Gear, Cycle Gear, Suomy, SCR, Mika, O’Neal, Rekluse, Leatt, Nitro Mousse, Lectron, Fastlap, Backyard Designs, BTO, Pro Circuit, Viral Brand

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Small description as to why you chose to race the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series:

I was 1st place overall in Junior Class in both SERA & LACC for 2018.  I was 9th overall in SERA out of all classes.  I wanted to challenge myself on a more competitive scale at a national level.  When I was 9 years old, I remember being at my first National Enduro.  Even though I was not old enough for the adult race, I was able to do the Saturday Kids race that SERA put on.  I was able to stand on the same podium the PRO’s use.  That was my first experience with a National Enduro and it was awesome. 

 

Your favorite race so far:

Sumter was a blast until I knocked myself out by hitting a tree in the 4th test section.

 

Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series:

Winning 1st place in my class at Perry Mountain Gobbler Getter in 2018.  I also enjoy walking around and meeting the PRO’s.

 

Goals for the Season:

Continue to better myself in riding and always do my best.  To win the Schoolboy Class for 2019.

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Beta Race Report from the Cajun Classic

CODY BARNES

Bike: Beta 250 RR Race Edition

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 "It was a great day for me at round 3 of the National Enduro Series. I had a good first test putting myself into the lead early. In test two a vine ended up grabbing my bars, which made me crash and lose some time. The times were extremely close all day between me and second place. I knew I had to ride pretty mistake free in the remaining test, and I knew that if I was able to I would be in the hunt for a win. Going into the last test there was only one second separating 2nd place and I. The last test I was able to put in a good mistake free ride and claim my first National Enduro win in the Pro 2 class and 6th overall! My Beta 250 RR was running awesome all day and handled like a dream on everything the track had to throw at it. Looking forward to the next race!" 

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MIKE WITKOWSKI

Bike: Beta 300 RR Race Edition

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 "The National Enduro was located at a National Forrest in Louisiana. The soil couldn't have shaped up any better and the trail layout was an all time favorite! My first three tests were solid and consistent. A little off from where I wanted. I made some changes and felt better throughout the day. Unfortunately with three tests to go I encountered a slight mechanical issue that led me to just ride out the day in one piece. Other than that I felt good and was having fun. We will work on my tight riding skills and be better at the next Enduro!" 

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XC Gear/ Enduro Engineering/ Husqvarna Race Team Special Guest Rider Report

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With two riders out of commission due to injury, XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna decided to fill one of the empty seats by honoring a local veteran with a chance to ride one of the bikes in the Cajun National Enduro in Forest Hill, Louisiana.

 

Thirty-year-old veteran Matt Barrett was chosen to ride the XC 300 for XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna, and he came away with an 11th place finish in the 30+ B division.

 

Of course, giving a Veteran a chance to ride was not all about results for XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna. It was about honoring a veteran and Matt was more than qualified.

 

He spent eight years in the Marines and at one point served in Afghanistan. The Louisiana-native also comes from a long lineage of Marines, both family and friends, and he honored them by putting their names on his side plate.

 

“I can’t thank XC Gear, Enduro Engineering and Husqvarna enough for the great opportunity,” said Barrett. “I was medically discharged in 2014 and I’m glad to be back home riding dirt bikes with family and friends.”

-Media by Shan Moore

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Cajun Classic Gas Gas Race Report

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Forest Hill, LA (April 28, 2019) – GasGas North America Off-road’s Thorn Devlin score an impressive fifth overall finish at the Cajun National Enduro in Forest Hill, Louisiana.

 

After testing in Arkansas the previous week, Thorn elected to ride the 2019 XC 300 in national enduro competition and the Pennsylvania rider was totally pleased with the power and feel of the bike in Louisiana. In fact, Thorn started off with guns blazing with a solid fourth place finish in the first test of the day!

 

Thorn Devlin: Today went really well. We did a bunch of testing this week on the 300 and we came into the day with just intentions of riding the motorcycle. Every time you come in you check your tests and everything. We didn’t check any tests. I actually left my phone here and Aaron turned his off and we just rode. Didn’t talk about tests. Didn’t talk about winning. I had fun. I had a blast. I felt so good. Now I know things I need to continue to work on. I’m more than happy with it.

 

THE XC 300 is unreal. I’m so happy to be back on it. I thought I could ride the 250 and be more aggressive on it, but I have to work too hard shifting up and down, up and down. The 300 I just keep it in third gear. I’m so much more-smooth on it, so I feel back at home.

 

The GasGas North America East Coast Off-road Team returns to action on June 9 in Greensboro, Georgia for the Cherokee National Enduro.

 

Ron Commo III made the podium in the Pro2 class and is looking stronger every ride after his leg injury in 2018!   Ron rode solid and finished 3rd Pro 2 with 9th overall for 2 GasGas riders in the top 10!

KTM Press Release From The Cajun Classic

GRANT BAYLOR LEADS KTM PODOUM SWEEP AT CAJUN CLASSIC NATIONAL ENDURO


 

GRANT BAYLOR LEADS KTM PODOUM SWEEP AT CAJUN CLASSIC NATIONAL ENDURO

Round 3 - AMA National Enduro Series - April 29, 2019

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FOREST HILL, La. – KTM-mounted riders once again swept the overall podium at Round 3 of the 2019 AMA National Enduro Series in Forest Hill, Louisiana. With the Tely Energy Racing/KTM duo of Grant Baylor and Steward Baylor Jr. one and two, respectively, Team Gnarly Routes KTM-mounted rider Russell Bobbitt rounded out the all-orange podium at the Cajun Classic National Enduro.

 Grant had a slow start to the day with a fifth-place in test one and second in test-two but the South Carolina native upped the pace in the final four tests as he topped the competition on the way to claiming his first overall victory of the season on the KTM 450 XC-F. Baylor, who missed the opening round due to injury, jumped into fifth in the overall standings after three rounds.

 Grant Baylor: “The race started out a little slow for me. I think I was just a little nervous and overthinking everything so I ended up beating myself and making too many mistakes. We picked it up in the third test and I got into the overall after four tests. It’s awesome to be back up in the center of the box.”

Round two winner, Steward Baylor, maintained a consistent string of finishes throughout the day, securing five second-place finishes and one fourth-place aboard the KTM 450 XC-F. After three rounds, Steward continues to hold the lead in the championship standings.

 Bobbitt, the round one winner, finished third overall for the day with another solid ride aboard his KTM 300 XC. He swept the first two tests of the day, rounding out the remaining tests with finishes inside the top four. With three podium finishes, Bobbitt sits only four points back in second-place in the overall championship standings.

 

Next Round: June 9 – Greensboro, Georgia

 

NE Pro1 Results

1. Grant Baylor, KTM

2. Steward Baylor Jr., KTM

3. Russell Bobbitt, KTM

 

NE1 Pro Championship Standings

1. Steward Baylor Jr., 80 points

2. Russell Bobbitt, 76

3. Evan Smith, HQV, 60



Grant Baylor Wins Cajun Classic National Enduro

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Forest Hill, LA (April 28 2019) – Tely Energy Racing’s Grant Baylor started slow but came on strong in the late stages of the race to claim the win at the Cajun National Enduro, round three of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in Forest Hill, Louisiana.

Grant, who got off to a late start to the season due to an injury, was fifth in the opening test, and second in test two, however somewhere between test two and test three the South Carolina rider managed to find enough inspiration to win the four remaining tests, beating out his brother and Tely Energy Racing teammate Steward Baylor by 56 seconds en route to the victory. Gnarly Routes KTM’s Russell Bobbitt was third, another 23 seconds back.

“The race started out a little slow for me,” said Grant. “I think I was just a little nervous and overthinking everything so I ended up beating myself - just making too many mistakes. We picked it up in the third test, I think I won it, and I got into the overall after four tests. In Florida I wasn’t really 100%. I would say I was more like 70%. This weekend I’d say I’m closer to 95%. Still not 100, but we’re getting there. It’s awesome to be back up in the center of the box.”

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Like his brother, Steward Baylor started slow. However, he wasn’t able to recover like Grant did and ultimately finished second.

 “I just had a slow start,” said Steward. “I made a few mistakes, and got turned around a couple times. I think the last three tests I rode really well, I just couldn’t do anything with Grant going into the last test. I knew I had moved into a solid second place, so I just tried not to make any mistakes.”

Bobbitt, on the other hand, got off to a great start, winning the first two tests. But as Steward and Grant were picking up the pace (test three), Bobbitt maintained.

 “It was awesome getting a couple test wins right from the beginning,” said Bobbitt. “That just makes the rest of the day almost feel easier just because you feel so confident. I was not making mistakes really (in the last four tests), but I wasn’t really flowing super great, either. But then everyone else just kind of elevated their game throughout the day and I just maintained. It came down to the last test. I was down a little bit on Stew, and then Evan (Smith) and I had a real tight battle again, just like at Gator. I think he had a little crash, so I was able to capitalize.”

Husqvarna/ Max Motorsports/FXR Racing’s Evan Smith battled for third with Bobbitt during the final three tests, and came up just short when he crashed in the final test.

 “I really wanted to beat Russ and I was just pushing too hard,” said Smith.

 GasGas North America’s Thorn Devlin raced a 300 two-stroke (XC 300) for the first time and came away with fifth overall.

 “We did a bunch of testing this week on the 300 and we came into the day with just intentions of riding the motorcycle and not worrying about the score,” said Devlin. “Every time you come in you check your tests and everything. We didn’t check any tests. I actually left my phone here and we just rode. Didn’t talk about tests. Didn’t talk about winning. It felt so good.”

 Beta USA teammates Cody Barnes and Mike Witkowski finished sixth and seventh overall. Barnes’ finish was good enough for first in the NEPro2 class.

 “I won the first test and made some mistakes in the second,” said Barnes. “Overall the day was good. Didn’t make too many mistakes. I think only two crashes. I was pretty good throughout with limiting mistakes and stuff.”

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Former pro trials rider GasGas rider Ron Commo III balanced his way to ninth overall. Meanwhile, former national winner Cory Buttrick returned to the national enduro series after a long hiatus and brought his XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna in for 10th.

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Mackenzie Tricker (KTM) was down 36 second to defending series champ Tayla Jones (Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna/Moose Husqvarna) going into the final test, but put in an amazing ride that gave the Mepmx/Fly/Grizzly Peak/Traveler’s Rest Speedway/KTM rider the win in the Women’s Elite class.

“I knew it would be tough but I went into the last test with the aim of winning, and it was my best test of the day,” said Tricker. “I think Tayla had a few issues, but it was a hard-fought win and I’m very pleased.”

Jones finished second 46 seconds behind Tricker, with Am Pro Yamaha’s Rachel Archer in third, another 17 seconds behind Jones.

The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series returns to action on June 9 at the Cherokee National Enduro in Greensboro, Georgia. For more information on the series go to www.nationalenduro.com.

 OVERALL RESULTS

1. Grant Baylor (KTM)

2. Steward Baylor (KTM)

3. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

4. Evan Smith (Hsq)

5. Thorn Devlin (GG)

6. Cody Barnes (Bet)

7. Mike Witkowski (Bet)

8. Liam Draper (Hsq)

9. Ron Commo III (GG)

10. Cory Buttrick (Hsq)

 

Media Contact:

Shan Moore

shan@tandenews.com

918-625-2899

Featured Product Friday- XC Gear Spurs Footpegs

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SPURZ FOOT PEGS

Spurz Foot Peg Technology

SPURZ Footpegs are an “out of the box”, big thinking, way to approach footpegs. Before SPURZ, footpegs were, for the most part, just a grippy surface for your feet. Some are exotic metals, others have pretty colors but they all are a grippy surface for your feet.

SPURZ are very different. They are proven to reduce fatigue, absorb vibration and provide additional cushioned travel and flexing for your feet.

The foot platform of the SPURZ is completely isolated from any metal-to-metal contact with the other parts of of the motorcycle. The engineered polymers that the foot platform is riding on compress upon impact and they allow slight fore and aft movement of the feet, as well as, additional flexing. You select the polymer level that’s right for your type of riding.

Installing SPURZ is a positive step toward protecting your feet, ankles, knees, hips, spine and neck.

To learn more about XC Gear and their Spurz Footpegs visit xcgear.com