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PRESS INFORMATION, 9/19/16
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING'S JOSH STRANG FINISHES 3RD AT THE LEAD BELT NATIONAL ENDURO
ANDREW DELONG MAKES HIS RETURN TO THE SERIES AFTER A LONG INJURY
Round eight of the AMA National Enduro Series took place this past weekend in Park Hills, Missouri. The weather conditions were near perfect with the course following suit due to rain on Friday. This round consisted of 6 tests ranging from 6 miles to 11 miles.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Josh Strang started the day off with a 2nd place finish in the first test. This set the pace for him into all of the following tests. By the fourth test, Strang was still riding with speed and consistency but didn't feel as well as he had in the test prior. He was still able to finish in 2nd and held a slim lead for the overall by 3 seconds heading into the 5th test. Valuable time was lost in test 5, when Strang got stuck in a mud hole, resulting in a 3rd place finish. During the sixth and final test, Josh Strang slid and hit a tree, but soldered on and rode to a 3rd place finish overall for this National Enduro round.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Andrew Delong made his racing comeback this weekend after being out from injury. He rode strong in the first few tests and was sitting in 7th place overall. Delong was putting down a solid ride for the last two tests, but made a course mistake which lost him a little bit of time, moving him to finish 11th overall for the day.
"This weekend went alright. I was leading overall up until test 5 where I buried my bike in a mud hole and lost some time. Going into the final test I had a good buffer on third and was trying to make up some time, but had another setback when I crashed against a tree. I still managed to get third overall, but need to push hard the next races. Said Josh Strang.
Lead Belt Enduro Results
1. Steward Baylor (KTM)
2. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
3. Josh Strang (HUS)
11. Andrew Delong (HUS)
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Kacy Martinez Clinches AMA National Enduro Series Championship at Penultimate Round
Round 8 – AMA National Enduro Series – September 18, 2016
PARK HILLS, Mo. – It was a solid day for KTM racers at the Lead Belt National Enduro for Round 8 of the AMA National Enduro Series. FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Kacy Martinez wrapped up the Women’s A/B Championship one round early with a class win, while her Pro Class teammate Russell Bobbitt earned 2nd overall to carry his championship points lead into the final round of racing. SRT/KTM rider Steward Baylor Jr. earned his second Pro Class victory, where he moved into 2nd place in the championship standings.
Held in Park Hills, Missouri, the penultimate round saw ideal track conditions after almost two days of rainfall leading up to Sunday’s racing. Most of the course soaked up the much-needed rain but a few mudholes still lingered throughout the woods on race day.
Steward Baylor came out swinging to capture the test-one victory aboard his KTM 450 XC-F. From there, the South Carolina native didn’t miss a beat as he went on to capture three additional test-wins and two 2nd place finishes throughout the six-test competition.
Bobbitt got off to a slow start, where he finished 4th place on the opening test. Bobbitt continued to improve with each test as he powered his KTM 250 XC-F into 3rd place for the next three sections. On test four, the four-time AMA National Enduro Champion captured his first win of the day after overcoming a small crash on the waterfall crossing. Bobbitt was able to capture a close 2nd-place finish on the sixth and final test, which ultimately gave him 2nd overall for the day.
Bobbitt: “I’m feeling alright about 2nd place today. Obviously I would like to be in the center of the box but I’m heading into the final round with the points lead and I’m looking forward to a good race in Tulsa!”
Bobbitt holds a 19-point lead over S. Baylor in the Pro Class Championship Standings as the series heads into its final round in October.
SRT/KTM rider Cory Buttrick earned a top-five overall finish after a consistent string of top-five finishes, including a 3rd place finish in the final test of the day.
FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kacy Martinez clinched the 2016 AMA National Enduro Championship after securing her 5th victory of the season in the Women’s A/B Class. Martinez led her class the entire day while maintaining an impressive position inside the top 50 overall out of over 400 riders.
Martinez: “I couldn’t be happier about winning this championship! I would like to thank the entire KTM crew for all their support and hard work, and for believing in me. I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to this point and I’m so thankful for everyone that has supported me along the way.”
Next Event: October 23, 2016 – Sand Springs, Oklahoma
- Steward Baylor Jr. – KTM
- Russell Bobbitt – KTM
- Josh Strang
- Grant Baylor
- Cory Buttrick – KTM
- Nick Fahringer
- Ryder Lafferty
- Dylan MacRitchie
- Nathan Federer
- Drew Higgins – KTM
Women’s A/B Results
- Kacy Martinez – KTM
- Jamie Wells
- Sarah Baldwin
- Destiny Slawson – KTM
- Kristina Zmuda – KTM
- Danielle Slawson – KTM
- Dawn Silvia
- Megan Kennon – KTM
- Tayler Bonecutter
- Lauren Stretz – KTM
Overall Championship Standings
- Russell Bobbitt – 199
- Steward Baylor Jr. – 182
- Grant Baylor – 171
- Josh Strang – 139
- Jesse Groemm – 109
Women’s A/B Championship Standings
- Kacy Martinez – 200
- Shawn Davidson – 156
- Ashlee Applewhite – 124
Steward Baylor Tops The Lead Belt National Enduro
Park Hills, MO (September 18, 2016) – Steward Baylor claimed his second national win of the season and took a five-point chunk out of Russell Bobbitt’s series point lead with an impressive performance at the Lead Belt National Enduro in Park Hills, Missouri – round eight of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series.
The SRT/KTM rider started strong and finished strong en route to four test wins (he was second in the remaining two), while accumulating a 37-second cushion over Bobbitt at the finish.
“This is the first time I’ve won the first test in a long time,” said Baylor. “I usually start kind of slow at these things but I was on my game today from the beginning. I felt really good all day, and I was consistent and that seems to be what it takes to win a national enduro. Bobbitt and Strang kept me on my toes but everything just fell into place.”
Baylor came into the race sitting 21 points behind Bobbitt in the series standings, and his victory at the Missouri Mudders-hosted event moved him to within 16 points of Bobbitt with just one race remaining.
“I’m just going into the final round looking for a win and let the chips fall where they may,” said Baylor.
Bobbitt and Josh Strang split the other two test wins, with Strang winning test three and Bobbitt taking test five. Strang went into test five with a four-second lead over Bobbitt in their battle for the runner-up slot, but the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider got struck in a mud hole and gave up 14 seconds to Bobbitt in that test.
Test six was no better for Strang, as he nearly wrapped his bike around a tree, losing two minutes to Bobbitt in the process. He also came away with a swollen ankle. The incident dashed any chance Strang had at second, dropping him to third behind Bobbitt.
“Other than that last test, I have to be happy with today because this makes three podiums in a row,” said Strang. “I started off with a soft tire for the first test because of the sand and it worked well, but then the dirt got harder and I struggled in the second test so we changed it for test three to a tire I’ve been running all year and I felt so much better. I won the third test by a good margin and things were good in the four test too, but then the wheels started to come off.”
Bobbitt’s decision to play it safe most likely kept him from a chance at the win.
“For this place, I’d say the day went pretty well,” said the FMF/KTM Factory rider. “I don’t know I’ve ever won here. It’s one of the faster events and you have to be on your tiptoes all day, and I just rode within my means. There were places I could have gone faster, but I elected to ride a safe, smooth race.”
Fourth overall was Am Pro Yamaha’s Grant Baylor, who was in the mix for the win after the first two tests, but dropped off the pace in tests three and four. Meanwhile, fifth was SRT/KTM’s Cory Buttrick, who was having a solid day until he got to the final two tests.
“I think the last two tests hurt me,” said Buttrick. “I had a pretty good get-off in the waterfall in test five and I ended up hitting my head pretty hard, it was the best slam I’ve had in a while. The sixth test was more of the same. My goggles got dirty and as I reached to pull them off I got in a nasty swap and went over the bars. I’ll take a top five, I’m just happy to get out of here healthy.”
Sixth and seventh went to AirGroup Racing teammates Nick Fahringer and Ryder Lafferty, while AA rider Dylan MacRitchie grabbed his best national finish with an eighth. MacRitchie also won the Rekluse Expert AA division over ninth-place finisher Nate Ferderer. Ferderer held a substantial lead over MacRitchie going into the final test, but MacRitchie was able to make up the difference and win the AA class by eight seconds over Ferderer.
“I felt like I was playing catch up all day,” said MacRitchie. “That last test was similar to what I ride in Vermont and I was able to make up the distance and catch Nate.”
RPM/Maxxis/KTM’s Drew Higgins rounded out the top 10.
FMF/KTM’s Kacy Martinez wrapped up the Women’s A/B class championship with a win in Missouri over Jamie Wells and Sarah Baldwin. Martinez won all six tests and took the win by 12 minutes and 37 seconds.
“I think this event was more like what I ride at home than the rest of the Enduros I’ve ridden this year,” said Martinez. “I felt really comfortable out there and I’m excited to wrap up the title here.”
The series resumes on October 23rd for the John Zink National Enduro, round nine of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series at John Zink Ranch in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For more information check out www.nationalenduro.com.
1. Steward Baylor (KTM)
2. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
3. Josh Strang (Hsq)
4. Grant Baylor (Yam)
5. Cory Buttrick (KTM)
6. Nick Fahringer (Hsq)
7. Ryder Lafferty (Hsq)
8. Dylan MacRitchie (KTM)
9. Nathan Ferderer (Yam)
10. Drew Higgins (KTM)
NEPG Year End Awards Ceremony
As in previous years the NEPG year end awards will be handed out at the final round of the series, for 2016 it will take place at the John Zink Ranch on October 23rd directly following the awards for that event. Food & drinks will be available free of charge for all of the award winners, food will also be available for purchase for all others.
Awards and prizes from our generous sponsors will be presented to the following:
Pro (Top 5), Expert-AA (Top 5), A Overall, B Overall, Short Course Overall
A 40+ (Top 5), All Other A Classes (Top 3)
Womens A/B (Top 5), All Other B Classes (Top 3), 60+/66+ (Top 3)
Womens C (Top 2), C 200/C 250/C Open/C 50+ (Top 3), C 30+/C 40+ (Top 2)
We are excited to announce the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 2 Stroke Revolution Contest! David Drakes from Wisconsin has been verified as the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 2 Stroke Revolution Contest via a phone call by Boyesen and he is awaiting delivery of his brand new 2016 Yamaha YZ250X.
The recommended tire for the Missouri Mudders Kenda AMA National Enduro in Park Hills, Missouri is the Kenda Washougal II DC. The Washougal II DC tire with its dual compound construction, works great in conditions like this event. An alternate rear tire would be the Triple or Equilibrium. We have a limited stock of the new Ibex tire, it is an extreme enduro tire with great traction in wet rocks and extreme conditions. 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 an 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. Tim Anderson the trackside vendor for Kenda tires will have a selection of Kenda tires, Super Tuff and Tuff Tubes including the Millville 2, Washougal and Triple tires. You can reserve your tires at email@example.com or call Tim at (248) 431-7506 before 10 PM EST. Mounting is available for tubes and some inserts. A selection of Kenda youth tires and Tuff-Tubes will also be available.
The September issue of On The Pegs is live and ready to view. This issue has an interview with US ISDE World Trophy Team member Kailub Russell, Coverage of the Grassman National Enduro, the Tennessee Knockout and two Full Gas Sprint Enduro races. On the Trials side, we have the final FIM World Championship round which saw Toni Bou lock up a 10th outdoor title, as well as an interview with US star Daniel Blanc-Gonnet and riding tips from Six-time National Trials Champ Ryan Young.
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