Tennessee Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Results 2016

What Really Happened at the Tennessee Sprint Enduro

Josh Strang, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Altamont, Tennessee 2016
Josh Strang claimed his first win of the season at this weekend’s Full Gas Sprint Enduro in Tennessee.Photo By Shan Moore

Josh Strang claimed his first win of the season in the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series with a dominating performance at a rain-soaked round four in Altamont, Tennessee.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider won nine of the 13 tests held over the course of the two-day event - six of seven on Saturday in relatively dry conditions and three of six tests during Sunday’s event, which was slippery from all day rain showers.

“I felt like I rode well and the bike worked good, so I was happy with how everything went,” said Strang. “The Cross Test was similar to the grass tracks at Six Days in Europe and I really enjoyed them, it was a good event.”

Daniel Milner, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Altamont, Tennessee 2016
Daniel Milner has had a string of bad luck lately. He is scheduled to have surgery on his leg on Thursday in Australia, but hopes to be ready for this year’s ISDE in Spain in October.Photo By Shan Moore

Daniel Milner, the points lead coming into the event, broke his left fibula during the second test on Saturday and was forced to DNF the event. At the time, the N-FAB/Am Pro Yamaha rider was battling with Strang for first place. Milner told Dirt Rider he was flying back to Australia on Monday where he scheduled surgery for Thursday. “I lost the front end and went down and it felt like my leg just shattered,” said Milner. The Australian off-road star has won two of the four Full Gas Sprint Enduro rounds held so far and says he plans on being back to full speed in time for the ISDE in Spain this coming October.

Russell Bobbitt, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Altamont, Tennessee 2016
Russell Bobbitt came out on top of a three-way battle with Layne Michael and Jordan Ashburn to take second overall.Photo By Shan Moore

Second for the weekend went to Russell Bobbitt, who was fresh off a win at the Cherokee National Enduro in Greensboro, Georgia. Bobbitt won a test on Saturday, and followed that up with a test win on Sunday. The FMF/KTM rider was sitting third heading into Sunday’s event, but came out on top of a three-way battle with Jordan Ashburn and Layne Michael to claim the runner-up position. “Ashburn got me by two seconds at the end of Saturday’s event, so I knew I had to pick it up on Sunday,” said Bobbitt. “The conditions were slippery on Sunday and I just tried to ride smooth and stay off the ground and I think that was the key because Layne hit the ground once that I know of.“

Layne Michael, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Altamont, Tennessee 2016
Winner of the West Virginia round, Layne Michael, was five seconds off of Russell Bobbitt heading into the final test but couldn’t close the gap and finished third.Photo By Shan Moore

Michael edged Ashburn for third, beating the KTM rider by close to 13 seconds after two days of racing. Michael won the previous round in West Virginia and the Coastal Racing Husqvarna rider was happy to be on the podium for a second straight race. “I had a couple of second place finishes to start off Saturday’s event, but I ended up losing about 12 seconds in the fourth test when I just had a bad time,” said Michael. “That put me in a bit of a hole heading into Sunday’s event, but I managed to pick up the pace and get on the podium.”

Jordan Ashburn, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Altamont, Tennessee 2016
Jordan Ashburn was sitting in second after Saturday’s round but struggled in the slippery conditions on Sunday and dropped to fourth.Photo By Shan Moore

Ashburn held on for fourth, edging SRT KTM’s Cory Buttrick by two seconds. Meanwhile, Thad DuVall was sixth, but the KR4/Rocky Mountain MC/ATV Husqvarna rider took over the series points lead with the DNF of Milner.

Corey Buttrick, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Altamont, Tennessee 2016
Cory Buttrick heads into the Enduro Test during Sunday’s event.Photo By Shan Moore
Thad DuVall, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Altamont, Tennessee 2016
Thad DuVall rode a Husqvarna TC300 instead of his usual FC 350 so he could start getting used to it for this year’s ISDE but since it turned out to be muddy on Sunday he switched back to his 350 four-stroke. Thad is riding the E3 class at Six Days. DuVall took over the points lead with a sixth place finish thanks to Milner’s DNF.Photo By Shan Moore
Drew Higgins, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, Altamont, Tennessee 2016
Drew Higgins gets a little crossed up coming out of the woods in the Enduro Test. The RPM/Maxxis/KTM rider finished the weekend in eighth.Photo By Shan Moore

RESULTS

  1. Josh Strang (Hsq) 00:58:06.321

  2. Russell Bobbitt (KTM) 00:59:06.379

  3. Layne Michael (Hsq) 00:59:14.502

  4. Jordan Ashburn (KTM) 00:59:27.251

  5. Cory Buttrick (KTM) 00:59:29.935

  6. Thad DuVall (Hsq) 00:59:38.518

  7. Vance Francis (Hon) 01:00:44.771

  8. Drew Higgins (KTM) 01:01:05.105

  9. Steven Squire (Kaw) 01:02:59.738

  10. Clayton Gerstner (KTM) 01:04:45.321