NATIONAL ENDURO UPDATE: STEWARD BAYLOR TOPS THE JOHN ZINK NATIONAL

 

Steward Baylor charged from a slow start, won the enduro and took over the points lead with one round remaining. Photo Darrin Chapman

Thanks to Shan Moore for the report. 

Steward Baylor claimed a dramatic come-from-behind victory at this weekend’s John Zink National Enduro in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, marking his second win in a row in the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series powered by Motion Pro. With the win, the SRT Racing KTM rider moved to the top of the series standings with one round remaining on the schedule, guaranteeing a winner take all finish at the series finale in Alabama.

Two crashes in the opening test – a grass track – left Baylor sitting 12th heading into test two. However, clawed his way back into contention and then sealed the deal with a hammer-down performance in the final two tests to steal the win from Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Thad DuVall.

Grant Baylor kept it in the family with another strong ride taking home second overall on his Husky, Photo Darrin Chapman

Baylor now leads DuVall by two points heading into the final round in Stanton, Alabama, on November 5. For the second race in a row, Grant Baylor accompanied his brother, Steward, on the podium; putting his KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Husqvarna into second place, 14 seconds behind his big brother.

DuVall came into the event holding the series point lead and he led the race after four tests, having won the second and fourth tests. However, the West Virginia rider admittedly struggled in the final two tests, dropping him out of first place and into third. “I felt like I gave 100% all day and it was some unreal close racing, but it was a little tighter and rockier than I was expecting,” said DuVall. “I was way off in the sixth test, and then in the seventh I stalled the engine and had trouble getting it started.

Thad Duvall was strong, starting fast but just got edged out by the Baylor brothers in the last third of the day. With one round remaining he is second in the points chase. Photo Darrin Chapman

Fourth overall went to Evan Smith. The Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider crashed in test two and went over the bars, leaving him trapped for about a minute. However, the Georgia rider worked his way back just short of the top three by the end of the day, edging SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick for fourth with a strong ride in the final test.

SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick just missed out on a podium finish. SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick for fourth

Sixth was FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt. Other than a small tip-over in the first test, Bobbitt stayed clean for the rest of the day and rode a consistent race to beat out Solid Performance Racing’s Jesse Groemm. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Josh Strang finished the day in eighth, while AirGroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna teammates Thorn Devlin and Andrew DeLong rounded out the top 10.

AirGroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna Thorn Devlin took a ninth overall finish. Photo Darrin Chapman

The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series resumes action in Stanton, Alabama for the Gobbler Getter Enduro, the ninth and final round of the series on November 5th. For more information on the series go to www.nationalenduro.com.

 

RESULTS

  1. Steward Baylor (KTM)
  2. Grant Baylor (Hsq)
  3. Thad DuVall (Hsq)
  4. Evan Smith (KTM)
  5. Cory Buttrick (KTM)
  6. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
  7. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
  8. Josh Strang (Hsq)
  9. Thorn Devlin (Hsq)
  10. Andrew DeLong (Hsq)

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