After nine rounds of racing, the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series was settled by a meagre 12 seconds at the series finale in Alabama. 

Steward Baylor showed up at the Gobbler Getter Enduro – the ninth and final round of the series – ready to race, and when the final cards were tallied, the SRT Racing KTM rider beat Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad DuVall by just 12 seconds for the win. 

Putting on a final hard charge in the final two tests, DuVall kept him honest all the way to make up a dozen or more seconds. 

But in the end he was unable to stop Baylor bagging a second title in national enduro competition. 

 

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Steward Baylor on the gas en route to the win in the opening test of the day.

 

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Thad DuVall came on strong in the final two tests but came up just short of the win. 

 

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Evan Smith grabbed his first career podium at the Gobbler Getter. The Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider is perhaps the most improved of all the pro riders this year, going from 15th at the series opener in South Carolina to third in Alabama.

 

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Grant Baylor missed the final round of the year due to the shoulder surgery he had earlier in the week. The younger Baylor brother says he’ll be 100% for the 2018 opener.

 

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Thorn Devlin completed a clean sweep of the Expert-AA class, winning all nine rounds to claim the title. 

 

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Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley made a rare national enduro appearance and it paid off in a seventh place finish. 

 

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Ironman Cory Buttrick is one of just a few pros in the pits without a mechanic, doing all the work on his own bike. 

 

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FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Russell Bobbitt had one of his best finishes of the season with a fourth.

 

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Jesse Groemm flying low during the long fifth test.

 

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To the victor go the spoils. Steward Baylor with his championship trophy. 

 

 

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Shan Moore
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