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Andrew Delong gets 3rd
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From KTM – Support rider Steward Baylor claimed his fourth win of the season at the fifth round of the AMA National Enduro Series to further strengthen his hold on the series point standings.
Baylor started the day well with a win in the first special test section. His biggest challenger of the day was Husaberg’s Mike Lafferty who was able to take the win at the second test. Baylor came back strong in the third test and also claimed the fast time in the fifth and sixth tests.
At the end of all six tests he was able to edge out Lafferty to claim is fourth win of the season. Now five rounds into the series, Baylor holds a 32 point lead in the series point standings.
Two other KTM riders joined Baylor in the top five. KTM rider Jesse Groemm was able to secure 4th overall while Factory FMF/KTM rider Russell Bobbitt earned a 5th place result. Unfortunately, Bobbitt’s teammate and the winner of third round of the series, Cory Buttrick, suffered a crash early in the first test section injuring his knee. Buttrick was unable to complete the test section and sat out the remainder of the race to get his knee evaluated.
From Husqvarna- Andrew DeLong and Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) gave Husqvarna a historic return to the podium in the AMA National Enduro Series.
With temperatures in the 90’s, Forest Hill, Louisiana played host to the Cajun Classic National Enduro, round five of the series. Recording times of fourth or better on each of the six tests, DeLong put his TXC310 into third overall, giving Husqvarna its first National Enduro podium in decades. “We made a few changes to my TXC310 this week,” DeLong commented. “Obviously they paid off!”
Andrew pushed his TXC310 through the trees of Louisiana’s Cajun Classic finishing as high as second in test number three. “It was really slippery; there were pine tree roots everywhere,” DeLong described. “I just held on and tried not to crash, I was close a few times, but didn’t hit the ground until about 15-feet before the finish.” Third overall marked a career-best for DeLong in the National Enduro Series. Andrew was also the only four-stroke in the top ten at the Louisiana round.
“I am just so proud of these guys,” team manager Fred Andrews said. “Andrew and Nick both rode so well today. It was really a great day in the FAR pits!” Nick Davis put in a solid effort aboard his TC250, but a crash on test five ended his day prematurely. The 17-year-old chose to pull out of the race after injuring his knee.
From Husaberg- Mike Lafferty put in a remarkable ride at the fifth round of the AMA National Enduro Series where he earned 2nd overall after a close battle for the lead position throughout the race. His teammate Nick Fahringer earned 6th overall.
Lafferty, who had completely revamped his training program for 2012, came to the Louisiana race course ready to give point’s leader Steward Baylor a run for his money. Lafferty started off well taking the third fastest time in the first section, but knew he needed to pick up his pace in order to challenge for the win.
In the next test he proved he had the speed to run with the best and took the win in that special test. He finished third in the next test and followed that with the fastest time in the fourth section. In the final two tests he was able to finish second and was just barely edged out by Baylor for the win. Lafferty’s second place result at this round helped move him up in the point standings. He now sits 32 points down from Baylor in the championship standings.
“It was a really challenging race,” remarked Lafferty. “This was the first race of the year with really hot weather conditions and that took a toll on a few riders. I was happy that my hard work has paid off and I was able to challenge for the win today. My goal is to get a win this season as it will mark my 70th National Enduro win.”
His teammate, Nick Fahringer, had a decent ride at the Cajun Enduro. Fahringer earned three top five special test results and was able to secure 6th place overall
The riders will now take a one month break before returning to the series for the sixth round of the series to be held inUpton,WYon June 17, 2012.