2013 AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Rattlesnake Results
Russell Bobbitt, Nick Fahringer & Mike Lafferty At The Rattlesnake
[caption id="attachment_27837" align="alignright"
width="300"] Russell Bobbitt led an all-Husaberg sweep
of the podium at this weekend's Rattlesnake Enduro - Photo: Shan
Russell Bobbitt led an all-Husaberg sweep of the podium at this weekend's Rattlesnake Enduro, round eight of the Rekluse AMA National Enduro series in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania.
Rain the day before and on the morning of the race made for slippery conditions at this year's event, as Bobbitt took advantage of a late start number to come away with a long overdue win. After posting the fastest time in the first three tests of the day, Bobbitt settled into a comfortable pace for the rest of the race to take the overall win by a 33-second margin over runner-up Nick Fahringer. The win was Bobbitt's first in nearly a year.
"It feels good to get back on top of the podium," said Bobbitt. "I was riding really good today, but I also had a bit of an advantage because of my late start time. I guess I'll be breaking trail at the next race, so it all works out. I'll take it any way I can get it."
After getting off to a slow start, Fahringer came on strong at the end of the day. The Radiant AirGroup Husaberg rider finished second in the fourth test and then won the final two tests to beat out factory Husaberg rider Mike Lafferty by 30 seconds, making the fourth time this year that Fahringer has finished in the runner-up slot.
[caption id="attachment_27835" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nick Fahringer came on strong at the end of the day, finishing 2nd overall - Photo: Shan Moore[/caption]
Series points leader Charlie Mullins had an off day and finished fourth, although at one time the FMF/KTM rider was as far back as seventh before a strong finish in the final test moved him up the order. Despite the fourth-place finish, Mullins still holds a 29-point lead in the series standings over Fahringer with only two races remaining on the schedule.
Obermeyer Yamaha's Brad Bakken rode a 250F Yamaha to fifth overall, while Am Pro Yamaha's Jesse Groemm rode a 250 two-stroke to sixth. Groemm turned some heads by winning ultra-fast fourth test.
The Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series now takes a seven-week break before resuming action in Lynnville, Indiana, on September 15th for round nine of the series. For more information on the series go to www.nationalenduro.com.
Source: National Enduro Promotions Group
Russell Bobbitt Wins Rattlesnake National Enduro
[caption id="attachment_27836" align="alignright"
width="300"] Russell Bobbitt proved he is recovering
well after his most recent injury - Photo: Shan Moore[/caption]
Husaberg Factory rider Russell Bobbitt proved he is recovering well after his most recent injury as he dominated the eighth round of the Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series winning three of the six special tests to claim his first victory of the 2013 season.
Bobbitt, who suffered an injury two months ago, returned to full strength a week ago when he won the fifth round of the OMA Series. Now one week later, he arrived to the track eager to see if he could repeat that victory in the National Enduro Series.
He started the day well securing the win in the first three special tests. At the end of the fourth test he had already accumulated a nearly one minute lead over the rest of the field. Behind him fellow Husaberg riders Mike Lafferty and Nick Fahringer were battling for second place. Lafferty held the spot until the end of the fifth test, which Fahringer won, taking over second place.
Heading into the final test, Bobbitt held a 40 second lead. He turned a solid time in the final test to take his first race win of the season. Fahringer took the win in the final test to secure second position while Lafferty took third overall to make it a Husaberg podium sweep.
[caption id="attachment_27834" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mike Lafferty took third overall to make it a Husaberg podium sweep - Photo: Shan Moore[/caption]
"I am happy to win one," remarked Bobbitt. "I came pretty close in Texas earlier this year and didn't actually have high expectations going into this round. I have struggled at this round in the past, and luckily, was able to come out here with Nick (Fahringer) a week early and train and ride in similar conditions. I think having more time and options to adjust my set-up helped my confidence before the start of the race. My bike was flawless the whole day and my conditioning felt great. I didn't struggle with any issues from my earlier injury and I feel good about the progress we have made."
This race marked the first time that the National Enduro podium has been swept by Husaberg riders. Eight-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty, commented, "I am happy I could be part of a history-making moment today. I had a good time on this course. I struggled a little in the first test but was able to put it together in the next few and had a smooth day. I didn't have any crashes and I rode a pretty mistake-free race. I am happy to finish on the podium with my fellow Husaberg riders."
Next Event: Lynnville, IN - September 15, 2013
Charlie Mullins Maintains Point Lead After Rattlesnake National Enduro
[caption id="attachment_27839" align="alignright"
width="300"] Charlie Mullins struggled on early on,
but finished the day in 4th place - Photo: Shan Moore[/caption]
Factory FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins maintains the championship points lead after the eighth round of the Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series.
The factory rider struggled on the slick course early on. In the middle of the day he began to gain some speed and was consistently finishing inside the top five times.
"I suffered a few crashes throughout the tests today which set me back," stated Mullins. "I really had a tough time in the fifth test but the sixth test was smooth and a perfect amount of rocks - not too many. I was able to make up some ground in that test, which helped bump up my overall finish."
Mullins turned the second fastest time in the final test to move him up three overall positions. He finished the race in 4th place, earning 18 points toward the championship. With two rounds remaining, Mullins still holds a sizeable 29 point advantage over the rest of his competitors.
The riders will now take a few weeks break before returning for the ninth round of the series which will be held in Lynnville, IN on September 15, 2013.
Source: KTM North America
Rattlesnake Overview And Point Standings
2013 AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Rattlesnake Image Gallery (Click for full size images)
Race Results - Pro Class
|Rider Name||Brand||Check 1||Check 2||Check 3||Check 4||Check 5||Check 6||Total Time|
|1||Russell Bobbitt||HSB||5:17 (1)||4:08 (1)||7:15 (1)||3:54 (3)||6:13 (4)||4:21 (3)||31:08|
|2||Nick Fahringer||HSB||5:39 (6)||4:29 (3)||7:49 (3)||3:47 (2)||5:48 (1)||4:09 (1)||31:41|
|3||Mike Lafferty||HSB||5:40 (8)||4:10 (2)||7:40 (2)||4:01 (4)||6:09 (3)||4:31 (5)||32:11|
|4||Charlie Mullins||KTM||5:20 (2)||4:49 (6)||7:54 (4)||4:07 (7)||6:35 (5)||4:20 (2)||33:05|
|5||Brad Bakken||YAM||5:41 (9)||4:46 (5)||7:55 (5)||4:11 (8)||6:07 (2)||4:30 (4)||33:10|
|6||Jesse Groemm||YAM||5:29 (4)||4:37 (4)||7:56 (6)||3:45 (1)||6:49 (7)||4:38 (6)||33:14|
|7||Andrew DeLong||HSQ||5:36 (5)||4:54 (7)||8:04 (7)||4:03 (5)||7:04 (8)||5:09 (8)||34:50|
|8||Thad DuVall||HON||5:26 (3)||5:29 (11)||8:12 (8)||4:21 (10)||7:09 (9)||5:20 (10)||35:57|
|9||Ian Blythe||KTM||6:04 (11)||5:08 (9)||8:21 (9)||4:15 (9)||7:13 (11)||5:03 (7)||36:04|
|10||Grant Baylor||KTM||6:33 (14)||5:09 (10)||8:42 (11)||4:34 (12)||7:11 (10)||5:16 (9)||37:25|
|11||Paddy Holloway||KTM||6:00 (10)||5:04 (8)||8:21 (9)||4:04 (6)||6:41 (6)||7:16 (14)||37:26|
|12||Kyle McDonal||HSB||6:04 (11)||5:34 (12)||9:05 (12)||4:35 (13)||7:40 (13)||5:55 (12)||38:53|
|13||Jeff Melik||SCO||6:27 (13)||6:00 (13)||9:14 (13)||4:38 (14)||7:22 (12)||5:29 (11)||39:10|
|14||Ron Commo III||KTM||6:35 (15)||6:13 (14)||9:35 (14)||4:32 (11)||8:13 (14)||6:30 (13)||41:38|
|15||Nick Davis||HSQ||5:39 (6)||6:20 (15)||11:59|
Point Standings - Pro Class ( Race 8 of 10 )
- Charlie Mullins - 208
- Nick Fahringer - 179
- Mike Lafferty - 154
- Russell Bobbitt - 148
- Brad Bakken - 119
- Grant Baylor - 116
- Jesse Groemm - 108
- Andrew DeLong - 103
- Ian Blythe - 102
- Kyle McDonal - 75