Russell Bobbitt took a shock win on the Sumter Nationwide Enduro in Wedgefield, South Carolina, spherical 1 of the 2019 Kenda AMA Nationwide Enduro Sequence offered by Moose Racing. The 33-year-old Georgia rider retired from full-time racing for almost two years and got here into the Sumter occasion with no expectations. The Gnarly Routes KTM rider final gained a nationwide occasion in 2016.
Nevertheless, on the Sumter occasion Bobbitt was on the high of his kind whereas outrunning defending nationwide champ Tely Vitality Racing’s Steward Baylor by 16 seconds after six assessments and 64 miles of racing. Bobbitt obtained off on the correct foot by posting the quickest time within the first three assessments of the day. Heading into the fourth check, Bobbitt loved a 54-second benefit over Max Motorsports/FXR Racing/Husqvarna’s Evan Smith, with Baylor one other 4 seconds again.
Baylor, who has been coping with a nagging knee harm, made issues worse when he took a observe crash every week earlier than, however he was nonetheless in a position to get settled in through the second half of the race and began reeling off check wins in an effort to catch Bobbitt. Baylor would catch and move Smith within the closing check of the day, however he would come up 16 seconds in need of catching Bobbitt. The ultimate tally confirmed Bobbitt with the win, adopted by Baylor in second, and Smith in third.
“It was tremendous enjoyable to be again on the two-stroke,” Bobbitt stated. “It felt like outdated occasions. The primary three assessments went properly and I saved it clear. The moist sand situations make up a few of my favourite fashion of terrain to trip. I caught a move early on and rode properly all day. The final three assessments went properly too, with good occasions, and I used to be stoked to be within the high 5.”
Baylor was pleased with second after ending 2-Four-5 within the first three assessments.
“I began the break day driving very tight and virtually with a psychological block,” Baylor stated. “I actually discovered myself struggling within the first half, however for the ultimate half of the race, I used to be in a position to flip the day round and win the ultimate three assessments. It simply wasn’t sufficient to shut the hole that I had misplaced within the first three.”
Smith matched a career-best together with his third-place end.
“I rode tight a lot of the day and I simply didn’t have that consolation degree I used to be on the lookout for, however I feel I used to be able to going sooner,” Smith stated. “I had a few crashes that value me a while, however I picked up some good strains and for probably the most half it was a clear day. I used to be forward of Steward going into the final check, however I jammed my wrist and struggled to carry on.”
This 12 months’s Sumter Enduro was extremely anticipated because it marked the 50th anniversary of the occasion, and the SERMA Membership didn’t disappoint, placing on a near-perfect occasion. The turnout was huge, as properly, with greater than 800 riders filling the beginning grids. In reality, the occasion offered out inside 10 minutes after sign-up opened on the web, which is one other signal that Nationwide Enduro is alive and properly within the USA.
Sumter Nationwide Enduro Total Outcomes
| 1 | Russell Bobbitt | KTM |
| 2 | Steward Baylor | KTM |
| three | Evan Smith| Husqvarna |
| Four | Mike Witkowski | Beta |
| 5 | Thorn Devlin | GasGas |
| 6 | Cory Buttrick | Husqvarna |
| 7 | Zach Hayes | KTM |
| eight | Jake Froman | Husqvarna |
| 9 | Liam Draper | KTM |
| 10 | Tegan Temple | KTM |
2019 Kenda AMA Nationwide Enduro Level Standings