Eaton Rapids, MI (April 13, 2015) –
After a pair of second place finishes at the first two rounds of the championship, Kailub Russell will be going for his first-ever win in the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series this weekend in West Point, Tennessee, hoping to extend his lead in the series point standings, which already stands at seven points. The FMF/KTM rider sits atop the point standings over last year’s national champion Andrew DeLong (Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing) and 2012 series champ Steward Baylor (FLY/Tech-KTM). Interestingly enough, both DeLong and Baylor are on the rebound from broken collarbones.
Behind these top three top contenders, a powerhouse of hopefuls is waiting in line to take hold of the podium at the FMF Rad Dad Enduro, including Motosport.com/Am Pro Yamaha’s Brad Bakken (winner of last year’s Virginia round), Four-time champ and KTM-mounted Russell Bobbitt, and Beta USA’s Cory Buttrick, himself a two-time event winner.
Fighting hard for a podium spot will be Australian transplants Josh Strang (Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing) and Daniel Milner (N-Fab/Am Pro Yamaha). Also making his return to the series will be last year’s number two rider, Beta USA’s Jesse Groemm, after missing the first few rounds due to a concussion. In addition, Rockstar Energy Motocross Star Ryan Sipes, who is riding off-road events for AirGroup Racing Husqvarna, will make his first appearance in the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series.
Eight-time National Enduro Champ Mike Lafferty, retired now after 20 years of racing, will be on hand to sign autographs and assist Saturday’s KTM Ride Orange Program featuring a BBQ dinner from 5-7pm with donations going to the Westpoint Community Center.
Among the vendors on hand, KENDA Tire Service, FMF Trackside Support will be at the Rad Dad to help with any silencer or muffler system needs that you have, and also to display any new products. The Moose truck will also be there with the brands latest products and a chance to try on different items. You also get a free hat for trying on gear.
For 2015 the top five in the Expert-AA class series points will have reserved rows 31B-35B for each event and there will be a purse payout to the top three finishers at each round provided by Rekluse Motor Sports.
There will also be a year-end series payout for the top five Expert-AA riders for which the NEPG is currently taking donations from businesses and individuals, and will continue to throughout the 2015 season. The funds collected will be presented to these five riders at the NEPG year-end awards ceremony directly after the final event in Mathews Indiana. Rekluse Motor Sports will once again offer a $1,000 bonus if the winner of the class has been running Rekluse product throughout the series. For more info on the Rekluse Expert-AA class go to www.nationalenduro.com.
On Saturday, the NATRA club will host a kids event, plus KTM will host a BBQ dinner catered by Rick’s BBQ.
Also, Yamaha and Beta will be hosting demo rides for anyone looking to try out the latest in off-road iron.
Starting with the Rad Dad Enduro, Daniel Engle, with Offroadvikings, will be stepping up his coverage of each event, including more drone video, plus the addition of 3 cameraman at each event. Engle is one of the best in the business and the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series is truly lucky to have him and his crew getting national coverage for our series.
For directions to the event, go to www.nationalenduro.com and click on “Event Flyers” to get the lowdown on how to get there. Parking is plentiful and, for sure, the food will be good, and if you are a “newby” to the sport come and check out the activities on Saturday and stay to watch the Pros on Sunday.