Photos by Shan Moore
FAR Husqvarna – The Concho National Enduro in Blackwater, Texas saw Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong take his career-first win in the AMA Enduro Championship! DeLong managed to master the fast and rocky Texas terrain aboard his TXC310R to take the big win by a final overall margin of 6 seconds. The 22-year-old made history for Husqvarna as the first rider to win a national enduro in nearly 10 years! (The last was Fred Hoess in 2003).
Andrew started out the day with 2nd fastest time on test 1 only 2 seconds out of 1st!! For added excitement a deer was racing down the trail with him, crossing in front of him a few times before going into the thick brush! In the second test Andrew managed to strengthen his 2nd position by setting the 2nd fastest time.
A crash in test 3 in which a stick got stuck in his brake pedal cost Andrew some time but he still finished 4th in the test and took the lead in the Overall Standings. The following test the 4th fastest time was enough to defend the overall lead. The last two test Andrew rode carefully with high speed always keeping in touch with his closest rivals which allowed him to take his first ever AMA Enduro victory!!
Andrew DeLong (Pro class – TXC310R): “I am so happy right now! I have been working on trying to win for a few years now. I had great first 2 tests. When I crashed on test 3 and still got 4th I knew then I was going pretty fast. My TXC310R was the bike to have today!!! It feels really, really good to get this win. I was telling Fred I don’t even know if it sank in yet. I race against so many of my heroes in the national enduros – I’ve looked up to these guys for so long, and I can’t believe I actually beat them! Hopefully I can carry this momentum and attitude into the rest of the series and keep moving up.”
Fred Andrews (Team-Manager F.A.R.): “3 national wins in less than 2 weeks!! Andrew’s hard work is paying off!! The whole team could not be happier for him!!!”
From KTM – Factory FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins was able to salvage valuable points toward the AMA National Enduro Championship after bouncing back from a mechanical issue at the third round of the series.
Mullins started the day off well finishing with the second fastest time at the first special test. He went on to earn the fastest time in the second test section which put him in the lead going into the third test. Unfortunately, he suffered a bike issue on the transfer section between tests two and three. His Factory FMF/KTM Team worked quickly to get him back in action, but unfortunately, he showed up at the third test 4 minutes late. He was docked the four minutes plus the time lost in his section to put him 34th overall after the end of the third test.
In a remarkable effort, Mullins turned impressive times throughout the final three test sections to gain back time lost. At the end of the day he was able to finish eleventh overall to earn 9 points toward the championship standings. He continues to hold the points lead as the riders head for the fourth round of the series in mid-April.
“I was definitely bummed that we had the mechanical issue today,” stated Mullins. “Once we had it worked out, I knew I needed to ride as hard as I could to gain each position within reach. I am happy I was able to get back into point earning positions to earn enough points to maintain my lead heading to the next round.”
KTM support rider, Grant Baylor, had a great day. The young fifteen year-old was able to ride close to the top five throughout the day to finish 5th overall. Fellow KTM rider Ian Blythe, also had a great day finishing 4th overall to earn the top KTM finish for the weekend.
From Husaberg – Husaberg Factory rider Russell Bobbitt and fellow Husaberg rider Nick Fahringer finished second and third overall at the third round of the AMA National Enduro Series while Factory Husaberg rider Mike Lafferty salvaged a sixth place result after bouncing back from a series of crashes.
Bobbitt started the day off well and remained consistent with his times throughout the duration of the day to put his Husaberg in contention for the win. Heading into the final special test, he was only 21 seconds down from the lead ride of Andrew Delong. Bobbitt gave it his all and walked away with the fast time in the section beating Delong by 15 seconds. Unfortunately, he was 6 seconds shy of scoring the overall and had to settle for the runner-up position.
“I felt good all day,” remarked Bobbitt after the race. “Unfortunately, I suffered a couple crashes in the third test section which cost me a lot of time. I was able to make up a few seconds in the final two sections but wasn’t able to get the win today.”
Fahringer had a poor start to the day after a big crash set him back in the first test section. From there out, he put in solid performances and was able to move his Husaberg back into the top three to finish third overall.
Eight-time National Enduro Champion, Lafferty, also had a rough start to his day. Like Fahringer, he also suffered a crash in the first section which cost him a lot of time on the lead riders. He also struggled in the fourth section with another crash. He was able to make up time in the third and fifth test sections which helped him climb back up toward the top five to finish sixth overall.
|12||MARTIN HOWELL||KTM||A Open||55:21:00|
|14||NATHAN FERDERER||HSQ||A 250||56:45:00|
|16||TANNER THOMAS||KTM||A 250||58:17:00|
|17||TYLER TRAMMELL||KTM||A Open||59:05:00|
|18||CAMERON KIRKPATRICK||KTM||AA TSCEC||60:00:00|
|19||MATHEW STAVISH||HON||A 45+||60:11:00|
|20||MICHAEL MEDEIROS||KTM||A 250||60:45:00|
|21||ANTHONY KRIVI||YAM||A 250||60:45:00|
|22||Jeff OLeary||KTM||A 30+||60:54:00|
|23||SHAWN OLEARY||KTM||A Open||61:41:00|
|24||KODY FENNELL||KTM||A 250||61:59:00|
|25||Drew Higgins||KTM||A 250||62:18:00|
|26||Keith Johnson||YAM||A 30+||63:06:00|
|27||RYAN BELUE||YAM||A 250||63:26:00|
|28||FORREST SMITH||KTM||A 250||65:27:00|
|29||MIKE BERENBAK||KTM||A 30+||65:54:00|
|30||David Lucas Jr.||KTM||A 40+||67:35:00|