Charlie Mullins clinched the 2013 Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series championship with one race remaining on the schedule by grabbing his seventh win of the 10-round series at this weekend’s Black Coal National Enduro in Lynnville, Indiana.
Charlie Mullins won the opening three tests of the Black Coal National Enduro in Lynnville, Indiana, and then cruised him with his seventh win of the series and the 2013 title. And he did it with one round still to go. The FMF/KTM rider has been the fastest rider all year in the Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series and has only been beaten twice all year, although at one of the rounds he suffered a mechanical problem. For his win, Mullins received a lump of coal from the local club and a number one plate from the series.
Jesse Groemm finished a personal best second at the Black Coal, which included a test win. The Am Pro Yamaha rider has won tests before, but until now hasn’t been able to put together a complete race. Greomm chalked up the performance to “not getting excited and staying calm”, adding that in the past he would get nervous when he was doing well and throw it all away. The New Jersey has yet to sign a contract for 2014, but after this finish it’s certain that Randy Hawkins will make the call soon.
In his first race back from surgery to repair a broken hand, Andrew DeLong turned some heads by putting his FAR Husqvarna on the podium in third, and Husqvarna’s Andy Johnson was there to witness the performance. DeLong was sitting four seconds behind Nick Fahringer heading into the final test but a quick time in the final test moved the Pennsylvania rider into a podium slot.
Nick Fahringer finished off the podium for only the second time all year with a fourth in Indiana, but the Radiant AirGroup Racing-backed rider still sits comfortably in second overall in the series standings by virtue of his strong yearlong consistency. The “Ringer” has proven in the past that he is capable of winning a national, but has yet to put together a complete race in 2013.
1. Charlie Mullins (KTM)
2. Jesse Groemm (Yam)
3. Andrew DeLong (Hsq)
4. Nick Fahringer (Hsb)
5. Brad Bakken (Yam)
6. Russell Bobbitt (Hsb)
7. Grant Baylor (KTM)
8. Mike Lafferty (Hsb)
9. Ian Blythe (KTM)
10. Tanner Thomas (KTM)