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Strang Strikes At Wade Farm Sprint Enduro

Strang Strikes At Wade Farm Sprint Enduro

Josh Strang took his 2nd win of the season and moved into the overall points lead. // Photo: Shan Moore

Campbellsburg, IN (August 11-12, 2018) – Josh Strang claimed his second overall victory of the season with an impressive performance at this weekend’s Wade Farm Sprint Enduro in Campbellsburg, Indiana, topping runner-up Thad DuVall by 28 seconds after two days of racing.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider kick-started the event by winning the opening test of the weekend – a Cross test. The Aussie off-road star then added two more test wins to complete the event, although it was his consistently fast second and third-place finishes that clinched the victory for him.

“It was a good weekend,” the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider said after the event. “I enjoyed Sunday the best because I was out in front of the dust and I was able to use lines that other people didn’t use. I picked lines that put me in the grass instead of in the silt and I was able to make up a lot of time – it was good.”

Ryan Sipes held the series point lead going into the Indiana event, however the Kentucky rider skipped the event to be in New York where he was presented as a member of the Puerto Rico Motocross des Nations team at the Unadilla National Motocross. Sipes’ absence opened the door for Strang to take over the series point lead with his win.

“I hate it that Ryan wasn’t at this event, but I’m pleased to have the points lead and I’ll do my best to keep it,” said Strang.

Thad DuVall, the 2016 series champ, took 2nd-place in his first Full Gas since the 2016 season. // Photo: Shan Moore

DuVall’s appearance was a surprise. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider was using the event to get back in the swing of things after sitting out a few weeks due to a wrist injury and his entry was unexpected.

DuVall, who won the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro championship in 2016, won six tests en route to second overall, and was in contention for Sunday’s win until a mishap in the final test cost him too much time.

“I’ve been off the bike for a month and a half and I just wanted to come out and have some fun and see where I was at, but it quickly turned into a competition to try to win,” DuVall said with a smile. “I had a blast, I really love these events. I was in the mix until the final test, but I fell into a deep rut and got stuck for a long time and that put me out of the running.”

Layne Michael rounded out the podium. The Coastal Racing Husqvarna rider won one of the Cross tests and was in contention to win a few others.

Layne Michael rounded out the Pro podium in 3rd. // Photo: Shan Moore

“I started off well; Saturday was good for me,” said Michael. “Grant (Baylor) and I were close going into Sunday and I just tried to do what I did on Saturday, but I had a few bad rides in the Enduro test, but I was able to overcome it. I had a fast time going for me in the final test but I ended up falling and I thought maybe I gave up a place but I was able to hold onto third. Overall, it was a good weekend for us.”

Grant Baylor kept Layne Michael honest all weekend and narrowly missed the podium. // Photo: Shan Moore

Fourth overall went to Tely Energy KTM’s Grant Baylor. The South Carolina rider was two seconds behind Michael heading into Sunday’s event and he was just .4 of a second behind Michael after Sunday.

Defending series champion Steward Baylor rounded out the top five. The Tely Energy KTM rider got off to a slow start on Saturday due to a poor tire choice, but turned up the heat on Sunday with different rubber and moved ahead of Jordan Ashburn and into fifth in the final results.

“I put myself in a really bad position on Saturday,” said Baylor. “I made a bad choice of front tires and I couldn’t figure out why I kept ending up on my head so I went back to the tire I was used to and that fixed the problem. So I spent the rest of the weekend making up for that mistake. Day two was a lot better; I usually ride better on the second day anyway because the course is usually rougher and that suits my style. My lines really worked well on Sunday and even though I had three crashes I just missed out on winning the day by .2 seconds.”

Stu Baylor put himself in a hole on Saturday and did his best to dig out of it on Sunday but could only salvage a 5th-overall. // Photo: Shan Moore

Jordan Ashburn put his factory Beta into sixth overall.

“Sixth is not quite where we wanted to be, but overall it was a decent weekend,” said the Beta USA rider. “I had some top-five times on Saturday, but the track got really dusty and a little sketchy on Sunday and those guys picked it up a little.”

SRT Racing Husqvarna’s Evan Smith grabbed seventh place, 12 seconds behind Ashburn.

Liam Draper finished eighth overall, which was good enough to give him the win in the Pro2 division. The KR4 Husqvarna rider won 10 of 12 tests.

“I struggled in the Cross test, but I made it up in the Enduro test,” said Draper. “I really liked the Enduro test, the woods were awesome and I think it was the best Enduro test of the year. I just need to work on my Cross test skills.”

Liam Draper was dominant in the Pro2 class winning 10 of 12 tests. // Photo: Shan Moore

North Carolina’s Braxton McGee was ninth overall and second in the Pro2 class. Meanwhile, Beta USA’s Mike Witkowski made a short drive from his home in North Liberty, Indiana, to finish 10th.

Austin Lee was 11th overall and third in Pro2, with Billy Schlag taking 4th in Pro2 and James King rounding out the Pro2 top-five.

In the Women’s Pro division, KR4/Husqvarna’s Tayla Jones claimed another win, topping Bonanza Plumbing/Trail Jesters KTM rider Mackenzie Tricker by just under two minutes.

“The track got extremely tough with the dry, silty conditions, but I stayed off the ground for the most part and had a good weekend,” said Jones. “I got the win both days so it was good points and I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Tayla Jones got back to her winning ways after a loss to rival Mackenzie Tricker at round 5. // Photo: Shan Moore

Becca Sheets took third on her FLY/Maxxis/Seat Concepts KTM.

Missouri rider Kole Henslee took the win in the Open A class with a 12th overall finish.

“I’ve never done one of these races before and it’s crazy how one little mistake can put you on the ground,” said Hensley. “There were a couple of times where I was in the top 10 overall, so I’m pretty pleased with my weekend. I still need to find a little speed in the woods but I was pretty competitive with the Pro2 riders in the Cross test.”

Conner Smith was second in the Open A class, with Tristan Stumbo in third.

The Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series resumes action with round 7 of its series at Big Buck Farm in Union, South Carolina on Labor Day Weekend, September 2-3. The 65th running of the Little Brown Jug Enduro will take place just 5-miles from the Full Gas Location on Saturday, and the Full Gas will take place on Sunday and Labor Day Monday for a full weekend of enduro racing! For more information, go to

Overall Results

1114Joshua StrangPro (1)Denver, NC1201:33:30.535
2989Thad DuvallPro (2)willamstown, WV1201:33:58.758
3523Layne MichaelPro (3)Boonville, NC1201:34:06.064
414Grant BaylorPro (4)Belton, SC1201:34:11.769
51Steward BaylorPro (5)Belton, SC1201:34:14.494
62Jordan AshburnPro (6)Livingston, TN1201:34:45.329
75Evan SmithPro (7)jefferson, GA1201:35:11.165
8198liam draperPro 2 (1)auckaland, OS1201:36:51.143
9887Braxton McGeePro 2 (2)Beulaville, NC1201:37:14.729
10282mike witkowskiPro (8)north liberty, IN1201:37:27.159

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