Welcome to The Weekly Dirt, the place to go each Wednesday to catch up on the latest happenings in the realm of off-road motorcycling. This week the Rad Dad Enduro, Canard and WORCS.
Russell Bobbitt is the king when it comes to really tight woods riding and he demonstrated his expertise in that realm at the Rad Dad National Enduro in Westpoint, Tennessee. Bobbitt and series rival Charlie Mullins were close for most of the day, but when it came to the super tight final test, Bobbitt finished the 10-mile stretch 40 seconds faster than his KTM teammate. When you’re talking about the top riders in the world, 40 seconds is an eternity. Bobbitt ended up with the win, finishing the 65-mile event 59 seconds faster than Mullins.
Trey Canard suffered a disappointing injury while doing some outdoor testing last week at Competitive Edge MX, the Oklahoma rider fracturing his femur when he over-jumped a jump. I spoke to Trey’s mom, Kari, and she said Trey was bummed about it but he’s up to the task and is hoping to be ready for the outdoor opener, but will for sure be back by the third round. Trey was on a run in Supercross, having won three rounds so far this year, and I’m sure he’ll be a player in the outdoor series as well.
Michael Brown finally got things going in this year’s WORCS series, taking the win at the Anza, California round at Cahuilla MX Park. The Tennessee rider beat out his FMF/KTM teammate Kurt Caselli for the overall win, going 1-3 over the two days, while WORCS racer turned MXer Ricky Dietrich won Sunday’s race and finished up third overall on his Valli Motorsports Yamaha. Meanwhile, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Justin Soule was fourth overall.