THAD DUVALL CONTINUES HIS NATIONAL ENDURO TEAR

The Muddobbers National Enduro took place this weekend in Matthews, Indiana where conditions were hot with high humidity. The course consisted of six tests through farmer’s fields with some tight wooded sections and three creek crossings. The dirt was nearly perfect for the riders throughout the day.

Thad Duvall (photo Darrin Chapman)

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall got off to a slow start in the first 11-mile test. The course was rough and there was not much time to warm up before going into the test. He fell twice and didn’t have much flow in the test which would result in a 5th place finish. From there, Duvall regained time and momentum and rode to win the next three tests. The tight woods and creek crossings would prove to be an advantage for Duvall over the competitors as he set the fastest times throughout many of the tests. He finished the final two tests 2-1 for his fourth overall win in a row! This win places Duvall 16 points ahead of second place in the overall point’s standings.

“I’ve been doing a lot of prep for the upcoming ISDE in France and I haven’t been doing a lot of training in the tight woods, and I think it showed in the first couple of tests,” said DuVall. “Once I got settled in I felt pretty good and my times got a lot faster. I think the trail was a little tighter than what I remembered and it kind of snuck up on me.”

Russell Bobbitt (photo Darrin Chapman)

Bobbitt, a five-time national champ, got off to a quick start in the morning by laying down the fastest time in test one, finishing the 11-mile test on his KTM 250 XC-F two seconds faster than KTM support rider Steward Baylor Jr. of SRT Racing. Bobbitt was never outside the top three in any of the remaining tests except for the sixth and final test where he got stuck in a mud bog and lost considerable time to eventual winner DuVall.

Steward Baylor (photo Darrin Chapman)

 

Grant Baylor (photo Darrin Chapman)

KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Husqvarna’s Grant Baylor claimed his second podium finish of the season with a third (Grant won round two in Florida), finishing just one second behind Bobbitt in the final results.Steward Baylor, Grant’s older brother, finished the day in fourth. The SRT Racing KTM rider was second in the first test and looked well on his way to a podium finish. However, a high-speed crash in test two cost the former national enduro champion a lot of time and the South Carolina rider struggled to get his rhythm back. Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith had his best finish of the year with a fifth overall finish. The Georgia native had a consistent day, finishing 4th, 5th, 6th, 4th, 5th, and 6th in the six tests.

Evan Smith (5th overall) Photo Darrin Chapman

Overall Results

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

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