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Black Coal National Enduro Results
Sipes Wins, Russell Clinches Title
Just weeks after Husqvarna rider and Rockstar Energy athlete Ryan Sipes had his name written in the history books as the first American to win the Individual Overall ISDE Award, he picked up his first National Enduro win in Lynnville, Indiana.
The dry but slick Black Coal Enduro course offered up lots of dust to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team as Josh Strang and Andrew DeLong met the day’s obstacles with fervor. In the first 9.6 miles test, Strang charged for the win, with Sipes in 2nd and DeLong finishing 4th. Heading into the second 10 mile test, Sipes managed to claim 1st with Strang in 4th and DeLong not far behind. Sipes would continue to dominate the day, while Strang hovered around the top 5 positions. Sipes would win three of the six tests, while Strang fought with the dust and tighter conditions and DeLong would battle pain from a previous injury. Ultimately Sipes would take the win, with Strang in 5th and DeLong 10th overall.
“I got my first National Enduro win today and it feels awesome. National Enduro doesn’t come easy to me as its way tighter and more technical than my motocross background. My hands are a little beat up from hitting the trees but I guess thats what it takes in enduro. At the end it was a really good day and I’m looking forward to the GNCC this weekend,“ explained Sipes.
Factory FMF KTM rider Kailub Russell finished on the podium at the ninth round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series to clinch the 2015 championship title and become the first rider in the history of off-road racing to claim the GNCC and National Enduro Championships in the same season.
Russell, who injured his knee at the 90th running of the ISDE event two weeks ago, managed to secure the GNCC championship last weekend. Then just one week later, he earned a podium result at the National Enduro that allowed him to wrap up the series championship one round early.
Russell was consistent with his results throughout the day staying ahead of the riders nearest him in the point standings. He had a rough go on test two when he jarred his knee in a corner. “That incident was really painful but I was able to recover and manage the pain throughout the rest of the race,” stated Russell.