STEWARD BAYLOR WINS 2018 RED FOX INDIANA NATIONAL ENDURO

STEWARD BAYLOR WINS RED FOX INDIANA NATIONAL ENDURO WIN

Josh Toth and Thad DuVall round out podium

Photos by Shan Moore
Steward Baylor soldiered through extreme muddy conditions for another national Enduro win.

Steward Baylor extended his lead in the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series championship standings by taking a solid win in extremely challenging conditions at this weekend’s FMF Red Fox National Enduro near Lynnville, Indiana. Riding in some of the toughest conditions the series has seen in years, thanks to hard overnight rains, Baylor built a comfortable lead right out of the gate with wins in the first two tests. The Tely Racing KTM rider managed to stay out of trouble for the remainder of the day to claim the overall victory by a 28-second margin over FMF KTM Factory rider Josh Toth.

Though he wasn’t pleased with his performance, Baylor was more than happy with the result. With the win, the South Carolina native extended his lead in the series standings to 10 points ahead of Toth with seven races remaining on the schedule. According to Steward “This was definitely one of the most demanding National Enduros I’ve ridden. We put ourselves in really good position at the start, but I had three big crashes in test six, the last one coming within sight of the finish. I was worried it was going to be close, but I came into the test 47 seconds up on Josh and it ended up being more than enough of a cushion.”

KTM’s Josh Toth put in another strong ride to end up second on the podium.

KTM’s Josh Toth now has back-to-back runner-up finishes in the series and is definitely the surprise of 2018. The Connecticut rider revels in extreme conditions and consistency was his ally in Indiana, as he was in the top three in all six tests, including a win in test three. Due to his DNF at the previous round in South Carolina, Thad DuVall was forced to start from row 42 (11 rows behind Steward Baylor), which was a huge disadvantage in the mud. DuVall struggled in the opening test, putting himself in a hole with a sixth-place finish. However, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider picked up two tests wins to finish out the day, salvaging a third-place finish.

“It wasn’t ideal conditions for row 42,” said DuVall. “The first and the fifth tests killed me. They were really bad and really rutted and I was just happy to just get through them. The course deteriorated so fast that by the time it came to my row there were so many deep ruts and holes that it was really challenging. It was something like I have never ridden before and it was some of the deepest ruts I’ve ever seen. I hope I never have to race anything like that again.”

HQV’s Thad Duvall had to start on row 42, which put him into mud holes that he said were the worse he’s every witnessed.

Ben Kelley the Trail Jester KTM rider was fourth overall, adding credibility to the third place finish he had in South Carolina. Ryder Lafferty won test five en route to a fifth overall finish. The Solid Performance KTM rider also took top honors in the NE Pro2 division.

OVERALL RESULTS

  1. Steward Baylor (KTM)
  2. Josh Toth (KTM)
  3. Thad DuVall (Hsq)
  4. Ben Kelley (KTM)
  5. Ryder Lafferty (Hsq)
  6. Cory Buttrick (KTM)
  7. Nick Davis (GG)
  8. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
  9. Jake Froman (Hon)
  10. Evan Smith (KTM)

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