Mike Lafferty adds another win to a remakable career
2012 Wyoming Naitonal Enduor podium
Russell Bobbitt has a good race also
Wyoming National Enduro
Enduro racings old guard not ready to give up the helm without a fight. Lafferty and Bobbitt back on top.
From Husaberg– Factory rider Mike Lafferty won his 70th career win after finishing 1st at the sixth round of the AMA National Enduro Series.
Lafferty came out swinging strong at the sixth round to collect the first three special test wins aboard his Husaberg TE250. He continued to hold a solid pace through the remaining sections and was able to clinch his 70th career win with a 15 second lead over the 2nd place ride ofRussell Bobbitt.
“I am really excited to get this win,” stated Lafferty. “I haven’t won a race since 2010 so it has been long overdue. I was able to start with a win in the first section and carry that momentum through to the last test. I am really comfortable with the terrain at the next two national enduros and hope that I can remain consistent and hopefully close the point gap in the series standings.”
Lafferty’s teammate, Nick Fahringer, also had a strong showing at the Inyan Kara National Enduro as he collected 3rd overall at the race. Fahringer put together his best ride of the season and even took the test win at the most challenging race of the day. His 3rd place result marks his first podium finish of the 2012 season.
“I felt much stronger at this race than the previous rounds,” remarked Fahringer. “I have been making great improvements at each round this season and am happy to finally get on the podium. I am looking forward to stepping it up at the next few rounds and hopefully moving up two notches on the podium.”
From KTM – Factory FMF/KTM rider Russell Bobbittearned an impressive 2nd place overall result at the sixth round of the AMA National Enduro Series.
The course conditions were quite dusty given the dry weather and created a problem for many riders as they fell upon lappers late in the tests. Luckily, Bobbitt was able to avoid many of them in the first three special tests where he finished with a top three lap time each test.
“I was happy to get good test scores in the first three tests but wish I could have picked up a few more seconds. I feel like I lost a lot of time in those first sections and that is what kept me from challenging for the win,” remarked Bobbitt.
Bobbitt only fell outside of the top three in special tests scores once throughout the day during the 4th test; however, his test score was still strong enough to keep in the podium hunt. In the fifth test Bobbitt picked up the pace and put together an impressive ride in the most challenging test of the day to finish with the 2nd fastest time. Heading to the sixth test, only 1 second separated Bobbitt from Nick Fahringer whom he was battling for 2nd position. Bobbitt laid the hammer down and turned the fastest time in the final section to claim the runner-up spot on the podium.
“I really like this race and I tend to do well at this event. I am happy to be on the podium and glad I could get that last section win. That section is where I was able to win the race last year so I am glad I was able to use my speed in that section to my advantage again to help secure my 2nd place finish,” reported Bobbitt.
Bobbitt’s 2nd place finish improves his position in the overall point standings. He now sits in 3rd place overall in the championship points.
Series point leader, Steward Baylor, returned to racing this weekend after having wrist surgery only a few weeks back. Despite having some pain from his wrist, he was able to finish inside the top five. His 5th place finish allowed him to maintain his points lead heading to the next round.