The 2015 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series makes a stop on March 1st in Pelion, South Carolina for the Sandlapper National Enduro, round two of the 10-round off-road series where Steward Baylor will try to continue the momentum he generated by winning the series opener on February 1st in Sumter, South Carolina.
Baylor now holds a five-point lead in the series standings, and will once again have the benefit of competing in a hometown race in South Carolina. In addition, since he won the previous round in Sumter, the MotoTech KTM rider will be starting from row 21.
Kailub Russell will be looking to improve on the runner-up finish he claimed in Sumter, where the FMF/KTM rider barely missed out on the victory after topping two of the six tests. MotoSport.com Am Pro Yamaha’s Brad Bakken, who was third in Sumter, will also be looking to unseat Baylor on his Yamaha YZ250FX.
Defending series champ Andrew DeLong will be looking to make amends for his eight-place finish at the series opener. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing-backed Pennsylvania rider was running as high as second in Sumter, but struggled in the final two tests and dropped out of contention for the win. Meanwhile, FMF/KTM’s Russell Bobbitt was steady and consistent en route to fourth at the opener in his first national appearance back with KTM after stints with Husaberg and Husqvarna. The four-time champ is a previous winner at the Sandlapper Enduro and is certain to be in the hunt for a win next Sunday.
In the Beta USA camp, Jesse Groemm, last year’s number two rider, will be ready to go this weekend after dropping out of the Sumter race with a mild concussion. Meanwhile, Greomm’s teammate, Cory Buttrick, will be attempting to improve on his fifth-place finish at round one.
You can’t rule out up-and-comer Ryder Lafferty as a podium contender either. The New Jersey rider will be the lone rider in the AirGroup Racing Husqvarna camp this weekend, now that Nick Fahringer is on the mend after having knee surgery.
In the Rekluse Expert-AA class, which is designed as a stepping-stone for riders hoping to move into the highly competitive Pro division, Zack Hayes took the win at Sumter, followed by Drew Higgins and Ryan Belue. This class gives a good look at the future stars of the Pro class, and is always one of the most competitive classes. The Rekluse Expert-AA series will pay a year-end purse for the top finishers based on a riders overall final standings in the class.
No less then 720 riders pre-entered the Sandlapper race, as the series enjoys record-breaking popularity in 2015. An eye-popping 820 riders competed in the Sumter race, which was a series record. No doubt, there will be plenty of exciting action this weekend.
Racing begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, but there will be plenty to do and see on Saturday, as well, with KTM hosting a demo ride during the day. There will also be plenty of opportunities to get rider autographs, including Mike Lafferty, who retired from race in 2014, but is working with KTM and the NEPG at all of the Kenda AMA National Enduro races.
Besides featuring a lot of sand with some black loamy dirt thrown in, this year’s event will be staged all on private property. Proceeds of the race helps keep Hollowcreek Volunteer Fire Dept funded.
Don’t forget about the Yamaha Power Equipment giving away. Yamaha will give away one of their top of the line pressure washers to the rider that earns the most series points in one class after the first 5 rounds of the 2015 KENDA AMA National Enduro Series presented by Moose Racing. In the event that there is a tie, those rider’s names will be placed in a hat and the winner will be drawn. The pressure washer will be presented to the winning rider at the riders meeting of the 6th round in Upton WY, you must be present to win and cannot combine points from multiple classes.
For more info on the 2015 AMA National Enduro Series check out www.nationalenduro.com