The wet sandy conditions made for vision issues,
where many riders had to take their goggles off during tests.
Photos - Darrin Chapman
KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Sumter National Enduro
WEDGEFIELD, S.C. (February 5, 2018) – The opening round for the Kenda AMA National Enduro series took place this past Sunday in Wedgefield, South Carolina. Even though the weather was unfavorable with rainy conditions, the KR4/Husqvarna team had an excellent showing at the Sumter National Enduro.
Cory Buttrick made his debut with the KR4/Husqvarna team and had some impressive test results, where he finished second in Test 4 and ended the day with a third-place finish in Test 6. “I’m pleased with my results at this track,” explained Buttrick. “I am ready for the next one and we know what we have to do to get the Husqvarna on the box next weekend at the FGSE!”
After flying to the U.S. last week, Liam Draper completed in his first race on American soil. Despite being placed in Line 119, the New Zealand native excelled in the wet sand and finished 12th in the Pro 2 class, and 36th overall.
Reigning Womens Elite champ, Tayla Jones, had her hands full with some stiff competition yesterday and ended up finishing as the runner-up. “I am happy to be back racing and to start another year,” said Jones. “I struggled a bit on the weekend with the track and a few too many mistakes, but a second-place finish isn't anything to complain about. I've got some things to work on and I know what I need to do to be better at the next round.”
Conner Keegan had his best finish of his career where he finished second overall – narrowly missing first by 25 seconds in the highly competitive 250 A class. “On the first test I battled bad arm pump, but overtime I started to get comfortable on the bike and make up time,” said Conner. “My Kenda Southwick tires worked awesome in the sandy conditions!”
Colin Keegan suffered from a transponder issue, but was running in the top 10 before it stopped working. Colin was awarded with 19th in AA. Michael McLean also had somestruggles, and ended up placing 25th in Open A.
KR4 Performance Team Results:
- Cory Buttrick – Pro 1 – 5th
- Liam Draper – Pro 2 – 12th
- Tayla Jones – Womens Elite – 2nd
- Colin Keegan – AA – 19th
- Conner Keegan – 250 A – 2nd
- Michael McLean – Open A – 26th
Next NEPG Event: Round 2 – Forest Hill, Louisiana – March 4, 2018
The KR4/Husqvarna Team will be prepping for the first Full Gas Sprint Enduro that is schedule for this upcoming weekend, at the GTR Complex in Columbia, South Carolina. Ken Hill will also be coming to the official training compound to take pictures of the team and facility. KR4/Husqvarna will share once the photos are available.
KR4/Husqvarna Team Sponsors:
Husqvarna, Kenda Tire, Moose Racing, AMSOIL, Enduro Engineering, GTR Complex, FMF Racing, Schulz Cycle, Seat Concepts, P3 Carbon, Wiseco Performance Products, ProX Racing Parts, Engine Ice, ODI Bars & Grips, IMS Products, Alco Cleaners, G2 Ergonomics, Twin Air, Moto-Master Brakes, Rekluse, Motion Pro, Cometic Gaskets, X Brand Goggles, TM Design Works, Regina Chains, HBD MotoGraphx, Trail Tech, FPS Racing, Bell Helmets, All Balls Racing, Sidi Boots, Super B Batteries and Nitro Mousse Bibs
About AMA National Enduro Series:
Enduros are one of the oldest forms of motorcycle competition. Run on a challenging route that includes wooded and desert terrain, more difficult "test" sections are connected with roads, fire roads or easy two-track trail. The Enduros are one of the most thrilling and fulfilling forms of motorsports competition. The discipline's top riders compete in the AMA National Enduro Championship Series. Find out more at www.nationalenduro.com.
About KR4 Performance :
KR4 Performance is a leading professional and amateur race team that participates in the Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC), the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series (FGSE) and the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) series. The 2017 KR4 team took home championships in each respective series. This year Layne Michael will make his XC1 Open Pro debut with the KR4 team, while Tayla Jones will look to repeat her Women’s Pro championships. KR4’s solid team structure is made up of former GNCC pros, expert motorcycle mechanics, and industry enthusiasts that are 100% dedicated to helping clients achieve their racing goals. Visit www.kr4performance.com for more information.
About the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Program :
KR4 is paving the way for the future of off-road racing with its unparalleled Arrive-N-Ride Program, saving riders time, money and hassle. For an affordable fee, KR4 can offset the cost of racing and have everything ready for riders on race day. With the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride program, bikes are prepped by the KR4 team before a race and delivered with gear to riders on race day to the location of their choosing. To learn more or sign up for the Arrive-N-Ride experience, please contact email@example.com or visit www.kr4performance.com. For additional information, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page.