Sunday, June 1, 2014
Round five of the AMA National Enduro Series in Arrington, Virginia saw Factory Husqvarna's Andrew DeLong ride to another solid top-five finish. The FE 350-mounted rider started the day in strong contention for a podium finish, but ended his day doing damage control after a mistake in test five. Ultimately, DeLong was forced to settle for a fourth-place finish at The Jester National Enduro.
Mother Nature once again set a beautiful stage for racing with a warm, sunny day. Rain from earlier in the week left the dirt nice and wet in the wooded areas, with only small amounts of dust in the fields. Andrew made the most of the fantastic conditions and started his day with top-three finishes in the early tests.
"I was feeling really good and I was in a solid position overall," Andrew said. "But on test five, things took a turn for the worse – or rather, I did. I made a wrong turn at some point and got lost. I think I finished seventh in that test."
From that point, Andrew pushed to make up ground on the front-runners. Tests six and seven went well, but not well enough to regain a spot on the podium. DeLong collected a fourth-place finish, and now sits tied for fourth overall in series points.
The podium was not without a Husqvarna, however, as AirGroup Racing Husqvarna's Nick Fahringer once again carded a second-place finish. Fahringer has a firm hold on second overall in championship points at the halfway point of the series. With points leader Charlie Mullins out with an injury, the odds are now in Fahringer's favor heading into the second half of the season.
Fahringer's AirGroup Racing teammate Ryder Lafferty scored his second top-ten finish in a row. The rookie Pro finished eighth overall, followed by DeLong's younger brother, Craig, who overalled the AA-expert class and made it four Husqvarnas in the top-ten with ninth overall!
PHOTO CAPTION: Andrew DeLong works his way through the Virginia landscape at the Jester National Enduro. Photo by Shan Moore
Jester National Enduro Overall Results:
1. Brad Bakken
2. Nick Fahringer (Husqvarna)
3. Grant Baylor
4. Andrew DeLong (Husqvarna)
5. Jesse Groemm
6. Mike Lafferty
7. Cory Buttrick
8. Ryder Lafferty (Husqvarna)
9. Craig DeLong (Husqvarna)
10. Paddy Holloway