KTM Riders Dominate Top 10 At Lead Belt National Enduro
Round 7 – AMA National Enduro Series – September 17, 2017
PARK HILLS, MO – No less than six KTM riders graced the top 10 at this weekend’s Lead Belt National Enduro in Park Hills, Missouri, led by SRT KTM’s Steward Baylor, who won the event on his 350 XC-F.
FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt had a rough day, finishing 10th after struggling with the terrain. Riding his KTM 250 XC-F, Bobbitt went down several times during the day and couldn’t find his groove in the dry and rocky conditions. Despite the finish, the five-time national champ remains a solid fourth in the series standings with two rounds remaining.
Meanwhile, Baylor four of the six tests to finish the event with a 43-second advantage over second place. The South Carolina rider started the event with a win in test one and then finished strong with wins in the final three tests.
With the win, Baylor cut into Thad DuVall’s point lead by nine points and now sits just seven points out of the lead heading into the next-to-last round in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 15th.
Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith turned in his best performance of the season with a fourth overall. The Georgia rider started strong, with fourth place finishes in the first two tests and then rode a consistent race for the remainder of the day.
SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick and Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley occupied sixth and seventh, while Solid Performance Racing’s Jesse Groemm finished eighth, polishing off a great outing for KTM.
Bobbitt: “I got off to a pretty rocky start. I went down not far into the first test – I tucked the front end on a rocky downhill and twisted my front end, so that kind of set the tone for the day. I just didn’t find my groove all day and I was having a hard time fighting the dust, but we rode the best we could and tried to be super consistent. We’ll go back to the drawing board now and start getting ready for Tulsa.”
Baylor: “We started off the first test with a win and that got me off on the right foot. After two tests, I think me, Grant and Thad were within three seconds of each other, so I knew it was going to be a fight today. After test three I had to make up some time on Grant, but I got the test win in the last two tests and that gave me just the edge I needed.”
Smith: “Today went well, I felt like I rode pretty well and I think I put in some consistent times. I had a few falls and tweaked a few things on the bike but for the most part I kept it moving forward and I’m happy with my ride. It was pretty sketchy out there and it was tough just keeping it on two wheels.”
Next Event: Round 8 – Sand Springs, OK – October 15, 2017
1. Steward Baylor (KTM)
2. Grant Baylor (Hsq)
3. Thad DuVall (Hsq)
4. Evan Smith (KTM)
5. Josh Strang (Hsq)
6. Cory Buttrick (KTM)
7. Ben Kelley (KTM)
8. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
9. Thorn Devlin (Hsq)
10. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
Overall Championship Standings
1. Thad DuVall (178)
2. Steward Baylor Jr. (171)
3. Grant Baylor (134)
4. Russell Bobbitt (114)
5. Cory Buttrick (109)
6. Jesse Groemm (98)
7. Evan Smith (79)
8. Josh Strang (73)
9. Josh Toth (67)
10. Thorn Devlin (65)