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’s Dirt is coming from the national enduro in Wyoming and rest stops along the way.
Russell Bobbitt reclaimed the series point lead with a come-from-behind win at the sixth round of the Rekluse/AMA National Enduro Series in Upton, Wyoming, this past weekend, overtaking FMF/KTM teammate Charlie Mullins in the final test of the 78-mile race to do so. Bobbitt injured his wrist just five weeks before the Wyoming race, and scored a disappointing seventh at the Arkansas round a week later, however, with the Wyoming win, Bobbitt proved he’s fully recovered and ready to go head-to-head with Mullins for the 2011 title.
Japanese Enduro Champ and former MX champ Takeshi Koikeda made the trip to America to try a round of the enduro series. Afterwards, the KTM rider admitted that he wasn’t used to riding tight trail in the trees but that he enjoyed the race and the format. Koikeda said that he was impressed with the professional way the enduro series is operated and that he was hoping to return in the future for another round.
My buddy Kenny King attended the Budds Creek Pro Motocross in Maryland this past weekend and sent these cool photos from the race. Chad Reed took the overall win with a 3-1 tally, his third overall win of the season. It seems that Reedy has found new motivation after taking charge of his own team at the end of last year and seems to be able to dig down deep when needed. Ryan Villopoto, my pick to ultimately win the title, was on it in moto one, but wasn’t feelin’ it in the second moto. Meanwhile, Ryan Dungey had to be disappointed to get third overall with a 2-2 showing.