Round nine - AMA National Enduro Chamoionship - November 5, 2017
Stanton, AL (November 5, 2017) – KTM riders claimed seven of the top ten spots at this weekend’s Gobbler Getter National Enduro in Stanton, Alabama, the ninth and final round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series. Meanwhile, SRT Racing’s KTM-supported Steward Baylor won the event, and by doing so took home his second national enduro title.
The Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club did it’s usual great job of setting up the event, which started out the first few tests in nice, loamy dirt before graduating into more technical and rocky sections.
Baylor came into the event with a slim two-point lead over Thad DuVall, but jumped out to a quick start, winning the opening test of the day and then adding a solid win in the third test.
After the fourth test, Baylor had increased his lead to around 30 seconds; however, DuVall came on strong in the final two tests and cut the final deficit to 12 seconds. Baylor finished off the season with four wins out of nine rounds and topped DuVall by seven points in the final standings.
FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt narrowly missed out on a podium finish after winning the second test of the day. Bobbitt edged SRT Racing KTM-supported Cory Buttrick by six-tenths of a second to secure fourth on his KTM 250 XC-F. Bobbitt also finished off the season in fourth overall.
Other KTM riders finishing in the top ten included Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith, who grabbed his first-career podium with a third, Solid Performance Racing’s Jesse Groemm in sixth, Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley in seventh and Zack Hayes in eighth.
BOBBITT: “It was a good day and was stoked to win the second test; I think it’s the same test I’ve won in previous years. It was super-flowy and it was the kind of stuff I like. Most of the race was super tight and they really worked us out there today. Evan Smith was riding really well today and I was super-happy for him to get his first podium and then for Steward to win the championship was cool. I feel like I had a nice, steady day and I’m happy to have finish in one piece.”
BAYLOR: “The day started surprisingly well. I think in all the year’s I’ve been riding national enduro, I’ve probably won the opening test maybe five times, so to start off with the win in test one was huge for me. I was able to gap those guys around 30 seconds after the fourth test and I knew I could relax a little in the last two tests, but I made a mistake in test five and it set me back a little. I went down and I was counting as I was trying to get going and I counted to seven so I knew I was still in decent shape. Thad ended up getting me by 12 seconds in that test and at the end of the day, only 12 seconds separated us so I’m super happy with how the day went.”
SMITH: “I felt like I rode decent, though I didn’t feel like I rode my best, but I scored well enough to get my first podium so I guess I was riding pretty good. I only fell once and luckily it was right after I passed the out check so it didn’t cost me any time.”
GROEMM: “I had a pretty solid day; I was consistent and didn’t fall down until the fifth section and I had to bad get-offs. I think if I had kept it on two wheels it might have been the difference in fifth. It was sandier than I remembered, and I preobably have changed tires if I had know how sandy it was going to be.”
The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series recently announced its schedule for the 2018 season. For more information on the series go to www.nationalenduro.com.
1. Steward Baylor (KTM)
2. Thad DuVall (Hsq)
3. Evan Smith (KTM)
4. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
5. Cory Buttrick (KTM)
6. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
7. Ben Kelley (KTM)
8. Zack Hayes (KTM)
9. Thorn Devlin (Hsq)
10. Ron Commo III (GG)
Final Championship Standings
1. Steward Baylor (231)
2. Thad DuVall (224)
3. Grant Baylor (159)
4. Russell Bobbitt (147)
5. Cory Buttrick (141)
6. Jesse Groemm (127)
7. Evan Smith (118)
8. Josh Strang (89)
9. Thorn Devlin (89)
10. Josh Toth (67)
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