Some down and dirty off-road racing in the southeast as the Alligator Enduro and the Maxxis General GNCC in Georgia wrap things up for Speed Week.
The Alligator Enduro is well known as one of the toughest off-road events in the country. Michael Lafferty likes his enduros tough, so naturally the Alligator is one of his favorites. This year marked the 61st running of the legendary race, and this year also marked the 11th time that Lafferty has stood at the center of the podium. Junior edged out FMF/KTM’s Russell Bobbitt for the win, with Lafferty’s factory Husaberg teammate Nick Fahringer in third. BTW, John Penton has seven Alligator wins and Randy Hawkins has won the race four times.
Paul Whibley turned in an impressive ride at the Maxxis General GNCC in Washington, Georgia, over the weekend, pulling away from defending series champ Josh Strang and Whibley’s Am Pro Yamaha teammate Thad DuVall at the two-lap board to take an impressive win. Whibs, the 2009 series champ, had bad luck at the series opener in Florida last week where he hit a tree and tore off his radiator. The Georgia win was a fair amount of redemption for the Ax Man and it moved him all the way up into third overall in the series standings, just three points out of the lead.
Charlie Mullins rode a perfect race at the GNCC opener in Florida. However, the FMF/KTM rider had a tough time in Georgia. Mullins ran out front on the opening lap, but took a bad line in a mud hole and lost considerable ground. He later crashed heavily on lap four and took a lap to get back to full speed. He ended the day in sixth. Despite the off day, Mullins still leads the championship standings over Strang and Whibley.
After getting on the podium in Florida, Beta rider Chris Bach crashed hard in Georgia and pretty much knocked himself out of the race. Bach had to be attended to by Trail Boss Jeff Russell and after that he pretty much motored around for a 15th place finish. Because no one has built an aftermarket “plus-size” fuel tank for the new Beta, Bach has been forced to run the stocker and he’s having to pit for gas twice as often as the competition. The crew says a bigger tank will be ready for the North Carolina race on the 27th.
Wonder why you haven’t seen Barry Hawk’s name in the GNCC results? That’s because the eight-time GNCC champ (seven on ATVs and one on a bike) retired from Pro racing at the end of last year and he is now working for GNCC as part of the set-up crew. Hawk brings plenty of knowledge to the job and told us he has spent 18 years as a professional racer.