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The April issue of On The Pegs is now live and ready to view. This issue features coverage of the Alligator Enduro, the World Enduro Championship in Finland, and an interview with off-road ace Steward Baylor. On the Trials side, we have a report on the X-Trials events in Austria and in Marseille. There is also an exclusive interview with the founder of Electric Motion Trials bikes Philippe Aresten. Plus lots of news from the world of MotoTrials and Enduro racing.

KTM RIDERS FINISH 2-3 AT ROUND 2 OF THE AMA NATIONAL ENDURO SERIES

Kyle Wolfe Photo

Kyle Wolfe Photo

KTM Riders Finish 2-3 at Round 2 of the AMA National Enduro Series

Round 2 – AMA National Enduro Series – March 20, 2017

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Round 2 of the 2017 AMA National Enduro Series took place on Sunday just outside the confines of Daytona’s Bike Week festivities and it was a chaotic day of racing due to some course marking issues throughout the sandy terrain. Despite the issues, KTM-Support riders Steward Baylor Jr. and Cory Buttrick landed atop the overall podium, while FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Kailub Russell salvaged a 6th place finish after overcoming a few minor setbacks throughout the day.

Baylor captured the first test-win of the day aboard his KTM 350 XC-F, with Buttrick and KTM-mounted rider Jesse Groemm close in tow. Russell, however, began the day on the wrong foot as he got lost due to course marking issues. As a result, Russell finished 7th on the opening test. The 2015 AMA National Enduro Champion bounced back in test two, claiming the test-win as he entered the third test with good momentum – ultimately putting his KTM 250 XC-F into the 2nd place position just behind Steward Baylor.

Baylor and Russell once again grabbed top-three finishes in test four, where they were able to put themselves into favorable 1-2 overall positions heading into the final test of the day. Baylor and Russell were able to finish inside the top five in the sixth and final test but it wasn’t enough to keep their top positions as it was announced at the end of the day that test three would be thrown away due to many riders getting lost on the trail. As a result, Russell moved outside the top five and Baylor dropped a position in the overall running.

With the removal of test three, SRT/KTM’s Steward Baylor finished 2nd for the day, followed by his teammate Buttrick rounding out the podium in 3rd. Solid Performance KTM’s Groemm finished 4th and Kailub Russell secured 6th for the day.

FMF KTM Factory Racing Team Manager, Antti Kallonen: “The time and effort that we put in is frustrating when seeing that Kailub and Steward would have gone 1-2 and then at the end of the day test three gets thrown out and they drop drastically. It’s frustrating to think that could be the deciding factor on the entire championship series but nevertheless, we will regroup and come back stronger at the next round.”

Five-time reigning AMA National Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt had a tough day of racing as he finished 10th overall at Round 2.

Next Event: Round 3 – Forest Hills, Louisiana – April 30, 2017

Overall Results

1. Grant Baylor

2. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)

3. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

4. Jesse Groemm (KTM)

5. Thad DuVall

6. Kailub Russell (KTM)

7. Josh Toth

8. Ricky Russell

9. Chris Bach (KTM)

10. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

 

Overall Championship Standings

1. Steward Baylor Jr. (55)

2. Grant Baylor (43)

3. Kailub Russell (40)

4. Thad DuVall (37)

5. Cory Buttrick (35)

6. Jesse Groemm (30)

7. Russell Bobbitt (29)

8. Josh Toth (25)

9. Chris Bach (22)

For further information concerning this press release please contact:

Jen Kenyon
KTM North America, Inc.
38429 Innovation Court
Murrieta, CA 92563
USA
T: +1 951-600-8007 x.4126
jkenyon@ktmnorthamerica.com


ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THADDEUS DUVALL FINISHES 5th AT THE ALLIGATOR NATIONAL ENDURO

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Off-road team continued their stay in Florida to race the Alligator National Enduro. In true Florida fashion, the terrain of the course was sandy with exposed roots. Tests one through four were mildly technical, but tests five and six proved to be tougher with a tighter route. 

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Thad Duvall charged off of the start and rode a consistent first test, finishing in 4th. The Florida sand didn't slow him down as he continued to pace himself for a 2nd place finish in test two. As test three commenced, racers struggled with course markers causing a lot of issues such as back-tracking, and being completely lost. Test 3 was therefore omitted, which unfortunately caused Duvall to slip back a couple positions. He rounded out the final two tests in 6th for an overall finish of 5th place for the race. 

Josh Strang made his return after missing the last GNCC due to a previously sustained injury. He had a slow start to the day but as the tests continued, the team progressed with bike setup. This boost of comfort allowed Strang to finish out the day in 14th overall.  

Josh Strang and Thad Duvall make their way to Sparta, Georgia next for GNCC round 3, taking place on March 26th. 

Alligator National Enduro Rnd 2 Results:

 1.     Grant Baylor (HSQ)

2.     Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)

3.     Cory Buttrick (KTM)

5. Thad Duvall (HSQ)

14. Josh Strang (HSQ)
 

Grant Baylor Tops Alligator National Enduro

Grant Baylor/Shan Moore Photo

Grant Baylor/Shan Moore Photo

Ormond Beach, FL (March 19, 2017) – KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Husqvarna’s Grant Baylor turned up the heat in the final test of the day to capture a come-from-behind victory at this weekend’s Alligator National Enduro, round two of the 2017 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series presented by Moose Racing in Ormond Beach, Florida. The win made it two in a row for the Baylor family, as Grant’s big brother, Steward, won the opening round of the series last month in Sumter, South Carolina.

Grant came into the final test of the day sitting 12 seconds behind Steward. Test six would turn out to be the tightest test of the day, which played right into Grant’s wheelhouse. The South Carolina rider excels in the tight stuff, and he dominated the final test, putting him 15 seconds ahead of his brother at the end of the day for the overall win.

Midway into the event, Grant’s day didn’t appear to be going in the right direction, however, as a course marking issue in test three resulted in some of the competitors – including Grant – riding a section of the course twice, while other riders benefitted from a shortcut that opened up as a result of the marking issue.

Grant lost about a minute to some of the top Pro riders in test three because of the incident. However, the promoters properly removed the test from the overall scoring, which put all of the riders back on equal ground for the rest of the event.

The win was a big relief for Grant since he had suffered a disappointing eighth at the opening round in Sumter.“It feels great to get the win,” said Grant. “I’ve been struggling this year with injuries and I wasn’t at my best in Sumter, so it feels good to be running with these guys again. I rode pretty steady all day except for a big crash in test two. In the third test I got lost along with a few other riders, but luckily they threw the test out. I still would have finished second overall if they kept the test in. Steward had a pretty good lead on me going into the final test and he didn’t know they threw the third test out so I don’t think he pushed as hard as he could have. It was a really tight test and I knew I could make up a lot of time in there if I pushed, and that’s what I did. It came down to just a few second between me and Stew and I just happened to come out on top.”

Steward finished the event in second overall, which extended his lead in the championship standings.

Cory Buttrick also benefitted from a strong ride in the final test and finished off the event in third. The SRT KTM rider said test six was one of the tightest he’s ever ridden.

“I couldn’t keep the bike off the ground in the first few tests, but I managed to get it together about midway into the race and then I made up a lot of ground in that last test,” said Buttrick. “It was so tight in there you had to almost come to a stop in some turns, but I never gave up and kept pushing and that allowed me to pass Kailub and Thad to get third.”

Fourth overall went to Solid Performance KTM’s Jesse Groemm. The New Jersey got off to a slow start but came on strong later in the race. Groemm won test five and finished second in the last test, but missed the podium by four seconds to Buttrick.

“I didn’t get off to the best of starts, but we made a few adjustments and we came back strong,” said Groemm. “I ride a lot of sand back home in New Jersey so I was prepared for the race, but the palmettos add a dimension that’s difficult to prepare for.”

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad DuVall was fifth, five second behind Groemm and four seconds ahead of FMF KTM’s Kailub Russell. DuVall was in the running for the win early in the race, but dropped off the pace when the tests started getting tight.

Russell won the second test of the day, but like DuVall, he struggled in the tighter tests, leaving him in sixth for the day.

Seventh and eighth went to N-FAB Am Pro Yamaha teammates Josh Toth and Ricky Russell. Both Toth and Russell are still learning the ropes in the national enduro series but show good speed and lots of promise.

RPM Racing’s Chris Bach made a rare national enduro appearance payoff with ninth overall, while FMF KTM’s Russell Bobbitt capped off a disappointing day with 10th overall.

In the Rekluse/Expert AA division, Airgroup Racing/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna Racing’s Thorn Devlin grabbed his second win of the season, beating KTM-mounted Adam Bonneur almost two minutes. Scott Gawler Jr. put his Kawasaki into third about seven seconds behind Bonneur.

“It kind of surprised me that I won so easily because I felt like I was struggling out there,” said Devlin. “I had a really bad get-off in the transfer heading to the fourth test and I hit the ground petty hard.”

Despite the crash, Devlin’s finish was also good enough for 20th overall.

 

 

Winning the Women’s Elite division was Australia’s Tayla Jones on her KR4 Husqvarna. Jones turned in a stellar performance that put her 11 minutes-and-five-seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Sarah Baldwin (Hsq) at the finish of the race.

“I really enjoyed the race and I’ve enjoyed my time down here in Florida,” said Jones. “I race a lot of desert races in Australia and I really like riding the sand, so the conditions were familiar, although a lot tighter than I am used to.”

The 2017 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series presented by Moose Racing resumes action with round three of the series on April 30th in Forest Hills, Louisiana for the Cajun National Enduro. For more information on the series check out www.nationalenduro.com.

RESULTS

1. Grant Baylor (Hsq)

2. Steward Baylor (KTM)

3. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

4. Jesse Groemm (KTM)

5. Thad DuVall (Hsq)

6. Kailub Russell (KTM)

7. Josh Toth (Yam)

8. Ricky Russell (Yam)

9. Chris Bach (KTM)

10. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

 

 

Media Contact

Shan Moore

shan@tandenews.com

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Kenda Tire For The Alligator

The recommended tire for the Alligator Kenda AMA National Enduro in Florida is the Southwick II, this tire works great in the sand and handles the palmetto roots that are prevalent in this area of Florida.  The alternate tire would be the Millville II mounted in aggressive position, it works well in conditions like sand, loam and roots.  The Kenda rider support boxes will be at this round, they will be at the Kenda tent along with compressed air since we will be looping back to start after each section.  The boxes contain Kenda Tuff-Tubes, bike stand, tools and 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 the riders regardless of brand tire you run.  Tim Anderson the trackside vendor for Kenda tires will have a selection of Kenda tires and tubes. Tim also has bib mousses for those that do not run tubes.  You can reserve your tires at reservetires@msn.com or call Tim at (248) 431-7506 before 10 PM EST. Mounting is available for tubes, bibs and most inserts. A limited selection of Kenda youth tires and Tuff-Tubes will also be available. Stop by the giant Kenda arch and say hello.  We have a limited supply of heat wrap for the 4 stoke exhaust, if you forgot about the requirement at this event.

Regards,

Tim Anderson

Rekluse Trackside Support At The Alligator

Rekluse Motorsports will be set up trackside at the Alligator, displaying their latest product, offering technical support and even doing installs if you are ready to step up to the Rekluse advantage. 

Rekluse has also continued their support of the Rekluse Expert-AA class, posting a $1,000 bonus to the winner of the 2017 Expert-AA class series champion if they riding Rekluse. 

Round #2 $5 Sidi Boot Raffle

Sidi Boots has partnered with the NEPG for 2017 and will raffle off a new pair of Sidi boots at every National Enduro in 2017. Tickets will be just $5 each and can be purchased online below or at the event. There will only be 60 tickets available for each raffle so your chances are very good to win. Sidi will get the winners size and send the boots directly to them.  

The winner of round #2 will be drawn during the riders meeting at the Alligator enduro. You do not have to be present to win.