In his first race on the all-new 2016 KTM 250 XC-F, Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell took five of eight special test wins on day one, and four of six test wins on day two to win the overall of the second round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series in Newburg, WV.
A late addition to the series, the event also served as the East Coast AMA ISDE Qualifier for riders wanting to qualify for one of Team USA’s Club, Senior, and Women’s teams. Thirty riders from as far as Oregon raced Letter of Intent, with Factory Beta’s Cory Buttrick taking the E2 class, and overall LOI wins on the weekend.
The Newburg, WV race location featured a rolling 2.5-mile grass track cross test and a 4-mile woods enduro loop. On the first day of the event racers would compete on each test four times. Kailub Russell came out swinging in test one, the cross test, taking the win by 4-seconds over his teammate Russell Bobbitt. KR4/FAR/Husqvarna’s Thad DuVall was the 2nd rider to take off on the cross test but a mechanical issue that required a mid-test repair saw him finish 137th in that test, 2:44 slower than Russell putting him in a deep hole to try and climb out of the rest of the weekend.
DuVall, who was recently selected to represent the USA on its ISDE Trophy Team this year in Slovakia, rebounded in the 2nd test of the day, the enduro test, taking the win by three seconds over Russell. Thad would go on to win two more tests on the day, the only other rider besides Russell to win a test, and claw his way back into the overall picture finishing day one in 6th-place overall.
FMF/KTM’s Russell Bobbitt started the day out with his fastest cross test time, and 2nd-fastest of the session behind Russell. Bobbitt would continue to post fast times throughout the day to secure 2nd-place after the first day of racing.
The battle behind Bobbitt was heated with Factory Beta’s Cory Buttrick and Ride MPS/Honda’s Layne Michael ending the day with less than two-tenths of a second separating them for 3rd and 4th overall.
Fifth-place overall on day one went to Benjamin Kelley who was riding LOI in the E2 class.
The second day of racing would see the riders tackle the same special tests as day one, but in reverse direction. Kailub Russell started day two the same as day one with a win on the cross test; the first of four test wins for him on the day.
Thad DuVall clawed his way into a 5th-place overall position after posting some seriously fast times throughout the day, taking two test wins from Russell in the process, making him the 2nd-fastest rider on day two, 15-seconds behind the FMF/KTM rider.
Layne Michael moved ahead of Cory Buttrick on day two, finishing 3rd for the day and ultimately 3rd-overall for the weekend.
Russell Bobbitt rode consistent on day two and was able to hold off the hard-charging Michael to secure 2nd-place overall for the weekend by 19-seconds.
Cory Buttrick was 5th on day two, which dropped him to 4th overall but he did take the E2 LOI class win and the LOI overall for the weekend.
The Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series will resume with its 3rd-round on July 18-19 in Indiana. For more information visit www.fullgasenduro.com
1. Kailub Russell – 1:35:14.927
2. Russell Bobbitt – 1:37:17.483
3. Layne Michael – 1:37:36.835
4. Cory Buttrick – 1:38:12.050
5. Thad DuVall – 1:38:30.380
6. Benjamin Kelley – 1:39:31.362
7. Sam Evans – 1:41:14.441
8. Tegan Temple – 1:41:44.731
9. Anthony Stone – 1:42:05.579
10. Triston Landrum – 1:42:20.117
1. Josh Toth – 1:43:06.705
2. Michael Pillar – 1:47:52.345
3. Geoffrey Sanders – 1:51:54.918
1. Cory Buttrick – 1:38:12.050
2. Benjamin Kelley – 1:39:31.362
3. Mickey Silger – 1:53:56.210
1. John Kelley – 1:43:31.497
2. Kyle McDonal – 1:43:j39.362
3. Nate Ferderer – 1:44:39.140
1. Brian Storrie – 1:50:30.938
2. Andy Lagzdins – 1:58:22.865
3. Pat Flynn – 1:58:58.139
1. Jamie Wells – 2:02:22.340
2. Cassidy Brown – 2:03:43.366
Full event results can be found online here: http://www.mylaps.com/en/events/1132943