AMA National Enduro Series win for Steward Baylor in tough conditions at the Red Fox National Enduro Lynnville, Indiana. Josh Toth and Thad DuVall round out podium.
Steward Baylor extended his lead in the AMA National Enduro Series standings with a solid win in extremely challenging conditions at this weekend’s FMF Red Fox National Enduro in Indiana.
Riding in some of the toughest conditions the series has seen in years after hard overnight rains, Baylor built a comfortable lead right out of the gate with wins in the first two tests. The KTM rider stayed out of trouble for the remainder of the day to claim the overall victory by a 28-second margin over Josh Toth.
Though he wasn’t pleased with his performance, Baylor was more than happy with the result. With the win, the South Carolina native extended his lead in the series standings to 10 points ahead of Toth with seven races remaining on the schedule.
“I wouldn’t even call it mediocre, the way I felt about how I was riding,” said Baylor. “But considering the conditions, it turned out to be enough to get the win. It was really tough to stay focused in these conditions. This was definitely one of the most demanding national Enduros I’ve ridden.”
“Three big crashes in test six, the last one within sight of the finish, I was worried it was going to be close but I came into the test 47 seconds up on Josh and it ended up being more than enough of a cushion.” Added Baylor.
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Josh Toth now has back-to-back runner-up finishes in the 2018 series. The Connecticut rider was in the top three in all six tests, including a win in test three.
Being the extreme rider he is, Toth said he wished all Enduros were as tough as this one: “I rode well and tried to make the least number of mistakes I could, considering the conditions,” said Toth. “I really enjoyed the race with all the rain we got, it made for really technical and tough conditions but that's the way an enduro should be in my opinion.”
Due to his DNF at the previous round, Thad DuVall started from row 42 (11 rows behind Steward Baylor). Being that far back is tough in muddy conditions with footrest deep ruts. DuVall struggled in the opening test, putting himself in a hole and a sixth-place finish. But he picked up two test wins to take a third place finish.
“It wasn’t ideal conditions from row 42,” said DuVall. “The first and the fifth tests killed me. They were really bad and really rutted and I was just happy to just get through them. The course deteriorated so fast that by the time it came to my row there were so many deep ruts and holes that it was really challenging. It was some of the deepest ruts I’ve ever seen. I hope I never have to race anything like that again.”
Ben Kelley wasn’t happy with how he rode but was pleased with fourth overall, adding credibility to the third place finish he had in South Carolina: “I got stuck a couple of times and had a few crashes,” said Kelley. “It was a struggle, but I had a few good tests and I had a decent finish.”
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Ryder Lafferty won test five on route to a fifth overall finish. The Solid Performance KTM rider also took top honors in the NE Pro2 division. “I pretty much stayed off the ground all day,” said Lafferty. “I’m starting to find some consistency in my riding and I think that is paying off.”
KR4 Husqvarna’s Tayla Jones took top honors in the Women’s Elite division, finishing three-minutes-twenty-five seconds ahead of Bonanza KTM’s MacKenzie Tricker. Husqvarna-mounted Kelsy Pacholke rounded out the podium in third.
The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series returns to action with the Jesters National Enduro, round four of the series on May 6th in Arrington, Virginia. For more information, check out nationalenduro.com
- Steward Baylor (KTM)
- Josh Toth (KTM)
- Thad DuVall (Hsq)
- Ben Kelley (KTM)
- Ryder Lafferty (Hsq)
- Cory Buttrick (KTM)
- Nick Davis (GG)
- Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
- Jake Froman (Hon)
- Evan Smith (KTM)
Shan MooreNorth America Contributor