Josh Toth claimed his first-ever National Enduro win at Rattlesnake Enduro, round six of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania. 

 

So far, the 2018 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series has been dominated by Steward and Grant Baylor each having two wins a piece in the four rounds heading into the Pennsylvania race. But Toth’s win this weekend put a stop to the Baylor brother’s streak and added a bit of variety to the title chase – with the win, Toth moves into a two-way tie with Steward Baylor for the series standings lead. 

Josh won just one test all day at the Rattlesnake Enduro but it was his consistency that sealed the deal for the Connecticut rider. Following up his test four win with two seconds, a third and a fourth in the shortened, five-test race (one test was thrown out before the start after all-night rain gave organizers second thoughts of sending 500-plus riders through). 

“This is incredible,” said Toth. “I had a feeling this week that I would do really well at this race – I knew I’d be competitive in this type of terrain and I’m pumped to get that first win out of the way.” Toth finished 31 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Kelley with Steward Baylor another 15 seconds back in third.

 

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For Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley the runner-up slot is his best finish in the series to date. Kelley also claimed his first test win this weekend. Like Toth, Kelley had one test win, a second, two thirds and a fourth to edge Steward Baylor by 15 seconds for the bridesmaid position. 

“Coming into this race I was excited and felt I could do really good in the rocks,” said Kelley. “I felt good all day and I just really wanted to win a test and I was happy to get it done in the last test.”

Steward Baylor rounded out the podium in third. The Tely Energy Racing KTM rider got off to a fast start with a win in the first test, which is somewhat unusual for the South Carolina rider, who is known as a slow starter. Unfortunately, Steward admitted it was pretty much downhill from there: “I just struggled to find that groove,” said Steward. “After I won that first test, I just spent a lot of time missing lines and hitting trees. This is one of my favorite tracks, but this year it just wasn’t my day.”

 

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Grant Baylor finished fourth but was looking as though he might grab his third win in a row after taking tests two and three. A nasty crash in the fourth left the Tely Racing KTM rider temporarily shaken, bruised and suffering a dislocated shoulder. 

“I came around a corner and all of a sudden I was in some rocks that threw me head first into a much bigger rock,” said Grant. “It demolished my bike and I popped my shoulder out.”

Grant was dazed and still on the ground trying to pop his shoulder in place when Josh Toth stopped to help. 

Amazingly Grant managed to get his shoulder back in place, score 15th for that test, and go on to finish fourth in the final test to score a fourth overall for the day. Enduro riders are made of tough stuff!

 

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Fifth overall went to FAR Racing Gas Gas North America’s Andrew DeLong. The former National Enduro champion has been on the comeback trail in 2018, getting back up to speed after spending the last few years dealing with a nagging wrist injury.

DeLong was third fastest in the test three and managed to edge his brother, Craig DeLong, out for fifth place overall by just six seconds: “Today was the closest I’ve been to being competitive in a long time and I feel like I’m coming back around to my old form,’ said DeLong. “It was good to be racing with my brother, it made for a fun day.”

Craig DeLong’s sixth marked the Coastal Racing Husqvarna rider’s best finish in a national enduro. Cory Buttrick snapped a brake line in the second test of the day, but still managed to finish seventh. The KR4 Husqvarna rider edged SRT Racing’s Evan Smith by just six seconds. 

Ninth went to Beta USA’s Mike Witkowski, while AA rider KTM-mounted Jesse Ansley rounded out the top 10. 

After six rounds, Toth and Steward Baylor sit atop the series standings with `123 points each. Ben Kelley moved ahead of Grant Baylor by one point to take over third in the standings, 92 points to 91. Buttrick rounds out the top five with 77 points. 

 

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Pro 2 Class

AirGroup/Enduro Engineering Husqvarna teammates Jake Froman and Logan Lowrey grabbed the top two spots in the NE Pro2 class, with Froman edging his teammate by just two seconds for the win. The top three spots were still up for grabs heading into the final test, with Froman, Lowrey and Jarrett Mohn separated by just three seconds. In the end, Froman was 11th in the overall standings to claim the win, with Lowrey finishing 12th overall for second in class. Mohn was 14th overall for third in the NE Pro2 class.

“I’ve never really had a good result here and I wouldn’t call myself the best rock rider, so it’s good to get the win today,” said Froman. “I stayed smooth all day and I never had any problems until the final test and I was going for it and I ended up snapping off my brake pedal with two miles to do.”

 

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Women’s Elite Class

KR4 Husqvarna’s Tayla Jones took the win in a packed Women’s Elite class, beating Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Mackenzie Tricker by a tick over three minutes. 

“I lost about 40 seconds in the first test, I just rode terrible and cautious,” said Jones. “I improved with each test, though, and I ended up riding pretty well at the end of the race so I’m pretty happy to get the win.”

KTM-mounted Shyann Phelps rounded out the podium in third, with Natasha Lachepelle (KTM) and Kelsey Pacholke (Hsq) in fourth and fifth. 

 

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The Kenda AMA National Enduro Series returns to action on August 26th for the Grassman National Enduro in Chandlersville, Ohio, round seven of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series. 

More information: nationalenduro.com

 

 

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Shan Moore
North America Correspondent