Ryan Sipes came out swinging last weekend to win the opening round of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. With the behind-the-scenes lowdown, Shan Moore brings us up to speed on the opening round events…
Jordan Ashburn put his Beta USA-backed 390 RR on the podium on South Carolina, coming from behind to nip Russell Bobbitt for third.
Ricky Russell signed with Am Pro Yamaha for 2017 and is riding GNCC, National Enduro and Full Gas Sprint Enduro for the first couple of months of the year to figure out which series is going to work best for him. He said it’s possible he might ride all three, but ultimately results will be the deciding factor.
Ryan Sipes is healthy and back to winning form, although he says he still has a ways to go to get where he really wants to be. Look out 2017 ISDE!
Josh Toth proved himself at last year’s ISDE when he won the Club individual award. He was rewarded with a ride with Randy Hawkins’ Am Pro Yamaha team.
Russell Bobbitt was in the hunt for test wins on Saturday, but struggled on Sunday and finished fourth.
Cory Buttrick broke a rear brake pedal in the second test on Saturday and spent the rest of the weekend trying to overcome that time he lost. The SRT Racing KTM rider finished fifth.
Colorado’s Ian Blythe is using the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series as a tune up for the Brazilian off-road championship, which he has won the past two years.
Drew Higgins is an enduro specialist who is riding the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series to help build his sprint speed.
Ty Tremaine is an endurocross specialist, but since the endurocross season doesn’t start until August, he is renting a room from Steward Baylor and riding the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series.
Steward Baylor won three of the six tests on Saturday, but a nasty crash on Sunday cost the SRT Racing KTM rider considerable time on Sunday and he was relegated to second behind Sipes.
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