Reigning champion Steward Baylor, Jr., edged out FMF KTM Manufacturing unit Racing’s Josh Toth for the win, whereas KTM-support rider Ben Kelley joined the celebration with a career-best end of third total.
With temperatures on the chilly facet and lightweight rainfall all through the morning, Sumter’s sandy-course introduced favorable using situations for many of the day. Nevertheless, the rainfall ended up posing a problem to many riders as visibility points got here into play throughout exams three, 4 and 5.
Baylor commanded the lead early on as he gained the opening take a look at, adopted by a sequence of constant top-three finishes (2-1-1-Three-2). Toth finshed third in take a look at one, which set the tone for a constant day of racing from there (1-2-Three-1-1). Baylor and Toth would swap test-wins all through the remainder of the afternoon, every rider taking three for the day. Nevertheless, it was Baylor who held the upperhand in the long run as he completed 18 seconds forward of Toth within the total time.
Toth: “Spherical 1 was nice! I rode nicely all day and stayed in management and constant, which is fairly powerful on the enduros. I’m tremendous excited to have such a superb race at the moment and really feel so snug on the bike. It undoubtedly brings me a whole lot of confidence shifting into the season. I’m very pleased with the staff and the bike so I’m wanting ahead to getting the season underway!”
Regardless of a number of challenges alongside the best way, Bonanza Plumbing/Path Jester/KTM’s Ben Kelley was capable of put himself on the general podium by the tip of the day. Kelley maintained a top-ten place in every of the six exams, the place he completed as excessive as third place in exams two and three, together with a top-five end in take a look at 5.
Within the Womens Elite class, Bonanza Plumbing/Path Jester/KTM’s Mackenzie Tricker captured the opening spherical victory forward of reigning champion Tayla Jones.
Spherical 2: March four / Cajun Basic Nationwide Enduro / Forest Hill, La.
Professional Class Outcomes
1. Steward Baylor Jr., KTM, 2:19:35.237
2. Josh Toth, KTM, 2:19:53.612
Three. Ben Kelley, KTM, 2:22:06.894
four. Trevor Bollinger, HON, 2:22:26.523
5. Cory Buttrick, HQV, 2:23:00.710
6. Evan Smith, HQV, 2:23:05.862
7. Drew Higgins, HQV, 2:23:14.257
eight. Grant Baylor, KTM, 2:23:39.959
9. Ricky Russell, YAM, 2:24:19.953
10. Andrew Delong, GAS, 2:25:17.128