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.

Park Hills, MO – Factory FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins took the victory at the eighth round of the AMA National Enduro Series in an impressive ride where he won four of the six special tests. To make the weekend even brighter for the KTM brand, he was joined on the podium by fellow KTM riders Russell Bobbitt and Steward Baylor to make it a KTM podium sweep.

Course conditions were perfect for the riders as rain the night before had left the formerly dry track with the perfect amount of rainfall to make for great conditions. Mullins had a great start to the day taking the win in the first special test.

He carried that momentum into the second test section; where in his first race back since breaking his elbow earlier in the season, he went on to win the second, third and fourth special tests to put his KTM well into the lead. Meanwhile, his teammate, Bobbitt, started the race off slow but stepped up his game in the second half of the race. Bobbitt won the fifth special test and tied Baylor for the win in the final test of the day. Bobbitt and Baylor’s perseverance at the end of the race helped move both riders up to a podium spot.

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.

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.”

WASHINGTON, GA (March 14, 2011) – FMF Makita Suzuki’s Josh Strang improved his status in the 2011 Grand National Cross Country Series by taking a solid runner-up finish at the Maxxis General GNCC in Washington, Georgia in round two of the series. Teammate Josh Weisenfels injured his ankle in a practice crash before round one and did not compete.

Strang got a great jump off the start, rounding the first turn in second place. He quickly moved into the lead aboard his FMF Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and began to gap the field of top professionals. Late in the race, however, the Australian off-road star missed a line in the mud and gave up the position to eventual winner Paul Whibley, the 2009 series champ.

“I couldn’t catch Whibs at the end – he was going good,” said Strang. “We’re just two races in and hopefully I’ll work the bugs out. These boys were going quick and it was a fun race. My team and my Suzuki were great today and I’m looking forward to the next round in North Carolina.”