TAYLA JONES DOMINATES WOMEN'S ELITE CLASS FINISHING 11 MINUTES AHEAD OF 2ND
Sumter, SC: February 5, 2016 – Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/ KR4/ Husqvarna team kicked off the 2017 race season with the first round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series presented by Moose Racing in Sumter, South Carolina.
Over 800 riders – 120 rows – signed up for the season opener. Conditions were excellent, with light rain in the morning to keep the dust down.
The KR4 squad was represented in the pro class by Grant Baylor and by Hunter Neuwirth, a new addition to the team from New England. Grant, who is no stranger to the South Carolina terrain, had a solid day, despite suspension problems which prohibited the 20 year old from claiming a top spot and he would eventually settle for 8th place on his Husqvarna FX 450.
Neuwirth snapped the clutch cable off his Husqvarna TE150 on the first test forcing him to retire early for the day.
TAYLA JONES DOMINATES WOMEN’S ELITE WITH AN 11 MINUTE LEAD
In The Women’s Elite class, KR4 was represented by Australian Tayla Jones. Tayla, a former ISDE champion, dominated the field, by winning the women’s elite class with a lead of over 11 minutes.
“We have enduros in Australia, but they are no way as tight as what this race was,”said Jones. "It kind of took me by surprise, but after a few tests I was starting to get the hang of it. I really enjoyed the race and I’m looking forward to the full season.”
In the stacked 250A class of over 40 riders, Colin Keegan had a solid race and finished 8th over his brother, Conner Keegan, who suffered a shoulder injury and ended up 21st. New Grassroots team rider Josh Ferrell placed 27th in the class.
In the 40+A division, Derek Pacheco started the 2017 season up with a great first time NEPG finish and finished 8th while Ambrocio Gutierrez finished 30th in the class.
In the 200A division, Josh Hensley spent the last week training and riding and ended up with a podium finish and finished 3rd.
Chase Sweda had a hard crash towards the end of the race and finished 13th in the 250B class.
In his first NEPG event, Maximo Gutierrez finished 8th in the 200B class.
Team KR4 Arrive And Ride will be active again next weekend at the first round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro series at the Moto-Vated Sports Complex in Gaston, South Carolina.