Cross Fork, PA – Husaberg Factory rider Russell Bobbitt proved he is recovering well after his most recent injury as he dominated the eighth round of the Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series winning three of the six special tests to claim his first victory of the 2013 season.
Bobbitt, who suffered an injury two months ago, returned to full strength a week ago when he won the fifth round of the OMA Series. Now one week later, he arrived to the track eager to see if he could repeat that victory in the National Enduro Series.
He started the day well securing the win in the first three special tests. At the end of the fourth test he had already accumulated a nearly one minute lead over the rest of the field. Behind him fellow Husaberg riders Mike Lafferty and Nick Fahringer were battling for second place. Lafferty held the spot until the end of the fifth test, which Fahringer won, taking over second place.
Heading into the final test, Bobbitt held a 40 second lead. He turned a solid time in the final test to take his first race win of the season. Fahringer took the win in the final test to secure second position while Lafferty took third overall to make it a Husaberg podium sweep.
“I am happy to win one,” remarked Bobbitt. “I came pretty close in Texas earlier this year and didn’t actually have high expectations going into this round. I have struggled at this round in the past, and luckily, was able to come out here with Nick (Fahringer) a week early and train and ride in similar conditions. I think having more time and options to adjust my set-up helped my confidence before the start of the race. My bike was flawless the whole day and my conditioning felt great. I didn’t struggle with any issues from my earlier injury and I feel good about the progress we have made.”
This race marked the first time that the National Enduro podium has been swept by Husaberg riders. Eight-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty, commented, “I am happy I could be part of a history-making moment today. I had a good time on this course. I struggled a little in the first test but was able to put it together in the next few and had a smooth day. I didn’t have any crashes and I rode a pretty mistake-free race. I am happy to finish on the podium with my fellow Husaberg riders.”
Next Event: Lynnville, IN – September 15, 2013
Overall Results –
- Russell Bobbitt – HSB
- Nick Fahringer – HSB
- Mike Lafferty – HSB
- Charlie Mullins
- Brad Bakken
- Jesse Groemm
- Andrew Delong
- Thad Duvall