STACKED ENTRY FOR AMA NATIONAL ENDURO OPENER
The 2015 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series presented by Moose Racing kicks off this coming weekend with round one of its 10-round series in Sumter, South Carolina.
This year’s series is shaping up to be the most exciting in ages, with no less than 760 entries lined up for the opening round – the largest ever – plus a pro field stacked with a ton of heavy hitters.
Of course, Andrew DeLong will be back in an effort to defend his 2014 national title, however the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing-backed rider will be going up against riders including the Baylor brothers (Steward and Grant), Russell Bobbitt, Charlie Mullins, Jesse Groemm, Cory Buttrick, Brad Bakken, Ryder Lafferty and Australian off-road stars Josh Strang and Daniel Milner.
The Sumter event is a home race for the Baylor boys, so look for Steward and Grant to be in contention for the win, although you can’t rule out Mullins, who is making his return to racing after missing most of last year due to injury. Mullins had reeled off four-straight wins to start the season, before going down with a wrist injury. The FMF/KTM rider is hoping to pick up where he left off at Sumter.
Fresh off the plane from Australia, Milner makes his first start in the National Enduro series. He’s sure to become a rider to watch though Strang won’t want to be out done and will be pushing hard in his Husqvarna debut.
Andrew DeLong holds the #1 plate… © Simon Cudby
This year will see also an unprecedented amount of factory involvement with the series, as Husqvarna, KTM, Yamaha, Beta, Suzuki, and Gas Gas will all be represented with some form of manufacturer supported team, such as AirGroup Racing, which is a Husqvarna-backed private team.
As far as the course itself, there will be 10-miles of brand new trail cut specifically for this race. And of course, Sumter is home to lots of sandy pine forest trails, so trim down your bars and be ready for some tight trail.
Although the racing begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, there will be plenty to do and see on Saturday, as well, with top US Trials Pro Logan Bolopue holding a Trials demonstration in the pits at 3 pm. Meanwhile, Mike Lafferty will be in charge a spaghetti dinner at 5pm, which will be hosted by KTM.
Also returning for 2015 is the Rekluse Expert-AA class, which is designed as a stepping-stone for riders hoping to move into the highly competitive Pro division. The Rekluse Expert-AA series will pay a year-end purse for the top finishers based on a riders overall final standings in the class.