Eaton Rapids, MI (May 10, 2015) – Russell Bobbitt came out of his shell at the last round of the 2015 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in Tennessee, turning up the heat in the final test to nip Kailub Russell by four seconds to claim his first win of the season. It was a close and exciting race, however, you can bet Kailub will be gunning for the win at this weekend’s Moose Racing Lead Belt National Enduro, which would make his first-ever national enduro win. Heading into this weekend’s race, Kailub holds the series point standings by nine points over Bobbitt even though he has yet to win a national enduro.
Also chomping at the bit to get a win is Grant Baylor of the N-Fab/Am Pro Yamaha Team; and his brother, Steward Baylor, on a Tech-KTM. Steward is the 2012 series champ and coming off a broken collarbone, as is defending National Enduro Champ Andrew DeLong, however, DeLong (as well as Baylor) have had sufficient time to heal and the reigning champ will be looking to put his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing FC 350 on top of the podium in Missouri.
Other riders to look for will be Motosport.com/Am Pro Yamaha’s Brad Bakken, who is sitting sixth overall in points after grabbing a third at the series opener, and Beta USA’s Cory Buttrick, who has been getting stronger as the series moves along.
This weekend’s race will be held at St. Joe ORV State Park, which is near Park Hills Missouri, and just a stones throw from the retired historic Lead Belt mine. A few trails are fairly fast and sandy, but most of the course is classic single-track and a bit rocky.
On Saturday, KTM’s Ride Orange Program is sponsoring a bicycle ride with host 8x national champ Mike Lafferty. Peddle with the Pros-Bicycle ride with Lafferty, 8x national champ Dick Burleson, 4x national champ Russell Bobbitt & many more. Bring your Bicycle, helmet and a minimum of 5$ donation to the Caselli Foundation. There will be two different rides, one at 10am and another at 2pm. Each ride will be approximately 1 ½ hours and will finish up with a look at the waterfall in the final test of the Enduro. It will be a super easy ride on paved paths around the state park, and it’s open to all ages and skills.
The Missouri Mudders will also be hosting a spaghetti dinner from 5-7pm on Saturday night, so bring your appetite.
You can also come out Saturday afternoon and talk with the top riders and get autographs and photos with them. This race is also a great spectator race and finishes up with a fast plunge down the infamous waterfall section in test six, which you can easily walk to.
For more information on the Lead Belt National Enduro or the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series please go to www.nationalenduro.com.