Story & Photo by Shan Moore
West Point, Tennessee, April 17, 2011 - Russell Bobbitt added his third win of the season with a dominating performance at the Rad Dad National Enduro, round four of the Rekluse/AMA National Enduro Series in Westpoint, Tennessee.
The NATRA-sponsored event started out as a three way battle between Bobbitt and his FMF/KTM teammates Charlie Mullins and Cory Buttrick, but in the end it was a Bobbitt runaway, with the three-time champ finishing the race 59 seconds faster than Mullins to claim win. Meanwhile, Buttick ended the day another 48 seconds back. Demonstrating his tight woods-riding expertise, Bobbitt won the sixth test - a 10-mile section of extremely tight single-track - 40 seconds faster than Mullins.
"It was pretty dang tight and you couldn't charge hard, it was all about carrying momentum," said Bobbitt. "This is what I like to ride and I just tried to ride as smooth as I could."
Buttrick won the opening test to kick off the event, beating out Bobbitt by seven seconds. Meanwhile, Mullins lost valuable time due to a broken rear brake line. The Ohio rider recovered, however, to post the fastest time in sections two and four. But Bobbitt picked up the pace at the midway point, winning the third, fifth and sixth tests in the process.
Nick Fahringer finished fourth ahead of Husaberg teammate Michael Lafferty, while Andrew DeLong was sixth ahead of fellow KTM riders Shane Hufford Jr., and Brad Bakken.
Gas Gas rider Cole Kirkpatrick and FAR Husqvarna's Morgan Moss rounded out the top 10.
After four rounds, Bobbitt leads the series standing with 108 points, with Mullins second at 95 and Buttrick third with 81.