Amateur Rider Spotlight- Thomas Allan- Schoolboy 14-16

NEPG AMATEUR RIDER SPOTLIGHT

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Name: Thomas Allan

Age: 14

Hometown: Taylors SC

Local Series: MidEast Hare Scramble

Class: SchoolBoy 14-16

Bike: Beta 125

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Small description as to why you chose to race the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series: I chose to race this series to be competitive and to win the Beta Cup.

Your favorite race so far: I enjoyed the Alligator Enduro because I had a better start and I finished in third place. I feel like as I race more this season I will have a new favorite track each time.

Goals for the Season: My goal for this season is to win the Beta Cup Trophy and the Beta 250RR that comes with it.

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Amateur Rider Spotlight- Derek Gravitt- A 250

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NEPG AMATEUR RIDER SPOTLIGHT

Name: Derek Gravitt

Age: 24

Hometown: Buford, GA

Local Series: SORCS

Class: A 250

Bike: YZ250

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

A few of my friends raced the whole series last year and loved going to all the rounds not in the southeast. So, I figured I would try it out this year.

Your favorite race so far: I always love the Cherokee National Enduro

Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series: So far I’ve loved going to new race locations and getting to hangout with all of my racing buddies.

Goals for the Season: My goals for the season are to get a win in the A 250 Class and finish in the top 3 for the Championship.

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Beta Race Report from the Rattlesnake National Enduro

RACHEL GUTISH

Bike: 200 RR

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"The Rattlesnake was an interesting race for me. First off, I have to thank Rodney for his advice on how to properly ride a 200 in the tight trees! Really using the bottom end and carrying momentum worked a lot better than revving it up and pushing it as hard as I could, which was what I was trying to do before. While I never felt especially fast at any point during the day, I was able to put in smooth and consistent tests, which was enough for a second place finish. It felt especially good to get on the box at a NEPG since it was at the Alligator Enduro where I got injured earlier this year. It feels like I'm really starting to come full circle and I'm optimistic that there's good things ahead for the rest of this season!"

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MIKE WITKOWSKI

Bike: 300 RR Race Edition

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"The National Enduro was located at a unique place in the Pennsylvania mountains. I liked the location, but it was tough at times! My Beta 300 RR was awesome through the rocky terrain. I laid down some good test times and mainly just stayed consistent most of the day. For some reason in the super rocky terrain I didn't find myself to be too comfortable. But I still had fun and feel like I made improvements over last year at this event. I ended up 6th overall with some improvements to build on for our next race! Thanks Beta team and Sponsors for all the support this season!"

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KYLE MCDONAL

Bike: 390 RR Race Edition

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"This past weekend we made the trip to round 6 of the NEPG series for the Rattlesnake Enduro. The camp ground there had awesome camping with a nice grass track to tear up right off the start. I was able to get off to a good start putting in good times on the first few test and was able to pick it up for the 2nd half of the day. The test sections weren't to long but with the mix of rock beds and tight section it made it challenging. It wasn't until the start of test 6 that I found out I was running 2nd in class and had been battling for that spot all day. The last test of the day I was able to stay focused and ended up winning the section for my class. My goal was to put in the best ride I could not worrying about results. I finished the day in 2nd NEPro2 and 9th overall. My Beta was spot on all day and I didn't have to make any adjustments to it."

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KTM Race Report From the Rattlesnake National Enduro

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BAYLOR BROTHERS TOP RATTLESNAKE NATIONAL ENDURO

Round 5 - AMA National Enduro Championship - July 28, 2019

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CROSS FORK, Pa. – It was a dominant Sunday for the Tely Energy Racing/KTM squad as teammates Grant and Steward Baylor claimed the top two positions at the Rattlesnake National Enduro to sweep the Pro division once again for Round 5 of the 2019 AMA National Enduro Series in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania.

While both riders have continued to prove their championship merit this season, it was Grant who stole the show in Pennsylvania. He came out swinging in the day’s opening test, besting his brother and teammate – Steward – by seven seconds aboard the KTM 450 XC-F. He continued to excel throughout the day, winning each of the six tests by a healthy margin to secure a 57-second victory, his second of the season.

Grant Baylor: “Today was a really good day for me. From the first test, I just felt really comfortable and I was able to get into a good rhythm. I’m happy to get my second win of the season and move up to second overall in the points.”

Steward rode solid all day, maintaining a top-three position in each of the six tests. He pushed hard in the first four tests to finish runner-up to his brother, claiming a third in the fifth section. He finished off with another strong second in the final test, which gave him a solid second overall to further extend his lead in the championship standings with five rounds remaining in the series.

Steward Baylor: “I felt like I rode smart all day, I was just a little too reserved to catch Grant – he was on fire from test one and I couldn’t do anything to catch up. Overall, I’m happy the way points worked out and I was able to extend my points lead in the championship.”

Next Round: August 25 – Wellston, Ohio

NE Pro1 Results

1. Grant Baylor, KTM

2. Steward Baylor Jr., KTM

3. Andrew DeLong, Honda

NE1 Pro Championship Standings

1. Steward Baylor Jr., 135 points

2. Grant Baylor, 99

3. Evan Smith, 92

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Grant Baylor Sweeps Rattlesnake National Enduro

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Cross Fork, PA (July 28, 2019) Grant Baylor posted the fastest time in all six tests on his way to the top of the podium at this weekend’s Rattlesnake National Enduro in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania. The Tely Energy Racing KTM rider got faster as the day wore on and he finished the event with a 57.867-second margin of victory over his brother and teammate Steward Baylor.

 “I made a couple mistakes throughout the day, but things turned out pretty good,” said Grant. “This is one of my favorite tracks and I always have a lot of fun here. Today was perfect. The dirt was perfect, nice and loamy and tons of traction. Just had a good day riding my bike.”

 Steward Baylor never finished lower than third all day and still enjoys a 36-point advantage in the chase for the 2019 title despite finishing second. 

 “As far as championship points, I’m pumped and I’m looking forward to the next round,” said Steward. “It was up and down. But eventually I just tried to focus on nailing my lines.”

Andrew DeLong showed up with his Phoenix Honda CRF450RX GNCC bike and came away with third. The 2014 National Enduro champion loves riding in the rocks and there were plenty at the Rattlesnake.

“I don’t ride Enduros really anymore, so this is cool to come and ride a tight trail and just change it up and have fun,” said DeLong, who finished 31 seconds behind Steward Baylor.  

 XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna’s Cory Buttrick came home a solid fourth place finish, edging Huqvarna/ Max Motorsports/FXR Racing’s Evan Smith by 7.931 seconds.

 “I really felt like I struggled in that first test, just trying to get going,” said Buttrick. “I was thinking it might be a long day. Luckily, we got her in gear and the next couple of tests went pretty well. We just kept digging the entire day, and overall this was my best ride we’ve had here.”

 Sixth went to Beta USA’s Mike Witkowski, who sits fifth in the series standings. Witkowski finished just 2.275 seconds behind Smith in a duel that was decided in the final test.

 Liam Draper was seventh overall, which gave the Tely Energy Racing KTM rider his first Pro2 win of the season. Draper was sitting as high as third during the first half of the day, but a stick in his rear brake disc cost the New Zealander a lot of time.

 GasGas North America’s Thorn Devlin had an uncharacteristic off day and finished eighth.

 Kyle McDonal was ninth and second in the Pro2 class on a Beta, with Noah Clark finishing 10th and first AA rider on a Yamaha.

 Eight-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty came out of retirement to finish 11th overall and second AA rider. Meanwhile, Tegan Temple was third Pro2 rider in 13th overall.

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Mepmx/Fly/Grizzly Peak/Traveler’s Rest Speedway/KTM’s Mackenzie Tricker had as great day in the Women’s Elite class, taking a 2m 31s victory over Beta USA’s Rachel Gutish. Tayla made her return to competition after having surgery on her hand with a credible third overall on her Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna/Moose Husqvarna.

The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series returns to action on August 25th at the Little Raccoon Classic National Enduro in Wellston, Ohio. For more information on the series go to www.nationalenduro.com.

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OVERALL RESULTS

1. Grant Baylor (KTM)

2. Steward Baylor (KTM)

3. Andrew DeLong (Hon)

4. Cory Buttrick (Hsq)

5. Evan Smith (Hsq)

6. Mike Witkowski (Bet)

7. Liam Draper (KTM)

8. Thorn Devlin (GG)

9. Kyle McDonel (Bet)

10. Noah Clark (Yam)

 

Media Contact:

Shan Moore

shan@tandenews.com

918-625-2899

 

 

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Amateur Rider Spotlight- Stewart Houston- B 55+ Class

NEPG AMATEUR RIDER SPOTLIGHT

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Name: Stewart Houston

Age: 55

Hometown: Marietta Ga

Local Series: SETRA

Class: B 55+

Bike: 2017 KTM 250XC

Sponsors:

Kenda, Scott, MojoMotorsport, Hills Performance Tuning, Slick Products, GoPro, Leatt, Acerbis, Twin Air, MotoMaster Brakes, Haan Wheels.

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

The Kenda AMA National Enduro series provides the best variety of terrain in the country to race on and the comradery between all the participants is unrivaled.

Your favorite race so far:

Sumter, SC is one of my favorite venues to race at.

Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series:

Anytime I make a podium finish at a race.

Goals for the Season:

To finish in the top 3 of my class for the season.

Recommended Kenda Tires for Rattlesnake National Enduro

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The Kenda recommended tire for the NEPG Rattle Snake enduro in Cross Forks, Pennsylvania is the Triple rear and Washougal II front. An alternate would be the  Washougal II rear.  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 Southwick II, Washougal II, Triple, Ibex and Millville II tires. You can reserve your tires at reservetires@msn.com or call Tim at (248) 431-7506 before 10 PM EST. Mounting is available on Saturday. A limited selection of Kenda youth tires and Tuff-Tubes will also be available.  Credit Cards are always a bit of a challenge at this event, we will do our best to be able to process them.  We also have a large selections of Mousse inserts at a special Rattlesnake price. If you are tired of flats.  Stop by the Kenda tent and say hello.

 

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Amateur Rider Spotlight- Kole Henslee- A Open Class

NEPG AMATEUR RIDER SPOTLIGHT

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Name: Kole Henslee

Age: 26

Hometown: Nixa, Mo

Local Series: Hillbilly GP, MORE, Missouri Hare Scrambles Championship

Class: A Open

Bike: 2019 KTM 300xc

Sponsors: Enduro Engineering, Bulletproof Designs, Bike Graphix, FMF, Troy Lee Designs, Hazelrigg Automotive, Bell Helmets, Matt’s Repair, H&D Inc. Scott Goggles, Renthal

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

I enjoy traveling with my dad. I like riding different terrain other than the southwest Missouri rocks!

Your favorite race so far:

My favorite race this year has been Florida.

Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series:

Florida race chasing Cody Barnes all day and having James King on the same row rubbing tires all day long and finishing in the top 20!

Goals for the Season:

Win A Open

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