DeLong Holds Points Lead Heading Into South Carolina National Enduro
Eaton Rapids, MI (August 25, 2014) – Andrew DeLong has the upper hand heading into this weekend’s Little Brown Jug National Enduro in Union, South Carolina – round nine of the 2014 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series, presented by Moose Racing. So far this year, the Factory Racing Husqvarna rider has two wins to his credit and is sitting on a 17-point lead in the series standings, however, the Pennsylvania racer wants nothing more than to leave South Carolina with a third win in his pocket, which will give him a safe cushion heading into the series finale in Indiana.
At the previous round in Colorado, DeLong won outright or tied for the fastest time in three of the six tests and finished the event with a 20-second margin of victory over second place, which put him in clear command of the series standings. However, with two rounds remaining on the schedule, there’s still lots of racing left and plenty of opportunity for one of his challengers to take over.
Red clay, roots and pine trees will dominate the terrain at this weekend’s Little Brown Jug, which will be held on 100% private property. There should be a considerable amount of new single-track trail, as well.
Look for local riders Steward and Grant Baylor to be DeLong’s main competition, however, Maxxis/Klim/DirtWise KTM’s Jesse Groemm has been on a roll since winning the Pennsylvania round last month and can’t be ruled out either. Another rider to look for is Brad Bakken. The N-Fab/Am Pro Yamaha rider won the Virginia round back in June and is usually in the mix at any round he attends.
AirGroup Racing’s Nick Fahringer is still recovering from an MCL tear in one of his knees, but should be in much better shape by the time the weekend rolls around, so look for the Husqvarna rider to challenge for a podium, along with eight-time national enduro champ Mike Lafferty, who is making his farewell tour on a factory KTM before retiring at the end of the year.
In the Rekluse Expert-AA class, Husqvarna support rider Craig Delong has led the standings for most of the season, although at the previous round the Husqvarna support rider suffered a defeat at the hands of Colorado’s Cody Shafer. The South Carolina round should be a competitive one in this class as well.
The day before the national, KTM and Yamaha will be on hand to offer demo rides for anyone interested in riding one of the new models.
For more information on the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series please go to www.nationalenduro.com.