Mullins was on the gas all day as he won the first two special tests and tied for the lead in the third. At the halfway point he had already accumulated a minute lead on the field as the riders headed toward the fourth test of the afternoon. He finished second in the next two tests and the rebounded to take the win in the final test session to win the overall and his second career AMA National Enduro title.
Corona, CA – June 10, 2013 – Factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder hit the road for round two of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series with one thing on his mind – podium. After starting the season with a modest seventh-place finish at the opening round, Graffunder was determined to improve his results, and he was able to do just that with a third-place finish, on the podium, at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
The battle for third in the main event turned out to be an intense one. Graffunder had his hands full getting around his former teammate, Kyle Redmond, who held third for much of the main. Cory then had the challenge of fending off a hard charging Taddy Blazusiak for the final podium position. Graffunder proved to be unstoppable on his factory Husqvarna TXC310R, and would not be pressured into making any mistakes.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to welcome support from Wellard Group Holdings for the U.S. national team’s effort at the International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, Italy, Sept. 30-Oct. 5. Wellard will also be the title sponsor of a U.S. club team at the event.
“Racing for the ISDE World Trophy is one of the biggest financial and logistical commitments in the sport,” said AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Chuck Weir. “Wellard’s backing helps provide some of the crucial resources that we need to support our racers at this world championship event.”
In addition to buying multiple team jerseys for each U.S. national team rider at the ISDE, the riders on the Wellard Club Team will receive direct financial support to help cover their expenses. Competitors who are interested in riding for the Wellard team must qualify through the U.S. ISDE qualifier program and must pre-register with Wellard here: www.wellard.com.au/589.
Wellard Managing Director Mauro Balzarini has been involved with off-road racing for many years and was a multi-time national enduro champion in his earlier riding career. Balzarini has competed in six ISDEs himself.
Crawfordsville, IN – In only his third race since returning from injury, Factory FMF/KTM’s Charlie Mullins claimed the win in the XC1 class at the Ironman GNCC. His KTM teammate, Steward Baylor, also topped the podium earning the victory in the XC2 class.
In addition to the two KTM’s on top of the podium, Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell earned 3rd overall in the XC1 class to regain the points lead heading to the last round. He now leads by 1 point over Paul Whibley heading to Loretta Lynn’s. The points are exactly the same in the XC2 class where Steward Baylor leads by 1 point over fellow KTM rider Jason Thomas. GNCC fans can expect quite a show at the final round as the championship will go down to the wire.
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.
Corona, CA – May 29, 2012 – Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong earned his second consecutive victory at the Mountaineer Run GNCC in Masontown, West Virginia. With temperatures higher than usual, Andrew showed his stamina and worked his way from a mid-pack start up to the front to claim third overall and first in the XC2 class.
It wasn’t an easy race for DeLong and his Husqvarna TC250 as he couldn’t seem to find his groove until after the fourth lap. “I had a bad day today,” DeLong confessed. “I was on the ground so many times, then the last lap I was finally riding like I know how again. I really can’t believe I won today; but I’ll take it!”
With second place hot on his heels, DeLong put on a charge late in the race and turned a two-second gap into more than 30 seconds by the checkered flag. “I’m really happy with how Andrew rode today,” Fred Andrews said. “After the first lap, we knew that it was going to be a race, but I was confident in having him on my team. I knew that he wasn’t going to let a little bit of racing action keep him out of the lead. That’s two overall podiums for him in two weeks!”
Andrew DeLong now moves up to fourth in the XC2 championship, just nine points away from third despite missing the first two rounds of the season due to injury.
Corona, CA – May 14, 2012 - Just one week after finishing a career-best third overall at an AMA National Enduro, Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong put on an incredible charge to win the XC2 class and finish an unprecedented second overall at the Limestone 100 GNCC.
Working from a dead last start on the XC2 line, DeLong pushed his 2012 TC250 past the entire pack, capturing the lead by lap two.
“Stew (Baylor) and I were going so fast today,” Andrew commented. “It’s fun riding with a guy you can trust. I had to work my way to the front today, but I was on a roll, and my TC250 worked so good!”
Late in the race, DeLong physically made a run for the overall, and with one lap to go nearly made GNCC history as the first XC2 Pro Lites class rider to capture an overall victory.
Corona, CA – March 6, 2012 – Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder rode his 2012 TC449 to a 1-1-1 victory at the Prairie Dogs Grand Prix Endurocross event Saturday night at Glen Helen Raceway. The third annual endurocross race drew crowds and racers alike and Graffunder put on a show.
“It was actually pretty interesting to race on the 449,” Graffunder commented. “The bike was bigger and heavier then my normal endurocross bike so I really had to work to keep it moving. The event alternated between pro and amateur heats, so each and every time we were on the track the matrix and rock sections got tougher!”
As the first event on the newly designed Glen Helen endurocross course, Cory and the rest of the racers had to work for a finish. “The new course is great; it’s a lot tougher and longer then we are used to,” said Graffunder. “Your physical conditioning really played a part in how your night was going to end. I was definitely the strongest one out there tonight!”
Lake Arrowhead, CA – Hammerking Productions has announced the competitor list for the greatly anticipated King of the Motos slated to take place on February 9th. The event is an extreme enduro combining an updated course of approximately 65 miles of high-speed desert racing and ten plus miles of brutal rocks. Co-promoters Dave Cole and Jimmy Lewis designed the race to be a fair playing field for all racers as no outside assistance is allowed.
The rider list is who’s who in the enduro and trials world. Rounding out the roster is Kurt Caselli, National Hare & Hound Champion and ISDE class winner, Kendall Norman, also a National Hare & Hound Champ and Baja 1000 winner, Mike Brown, AMA National Motocross Champion and WORCS Champ, Cody Webb, National Trials Champion, X-Games Gold Medalist Chris Ridgeway, Cory Graffunder, Canadian National Enduro Champion and Graham Jarvis, World Trials competitor and extreme enduro specialist.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the 2012 AMA Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, presented by Moose Racing. The 2012 season features 10 rounds of premier off-road racing and showcases a range of skill-, age- and displacement-based classes.
Pre-registration for the first round in Wedgefield, S.C., on Jan. 29 opens Nov. 16 at www.moto-tally.com/NEPG/PreEntry.aspx.
“The AMA Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, presented by Moose Racing, is coming off another strong season in 2011,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “The National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) continues to improve the series for racers, clubs, partners and fans. The participation counts show that we’re going in the right direction, and we’re looking forward to more improvements in 2012.”
The AMA National Enduro Championship dates to the founding of the AMA in 1924. It is one of the longest-running national motorsports championships in the world, and today is one of the premier off-road racing series in the country. It is designed to provide a competitive format for all levels of riders, from amateur competitors to the country’s fastest enduro racers.
“The AMA Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, presented by Moose Racing, would not be possible without the hard work and collaboration of the AMA-chartered clubs that host the individual rounds,” said the NEPG’s Alan Randt. “Last year featured a number of thrilling battles across all classes, not the least of which was FMF/KTM Racing’s Russell Bobbitt taking the 2011 title with a final-round win over teammate Charlie Mullins. We’re expecting no less from the 2012 series.”
Following the South Carolina opener, the 2012 championship will also stop in Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Indiana before wrapping up on Nov. 4 in Stanton, Ala. The full schedule is below. For updates, see NationalEnduro.com.
2012 AMA Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, presented by Moose Racing
Columbia Enduro Riders
LOC: Salley, S.C.
LOC: Park Hills, Mo.