The KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Team was treated to epic conditions and a great race course at the Lead Belt National Enduro in Park Hills, MO over the weekend. Situated in St. Joe’s State Park, Round 4’s course featured some special singletrack not normally found at the venue. With Mother Nature watering the course the week before and temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, participants really couldn’t ask for a better event.
As the season progresses, the Arrive-n-Ride program is gaining more and more of a following, and we are pleased to be getting the chance to help riders get to the races and achieve their goals! At the Lead Belt, KR4 was happy to welcome some new faces to the team for the weekend with Mike Pillar and Brad Myers giving our Arrive-n-Ride program a try.
Hailing from Dover, Ohio, Mike Pillar used KR4’s services to bring his CRF250R out to contest the 250A class. With a busy work and race schedule, Mike saved a few days by flying and letting KR4 handle bike transport and logistics. Mike had a great day going and was 4th in class after the first four tests, but disaster struck in Test 5 when he collided with a broken-off tree and smashed his radiator. With coolant leaking everywhere and the left side of his bike mangled and protruding, Mike wowed us all by still putting in his best test of the day, nabbing 4th A overall in that test. Unfortunately, the damage to his bike was too substantial and Mike was forced to end his day prematurely. We are looking forward to welcoming Mike back in Michigan for Round 6.
It was really a pleasure to be under the KR4 tent this weekend. I was really impressed with the whole operation. Even though I did not sign on for a full season or anything, Fred (Andrews) still treated me like a factory rider. He was lubing my chain, scrapping mud off my bike, and topping off my fuel between each check and it was awesome. I had a great time at this race and I’ll be back for sure!
- Mike Pillar
In the 50+ A division, KR4 was proud to support Brad Myers. The owner of a successful monument business, Brad still wanted to get to the races but was having a hard time getting his bike prepped and transported to each event. This is where KR4 stepped in and provided one of our Arrive-n-Ride KTM 300s. We prepped the bike and got everything all ready to go; all Brad had to do was bring his custom seat and favorite handlebars and he was dialed in. Brad had a great run in his class, scoring a top- ten finish in a stacked field.
I am so busy with work and travel it just makes sense to work with KR4. I just don’t have time to prep the bike myself, so showing up and having everything ready to go is great! I just brought my own bars and seat to put on the team bike and I felt right at home. The race today was a lot of fun. I felt like I rode well and was hoping to place a little higher, but the competition was stiff! That’s just how it goes sometimes, and I am looking forward to the next round in Virginia.
- Brad Myers
Season-regular Jubal Brown was also at the Lead Belt, and he had a very up-and-down day. His first two tests started off slow, but by the middle of the day, he was able to pick things up. Test 4 was Jubal’s best test of the day, where he carded 3rd in Open A and 12th A overall. After 4 tests, he was sitting in 4th position, but things went south for him in the last two tests and he dropped to a disappointing 7th.
Today was a rough day for me. At times I rode really well, but at other times I just couldn’t pull it together. This is the earliest I have ever started a National (row 18), and the deep, dead leaves on the forest floor were sketching me out. I spent a lot of time on the ground after hitting some hidden hazards lurking under the leaves, and that cost me. I need to get some more practice in back here to learn how to read the terrain better.
- Jubal Brown
KR4’s other main rider, Shane Hufford, chose to take this weekend of to regroup after the last few frustrating weekends. With GNCC being his main focus this year, we felt it was important to let Shane take some time to dial everything in so he can come back out in top form at the next GNCC event.
The KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Team is on the road again, headed this time to Masontown, West Virginia for the Mountaineer Run GNCC on Memorial Day Weekend. Stop in and see us there, or join us at NEPG Round 5 in Arrington, Virginia on June 1st.