MAY 19–Mike Lafferty Race Report
Mike Lafferty Race Report Rnd. #4 National Enduro Series Park Hills MO 5/18/03
Light rain filled the sky as the riders started on to course just after 8:00am for the lead belt national enduro.
Mike Lafferty was clearly the favorite coming off his previous win in Louisiana, and after the first loop he proved why, being one of only a couple of riders that still had a zero score.
The second of four loops got a little tighter and rockier, so the scores spread out a bit. Lafferty?s score of one was at least one or two points better than everyone. Hawkins had a little good / bad luck thing going on as he experienced ignition problems near the end of the loop and barely made it in to do repairs, but was able to get it going again, leaving for the third loop several minutes late.
The third loop was the same as the first but at a faster speed average, and Lafferty again cranked up his KTM 450 putting another couple of points on his competitors.
The final loop consisted of a 20-mile test section of muddy, rocky tight trails and conditioning along with speed would make the difference. Hawkins had his bike running good again and Jenks was pushing hard but Lafferty had them covered, putting another point on each.
Mike extends his point?s lead over Hawkins by 18 heading to Ohio in three weeks.
Mikes next race: Rnd. #7 of the Gncc series at Millfield OH on 6/8/03
1) Mike Lafferty KTM 9