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.

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

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.”

Corona, CA – Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder returned to the podium this weekend with a second overall at the Funky Chicken AMA National Hare Scrambles. The finish earned him valuable points towards the championship, and with one round left Cory is in prime position to take his first AMA Western Hare Scrambles title.

The day started out well as Graffunder utilized the TXC511 to it’s fullest and easily pulled a gap on the entire pro class into the tightly wooded single track of Elkton, Oregon. But despite his dominant ride, a tangle with a lapper on the last lap would relegate him to second place on the day.

“I felt really good out there today,” Cory said. “I had a brand new 511 and the traction was just incredible. I think I had over a minute lead when I stopped to pit. That lapper took me down on an uphill, and it really bent my rear brake lever bad. I tried to cruise into the finish, but without a rear brake the trees, and roots, and water are really not that easy.”

Graffunder pulled over and made an attempt to fix the brake, unknowingly allowing eventual race winner, Rory Sullivan, to make a pass.

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.

Corona, CA – January 30, 2012 – Husqvarna’s Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) team kicked off the AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Series over the weekend, where Andrew Delong carded a top-ten finish at the Sumter, South Carolina event. The weather could not have been more ideal, with the sun shining and temperatures in the 60s. Sandy terrain and tight trees made for a technical course, which Delong took to with ease on his TXC310.

“I was ‘on rails’ through test one with that fourth-place finish,” Delong said. “I stalled it a few times in the other test but hit the electric start and off I would go again. But my last two tests cost me today.”

Delong went on to finish a respectable eighth place – a good jumping off point in such a competitive series. 

The day was a bit more challenging for Enduro first-timer Jason Thomas. The GNCC regular finished in 17th place after battling through the trees.

“I need to train more in the tight trees,” Thomas admitted. “Some spots you had to stop and turn your bars just to get through. I will be better next race.”

The FAR Husqvarna team will head to Greensboro, Georgia in three weeks for round two of the AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Series on February 19.

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Sumter, SC – The 17 year-old, Steward Baylor, continues to impress off-road fans with his fast-speed and technical abilities on his KTM motorcycle at such a young age. Today he stepped up his game again when he took his first-ever pro career AMA National Enduro Series win.

Baylor has been setting records throughout his teenage years in the GNCC Series and he was most recently crowned the GNCC XC2 Lites Champion in 2011. He took the past two and half months that made up the off-season and trained hard to come out to the opening round of the AMA National Enduro Series in Sumter, SC and make himself and his Ride PG/KTM Team a threat for the championship.

The Georgia native was impressive from the start to the end of the race. He took three of the six special test wins in order to claim his first victory. He was strong in each section only making a mistake in the fourth test where he hit his head on a tree branch that he wasn’t able to duck under. Luckily, he was okay and came back to finish second fastest in the fifth special test and first in the final test.

“It feels great to come out to the first round and get the win,” remarked Baylor. “I have been training really hard over the past year to increase my sprint speed and I think it shows today. I’d like to thank my team and my family for their help to get me to this level in my racing.”

Joining Baylor on the podium was 8-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty finishing in the runner-up position and fellow KTM rider Charlie Mullins who put his FMF/KTM on the final podium step.

Factory FMF/KTM Team riders Russell Bobbitt and Charlie Mullins topped the podium after an all day battle at the sixth round of the AMA National Enduro Series.

From the first test to the final test Bobbitt and Mullins ran a tight race. Both riders tied for the fast time in the first test. In the second section Mullins, the winner of last year’s Upton Enduro, came out with a slight advantage while Bobbitt and Thad Duvall rallied for second fastest time. Mullins continued his win streak into the third test where he again took the section win and was up 25 seconds on Bobbitt heading to the fourth.

As the two riders prepped for the fourth test, Bobbitt stepped up his game. He won the fourth test by 2 seconds over Mullins to close his gap to 23 seconds. He knew he had a large deficit to overcome so he turned up the heat in the fifth section to tie Duvall for the fast time. Heading into the final section, Mullins still had 11 seconds on Bobbitt. The section was said to be a smooth and fast section but it was one of the longer tests at 9.5 miles in length which meant anything could happen.

Mullins came into the check first and seemed to turn a pretty decent time. It wasn’t long after when fans heard the distinct sound of Bobbitt’s 250 XC two-stroke screaming through the trees. Bobbitt crossed the line in a time 24 seconds faster than Mullins. His last section win gave him the overall for the day while Mullins would end up 2nd after a very close battle.

With three section wins a piece it was a remarkable day for the FMF/KTM Team. The third rider of the FMF/KTM Team, Cory Buttrick, struggled with a stomach virus throughout the day but still pulled off a decent ride with a 4th place finish behind the 3rd place of Thad Duvall.

With six rounds in the books, Bobbitt regains the points lead over Mullins holding a 2 point lead. “It feels great to get a win here and regain the points lead. I had some issues with my wrist at the last round but if felt fine all day today. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series,” stated Bobbitt.

Overall Series Points:

1)     Russell Bobbitt – 152

2)     Charlie Mullins – 150

3)     Cory Buttrick – 124

4)     Nick Fahringer – 108

5)     Mike Lafferty – 88