TEXAS READY FOR NEPG ROUND THREE
It’s game on for the third round of the AMA National Enduro Championship this weekend where Kaliub Russell leads the way to Texas.
Kailub Russell carries a seven-point lead in the series standings heading into this weekend’s round three of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series near Gainesville, Texas.
The KTM rider has two runner-up finishes so far in two rounds and will be looking to secure his first-ever victory in National Enduro competition in the red clay dirt of north Texas.
Looking to gain ground on Russell in the standings will be round-one winner KTM’s Steward Baylor and round-two winner Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong. Interestingly, both riders are dealing with almost identical broken collarbones. Baylor’s happened the week before round two of the series, while DeLong broke his collarbone at the GNCC in Florida on March 8th.
DeLong and Baylor are tied for second in the series standings at 43 each while Russell leads with 50 points.
Also vying for points in Texas will be Yamaha’s Brad Bakken, who was third at the series opener and Yamaha’s Grant Baylor, who was third at the most recent round in South Carolina. Both riders are coming on strong this season and could very well take their first win of the year.
KTM’s Russell Bobbitt, and Beta’s Cory Buttrick are both close to breaking into podium positions and Texas just might provide that opportunity. Meanwhile, Beta’s Jesse Groemm – last year’s number two rider in the country – is still not cleared to ride due to a concussion.
Back for round three is the AirGroup Racing Bounty, which will award $1000 to any ride that can win all six tests in the Overall results. If no one takes home the prize the amount will double to $2000 for the next eligible round.
However, to throw a spoiler into the works, AirGroup Racing are also awarding a “Spoiler” Bounty of $250 if a rider can stop another rider from winning all six tests.
So with everything to play for, round three of the AMA National Enduro Championship gets underway in Texas this weekend.