Anybody’s Game At Black Coal Enduro

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Eaton Rapids, MI (September 22, 2015)

FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell has a mathematical chance of wrapping up his first National Enduro Championship one race early at this weekend’s LA Black Coal Enduro presented by E-Line Accessories – round nine of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series Presented by Moose Racing this weekend in Lynnville, Indiana. If he’s able to do so, he and his father, Jeff Russell, would become the first father/son duo to win the series championship. Jeff won his title in 1991.

To win the title, however, Russell needs to finish ahead of teammate Russell Bobbitt, MotoTech KTM’s Steward Baylor and N-Fab/Am Pro Yamaha’s Grant Baylor, who are also in contention for the championship. Both Kailub Russell and Steward Baylor will be nursing injuries suffered at the ISDE in Slovakia just two weeks before, which will add that much more drama to the event.

Also riding the Black Coal will be AirGroup Racing’s Ryan Sipes, who is fresh off a stellar performance in Slovakia, where he won the overall individual award. Sipes is in his rookie season in the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series Presented by Moose Racing, but has been a quick learner. And with the momentum he gained at the ISDE will most certainly be in contention for the win as well.

Also pushing Russell will be defending series champ Andrew DeLong on his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing FE 350, as well as MotoSport.com/Yamaha’s Brad Bakken, who has proven in the past that he can come out of nowhere and take a win at any time.

AirGroup Racing’s Nick Fahringer is finally healthy after spending most of a year healing up from knee surgery, so the Ohio native may be in the mix as well.

Meanwhile, Fahringer’s teammate, Ryder Lafferty, was in line for his best finish ever at last month’s Jack Pine Enduro until a mechanical put him out of the running, so it would be wise to keep an eye on the young New Jersey rider this weekend, as well.

Though the racing starts at 9:00 Sunday morning, be sure to come by for Saturday’s festivities, which will feature Yamaha Demos fro 10-4pm hosted by former Hare Scrambles National Champion Jason Raines, and KTM demos put on by eight-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty.

The last LA Black Coal National Enduro was held in this area in 2013, and it was the club’s first in over 20 years. It was nearly 100% new cut trail at the Interlake facility and has been used very little since then and they have added even more fresh trail for this years event. Some riders may recognize the area as they used some of it back in the 80's. They used to start at the Lynnville Park back then where they have been running Mid South HS and other local events since, with the new Interlake area just a few miles to the east that has a new parking area and pavilion. 

The course is mostly good dirt with a few rocks here and there, some nice old growth woods along with some more open faster sections. Come join the fun, you will be glad you did.

After the 2013 event,  2013 Champ Charlie Mullins said that the event was “A great event…. Club did a great job laying out the course.  It was a lot of fun.”

In the Rekluse AA-Expert division, Evan Smith and Drew Higgins continue to have a close points battle for the class lead and both are in the top 15 overall and will graduate to the pro class for 2016 if their stellar results continue.

The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series resumes on October 11th for the final round of the series in Matthews, Indiana for the Muddober’s National Enduro. For more info head on over to www.nationalenduro.com