Russell Bobbitt Second At Muddobbers National Enduro
Round 6 – AMA National Enduro Series – August 20
MATTHEWS, IN – FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt came away with his first podium of the season at round six of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series after claiming an impressive runner-up place finish at this weekend’s Muddobbers National Enduro in Matthews, Indiana.
Bobbitt, a five-time national champ, got off to a quick start in the morning by laying down the fastest time in test one, finishing the 11-mile test on his KTM 250 XC-F two seconds faster than KTM support rider Steward Baylor Jr. of SRT Racing. Bobbitt was never outside the top three in any of the remaining tests except for the sixth and final test where he got stuck in a mud bog and lost considerable time to eventual winner DuVall.
Bobbitt went into the final 10-mile test sitting five seconds behind DuVall in the overall results and was “on a burner” when he hit the goo and lost ground. In the end, Bobbitt finished the event 21 seconds out of the lead.
Baylor, who also got off to a quick start, took a nasty, high-speed tumble in the second test of the day and spent the remainder of the day trying to regain his momentum, eventually finishing the event in fourth.
In addition to Bobbitt’s second place and Baylor’s fourth, three other KTMs filled the top 10 with Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith claiming fifth, KTM support rider SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick in sixth and Solid Performance KTM’s Jesse Groemm in seventh.
With the runner-up finish, Bobbitt moved into fourth overall in the series standings, while Baylor remains second overall, 16 points out of first.
Bobbitt: “I made a couple of little changes to the bike this weekend and I think that help me get off to a great start this morning by winning the first test. I think I held the lead until about the fourth test and then Thad (DuVall) got a couple of seconds on me when I fell over and got my leg trapped under the bike, which cost me a little time. We ended up having pretty close times in the fifth test so I went into the last test just five seconds behind him and I had a good ride going but then I took a bad line in a section by this little creek and I buried my bike in a muddy bog and unfortunately I had to get off the bike and pull it out, so it took me a while to get going again. It was a bummer to lose out in the last test like that but I’m happy to be back on the podium and I’m looking forward to the next round in Missouri.”
Baylor: “The first test was pretty good for me, but I crashed pretty hard in test two and did some damage to the bike, which cost me a lot of time. I was feeling pretty good up until that point but then I was playing catch-up the rest of the day. I was a pretty fast crash and it kind of scared me a little, so it was hard to get my momentum back after that. I got lucky with the way I landed and it could have been worse, but my leg was pretty sore the rest of the day and it was a struggle to stand up on the bike.”
Next Event: Round 7 – Park Hills, Missouri – September 17, 2017
1. Thad DuVall
2. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
3. Grant Baylor
4. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
5. Evan Smith (KTM)
6. Cory Buttrick (KTM)
7. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
8. Josh Strang
9. Nick Fahringer
10. Thorn Devlin
Overall Championship Standings
1. Thad DuVall (157)
2. Steward Baylor Jr. (141)
3. Grant Baylor (109)
4. Russell Bobbitt (103)
5. Cory Buttrick (94)
6. Jesse Groemm (85)
7. Josh Toth (67)
8. Evan Smith (61)
9. Kailub Russell (58)
10. Josh Strang (57)