2019 West Virginia Full Gas Sprint Enduro Race Report

Racing dirt bikes on a golf course

Kailub Russell races at the 2019 West Virginia Full Gas Sprint Enduro.
Kailub Russell was not pleased with his performance, but was happy with his finish. “I’m still not happy with how I rode, but it was good enough to win,” Russell said. “There were a lot of guys going fast this weekend.”Darrin Chapman

As many as four riders were in the running for the overall win at this weekend's Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro in Glen Daniel, West Virginia, but in the end FMF KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell used consistency to claim his third victory of the season.

Thad Duvall races through barn at the 2019 West Virginia Full Gas Sprint Enduro.
Thad Duvall was off the pace on Saturday, but came on strong on Sunday with three test wins to finish second overall and first on Sunday.Darrin Chapman
Josh Strang races at the 2019 West Virginia Full Gas Sprint Enduro.
Josh Strang was quick in the Cross test, but a crash in the first test of the event might have kept the Aussie from taking the win. “I crashed in the first Enduro test and lost a bunch of time, but other than that it was good,” Strang said. “Except for that crash, I think I was in the top three maybe in every test, so I was pretty happy with that.”Darrin Chapman

More than 400 riders signed up to do battle on the Hidden Valley Golf Club course, which provided competitors a unique opportunity to race on a real golf course. Russell won two of the 12 tests during the two days of competition and finished consistently enough in the remaining tests to claim the overall win by 3.1 seconds over Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Thad Duvall, who was second overall thanks to his winning all three Enduro tests on Sunday. Babbitt's/Monster Energy/Kawasaki's Josh Strang followed close behind in third.

Josh Toth races at the 2019 West Virginia Full Gas Sprint Enduro.
Josh Toth was not happy with throwing away a sure win on Saturday. “I guess I threw away the win on the last test,” Toth said. “I went down when I had a little cushion, but that’s racing. I had about four seconds over those guys, and I was consistently winning that test. I rode really well the whole test, then right in the end a tree root took me down and mangled my bike up, but I got up quick and was able to finish. I don’t know how much time I actually lost, but I ended up losing the day by two-tenths of a second.”Darrin Chapman

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth owned the Enduro test on Saturday, winning the first two and leading the final one until the final lap when he struck a rut and went down. At the time, Toth enjoyed a four-second advantage over Russell and seemed to have Saturday’s win in hand when he crashed. The mishap dropped Toth to fourth on the day and the Massachusetts rider finished fourth overall for the weekend.

Jordan Ashburn races at the 2019 West Virginia Full Gas Sprint Enduro.
Jordan Ashburn got off to a quick start when he won the opening test of the weekend. The Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki rider finished the event in fifth overall.Darrin Chapman

Jordan Ashburn got the weekend off to a fast start by winning the opening test of the event. The Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki rider ended the weekend in fifth overall. North Carolina’s Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM) put in the ride of his life to finish sixth, finishing 27 seconds ahead of Max Motorsports/FXR/Husqvarna’s Evan Smith. Smith added the Pro2 win with his seventh-place finish, which extended his lead in the class standings.

Eighth overall and second in the Pro2 class was Beta USA’s Mike Witkowski, while Coastal Racing Husqvarna’s Craig DeLong was ninth. Beta USA’s Cody Barnes filled out the top 10 and rounded out the podium in the Pro2 class.

Tayla Jones races at the 2019 West Virginia Full Gas Sprint Enduro.
Tayla Jones won every test except for one en route to the Women’s Pro win.Darrin Chapman

Husqvarna-backed Tayla Jones added her fourth win of the season in the Women’s Pro division after winning every test but one. MEP MX KTM’s Mackenzie Tricker won the remaining test and finished second overall, with Maxxis KTM’s Becca Sheets in third. Billy Schlag (KTM) won the Am-Pro class ahead of Tyler Vore (GasGas), with JR Cook (KTM) grabbing the last step of the podium.

The Hidden Valley race also doubled as an International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) qualifier for those hoping to qualify for this year’s race in Portugal. Of the Letter of Intent (LOI) riders, AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell stood out, taking the win on both days. GasGas North America’s Thorn Devlin was second on Saturday with Trail Jesters KTM’s Jesse Ansley in third.

Evan Smith races at the 2019 West Virginia Full Gas Sprint Enduro.
Evan Smith remained undefeated in the Pro2 class with a seventh-place finish.Darrin Chapman

2019 West Virginia Sprint Enduro Overall Results

Position Rider Brand
1 Kailub Russell KTM
2 Thad Duvall Husqvarna
3 Josh Strang Kawasaki
4 Josh Toth KTM
5 Jordan Ashburn Kawasaki
6 Lyndon Snodgrass KTM
7 Evan Smith Husqvarna
8 Mike Witkowski Beta
9 Craig DeLong Husqvarna
10 Cody Barnes Beta

2019 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Kailub Russell KTM 221
2 Thad Duvall Husqvarna 176
3 Josh Toth KTM 168
4 Josh Strang Kawasaki 167
5 Jordan Ashburn Kawasaki 126
6 Craig DeLong Husqvarna 88
7 Ben Kelley KTM 63
8 Cory Buttrick Husqvarna 50
9 Layne Michael Husqvarna 36
10 Liam Draper KTM 30