Alligator Full Gas Sprint Enduro Race Report 2016

What really happened at the Alligator Full Gas Sprint Enduro

Daniel Milner, Full Gas Sprint Enduro
Daniel Milner is undefeated through two rounds of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series, his latest win coming at the Alligator Sprint Enduro in Bunnell, Florida.Photo By Shan Moore

In all, Milner won six of the 12 tests, while Strang won just one. However, Strang’s super consistent performance was good enough to net the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing-backed rider second overall.

“I think this course fit me better than the last one,” said Strang. “The course was more flowing so you had to set up more going into them, as opposed to just point and shoot, which suited my style.”

Thad DuVall, Full Gas Sprint Enduro
Thad DuVall got off to a slow start to the event, but came away with four test wins in the final seven tests to finish third overall.Photos By Shan Moore

Thad DuVall rounded out the podium on the strength of his final day’s performance. The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Husqvarna rider won three tests on Day Two and four of the final seven tests for the two days, however, a slow start on Day One kept the West Virginia rider from challenging for the win.

“I struggled early on during Day One, but I managed to pick it up and win the last test of the day,” said DuVall. “On the second day, I was able to win all of the Enduro Test, while Milner won all the Cross Tests, so it was tight racing, I just need to get off to a better start.”

Russell Bobbitt, Full Gas Sprint Enduro
Russell Bobbitt had one test win on Day One and came away with fourth overall.Photos By Shan Moore

Four-time national enduro champ Russell Bobbitt brought his FMF KTM 250 XC-F in for fourth. Bobbitt had some podium rides and even had a test win on Day One, but says he’s trying to get better on the second day of competition at these two-day events.

“The track is rougher on the second day and you kind of have to smooth out your style,” said Bobbitt. “But I’m working on it, and I think I’m getting better.”

Cory Buttrick, Full Gas Sprint Enduro
Cory Buttrick chases Thad DuVall through the palmettos in the Enduro Test.Photos By Shan Moore

Cory Buttrick made a few changes after Day One and picked up the pace on the second day. Combined with a more concentrated effort on hitting his lines, the suspension changes that Buttrick made on Wednesday night brought the SRT KTM rider a top five finish.

Buttrick was one of the few riders who didn’t come to Florida early to train.

“I’m kind of a fish out of water when it comes to sand,” said Buttrick. “But we typically only have a couple of sand races a year, so it’s not worth the time and expense for me to come down here early to train.”

Drew Higgins, Full Gas Sprint Enduro
Drew Higgins is one of the up-and-comers in the Pro division. The RPM/KLIM pilot was sixth overall.Photos By Shan Moore

RESULTS

  1. Daniel Milner (Yam)

  2. Josh Strang (Hsq)

  3. Thad DuVall (Hsq)

  4. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

  5. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

  6. Drew Higgins (KTM)

  7. Evan Smith (KTM)

  8. Garrett Edmisten (Kaw)

  9. Jordan Ashburn (KTM)

  10. Jason Klammer (KTM)