Round 8
AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Series
July 19, 2009
Blain, Pennsylvania
Shock Doctor / KTM’s Mike Lafferty took the overall win at round 8 of the
AMA/Rekluse National Enduro series, the Foggy Mountain Enduro held in Blain
Pennsylvania. Lafferty, on his 400 XCW dominated the race from start to finish, with a
point’s loss of 31:37. “I like this race, I won here last year and I wanted to win today. We
had the bike set up good and I just tried to ride a smart race.” Said Lafferty. In the
number two spot was the series champion and points leader Russell Bobbitt. Bobbitt rode
a KTM 250 XC and finished with a score of 33:54.” I had a good race, I got fifth here last
year, so I feel pretty good about 2nd. Mike rides good up here and I knew I was going to
have work hard.” Said Bobbitt.

 In the final podium spot was 19 year old Brad Bakken
with a 34:28. “I knew me and Russell were close in a few sections, but I had a few
problems. It was a good race. “ Said Bakken.  Husaberg rider Nick Fahringer has been
riding well and despite some problems during the race he finished just shy of the podium
with fourth with a score of 36:56. Rounding out the top five was KTM mounted Cole
Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick finished with 37:45.
The Susquehanna off road riders put on the event, paying points to both National and
E.C.E.A. series. The race was probably the rockiest of the series, so much so that most of
the top riders ran trials tires on the rear of their bikes. There were 6 sections, 3 before and
3 after the gas, the longest being the last at 14 miles. The course ran through the scenic
farmland of Pennsylvania for close to 70 miles, including transfer sections. Weather was
perfect, with a cool morning greeting the riders and warming up to the low 80’s by
midday. Recent rains held the dust down some, but dust was still a problem in some of
the more open trail.
Lafferty has newfound momentum with a quest for his record breaking ninth
championship with a win in Montana and Pennsylvania. With that win, he closes the
point’s gap with Bobbitt to just one point. With two rounds remaining, Marquette
Michigan on August 9th and the finale in Indiana, both riders need to be on their game
heading into those final two rounds. 
1. Mike Lafferty
2. Russell Bobbitt
3. Brad Bakken
4. Nick Fahringer
5. Cole Kirpatrick

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