Big Buck Full Gas Sprint Enduro Race Report

What really happened at the South Carolina Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro

Thad DuVall, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Union, South Carolina 2016
Thad DuVall claimed his first win of the season in the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro series in South Carolina and also grabbed the 2016 title.Photo By Shan Moore

The Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series wrapped up its eight-round 2016 championship season at the Big Buck Farm in Union, South Carolina, where KR4 Husqvarna’s Thad DuVall put a bow on his championship winning year by grabbing his first win of the season on a track that changed from dry and dusty to wet and slippery over the course of the two-day event.

DuVall had come close to getting an overall win several times this year, but never quite pulled it off until this weekend’s event. The West Virginia native won three tests on Saturday and two on Sunday and finished the event with just over 30 seconds to spare over Coastal Racing Husqvarna’s Layne Michael for the victory. Newly signed Am Pro Yamaha rider Josh Toth rounded out the podium thanks to an outstanding performance on Sunday.

Lane Michael, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Union, South Carolina 2016
Layne Michael won several tests over the weekend and wound up second overall in South Carolina.Photo By Shan Moore

Saturday’s event got underway in dry conditions, which made for a dusty track. DuVall kicked things off by winning the first test of the day, an Enduro Test, over Michael and RPM Racing’s Evan Smith. DuVall would also win the final two test of the day, but had to settle for three runner-up in finishes in between as Michael, Smith and Am Pro Yamaha’s Grant Baylor grabbed wins in tests two, three and four.

At the end of Saturday’s event, DuVall held a 14.3-second lead over Baylor with Michael another second back.

Josh Toth, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Union, South Carolina 2016
Josh Toth came on strong in the mud and landed on the podium after winning a test on Sunday.Photo By Shan Moore

On Saturday night, a slow and steady rain moved into the area and lasted through Sunday, which made for wet conditions, although the South Carolina soil handled the moisture well and, although a lot of the track was slippery, there were also places that turned out to be good traction.

Beta USA’s Jordan Ashburn got things underway on Sunday with a big win in Test One, the Enduro Test. Ashburn was making his first ride on his new 300RR two-stroke and look extremely comfortable for his first race on the new bike.

Toth was second in the first test, ahead of Michael, while DuVall was a conservative fourth.

Grant Baylor, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Union, South Carolina 2016
Grant Baylor hops through a series of mud holes during Sunday's event.Photo By Shan Moore

RPM Racing’s Cory Buttrick got his first win of the weekend in Test Two (Cross Test), while DuVall got back on track by winning the third test of the day.

Toth topped test four, with DuVall and Michael taking the fifth and sixth tests.

When the final scores were tallied, DuVall had his first win of the season by a comfortable half-minute margin ahead of Michael and Toth.

Jordan Ashburn, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Union, South Carolina 2016
Jordan Ashbury disappears into the woods during the Enduro Test on Sunday.Photo By Shan Moore

Fourth went to Baylor, with Buttrick, Ashburn and Smith taking spots five through seven.

Eighth went to Andrew DeLong, who was making his first race on a two-stroke in five years, riding a privateer Husqvarna while he negotiates a contract with a new satellite team that will be announced soon. Meanwhile, Cody Gragg and Zack Hayes rounded out the top 10.

RESULTS

  1. Thad DuVall (Hus)

  2. Layne Michael (Hus)

  3. Josh Toth (Yam)

  4. Grant Baylor (Yam)

  5. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

  6. Jordan Ashburn (Bet)

  7. Evan Smith (KTM)

  8. Andrew DeLong (Hus)

  9. Cody Cragg (KTM)

  10. Zack Hayes (KTM)