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Bobbitt Wins Against Tough Competition
Just as the Husaberg gets ready to fade into oblivion, the brand looks to be as strong as ever, particularly the collection of racers worldwide who ride them. This weekend they covered the entire podium. I had the opportunity to go out and compete in this enduro. Riding on minute 19, I saw most of the top AA guys come by me in some of the sections. Mullins looked fast. Riding the 350xcf, it was easy to hear him coming, he was really on the gas. By comparison, Fahringer always looked smooth, a couple of times I did not even hear him coming up behind me, but it is obvious that his smooth riding equaled fast test times. – Chilly
From 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.
“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.”
From KTM – 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.