Alligator Info

The Daytona Dirt Riders are hard at work prepping the course for the 67th running of the Alligator Enduro on March 19th. Currently the conditions are dry so they have been able to lay out several sections of new trail on land that is usually is too wet to ride in. They will have a unique lay out this year looping back to the staging area after every section. 

The gates will open at the Kirkland Ranch at noon on Friday, since this is a private ranch there will be a one time $10 change per vehicle, and you must be part of the event to stay overnight. Vehicles will be marked so you can come and go and not be charged again. Everyone must leave the ranch Sunday after the event. 

The event is co-sanctioned with FTR so based on their rule book and the dry conditions ALL 4-strokes MUST have their exposed header pipe wrapped with exhaust header wrap to reduce the risk of fire if the bike falls in the brush. 

A food vendor will be on site all week end, Moose Racing will have most of their clothing and accessories on display at their semi and KTM's Mike Lafferty will once again be offering bike set-up tips on Saturday and pit assistance on Sunday.

As at all of the 2017 National Enduro events, only the Pro, Expert-AA and Womens Elite podium awards will be handed out at the event. All other awards will be personalized with the riders name and mailed directly to them. 

Ol' Red Gas Gas Race Report

NEPG Round 1 Race Report

Round 1 of the NEPG are in the books. We are very pleased with how the whole race team came together in such a short amount of time in the off season. Our rider Jake Froman only had two weeks on his new 2017 GasGas 250 to get ready for round 1. He showed good speed and determination to be a top 10 rider in 2017. He finished 23rd in his pro debut, we have a few things to get dialed in before round 2 in Daytona Beach. Know that the entire team is working hard to break into the top 10. Special thanks to Mark Berg at GasGas North America for believing in Ol’ Red Racing Products and Jake and backing us in 2017. We would also like to thank all of our valued sponsors: HBD MotoGrax, Fly Racing, SpecBolt, IMS, SuperSprox, Mitas Tires, Enduro Engineering, Scott USA, Gaerne Boots, Rekluse, EBC Brakes, FMF, Motion Pro, and TF Racing Suspension. Here is what Jake had to say about his race.

Round one of the National Enduro series in Sumter, South Carolina was a tough one.  I felt as if I was coming into the race a little underprepared due to a lack of seat time in the sandy conditions.  However, I did have confidence in myself and my equipment.  I got off to a rather rough start not being able to get comfortable in the first test, so I just tried to make it through without making any mistakes.  I had decided going into section two that I needed to pick up the pace or I would be trying to dig self out of a hole for the rest of the day.  I was still unable to find a groove, which resulted in two hard crashes.  Luckily, I was able to regroup and have three solid sections, but still off from where I felt that I should have been.  More problems in the final test left me with a 26th overall on the day.  I was able to leave round one healthy, and I now know what I need to work on to be ready to go for round two in Florida. 

Thanks to all of my sponsors: HBD MotoGrax, Fly Racing, SpecBolt, IMS, SuperSprox, Mitas Tires, Enduro Engineering, Scott USA, Gaerne Boots, Rekluse, EBC Brakes, FMF, Motion Pro, and TF Racing Suspension  

Beta Race Report From Sumter

Newly signed Drew Higgins aboard his 300 Beta (photo by Shan Moore)

Newly signed Drew Higgins aboard his 300 Beta (photo by Shan Moore)

Across the country, round one of the National Enduro series was getting kicked off. The season opener was held in Wedgefield, SC which was the same location as the East coast Hare Scramble. The event was used as a warm up for many of the factory teams so the Pro class was stacked. NEPG regular Drew Higgins made his Beta race debut finishing solid 14th position. Higgins teammate and GNCC racer Nick Davis used the event as a warm up finishing 20th.  

 

"My day started out really good, got to a good start in the first test and ended up 8th. Test 2 and 3 were good, made minimal mistakes and tried to just maintain my speed throughout the test. I felt like my bike was working awesome all day, besides some mistakes in test 4 that caused me some time. I hit a tree that was bent over and it ripped me off my bike, after I got going I crashed again trying to get back in my groove. I road as hard a could for test 5 and 6, but my pace was a little off of what I should be. All in all I was really happy with my fitness and my bike, I just need to limit the mistakes that I make, and ride smoother. I'm looking forward to building off this result, and going up from here in my finishes." Higgins explains. 

AirGroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna Race Report

Andrew Delong

Andrew Delong

Both Riders had strong first rounds with Pro rider Andrew Delong coming in 5th in the stacked Pro Field after his lengthy time off after suffering a sever wrist injury that had sidelined him for the majority of last year. Andrew looked and felt good in the first round and is excited to get some more seat time and be able to push it even harder next round.

Thorn Devlin took the top spot on the box in the highly contested Expert AA class. Thorn had some promising results in the limited entries in last years NEPG Series. We are excited to see what he will bring to the table in his first full season with the National Enduro Series.

Thorn Devlin

Thorn Devlin

Expert-AA Class Winner Thorn Devlin

Expert-AA Class Winner Thorn Devlin

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THADDEUS DUVALL FINISHES 3RD AT THE NATIONAL ENDURO SEASON OPENER

PRESS INFORMATION, 02/06/2017

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THADDEUS DUVALL FINISHES 3RD AT THE NATIONAL ENDURO SEASON OPENER

 

Josh Strang makes his return after his ISDE injury.

  

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Off-road team saw a new face for the 2017 season. Thad Duvall made his debut this weekend at Round 1 of the National Enduro which took place in Sumter, South Carolina. The weather was great for racing, with temperatures in the 60's. The course conditions were a mix of sand and hard-pack thrown into some new trails. It consisted of 6 loops that ranged from 8 miles up to 12 miles.

 

Thad Duvall not only made his team debut, but this opening round marked his first full season competing in the National Enduro Series aboard his 2017 FX 350. He finished the first test in 3rd place, and the next two in 5th and 6th place. From that point, he knew he had to put down a consistent and fast ride in order to finish on the podium. Duvall took the win in test 4 by 15 seconds. This moved him into 4th place with two tests to go. He continued to ride a focused race with no mistakes for the last tests, putting him in the 3rd place overall position.

 

"I am really happy with my performance this race for my Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team debut. Any time I am on the podium is a good day! I feel like I lived up to the hype of being under the factory semi." Said Thad Duvall.

 

Josh Strang came into this race still nursing a heel injury sustained at the 2016 ISDE. He is still experiencing some pain and stiffness in his heel but was able to complete the full day of racing. Strang was slowly able to improve throughout the first 4 tests. By test 5 and 6 however, his foot was getting the better of him He was able to power through at a finishing pace and finished 20th is the Pro Class.

 

 

Josh Strang and Thad Duvall make their way to the GNCC opener on March 5th in Union, South Carolina. 

 

 

Sumter National Enduro Rnd 1 Results:

 

1.     Steward Baylor (KTM)

2.     Kailub Russell (KTM)

3.     Thad Duvall (HSQ)

20. Josh Strang (HSQ)

KTM RIDERS FINISH 1-2 AT OPENING ROUND OF AMA NATIONAL ENDURO SERIES

Round 1 – AMA National Enduro Series – February 5, 2017

SUMTER, S.C. – The 2017 AMA National Enduro Series kicked off on Sunday with the Sumter National Enduro in Wedgefield, South Carolina. KTM-supported rider Steward Baylor Jr. captured the first victory of the season, followed by FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell in 2nd.

Baylor came out swinging as he captured the first test-win of the day aboard his KTM 350 XC-F. Baylor went on to capture one more test-win and a series of consistent finishes to earn the Round 1 victory in South Carolina.

 Russell, who won the 2015 AMA National Enduro Championship before taking the last season off due to injury, posted a 5th place finish in test one before coming back o win test two aboard his KTM 250 XC-F. Russell continued to put in consistent rides throughout the day where he turned up the pace in the final test of the day. Heading into the sixth and final test of the day, Russell was 11 seconds down from the leader, where he came back to finish only one second back for 2nd place.

 

Russell: “I had a fun day of racing with some tight battles in every section. I had a couple small mistakes in the beginning but other than that it was a solid day trying to work my way back into the lead.”


Five-time reigning AMA National Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt ultimately finished 4th for the day, where he kicked things off with three top-five finishes. Bobbitt maintained a top-three overall position for a majority of the day before a mistake in test five dropped him just outside a podium position.

 

Bobbitt: “Despite getting 4th place I actually felt really good all day and my bike worked awesome. I just rode within my comfort zone and didn’t really push the envelope where I think I needed to up the intensity a little bit to make it on the podium, but all in all I’m happy with how the day went and I’m looking forward to improving on being up there at the next one.”

 

SRT/KTM’s Cory Buttrick finished 7th overall for the day, while Solid Performance KTM-Supported rider Jesse Groemm came in 9th.

 

Next Event: Round 2 – Daytona Beach, Florida – March 19, 2017

 

Overall Results

1. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)

2. Kailub Russell (KTM)

3. Thad DuVall

4. Russell Bobbitt – KTM

5. Andrew DeLong

6. Trevor Bollinger

7. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

8. Grant Baylor

9. Jesse Groemm (KTM)

10. Josh Toth

 

Baylor Strikes First In Sumter

Shan Moore Photo

Shan Moore Photo

Steward Baylor Wins A Squeaker In Sumter

Sumter, SC (February 5, 2017) – After over 60 miles of racing, only one second separated the top two finishers at the opening round of the 2017 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series presented by Moose Racing in Sumter, South Carolina, as SRT Racing’s Steward Baylor topped FMF/KTM Factory Off-road Racing’s Kailub Russell in a tense and exciting display of competition that was most surely a preview of what’s to come during the remaining eight rounds.

Over 800 entries packed 120 rows at the start of the Sumter race, including an impressive and loaded field of over 30 pro riders. The pro class notably featured the return of 2015 national enduro champ Kailub Russell, a “finally” healthy Andrew DeLong (2014 national champ), five-time national champ Russell Bobbitt, new Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Off-road Racing signee Thad Duvall, and 2015 ISDE Individual champ Ryan Sipes, just to name a few.

A light rain began to fall as riders took to the tight and sandy opening section. Baylor set the tone for the day by winning the 9-mile test by seven seconds over DeLong, with DuVall finishing third just a fraction of a second back. Kailub, on the other hand, stalled his factory KTM twice and also had a tip-over before finishing the test with the fifth-fastest time, about nine seconds behind Baylor.

Kailub redeemed himself with the fastest time in test two, beating Baylor by eight seconds and setting the stage for a tight race.

Baylor countered in test three, topping the 12-mile test by four seconds over Russell Bobbitt, with Kailub in third, another three seconds back.

Test four saw DuVall get his only test win of the day, with Steward second, Kailub third, Cory Buttrick in fourth and Bobbitt in fifth.

Kailub added another win in the fifth test, with Baylor six seconds back in second and DuVall in third, which tightened things up between the two front-runners, although Baylor still held a relatively comfortable lead heading into the final test.

Heading into the sixth and final test of the day Baylor felt confident he could win since this was the same test the South Carolina rider had won just a year ago. However, Baylor almost threw it all away when he hit a stump in the trail and went down, losing nearly 20 seconds. Lucky for Baylor, he was able to get going and finish the event with just a second to spare over Kailub to secure the win. “Over 60 miles of racing and then for it to come down to one second is pretty gnarly,” said Baylor.

“It feels really good to get the first win of the year in the enduro series,” added Steward. “I raced a couple of local races leading up to this race so I felt really good coming in here.”

Though disappointed in missing the win by a single tick of the clock, Russell was pleased with how he rode, especially since it was his first enduro in over a year.

“It was what I expected it to be out there, tight and sandy in most places and flowy in others,” said Russell. “I knew Steward was going to be tough here, he always is. But I had a good day and I’m happy with how I rode, especially after being off for over a year.”

DuVall rounded out the podium in third, and like Kailub, he was making his first full return to the series since 2011, though he did ride one race last year in Ohio, which he won. DuVall admitted that the Sumter was a lot tighter than the Ohio race was and he was pleased with a third place finish.

“This was actually the first time I had fun at a Sumter Enduro,” joked DuVall. “I felt like I rode good in most of the tests, although I struggled in a couple of tests that I fell in. Overall, it was a good day, though. I don’t normally gel with this place but today I felt good on the new bike and I’m really happy to be on the podium.”

Fourth overall was Bobbitt, who said he felt he rode better than his results showed.

“I’m wish I could have made the podium, but getting out of here with a fourth is not too bad,” said Bobbitt. “I felt my speed was there and the bike is working well so things are looking good for the rest of the series.”

Fifth went to Andrew DeLong, who was making his debut ride with Airgroup Racing/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna Racing. The Pennsylvania native started fast, and sat in second place after the first two tests.

“I was feeling pretty good at the start but in the third test I tangled with a lapper and we went down and it took about 40 seconds to get going again,” said DeLong. “In the fourth test, we had an issue with the bike, it’s new to us and we are still learning, but I’m pleased with how things turned out since it’s really my first season to be totally healthy in two years. Fifth is the best I’ve ever finished at Sumter so that’s another reason to be happy.”

Sixth went to Trevor Bollinger on a JCR Honda. Bollinger was part of last year’s US Junior Team at the ISDE, though he is new to enduro racing. Meanwhile, SRT KTM veteran Cory Buttrick finished seventh.  

Grant Baylor (Steward’s younger brother) was eighth in his first national race for the KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Husqvarna team, just edging out Solid Performance KTM’s Jesse Groemm, who had an interesting day that included a big get-off in the first test and then nearly getting his head ripped off by a vine in test four.

Josh Toth rounded out the top 10, including an excellent ride in test three where he claimed the fourth fastest time on his N-FAB/Am Pro Yamaha.

In the Rekluse/Expert AA division, Airgroup Racing/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna Racing’s Thorn Devlin claimed a three-minute victory over JoJo Bowden for the class win with Husqvarna rider Alex Teagarden rounding out the podium.

Devlin is from Pennsylvania and the tight sandy trail at Sumter was an eye-opener for him, though he handled it well enough to not only claim the class win but also 17th overall.

“The start of the race was pretty tough on me because my arms were pumping up pretty bad,” said Devlin. “It was mainly just from nerves, being the first race of the season, and I knew once I got that first test out of the way everything would be alright.”

Devlin fell twice during the course of the day but still managed to dominate the Expert-AA class.

Australia’s Tyla Jones added an international flare to the Sumter event by winning the Women’s Eite division. Jones was the top women’s competitor at last year’s ISDE in Spain and lead the Aussie Women’s team to the Women’s Trophy.

In Sumter, Jones beat out Kendall Lafollette by 11 minutes, while Allie Spurgeon rounded out the podium in third.

“We have enduros in Austrlia, but they are no way as tight as what this race was,” said Jones. “It kind of took me by surprise, but after a few tests I was starting to get the hang of it. I really enjoyed the race and I’m looking forward to riding them all.”

The 2017 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series presented by Moose Racing resumes action on March 19th in Ormond Beach, Florida for the Alligator National Enduro. For more information on the series check out www.nationalenduro.com.

RESULTS

1. Steward Baylor (KTM)

2. Kailub Russell (KTM)

3. Thad DuVall (Hsq)

4. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

5. Andrew DeLong (Hsq)

6. Trevor Bollinger (Hon)

7. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

8. Grant Baylor (Hsq)

9. Jesse Groemm (KTM)

10. Josh Toth (Yam)

 

 

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Sumter Registration

Sumter registration will open at noon today through 6pm tonight and then again at 7am Sunday morning. You MUST pick up your pre-entry by 8am on Sunday or your row will get filled by the riders on the waiting list. 

Thank You for your cooperation in helping this go as smooth as possible. 

 

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Renews Sponsorship with National Enduro Series for 2017

PAYSON, UT (February 1, 2017) – Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has renewed its partnership with the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) to help sponsor the 2017 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series Presented by Moose Racing. Part of this sponsorship includes providing one $10 gift card to each rider at every event who competes in at least one class, part of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Race Gas program.

The National Enduro Series has a long history dating back to the 1960s when it was founded as a way to crown one enduro rider as the national champion. Over 50 years later, the National Enduro Series is still going strong, attracting top-caliber competitors like Russell Bobbitt, Steward Baylor Jr, Grant Baylor, Josh Strang, Thad DuVall, Kailub Russell and others.

“We’re glad to be a part of a series as important as the National Enduro,” said Dan Thomas, CEO and Founder of Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. “This is a great opportunity for us to support the sport in a way that impacts many dedicated competitors.”

“We are proud to have such a progressive company like Rocky Mountain ATV/MC partnered with the National Enduro Series,” said Alan Randt of the NEPG. “We continue to look at innovative ideas to advance the series just like they do with their business, so we look forward to our continued success into the future.”

The National Enduro Series will feature nine rounds for the 2017 season, with the first taking place on February 5 for the Sumter National Enduro in Wedgefield, SC. For more details, please visit NationalEnduro.com.

About Rocky Mountain ATV/MC

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is the trusted online source for high quality riding gear, parts and accessories for dirt bikes, ATVs, UTVs, dual sport bikes and street motorcycles. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has provided low prices and unparalleled customer service for over 31 years. With the RM Cash program, a fit-guarantee apparel exchange, free three-day shipping and a price match guarantee, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC continues to deliver a premier shopping experience for the off-road enthusiast. For more information, visit www.RockyMountainATVMC.com.

 

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About the AMA National Enduro Series

Enduros are the oldest form of off-road motorcycle competition in the USA. Enduros can trace their beginnings back to 1920 (and perhaps even earlier), and it is still the premier off-road motorcycle competition around the world today. The sport has evolved several times over the years, and the newest evolution was designed to meet the needs of today’s motorcyclists. The National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) was formed by a group of enduro enthusiasts to assist the AMA in promotion and management of the AMA National Enduro Series. Its objective is to work with the riders, clubs and sponsors to raise the level of participation and awareness for enduro competition to make sure that the oldest form of off-road competition will remain strong and viable well into the future. For more information, visit www.NationalEnduro.com