After much anticipation, the 2015 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series kicked off in Wedgefield, South Carolina this past weekend. With a deep field of talent this year, racers tackled the roughly 65 miles of sandy singletrack that weaved its way through South Carolina's pines. Beta USA's Cory Buttrick came into the round on a mission and showed his talent by securing a fifth overall. This marked Beta's first top five in the National Enduro series.
"We came into Sumter hungry and ready, with my 300 RR suited up with Kenda Southwick IIs," says Buttrick. "The day didn't start well after I hooked a vine in the first section that planted me on my back. We got back into a good rythm quickly and started turning in good times. The rest of the day went fairly smooth besides one more costly crash in the final section, where I got a little impatient making a pass. A huge thank you to everyone at Beta USA, Zack Huberty, my father for prepping the bike, my fiance for keeping me fueled, and Dr. Steve Thaxton with World Wide Chiropractic."
Second overall finisher in 2014, Jesse Groemm, started the race but unfortunately didn't finish the event after dealing with concussion symptoms. Teammate, Justin Sode, rode to a 26th overall finish. The National Enduro series resumes in March in Pelion, South Carolina for Round 2.