2019 National Enduro Series Preview

A look at the revised 2019 AMA National Enduro schedule

Steward Baylor claimed his third career Kenda AMA National Enduro title and second in a row in 2018 after finishing on the podium at all nine rounds of this year’s series. The South Carolina rider is reportedly back with Tely Energy Racing for 2019 and looking to add a fourth title to his mantle.Shan Moore

Due to changes in next year’s date for the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Portugal, which was moved from October 21–26 to November 11–16, there was a need to change a couple of dates on the 2019 AMA National Enduro schedule. The NEPG contacted the clubs affected and have been able to work with them to reschedule two of the previously announced NEPG 2019 Enduro dates without any conflicts.

According to the NEPG’s Alan Randt, the Missouri Mudders have graciously moved round 8 in Park Hills, Missouri, from September 15 to September 8, 2019. The Tulsa Trail Riders in Oklahoma have also graciously moved from November 10 to October 20, 2019.

Here’s a look at some of the action and some of the faces from the 2018 season.

Ben Kelley, who just returned from Viña del Mar, Chile, where he and his teammates, Josh Toth and Grant Baylor, finished second in the Junior Trophy Team at the ISDE, was fourth overall in last year’s Pro class and should be a force in next year’s championship if he decides to return.Shan Moore
Five-time AMA National Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt rode the 2018 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series with his own team, Gnarly Routes, and finished the season in 10th. The Georgia native spent most of the year leading adventure rides in some very scenic parts of the country.Shan Moore
KR4 Husqvarna’s Cory Buttrick worked on his own machinery in 2018 and still managed a sixth overall finish.Shan Moore
Andrew Delong returned to the series with Far Racing GasGas North America after a series of injuries kept him off the bike for a little over a year. It took a few races to adapt back to a two-stroke, but Andrew came on strong at the end of the year and finished seventh overall for the year.Shan Moore
Thad Duvall DNFed the opening round and then suffered a wrist injury midseason. The high point of the season for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider was a win at the Ohio round.Shan Moore
Like Cory Buttrick, Evan Smith is one of those “grind it out” blue-collar riders who is always there at the finish. Evan’s hard work earned him fifth overall for the season.Shan Moore
Grant Baylor DNFed round two of the series due to a crash, but won four rounds over the course of the season and finished off the season in third.Shan Moore
Tayla Jones won seven rounds en route to the Women’s Elite championship, her second year in a row to win the title.Shan Moore
Josh Toth pressed Steward Baylor all year and finished a close second to the fellow KTM rider. Toth claimed his first national win in the series this year.Shan Moore

2019 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series Schedule

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Date Location
February 3 Wedgefield, SC
March 24 Ormond Beach, FL
April 28 Forest Hill, LA
May 12 Arrington, VA
June 9 Greensboro, GA
July 28 Cross Fork, PA
August 25 Wellston, OH
September 8 Park Hills, MO
October 6 Matthews, IN
October 20 Sand Springs, OK