Tuscumbia, AL – Husaberg Factory rider Russell Bobbitt took the win at the opening round of the OMA Nationals after a two-hour battle with KTM rider Kailub Russell for the lead position.

Bobbitt started the race in fourth position and was able to quickly move up to the lead before the end of the first lap. “I was able to make some passes on the first lap because everyone in front of me was making small mistakes and blowing corners allowing me to close in and gain positions,” stated Bobbitt.

Bobbitt held the lead for the first two laps on the 11 mile course with Kailub Russell in tow. At the gas stop after the completion of the second lap he lost the lead to Russell. “Kailub and I continued to battle throughout the race,” commented Bobbitt. “It was actually pretty fun, but there were so many mud holes down in the bottom of the ravines that we were both covered in water after trading the lead so many times and splashing each other. Neither of us had anymore tear-offs which also became a problem as we continued to battle.”

Maplesville, AL – Factory FMF/KTM rider Russell Bobbitt ended his season in the best way possible after capturing the win at the final AMA National Enduro round.

Bobbitt rode strong through all six special tests. Throughout the day, Bobbitt was able to earn three of the six special test wins and held the lead from the second test through the finish.

“I had a really fun time riding today,” remarked Bobbitt. “The rain helped keep what was going to be a really dusty race into perfect race conditions. There were a lot of tight sections that I really enjoyed and I am happy to walk away with the win at the end of the season.”

Matthews, IN – KTM rider Steward Baylor was crowned the 2012 AMA National Enduro Champion after claiming his sixth victory of the season at the 9th round of the series, the Muddobbers Enduro.

The new crown marks Baylor’s first career AMA National Enduro Championship. Not only did Baylor win the championship in his first full-time year in the series but he also managed to claim the title despite nagging pain from a broken wrist suffered near the beginning of the season.

Baylor never let off no matter how bad the pain or how tough the competition. This is proven by the fact that he still managed to win the Muddobbers Enduro this weekend. He took the victory in three of the tests and placed inside the top three in each of the tests he didn’t win. When it was all said and done, he was able to walk away with the win by a nearly 40 second gap over the second place ride.

Cross Fork, PA – KTM rider Steward Baylor claimed his fifth victory of the season after taking the win at the seventh round of the AMA National Enduro Series with a 2 second margin over 2nd place finisher Mike Lafferty.

Baylor proved his strength has returned as he lined up for the start of the Rattlesnake Enduro now almost completely healed from his early season wrist injury. Baylor started the race well, matching Lafferty for the 2nd fastest time in the first special test.

In the second test, Baylor topped the charts and moved into the lead. He then finished inside the top three on the next three tests, matching Lafferty again on the fifth test. Heading into the final test, Baylor trailed Lafferty and knew he had to throw down a great time in order to come out with the win. Baylor succeeded at his task and set the fastest time in the final test to win with a 2 second margin over Lafferty.

Baylor’s win helps strengthen his points lead on the series. With three rounds remaining, Baylor now has a 23 point lead in the championship standings.

Overall Results
1.    Steward Baylor
2.    Mike Lafferty
3.    Nick Fahringer
4.    Jesse Groemm
5.    Andrew Delong
6.    Thad Duvall
7.    Russell Bobbitt
8.    Grant Baylor
9.    Brad Bakken
10.    Tanner Thomas

Overall Point Standings
1.    Steward Baylor – 191
2.    Mike Lafferty – 168
3.    Russell Bobbitt – 131

Lafferty and Fahringer Podium at Rattlesnake National Enduro

 

Cross Fork, PA – Husaberg Factory riders Mike Lafferty and Nick Fahringer both landed on the podium at the seventh round of the AMA National Enduro Series finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

After taking a win at the Wyoming round, Lafferty was eager to repeat his success at the Rattlesnake Enduro. Lafferty got off to a great start in the first test section matching the second fastest time with KTM rider Steward Baylor. Lafferty and Baylor would remain close in times on the next two tests.

It was Fahringer who picked up the pace in the fourth test. “I rode overly cautious in the first few tests and finally stepped up to the plate at the end of the race,” commented Fahringer. The Husaberg rider turned the fastest time in the fourth test to take the section win with Lafferty finishing 2nd and Baylor in 3rd.

Millville, MN – Husaberg Factory rider Nick Fahringer finished 3rd overall at the sixth round of the OMA’s held at Spring Creek MX Park.

Fahringer got off to a 3rd place start and was passed in one of the opening corners by another rider. “Unfortunately, I got passed quickly in the race and then struggled to get back around the rider,” stated Fahringer. “After about a lap and a half I was able to pass back into 3rd but I had lost a lot of time to the leaders at that point.”

Fahringer continued to plug away on the tough, technical track in the exhausting heat. At the end of the race, he was able to hang on to 3rd place to position his Husaberg on the podium. Fahringer will now head to Pennsylvania this weekend in order to compete in the seventh round of the AMA National Enduro Series where he is currently 5th overall in series point standings.

Overall Results

1. Paul Whibley

2. Russell Bobbitt

3. Nick Fahringer

4. Zach Ingram

5. Matt Stavish

6. Steve Leivan

7. Shane Klimek

8. Nate Ferderer

9. Cody Bollinger

10. Keith Zaagman

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the U.S. riders who will contest the 87th International Six Days Enduro. Led by the World Trophy Team of Russell Bobbitt, Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Robert Garrison, Charlie Mullins and Taylor Robert, a contingent of 31 U.S. riders will face the best off-road racers from other countries in Saxony, Germany, Sept. 24-29.

“The ISDE represents the pinnacle of world off-road competition, and winning this prestigious event has long been an American dream,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “For 2012, we have taken our program to an entirely new level, and we’re going to Germany with one goal in mind: making that dream a reality and standing on the
top of the box this September.”

The ISDE effort this year is managed by Antti Kallonen, who guides KTM North America’s off-road racing teams in U.S.-based series.

“I’m very excited about this year’s Trophy Team,” said Kallonen, whose own professional racing career included competition in the FIM Motocross World Championship. “We
were able to assemble a very fast team. We have a few new riders on the team and  they have proved their speed in our national series. And with manufacturers on
board, all the riders have full support behind them, so they can focus only on racing. This year’s Six Days will have some of the stiffest competition we have seen in
years, but with our team, we have good chance to be on top.”

Upton, WY – Factory Husaberg rider Mike Lafferty won his 70th career win after finishing 1st at the sixth round of the AMA National Enduro Series.

Lafferty came out swinging strong at the sixth round to collect the first three special test wins aboard his Husaberg TE250. He continued to hold a solid pace through the remaining sections and was able to clinch his 70th career win with a 15 second lead over the 2nd place ride of Russell Bobbitt.

“I am really excited to get this win,” stated Lafferty. “I haven’t won a race since 2010 so it has been long overdue. I was able to start with a win in the first section and carry that momentum through to the last test. I am really comfortable with the terrain at the next two national enduros and hope that I can remain consistent and hopefully close the point gap in the series standings.”

Upton, WY – Factory FMF/KTM rider Russell Bobbitt earned an impressive 2nd place overall result at the sixth round of the AMA National Enduro Series put together by the Inyan Kara Motorcycle Club.

The course conditions were quite dusty given the dry weather and created a problem for many riders as they fell upon lappers late in the tests. Luckily, Bobbitt was able to avoid many of them in the first three special tests where he finished with a top three lap time each test.

“I was happy to get good test scores in the first three tests but wish I could have picked up a few more seconds. I feel like I lost a lot of time in those first sections and that is what kept me from challenging for the win,” remarked Bobbitt.

Bobbitt only fell outside of the top three in special tests scores once throughout the day during the 4th test; however, his test score was still strong enough to keep in the podium hunt. In the fifth test Bobbitt picked up the pace and put together an impressive ride in the most challenging test of the day to finish with the 2nd fastest time. Heading to the sixth test, only 1 second separated Bobbitt from Nick Fahringer whom he was battling for 2nd position. Bobbitt laid the hammer down and turned the fastest time in the final section to claim the runner-up spot on the podium.

There is a lot of buzz about the 2012 KTM two-strokes and it’s not just the sound from the exhaust. The latest news making its way to the talk boards involves Factory FMF/KTM riders Cory Buttrick and Charlie Mullins who will be making the switch to the 250 XC two-stroke motorcycles for the remaining National Enduro rounds.

Three-time National Enduro Champion, Russell Bobbitt, has been a “two-stroker” throughout his career with KTM and has won all three of his championships aboard his 250 XC race machine. After witnessing his success and trying the new 2012 models, Buttrick and Mullins have decided to give it a whirl.


Now all three Factory FMF/KTM Team riders will line up for the next AMA National Enduro round on their two-stroke race bikes. Mullins, the reigning National Enduro Champion, commented, “I can’t wait to race on the new two-stroke. After racing a four-stroke for so long, you forget how much fun the two-strokes can be. I’ve been riding it the past few weeks and can’t believe how easy it is to ride in and out of the tight trees. I feel very confident on the new bike.”

It’s no wonder the entire team is switching to the two-strokes after KTM has continuously improved the model line over the past few years. For 2012, the two-stroke machines received an abundance of chassis upgrades including a new frame, a new one-piece cast aluminum swingarm and a linkage suspension system.

For more information on the new models, please visit www.ktmusa.com.