Having final raced the Dash Enduro collection in 2015, when he gained the title, Kailub Russell returned to motion by claiming the general victory on the opening spherical of the 2019 Kenda Full Gasoline Dash Enduro Sequence in Gaston, South Carolina.
The FMF KTM Manufacturing facility Racing rider gained eight of the 12 checks held over the course of the two-day occasion and claimed the outright win throughout Saturday’s spherical. In the meantime, defending collection champ Josh Strang, who was making his debut trip with the brand new Babbitt’s/Monster Power/Kawasaki crew, took Sunday’s win.
Strang gained three checks, however it was not sufficient to beat out Russell for the general, and Russell took the general win by 35 seconds forward of Strang.
The South Carolina venue loved a file turnout with greater than 400 riders gracing the entry lists for the race. A powerful variety of prime professional riders and groups confirmed as effectively, with manufacturing facility participation from KTM, Beta, GasGas, Husqvarna, and Kawasaki.
By successful 5 of six of Saturday’s checks, Russell constructed up a wholesome cushion from day one. Nevertheless, he suffered two tip-overs in Sunday’s third check and spent the rest of the day taking part in catch-up to Strang.
Thad Duvall rounded out the general podium in third. The Rockstar Power Husqvarna rider was making his first trip since early November resulting from an harm and reported after the race that he was using effectively, however wanted to work on his dash velocity. He additionally mentioned that one check every day value him a whole lot of time. On Saturday, Duvall misplaced his brakes within the Enduro check and on Sunday he crashed.
Josh Toth, who underwent arm-pump surgical procedure on every arm simply 15 days earlier than the South Carolina race, put himself in a great place for a podium end by ending second behind Russell on Saturday. Nevertheless, a nasty crash on Sunday within the second check of the day left the FMF KTM Manufacturing facility Racing rider slightly tentative, and he in the end completed fifth for the day and fourth general.
Evan Smith rode a 250F to fifth general, which was spectacular contemplating the sandy circumstances. The Max Motorsports/FXR Racing/Husqvarna-backed rider, who was notably quick within the Enduro check, simply gained the Pro2 class with the end.