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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Darrin Chapman Photo

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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Shan Moore Photo

Amateur Rider Spotlight- Kyle Smith - Open C

NEPG AMATEUR RIDER SPOTLIGHT

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Name: Kyle Smith

Age: 18

Hometown: White, GA

Local Series: SORCS

Class: Open C

Bike: KTM 350 xcf

Sponsors: 100% Goggles, Answer Racing, Roost Mx Graphics, Total control racing suspension, MCN motorworks, g2ergonomics, FMF, Ogio.

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

I did my first National Enduro at the season opener last year and I think NEPG has the best cut courses there is.

Your favorite race so far:

The Alligator National Enduro, I would say it has the best dirt.

Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series:

At the Alligator this season, the beginning of the 2 section was a grass track that was just marked up by wooden stakes. That’s my kind of track. I raced motocross for 9 years before I switched to off-road, so it reminded me of a old style motocross track.

Goals for the Season:

To win the Open C series Championship.

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$2752.50 Was Raised From The Jersey Auctions for Jessica DeLee.

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We want to extend a huge thank you to all those that participated in the Jersey Auctions to help raise money for Jessica’s fight with Brain Cancer. Whether you were a rider that donated a jersey, a bidder on the auctions, or simply just spread the word about the auction, you played a huge roll. We were able to raise a total of $2752.50 which was sent to Jessica’s family to help with any costs associated with this battle. This weekend she is headed to the Rajun Cajun Sprint Enduro in Louisiana which is another fund raiser for her battle as well.

Thank you once again to all that helped make this possible and we wish Jessica the best in this battle!

Amateur Rider Spotlight- Chris Sumner- 60+ Class

NEPG AMATEUR RIDER SPOTLIGHT

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Name: Chris Sumner

Age: 60

Hometown: Cadiz, KY

Local Series: SORCS, CXC

Class: 60+

Bike: ’18 Husqvarna 450FC

Sponsors: Rekluse, O’neal, XC Gear, All Balls Racing, GoPro, Risk Racing, Mika Metals, 100% Moto, Bill’s Pipes, Acerbis, Dunlop Tires, Rattlesnake Ranch Off-Road.

Small description as to why you chose to race the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series: I have always enjoyed racing enduros. My first race was the Twin States Enduro in 1969 on a Honda 100. The current format makes it more enjoyable (no time keeping, just go as fast as you can).

Your favorite race so far: The Alligator in Florida. It was difficult to predict the turns sometimes, but I had a lot of fun. I liked watching Bobbitt ride when he would fly by me.

Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series: This year’s favorite moment so far was the rattlesnake in the trail in Test 5 of the Alligator. Favorite moment in past seasons was winning the 50+B Championship in 2012.

Goals for the Season: I plan to ride the full schedule so it would be cool to win some of them but it’s going to be tough to do. There are some very fast old guys in the 60+ class. I’m also riding the full schedule in GNCC and Full Gas Sprint Enduro this year. I’m currently leading in points in both of those series.

Chris has been running Enduros for a very long time. His first Enduro dates back to 1969. Take a look at some of his photos from long ago.

Twin States National Enduro 1979

Twin States National Enduro 1979

Yellowbanks Enduro in 1979 where Chris had a perfect score of 0 in the old time keeper format.

Yellowbanks Enduro in 1979 where Chris had a perfect score of 0 in the old time keeper format.

Chris at the start of the 1977 Twin States Enduro with his Husqvarna Cross Country 360WR.

Chris at the start of the 1977 Twin States Enduro with his Husqvarna Cross Country 360WR.

Featured Product Friday- FMF Gnarly 2 Stroke Exhaust Pipe

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The FMF Gnarly pipe focuses on increasing the lower RPM horsepower and torque to get you out of the toughest terrain. When looking to add 4-stroke tractor like torque to your 2-stroke and you need a pipe to withstand the harsh elements, this is the pipe for you. Strong and rugged, this aggressive pipe dishes out handfuls of torque and bottom to mid range pull needed for late model 200cc through 500cc machines and the rigors of the off road domain. Perfect for the terrain that you would face during the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series.

-Nickel plating is an FMF trademark and has been ‘copied’ by everyone making it the most imitated expansion chamber in the world.

-Super strong 18 gauge steel construction makes it GNARLY!

-O-Rings Included

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Give a Beta Motorcycle a Try with Demo Days

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Have you wanted to give one of the Beta Motorcycles a try before you went out and purchased one? Well here is your chance. Beta USA is going to have one of its stops on the Demo Tour at Round 8 of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in Matthews, IN at the Muddobbers National Enduro. They will have a full line up of Beta Motorcycles for you to try. The Event will take place on Saturday from 9am-4pm the day before the Muddobbers National Enduro. So come early, gear up and give a Beta Motorcycle a try!

First go online and sign up for the Beta Demo Event. Below is a link to able to sign up to participate.

https://betausagallery.com/beta-usa-demo-tour/

Amateur Rider Spotlight- Mike Gunn- C 50+

NEPG Amateur Rider Spotlight

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NAME: Mike Gunn

Age: 63

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Class: C 50+

Bike: my go-to ride is a 2016 Yamaha 450 FX with a Rekluse (I have bad arthritis and carpal tunnel In both hands). My backup bikes are a ‘15 Yam 250 FX and a 2009 Husaberg FE 450. I also have a KTM 1290 Super Adventure.

Sponsors: Agape Ventures Inc

Local Series: Louisiana Cross Crountry

Small description as to why you chose to race the Kenda National Enduro Series: The Kenda Series is the “Game Of Thrones” of racing. To become the best, you must race with the best. As Frank Sinatra sings, “If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere.”

Favorite moment on the national enduro series: Finally winning my first national, which was in Daytona at the Alligator National Enduro.

Goals for the season:

1. Winning my first national series

2. Winning my first regional series

3. Don’t break any bones

4. And the most challenging goal — don’t crash anymore

Jersey Auctions are live! Proceeds will be donated to DeLee Family.

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As many of you may know already Jessica DeLee was diagnosed with Brain Cancer. She is a strong individual with great character and comes from a wonderful Enduro racing Family. She is going to have a battle on her hand and we want to help. We have gathered jerseys from most of our top NE Pro1 racers as well as 8 times National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty. All of these jerseys are currently on live auction on ebay. Below will be a link for each jersey we have up for auction. All auctions will be open until Monday June 17th at 8pm EST. Please help support a great cause if you can and help out one of our own Enduro racers and her family.

Click the image to bid on Cory Buttrick Jersey

Click the image to bid on Cory Buttrick Jersey

Click the image to bid on Evan Smith Jersey

Click the image to bid on Evan Smith Jersey

Click the image to bid on Jake Froman Jersey

Click the image to bid on Jake Froman Jersey

Click the image to bid on Grant Baylor Jersey

Click the image to bid on Grant Baylor Jersey

Click the image to bid on Mike Lafferty KTM Jersey

Click the image to bid on Mike Lafferty KTM Jersey

Click the image to bid on Mike Lafferty Husaberg Jersey

Click the image to bid on Mike Lafferty Husaberg Jersey

Click the image to bid on Steward Baylor Jersey

Click the image to bid on Steward Baylor Jersey

Click the image to bid on Thorn Devlin Jersey

Click the image to bid on Thorn Devlin Jersey

Click the image to bid on Mike Witkowski Jersey

Click the image to bid on Mike Witkowski Jersey

Amateur Rider Spotlight- Alexis Phillips- Women's Amateur Class

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NEPG AMATEUR RIDER SPOTLIGHT

Name: Alexis Phillips

Age: 17

Hometown: Tryon, NC

Class: Women’s Amateur

Bike: Beta 125rr

Sponsors: FXR, Scott, Amsoil, Leatt, Atlas, MVR Suspensions, Ape Graphics

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Small description as to why you chose to race the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series: I chose to race NEPG this year because I absolutely fell in love with the series last year. I love the format of an enduro and the tight, single track trails suit my my riding style the best.

Your favorite race so far: Not sure if this question had to be a race from this year or if it could be from last, so I’ll list them both.

For 2018 my favorite race was Muddobbers in Indiana, that was hands down the best track all year!

For 2019 my favorite race so far has been Sumter. I really like that track because of the sand and pine trees, plus it’s the closest track to me, so I consider it my home town track.

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Favorite moment on the National Enduro Series: My favorite moment from racing NEPG would have to be moving to the Women’s Elite class for the last race of the season after wrapping up the championship in my class. The awards presentation at Alabama last year was also a memorable moment as it was my first National Championship and I’ll never forget that.

Goals for the Season: My goals for this season are to bring home another number 1 plate and hopefully win the Beta Cup as well.

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